January 16, 2015
Issue 2, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday to All!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.  Hope everyone is staying warm!
News Items:
  • Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection
  • Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Needs
  • Trunk Control, Gross Motor Function and Cerebral Palsy
  • 30-Minute Naps May Boost Infants' Learning and Memory
  • Scientists Uncover Molecular Map of Autism-Related Genes
  • In Practice, IDEA Remedies May Not Be Available To All 
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist - Fargo, ND
  • New Grad Job of the Week:  School Psychologist Job - Monroe, WA
  • Hot Job: Pediatric NICU Occupational Therapist
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: Martin Luther King Themed Activities
  • Sensory Activity of the Week: Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough
  • School Nurse? Stand Up and Be Counted
  • Pediatric Therapy Activity of Week: Conversation Heart Jump Game

Articles and Special Features 

  • OT Corner: 10 Activities to Work on Hand Strengthening
  • SLP Corner: Best Games for Teaching Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum
  • PT Corner: Posture in the Classroom
  • Behavior Corner: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices
  • Sensory Corner: My Perspective on Sensory Integration
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Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection

Editor's Note:  Finally!

[Source:  Psych Central]

Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of behaviors and body functions, such as appetite, cravings, mood, and emotion. The gut appears to help maintain brain function and has been increasingly proven to influence the risk of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression, and autism.

Three experts at the forefront of this emerging field recently discussed the microbiome-brain connection with The Kavli Foundation, an organization that acts to promote public knowledge and support for groundbreaking research.


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Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Needs

[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Finding care for children with medically complex or rare conditions can force parents to tap into networks of highly specialized physicians and hospitals scattered around the country.

This is especially challenging when the children are covered by Medicaid, because each state-run program has a different benefit package, payment structure and provider network. Conflicting regulations and paperwork requirements can delay treatment and lead to unnecessary hospitalizations. Medicaid's state-based rules also have thwarted efforts to develop a national clinical database researchers could use to find ways to improve the care of children with rare conditions.


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Trunk Control, Gross Motor Function and Cerebral Palsy

[Source: Your Therapy Source]


Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on the relationship between segmental control of the trunk and the corresponding gross motor function in 92 children with cerebral palsy (Gross Motor Function Classification Levels I to V).  Each participant was assessed with the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM), the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI), and the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo).


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30-Minute Naps May Boost Infants' Learning and Memory

[Source Medical News Today]

It seems like young infants spend most of the day sleeping, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, they do. On average, infants aged 3-11 months have around one to four naps a day, each lasting 30 minutes to 2 hours. Now, a new study finds these daytime naps may be key to a child's development, helping them remember newly learned skills and behavior.


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Scientists Uncover Molecular Map of Autism-Related Genes

Past studies have identified numerous genes believed to play a role in the development of autism. Now, a new study reveals how scientists from the US have uncovered a molecular network consisting of some of these genes. It is hoped that the network will aid the discovery of new autism-related genes.


Lead study author Prof. Michael Snyder, of the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine in California, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Molecular Systems Biology.


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In Practice, IDEA Remedies May Not Be Available To All

[Source:  Disability Scoop]


Family income appears to be a major factor influencing whether parents will seek mediation or due process in special education disputes with their child's school district.

A nationwide survey of over 500 parents with children on the autism spectrum finds that families earning more than $100,000 a year are significantly more likely to pursue litigation compared to those with incomes that are half that level.

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Hot Job:  Pediatric EI Speech-Language Pathologist - Fargo, ND  

Come and join an established pediatric outpatient clinic looking to expand it's speech staff in the field of Early Intervention.  Client requests an SLP-CFY or SLP-CCC to work on a full time basis seeing children ages birth to 3 in their natural environment.  Experience with feeding and oral motor is a plus but not required. 

Qualifications include Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders; a current state license (or eligible), an outgoing and energetic disposition and strong interpersonal skills.

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New Grad Job of the Week:  School Psychologist Job - Monroe, WA 

Ideal location!  Monroe is a wonderful small community 30 miles from Seattle near the Cascade Mountains.  You'll enjoy living here, or have the flexibility of living in other surrounding communities.  You'll be close enough to enjoy Seattle without having to drive in its traffic every day!  

You'll likely have one or two schools, elementary and middle school.  This is a full time contract position with benefits and the pay rate will be based on your experience.

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Hot Job: Pediatric NICU Occupational Therapist  


We are working with a hospital facility in San Antonio who is in need of a n OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST in the NICU full time.  Hours are Monday through Friday with a Saturday rotation.  Hours can either be 7:30 - 4:00 or 8:00 - 4:30 dependent on the patients needs.

1 year NICU and pediatric experience required. 

Plans, develops and implements professionally competent, comprehensive individual treatment programs for inpatients and outpatients in the NICU setting. Provides supervision of patient care duties


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Pinboard of the Week:  Martin Luther King Themed Activities  

Are you looking for some fantastic activities to do for Martin Luther King Day?  Look no further than our Pinterest board!   There is some great stuff in here including word searches, craftivities, printable books, writing prompt, fine motor crafts, conversation starters, book recommendations, and more!


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Sensory Activity of the Week: Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough  

[Source:  Therapy Fun Zone]

 have joined some other bloggers to share recipes and posts about sensory dough called the Twelve Months of Sensory Dough, and this month's play dough is snow dough. When I think of snow, I think of white, and since marshmallow fluff worked so well in the sweet potato play dough, then I thought I would use it to make a snowy play dough. It turned out really well and has a bit of a rubbery consistency. It is stiff, light, and stretchy. I kept it in the refrigerator over night and in the morning it was hard as a rock so I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds and it was soft and rubbery again.


Read More and Find the Recipe Through a Link on our Blog

School Nurse?: Stand Up and Be Counted 

[Source:  The National Association of School Nurses]

We invite you to step up and be counted!

The National Association of School Nurses and National Association of State School Nurse Consultants are working together to develop a national database with data to describe school health 

services, where we work, the community we care for, the nature of our practice and outcomes for our care.

We invite all school nurses-you don't need to be a NASN member-working in any type of school setting (public or private) to step up and be counted!


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Pediatric Therapy Activity of Week: Conversation Heart Jump Game

One of our favorite Valentines ideas last year was our free printable Heart Jump game.  It was such a hit that we felt compelled to come up with a new gross motor game this Valentine's Day

When I saw a bunch of $3 yoga mats at the store, I knew that they would be perfect for creating a new activity for the kiddos I work with at school. 


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OT Corner: 10 Activities to Work On Hand Strengthening

[Source:  Your Therapy Source] 

Here are 10 activities to give the muscles in the fingers and hands a workout:

  • Ways to Use Clothes Pins with Craft Sticks
  • Clothesline Numbers
  • Clay Marble Mazes
  • Hole Punch Palooza Sample Page

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SLP Corner: Best Games for Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum

[Source:  Play On Words]

The more I play games with kids, the more I am a fan for using them to teach so many aspects of communication and language. I just started working with a 4 year-old on the autism spectrum and we have had such fun playing games to teach concepts (colors, shapes, matching, counting, one left, one more, etc) and social language of taking turns, commenting and giving directions. Attention is required to stay with the game and make the best move. I have started my list with 

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PT Corner: Posture in the Classroom

[Source:  Minds in Bloom] 

Hi everyone! I'm Chanda and I'm a physical therapist working in the school system. I'm really excited to share about posture in the classroom today. Posture isn't just about reminding the kiddos to sit up straight, so I hope you find the information helpful!

Posture in the classroom promotes concentration and learning. Good posture allows the child to concentrate on the task at hand instead of focusing on how they are sitting. However, it's hard to maintain a good posture for a long duration of time. No one can just do this.


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Behavior Corner: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

[Source: Edutopia]

When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur.

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Sensory Corner: My Perspective on Sensory Integration

[Source:  Fab Strategies]

I frequently use Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing Intervention in my work as an occupational therapist with clients who have severe behavioral, sensory processing and developmental challenges. I get criticism both by professionals who question the validity of sensory processing intervention and those who dislike my integrating it with other treatment approaches. It is time to transcend the polarizing debate about the sensory processing model and put it in perspective.


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