June 14, 2019
Issue 18, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • With Muppet On The Spectrum, 'Sesame Street' Makes Impact
  • Early Life Adversity Can Affect Kids' Brain Chemistry
  • Autism Tied to Less Empathy - And That May Be OK
  • Movie Starring Actor With Down Syndrome Coming To Theaters
  • Human Brains Have Evolved to 'Prefer' Music and Speech
  • Principal Goes Extra Mile For Student With Special Needs

PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! 2019/2020 Charter School SLP - San Jose, CA
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Dover, DE
  • Hot Job
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Sensory Activity of the Week: Shaving Cream Tracks
  • 7 Tools For Exploring Water Play
  • DIY Paper Water Bombs (Fun Origami)
  • Following Directions Activity: Make a Boat Craft!
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With Muppet On The Spectrum, 'Sesame Street' Makes Impact
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Nearly four years after "Sesame Street" introduced a muppet with autism, new research suggests that the show's materials focused on the developmental disorder are making a difference.

A collection of online materials from Sesame Workshop has helped increase knowledge and acceptance of those who are on the spectrum, according to findings published recently in the journal Autism.

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Early Life Adversity Can Affect Kids' Brain Chemistry
[Source: Psych Central]

A new study shows that adversity early in life affects a child's executive function skills, such as their ability to focus or organize tasks.

Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, parental divorce, or substance abuse can lead to changes in a child's brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones. These hormones rise to help us face challenges, stress or to simply "get up and go," researchers at the University of Washington explain.

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Autism Tied to Less Empathy - And That May Be OK
[Source: Psych Central]

New research shows that people with autistic traits show less empathy and reduced understanding of other people's feelings.

While autism is often associated with social difficulties, there has been debate in recent years about whether those in the autistic community experience difficulties in processing emotion and the exact form this takes, according to researchers from the University of Bath and King's College London in the UK.

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Movie Starring Actor With Down Syndrome Coming To Theaters
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

A feature film headed to theaters later this summer stars an actor with Down syndrome alongside a pair of Hollywood A-listers and it's backed by some big names in the disability community.
"The Peanut Butter Falcon" features box office mainstays Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, but the lead role in the road trip comedy is held by Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome.

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Human Brains Have Evolved to 'Prefer' Music and Speech
[Source:  Medical News Today]

What makes humans so different from other primates? Though our brains are similar, it seems that they react differently to various stimuli. New evidence suggests that human brains "listen" for musical pitch, a preference that scientists have not detected in monkeys.

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Principal Goes Extra Mile For Student With Special Needs
[Source: Chicago Tribune]

Thursday was the last day of school at Beye Elementary, and 6-year-old Matias Best didn't want to go.

Matias is on the autism spectrum, and transitions can be a challenge. Transitioning from the school year to summer break felt a little daunting that day, and so, he declared, he would not be going.

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Hot, New Job! 2019/2020 Charter School SLP - San Jose, CA
Do you love the Charter School setting? Exciting San Jose is where we are seeking a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist for the 2019/2020 school year.

* Speech-Language Pathologist will cover two campuses in San Jose; close in proximity
* SLP will work 40 hours per week Monday through Friday
* Assignment includes mainly case management and very little treatment
* You will enjoy Generous Pay Rates, Medical Benefits, Licensure and CEU reimbursements, Etc.
Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Communications Sciences Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology, and a current state license (or be eligible for same).

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Are you looking for a fantastic pediatric opportunity? We are searching for a community-based pediatric Occupational Therapist in Dover, Delaware. The perfect candidate will enjoy a healthy pace with a positive work environment, and the opportunity to be a part of an interdisciplinary team.
* Wonderful location near Delaware's shore
* We are looking for an Occupational Therapist with pediatric experience

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Are you a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired looking for a new position?  We need a teacher to work approximately 32 hours/week in a school in the Renton area for a district that really cares about their educators.  Would you like to work with an excellent team of professionals?  Then, apply today!

*  Your hours will be 7:30-3:30 with a 30-minute unpaid lunch
*  You will be providing direct and indirect vision impairment services to students
*  You will be teaching  Braille reading and writing
*  You will be evaluating students, and developing and carrying out IEP programs
*  You will work throughout the district with different student ages

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Sensory Activity of the Week: Shaving Cream Tracks
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Shaving Cream Tracks is a fun activity to set up that encourages fine motor skills, tactile input and crossing mid-line. You will need plates, toy cars and shaving cream for this activity. This idea is from Therapeutic Play Activities for Children.

7 Tools For Exploring Water Play
[Source: No Time for Flashcards]

The summer is a time for preschool teachers to review what they have in their classrooms, and what they still need. As a preschool teacher, my main focus after providing a safe, secure place that my students fee they can be without their primary caregivers is to give my students fun new experiences that spark their thirst for learning at their developmental level. Last week was Water Week ( click it for eve more ideas) for our summer camp 

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DIY Paper Water Bombs (Fun Origami)
[Source: Red Ted Art]

Oh yes, summer is JUST around the corner and with the warmer weather heading our way...why not check out these fabulously fun DIY Water Bombs make from, yes PAPER!!

Following Directions Activity: Make a Boat Craft!
[Source: Chapel Hill Snippets]

A long time ago, I blogged about a  boat craft I did with the kids using Pictello.  This was a great activity, and Pictello has only gotten better through the years.  I used this activity again this summer and the kids loved it, making a substantial flotilla of little boats, all seaworthy!

I now have a set of printable or displayable directions for all of you.  This summer, during Extended School Year, I didn't have access to a printer, so we simply displayed the directions/pictures on the .

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OT Corner:  How Do You Talk to Parents About Sensory Sensitivities? 
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

After reading a thought provoking blog post from Christopher Alterio,OTR, on Deconstructing the myth of clothing sensitivity as a 'sensory processing disorder', it really made me think about how we talk to parents as pediatric therapists.  Not just about clothing sensitivity or other sensory sensitivities but about any concern that a parent comes to discuss with a pediatric   


School Psych Corner: Emotional Self Regulation: Techniques for Teaching
[Source:  Crisis Prevention.com via School Psyched]

What is emotional self regulation?

Emotional self regulation is the ability to monitor and manage our own behavior. With self regulation, we can calm ourselves down when we're distressed, and pick ourselves up when we're low. Self-regulation is developmental in nature, just like learning to walk, talk, and read.
How do you teach a student who hasn't learned emotional self regulation?

Teaching academics is far from easy when a student hasn't learned how to manage stressors or emotions.

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SLP Corner:   Tips for Summer Break for Children with Selective Mutism
By: Gail Kervatt M. Ed. 

Summer break conjures up thoughts of lots of "fun". To most families summer break means fun at the beach and the pool, fun having barbeques with friends, fun visiting Grandma and Grandpa, fun on that special vacation, fun playing with siblings and neighborhood friends, fun sleeping late!

However, for a selectively mute child, summer break also means a "break" in the school intervention to help the child overcome the anxiety induced mutism. It means a two month break in routine, a two month break in provided services, a two month break in socializing with the teacher and classroom peers within the school setting. The summer break often can result in a regression in progress, in the lowered anxiety in the school setting and in the coping skills that have been practiced during the school year .

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Career Corner: New Grads - Pacing Your First Year of Work
Teresa Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP

Your career is a marathon - not a sprint. Perhaps you are still operating at the breakneck pace of graduate school, completing one activity as fast as you can before moving on to the next task. Months and months of assignment after assignment, followed by test after test, can affect your behavioral patterns once you begin your first job. Graduate school has a defined end point. You are only in grad school for a couple of years. The funny thing about working in a career is that the end point is usually 30 years from when you begin. Thirty years is a long time to work absolutely as fast as you can.

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Pediatric Tx Corner: Puberphonia - A Male with a Female Voice
By: Gal Levy, MS CCC-SLP

What is a normal voice change?

When a young man is reaching the age of 16 (with some teens it starts at the age of 13 or younger) his voice must have changed to become a more "manly" voice...dropping down the pitch to the male voice range of Tenor, Baritone or Bass.

Adam's apple will become evident as the system lowers anatomically, making his vocal cords longer and the tone they produce lower (coming down from the child's voice of around 400Hz to a man's voice around 100 Hz).

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