April 24, 2015
Issue 16, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Kids with ADHD Must Squirm to Learn, Study Says
  • Strategies for Building Foundation for Empathy and Tolerance 
  • Sandy Hook Victim Inspires Emotional Learning Legislation
  • Research: Analyses of Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Autism- Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies
  • Exploring the ADHD-Autism Link
Hot Jobs 
  • Placement of the Week: School-Based PT, Portland, OR
  • Hot Job Location of the Week:  Alaska is for SLPs!
  • Hot Job:  Pediatric Home Health OTs Needed Throughout Houston
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Gross Motor Activity of the Week: Activity Balloon Bat
  • OT Activities of the Week: 30 Toddler Fine Motor Activities
  • Speech Activity of the Week: SMACK! A Game for Just About Anything!
  • Therapy Product Review: Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

Articles and Special Features 

  • School Therapy Corner: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching
  • SLP Corner:  Blurred Lines
  • Occupational Therapy Corner: It's the Little Things that Make Life BIG
  • The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions
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Kids with ADHD Must Squirm to Learn, Study Says

For decades, frustrated parents and teachers have barked at fidgety children with ADHD to "Sit still and concentrate!"

But new research conducted at UCF shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, according to a study published in an early online release of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

The findings show the longtime prevailing methods for helping children with ADHD may be misguided.


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Strategies for Building Foundation for Empathy and Tolerance

[Source: Science Daily]  

When a child feels valued, he sees values in others. When he realizes he has his own thoughts and emotions, he understands that others do, too. When his ideas and feelings are respected, he learns to respect them in others.


"As a parent, you want your child to understand and respect that other people have thoughts and feelings. It makes for healthier children who develop into happier adults," said Bradford Wiles, assistant professor in early childhood development and extension specialist at Kansas State University. His research and outreach focus on childhood cognitive and social-emotional development, theory of mind and emergent literacy. 

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Sandy Hook Victim Inspires Emotional Learning Legislation

[Source: Education News.org]  

Three words were written on the kitchen chalkboard by 6-year-old Jesse Lewis just a few days before he died in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Those three words, nurturing, healing, and love, have become the inspiration for a foundation in his name, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation.


The focus of the organization is programs and curriculum for children, teachers, and parents that encourage peaceful and positive interactiono, writes the staff of the Connecticut Post.

This week, new federal legislation was introduced in honor of Jesse which will fund training for teachers in the areas of social and emotional learning.

"If the shooter, in our case, had access to this type of learning before the tragedy at Sandy Hook, it might not have happened," said Scarlett Lewis, Jesse's mother and founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation.

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Research: Analyses of Sensory Integration Therapy

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

The Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities published a meta-analysis on the use of sensory integration with individuals who have or at risk for a developmental or learning disability or delay. The outcomes from 30 studies on sensory integration therapy were reviewed and analyzed.

The results were the following:

1. Studies that compared sensory integration therapy to no treatment yielded a statistically significant but small effect


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Autism- Epilepsy Connection Explored in Four Studies

[Source: Science Daily]

Epilepsy affects nearly 30 percent of all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurobehavioral condition marked by impaired social and language development. Conversely, many patients with epilepsy display ASD-like behavior. Recent studies suggest that epileptic seizures impair the neural pathways needed for socialization, but the details of this process remain unclear.

Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society's recent Annual Meeting delve deeper into this relationship, revealing biological mechanisms and clinical findings that could help advance treatments for patients with both disorders.


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Exploring the ADHD-Autism Link 

[Source: Science Daily]


For the better part of the last decade, a growing body of research has been revealing more and more similarities between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism.

Jean Gehricke, an associate professor of pediatrics at UC Irvine and a licensed clinical psychologist with the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, is focusing on this link to better understand why people with ADHD and autism may be more prone to substance abuse and, in the process, to develop more effective behavioral therapies.

"This is an emerging field with great promise," Gehricke says. "We know a bit about the underlying causes of ADHD, and through this, we may be able to improve how we treat autism."

The Center for Autism & 

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PediaStaff Placement of the Week:  School-Based PT, Portland, OR  

Congratulations to Victoria S., on her new position with one of PediaStaff's school based clients in Portland, Oregon.

She will be working with children ages birth to 5 in home, daycare, and preschool settings in the Greater Portland area. This is a full time (35 hours/week) position. 

Great Job, Victoria!!

Hot Job Location of the Week: Alaska is for SLPs!

If you are looking for a school position in Alaska, this may be the job for you.  This school is in Anchorage and is in need of several Speech Language Pathologists.  The caseloads are primarily mainstream with diagnoses such as speech delays, articulation, stuttering, developmental delays and so on. Previous school system experience is a plus but not required. Familiarity with the IEP process is also helpful.


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More Hot Jobs:  Peds Home Health OTs Throughout Houston 

We have THREE Houston clients looking for pediatric home health OTs in Houston!


Client #1:

Come and work for a wonderful established HH agency in the Houston area!  Immediate need for an Occupational Therapist to cover a 3 month maternity leave north of Houston.  This position is full time from now until at least the end of May with the opportunity to go full time when the maternity leave has been completed.  Duties include supervision of COTA's and evaluations.  32 children on the supervision caseload which are located in Spring, Conroe, The Woodlands, Kingwood and the


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Gross Motor Activity of the Week: Activity Balloon Bat

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Here is a very simple make and take that include fine motor skills, gross motor skills and eye hand coordination skills.

You will need a paper plate, paint stirrer or large craft stick, markers and a balloon for each child.

Ask the children to think of physical activities that they can complete on their own at home ie swinging, jump rope, hopscotch, dance, shoot hoops, etc.  Go around the table and ask each child for their ideas.  With each suggestion, the children write down the idea on his/her own plate.  When done attach the paint stirrer to the back


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OT Activities of the Week: 30 Toddler Fine Motor Activities

[Source:  Hands on as We Grow]

These fine motor activities for toddlers include threading, poking, pinching, tracing and focusing on hand and eye coordination! And they're all easy enough for toddlers in the 1-3 year old range to do! Have fun!

Here is the list of activities!

1. Pom Pom Drop
2. Pipe Cleaners and a Colander
3. Beginner Tracing with Objects
4. Thread a Fruit Loop Necklaces


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SLP Activity of the Week: SMACK! A Game for Just About Anything!

[Source:  Speechie Freebies and Crazy Speech World]

This is a hands on, get out of your chair, smacking good time!  The bugs of course.  And if you are against violence against insects, then we can call the smack a high five!  Wanna hear more and get your hands on your own bugs?


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Therapy Product Review: Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty  

[Source:  Toys are Tools]

I don't know why I have never purchased putty until this year. Maybe it's because I have so many choices already in terms of amorphous substances... Nah... that can't be why... I love variety! 

After thinking long and hard about it, I have to say that it might be because it is associated with plastic eggs.  I don't know about you but after many Easter egg hunts I have come to realize that rarely does anything desirable ever come out of plastic eggs. I usually have to throw the contents away when the kids go to sleep.  

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School Tx Corner: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day

[Source:  Edutopia]


Ice crystallized on the windshield, then a tire burst on the way to school, making you late. By the time you arrived, the computer (with the video clip and presentation cued up) froze. Minutes later, Jason pulled the fire alarm while you tried to catch up on parent emails. During lunch duty, an honor student was punched in the nose. Your nose is stuffy while you explain to the principal right before an IEP meeting why your plans haven't been submitted yet. The day trudges along. . . At last, the final bell rings, and in your first quiet moment of the day, thoughts of leaving the teaching profession suddenly seem, well, right.

It's that moment when you want to say, "I quit!"


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SLP Corner: Blurred Lines

[Source: Advance Healthcare Network]

by Lucas Steuber, MA-T, MS SLP/CF


It's 6PM on a Tuesday, and Lindsey is taking her children to swim practice.  In the back seat, they are talking excitedly about whatever the new game is while struggling to share an iPad, worn out from the day of school but excited for the evening ahead.  Meanwhile, Lindsey is thinking about RSVPs for a birthday party and debating whether its worth fighting traffic to the grocery store while the children are at the pool.  She's a little worried that they are getting too much screen time.  Wondering if her son remembered to practice

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OT Corner: It's the Little Things that Make Life BIG

Editor's Note:  Thank you to PediaStaff contractor, Susan Mullins who offered to write this fantastic article on behalf of PediaStaff for Anne Zachry's blog! 


[Source:  Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips]

Alaska...where salmon is a staple and hearts, mountains, glacial lakes, eagles, bears, and moose are BIG!

The role of occupational therapy in a place of pioneering spirits and independently minded individuals can take varying forms and occurs in a variety of locations, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers, home health, outpatient clinics, school systems and pediatric practices. Problem solving is heightened to a new level when considering the natural elements such as developing methods to make the trudge from a dry cabin residence with no running water into an outhouse at -40 degrees on a snowy path while using a walker or with reduced vision except for Northern lights swirling above. It may include donning a pair of mittens with one hand in order to observe an Ice Carving 

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Tx Corner: Helping Preschoolers Understand & Discuss Emotions

[Source:  MindShift]

By Deborah Farmer Kris

Terrible Twos. Threenagers. Fearsome Fours.  These are years marked by tantrums and meltdowns - palpable reminders that young children haven't yet learned how to regulate their emotions. But rather than wait for them to outgrow this phase, caregivers can use this window to teach emotional literacy skills that will yield immediate and long-term benefits. 


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