March 9, 2019
Issue 10, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our most recent newsletter!

News Items:
  • Working With Dually Classified Learners
  • Intervention with At-Risk Infants Can Improve Behavior at Age 3
  • How Do We Follow the Rhythm of Language
  • Young People at Risk of Addiction Have Differences in Key Brain Region
  • New Treatment Guidelines Issued for Pediatric TBI
  • Cerebral Palsy: Study of Baby Steps Could Lead to Better Treatments
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Outpatient Physical Therapist - PT - Huntsville, TX
  • Hot, New Job! School Nurse-LPN - Northbrook, IL
  • Hot, New Job!  School-Based SLP - Gaston, OR
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • The ABCs of Physical Therapy
  • Feelings Mandala Activity
  • Volume Game for Kids
Articles and Special Features 
  • Worth Repeating: Is Your Teen with ADHD Ready to Drive?
  • Special Ed Corner: 3 Classroom Organization Hacks
  • SLP Corner: Top 5 Parent Handouts for {Preschool} SLPs
  • Career Corner: New Grads - Pacing Your First Year of Work
  • OT Corner: Help For the Anxious Child
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Working With Dually Classified Learners
[Source: Edutopia]

Many students in special education struggle with language. Those diagnosed with special needs who are also English language learners (ELLs) have specific, unique needs. These dually classified learners are identified with a disability and are eligible for both special education and English as a second language or bilingual services. As teachers, we are often underprepared to work with this population in our classrooms.

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Intervention with At-Risk Infants Can Improve Behavior at Age 3
[Source:  Psych Central]

Young children who suffer from abuse or neglect often develop problems with following directions and complying with the expectations of parents and other authority figures. Lack of compliance can lead to other issues, including difficulty regulating anger and academic problems.

In a new study, researchers evaluated the effectiveness of a home-visiting intervention designed for parents of children referred to Child Protective Services (CPS). The results show that children whose parents who participated in the intervention demonstrated significantly better compliance than children whose parents did not, and that parents' sensitivity also increased.

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How Do We Follow the Rhythm of Language
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

How is our speech shaped by what we hear? The answer varies, depending on the make-up of our brain's pathways, a team of neuroscientists has found. The research, which maps how we synchronize our words with the rhythm of the sounds we hear, offers potential methods for diagnosing speech-related afflictions and evaluating cognitive-linguistic development in children.

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Young People at Risk of Addiction Have Differences in Key Brain Region
[Source: Science Daily]

The study adds further evidence to support the idea that an individual's biological makeup plays a significant role in whether or not they develop an addictive disorder.

Adolescence and young adulthood is an important time in a person's development. It is during this time that individuals begin to demonstrate behaviors that are associated with addiction and which suggest that they may be at risk.
New Treatment Guidelines Issued for Pediatric TBI
[Source: Science Daily]

Each year in the United States, more than 600,000 children are seen in emergency rooms due to traumatic brain injury, a disruption to the normal function of the brain caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Severe TBI results in approximately 7,000 childhood deaths annually, while survivors of the condition may suffer from long-term health conditions such as seizures, learning difficulty and communication disorders.

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Cerebral Palsy: Study of Baby Steps Could Lead to Better Treatments
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Understanding the progression from the stepping reflex to independent walking could help find new therapies for children with cerebral palsy (CP) - a movement disability caused by brain damage before, during or shortly after birth.

A baby's first steps are a magical moment - an early stepping stone towards independent walking. Children usually begin to walk around the time of their first birthday as they move from being an infant to become busy, curious and mobile toddlers.

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We are working with a client near the Huntsville area who is need of a Physical Therapist to join their team on a full time basis.

*  The clinic treats children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses and focuses on developmental delays and children with autism.
*  Caseload consists of primarily pediatric cases with some adult patients
*  4 days/wk from 8-6PM (36 hours).  You can add half a day on Friday for 40 hours/wk
*  They see Medicaid families as well as private pay.
*  Electronic medical record system, notes are 24 hours completion.
*  Laptops are provided to clinicians.

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We are seeking a Certified Licensed Practical Nurse to assist a student in our school located in the Northbrook, IL area, as soon as possible!  If you are an LPN with Diastat training, this is a great position lasting ASAP through the end of this school year.

*  You will work full time from now through June 24, 2019, Monday through Friday
*  You will accompany one student from their home to school and remain with them 

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Finish strong and secure a contract for the next school year! We are searching for a speech-language pathologist for a contract assignment with a school district located about 30 minutes West from Portland, OR. This beautiful area provides the right balance of cosmopolitan and rural opportunities by offering excellent educational, cultural, entertainment, and recreational opportunities; an active 

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The ABCs of Pediatric Physical Therapy 
This document was created by The Section on Pediatrics at APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)It is an excellent resource to tuck away when asked for a concise description or explanation of what you do, whether it be from parents, colleagues or others that you interact with.

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Feelings Mandala
[Source:  The Art of Social Work]

This is a simple intervention to explore emotions with children.
  1. Simply print off a variety of mandalas and allow the child to choose one to color.
  2. Ask the child to list the feelings they typical have below or above the mandala and draw a small circle next to each feeling.
  3. Have the child pick a color for each feeling and fill in the circles with the colors to use a guide to remember which colors belong to which feelings.
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Volume Game for Kids
[Source:  The Inspired Treehouse]

Bringing kids' awareness to how they can use their voices to create different volumes and styles of speaking is a great way to teach kids to regulate their volume levels and to use an appropriate voice for any given situation.

I recently came up with this volume game to use with our kids at The Treehouse and it was a big hit!  This is a great one for kids who have difficulty controlling  loud voices.  Here's how to play...

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Worth Repeating: Is Your Teen with ADHD Ready to Drive

Although learning to drive may be a rite of passage for most teens, teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may need extra help in navigating the road to licensure. The symptoms of ADHD - difficulty with attention, challenges with emotion regulation, disorganization and impulsivity - heighten a teen's risk for unsafe driving behaviors and crashes. The presence of ADHD increased a teen's crash risk by two to four times, placing 

Special Ed Corner:  3 Classroom Organization Hacks
[Source: Autism Classroom Resources]

I wanted to share 3 little classroom organization hacks that I have found over the years that I don't think I've talked about much here.  They are simple things you can do that will make your life in a special education classroom much easier.  Actually it's more like 4, but I'm going to combine 2 of them.  You spend all this time setting up your classroom and the schedule and the zoning but getting started with it before it all becomes habit can be difficult.  That's what these 4 things are designed to address.

SLP Corner: Top 5 Parent Handouts for {Preschool} SLPs
by Jenna Rayburn of The Speech Room News

Part of my role at our district early childhood center is to complete incoming evaluations for children entering the program. We have about half of our students come from the state birth to three program (Help Me Grow) and half community referrals.

I get to work with new families each week and sometimes I'm the very first speech-language pathologist they have worked with or met. Other times, they're experienced with 

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.

OT Corner: Help For the Anxious Child
by Loren Shlaes, OTR/L

As pediatric therapists, we've all had more than our share of anxious, high arousal children on our caseloads.    As one mother commented to me recently, "He's always seemed as if he's miswired."

These are the children who need constant reassurance, who can't be flexible, who need to know what is coming next and can't cope with changes in their routine.  Their mothers will tell you that it's a constant balancing act to gauge how much information with which to supply the child about future plans at any given time. If he knows too much about what is going to happen, he tends to become obsessed, asking endless questions, and if he knows too little, 

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