November 7, 2014
Issue 45, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our newsletter offering for the week!
News Items:
  • Gait and Stability in Different Baby Shoes
  • How Schools Support Students With ADHD...or Not
  • Fish consumption During Pregnancy May Reduce Risk of Dyslexia
  • Parent Intervention Best for Helping Toddlers with Autism
  • Whole Body Vibration to Improve Balance/Strength and Down Syndrome
  • Child Diabetes: Could You Spot The Signs?
Hot Jobs and PediaStaff News
  • Hot Job: School Speech-Language Pathologist - South Riverside County, CA
  • Hot Job: School Psychologist - Cincinnati, OH
  • PediaStaff is Ready for ASHA 2014.  Will We See You There?
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Resources of the Week: Thanksgiving Ideas and Freebies from Chapel Hill Snippets
  • SLP Resource of the Week: Perfect Videos for Speech Therapy
  • School Nurses' Resource of the Week: National Health Observances
  • School Psych Resources of Week: Books About Death 

Articles and Special Features 

  • Career Corner: Interview Questions of the Week - Thinking About Diversity
  • School Psych Corner: Why Teenagers Cut, and How to Help
  • SLP Corner: Helping Shy Children Open Up in Speech Therapy
  • Autism Corner: Teaching the Concept of Time to Children with Autism 
  • Special Ed Corner: The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know
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Gait and Stability in Different Baby Shoes

[Source:  Pediatric Physical Therapy via Your Therapy Source]

Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on the effects of different torsional flexibilities of shoes on gait and stability in 25 children who were walking five months or less. The children were evaluated barefoot and in 4 types of shoes with different torsional flexibilities (UltraFlex, MidFlex, LowFlex, and Stiff). Gait assessments were performed and stability was determined by the number of stumbles/falls during functional tasks.


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How Schools Support Students With ADHD...or Not

by Christina Samuels

A little over half of high school students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are receiving some kind of services from their schools, such as additional time on tests or extended time to complete homework assignments, a recent study finds. But those particular supports have no reported effectiveness in improving the academic performance of students with ADHD, according to the study published earlier this year in the journal School Mental Health.

The report surveyed 543 15 to 17-year-old students who were part of the multisiteMultimodal Treatment study of ADHD, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The researchers found that 51.6 percent of the students had either anindividualized education plan or a 504 plan through their school, compared to about 8 percent of students of the same age without ADHD. IEPs and 504 plans, developed by teachers and parents, define the learning objectives of students with disabilities.


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Fish Consumption During Pregnancy May Reduce Risk of Dyslexia 

[Source:  The Guardian] 


by David Cox

Could a child's dyslexia be the result of the mother's diet?

The idea that our health may be determined in part by decisions made before we were born is an uncomfortable and controversial one. Yet vast amounts of data in the field of epigenetics is showing just that. And while "we are what we eat" is a cliche, it may be the case that diet is related to dyslexia.

We now know there is a strong genetic contribution to dyslexia - but genes do not provide the full story. Dyslexia's genetic landscape is comparable to that of schizophrenia: studies have found particular chromosome sites that appear to be strongly implicated in certain families. In the overall population, a series of genes called alleles have their own (weak) individual effect.



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Parent Intervention Best for Helping Toddlers with Autism 

[Source:  Science Daily]


For the first time, toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians, according to a new Florida State University study published online in the journal Pediatrics.

"We've come up with a treatment model that can teach parents to support their child's learning during everyday activities, and we've documented that the children improved their developmental level, social communication skills and autism symptoms," said Amy Wetherby, director of the Autism Institute at Florida State University's College of Medicine and lead author of the Pediatrics study.


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Whole Body Vibration for Balance/Strength & Down Syndrome 

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

A randomized controlled study was published on 30 children with Down syndrome, where 15 children received physical therapy and 15 children received physical therapy and whole body vibration training. Both groups participated 3x/week for 6 months. The groups underwent stability testing and muscle strength testing before and after the 6 mos of the treatment program.


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Child Diabetes: Could You Spot The Signs? 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


With more than a third of diabetes cases in the US occurring in people over the age ge of 65, the illness is often referred to as an age-related condition. But around 208,000 children and adolescents are estimated to have diabetes, and this number is increasing.

A study found that incidence of type 1 diabetes in children aged up to 9 years increased by 21% between 2001 and 2009.

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of the condition among children and adolescents. A 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that type 1 diabetes prevalence stands at 1.93 in every 1,000 children and adolescents, while type 2 diabetes affects 0.24 in every 1,000.  

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Hot Job:  School-Based SLP - South Riverside County, CA  

School-Based Speech Language Pathologist desired to work with a team of professionals to complete the SY 2014-2015 school year!  

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology/ Communication Sciences, a current California State License (or eligible).

Here's what we know: Awesome school district that's heavily invested in the education of their students SLP needed to join their team to complete this school year...and possibly beyond on a contract basis NO ancillary can focus on your SLP skills Monday through Friday...NO nights, weekends, or holiday work Competitive Pay based on experience, location and IRS guidelines Contact us today for more details...this job won't last for long!

Hot Job:  School Psychologist - Cincinnati, OH  

PediaStaff is looking for a School Psychologist in Cincinnati. This is full time continuing employment (NOT a temp contract) and you'd work at two K-8 charter schools beginning as soon as possible.  Pay rates are excellent, based on your experience.
Qualifications - Must hold at least a Master's or Specialty Degree in School Psychology and credentials as a School Psychologist for Ohio.  Send us your resume and we'll contact you to discuss details.    


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PediaStaff is Ready for ASHA 2014. Will We See You There?  

Check Out PediaStaff's School and Pediatric SLP Jobs at ASHA!

The staffing company will discuss contract and direct hire opportunities at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention this month. PediaStaff places contractors through the contract staffing back-office services of Top Echelon Contracting.

Speech-Language Pathologists seeking school-based and pediatric positions will want to visit PediaStaff at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention to be held from November 20-22, in Orlando, Fla. This year's theme is "Science. Learning. Practice. Generations of Discovery."


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Resource of the Week:  Thanksgiving Freebies Chapel Hill Snippets

[Source:  Chapel Hill Snippets]

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and if I can teach children to say thank you for their many blessings, I feel I've done my job well.  Here is a small collection of what I've shared over the past two years.  I'll be adding on, so check back.

  • Printable Board Maker Icons for the Book Feast for 10
  • Turkey Counting Book Craft
  • Turkey's Everywhere - Printable Book
  • Thanksgiving Preposition Bingo
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving Printable Book
  • 5 Little Turkeys - Printable Book
  • Stop Motion Thanksgiving Video
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SLP Resource of the Week: Perfect Videos for Speech Therapy  

by Erik X. Raj, CCC-SLP

I received an amazing email last week from a friend of mine. In the message, she wrote about how she loved my recent blog post about using YouTube within speech-language therapy sessions, but wondered if I had any suggestions on how to actually go about finding videos online that were appropriate for school-aged students.

My answer is YES!

I sure do have a suggestion that I know every single speech-language pathologist will adore. Have you ever heard of In short, The Kid Should See This is a growing online library of ridiculously fun and informative, "not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them" videos that are absolutely perfect for the students on our caseload. Each week Rion Nakaya(and her children, ages 3 and 6) update the website with new videos that they come across and let me tell you, the amount of solid videos that they post is nothing short of


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School Nurses' Resource of the Week: National Health Observances 


The 2014 calendar features almost 200 National Health Observances with up-to-date information and outreach materials.

At, they also have NHO toolkits to help you make a difference. Show everyone that your organization is committed to health and wellness. Use NHO toolkits to:

  • Share important health messages
  • Promote fun, interactive resources
  • Organize events to create change in your school and community
Access the Calendar and Toolkits Through our Blog

School Psych Resources of Week: Books About Death  

[Source: No Time for Flash Cards]

One of the guinea pigs in my son's preschool classroom died and that sparked some questions, which sparked this post. This subject is one I wish never had to be taught but books are always good resources to help if and when it does. These picture books all deal with death and while reading them my son had questions and I had a hard time keeping it together. 


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Career Corner: Interview Questions of Week - On Diversity

by Heidi Kay, PediaStaff Career Center

The world is "shrinking" and school districts are serving more minorities and immigrant populations than ever.    Be prepared to discuss your experience working with children not born in the U.S. and those of diverse ethnic groups.  Here are some questions to consider:

  • With what multicultural or diverse populations have you worked?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses in working with minorities?
  • What variables/issues are of concern to you in working with specific populations?
  • What books/materials/authors have you read on the subject of diversity?

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School Psych Corner: Why Teenagers Cut, and How to Help

[Source:  The New York Times Motherlode blog]

I noticed Sarah's arms as soon as I met her. It is hard not to, as 15 years of self-injury have rendered them more scar than skin. Sarah isn't my student, but I've taught plenty of kids like her, and she offered to talk to me about why she has cut herself for a decade and a half, and how the adults in her life could have helped her manage the pain that prompted her to self-injure.

By the time she first cut herself at 12, she'd already endured seven years of abuse at the hands of a parent. "Cutting was my comfort, from the very beginning. I know that sounds strange - to cause pain to feel better - but it worked. Sometimes, if I was feeling anxious in school, all I had to do was go in to the bathroom and look at my scars. Just seeing them comforted me."

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SLP Corner: Helping Shy Children Open Up in Speech Therapy

[Source:  Virtual Speech Center]

Many of us speech and language pathologists were faced at some point in our career with a few shy children, who took a bit longer to warm up to us, making speech or language therapy a bit more challenging in the beginning. Here are a few tips on how to break the ice with shy children. The below techniques might not always work or they might not work for all of the children but they are worth trying.

1. Silence. Silence can be golden when working with shy children. Try not to bombard them with too many questions at first. If you see that the child looks away, or does not want to talk to you, respect that and give him or her time to warm up to you. Have some toys on the floor 


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Autism Corner: Teaching the Concept of Time to Children w/Autism

[Source:  Friendship Circle]

Fall is in full swing and that means a change in season for many of us. It also means changing of the clock and seeing it get dark earlier. It's a time of 
transition, something that can be difficult for young children with Autism, leading to challenging behaviors and inconsistent comprehension of time. This can negatively impact on their ability to comprehend time, and understand the need to act in a way that shows an understanding of We, not just Me.

Special Ed Corner: 41 Terms Every Special Educator Should Know

by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed.,

As education continues to evolve, adding in new trends, technologies, standards, and 21st century thinking habits, there is one constant that doesn't change.

The human brain.

But neuroscience isn't exactly accessible to most educators, rarely published, and when it is, it's often full of odd phrasing and intimidating jargon. Worse, there seems to be a disconnect between the dry science of neurology, and the need teachers have for relevant tools, resources, and strategies in the classroom. In regards to the disconnect, we'll continue to strive to create content that is both expert and accessible, as The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom


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