March 13, 2015
Issue 10, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Here is our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • High Court Rejects Autism-Vaccine Case 
  • New Study Points to Better Classrooms for Children with Disabilities
  • Antibodies May Trigger Psychosis in Some Children
  • Link Between Visual and Motor Development in Cerebral Palsy?
  • Bilingual Babies Practice Lip-Reading Long Before Monolingual Counterparts
  • Conservative treatment normalizes head Shape in Most Infants with Skull Flattening
Hot Jobs 
  • PediaStaff Placements of the Week:  Beautiful New Mexico
  • Contract School Psychologist Job - Hayward, WI
  • Inpatient / Outpatient Pediatric SLP Jobs - Zanesville, OH
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • OT Idea of the Week: Q-Tips and Straws - Fine Motor Skills Activity
  • Pediatric Therapy Idea of the Week: 27 Ways to Learn with Ping Pong Balls
  • Book:  Splat the Cat - and a Lesson Plan!
  • App of the Week:  Chatterpix Kids

Articles and Special Features 

  • School Psych Corner: 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids
  • SLP Corner: Online Crowdsourcing a Potential Tool for Speech Therapy Research
  • OT Corner: Sensory Fun - Teaching Letter Formation
  • O&M Corner: Global Positioning Systems and the Traveler with a Visual Impairment
  • School Nurse's Corner: School Breakfast - Making it Work in Large Districts
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High Court Rejects Autism-Vaccine Case

[Source: Disability Scoop]

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by a woman who says her son's autism was caused by vaccines he received.

Chandra D. Price sought compensation in 2008 from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, later claiming that her son Christopher T. Wynn's autism was caused by vaccines "being given in back-to-back increments, and by mercury toxicity."


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New Study Points to Better Classrooms for Children with Disabilities

[Source:  Science Daily]


A pilot study in 51 N.C. classrooms shows the effectiveness of a new measure in assessing the quality of practices in inclusive preschools. Not only is the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) a reliable instrument, researchers say it also reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities.

"Inclusion encourages active participation and a sense of belonging and membership for all children, with and without disabilities, who learn and develop in the same classroom," explained the study's lead author Elena P. Soukakou, senior lecturer at the University of Roehampton in London. "This is an important aim of early childhood education."


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Antibodies May Trigger Psychosis in Some Children

[Source: Psych Central]

The hallucinations and delusions in a subset of children with psychosis may be linked to overactive antibodies, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings add to a growing body of research that supports an "immune hypothesis" for certain types of psychosis.


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Link Between Visual and Motor Development in Cerebral Palsy?  

[Source:  Pediatric Neurology via Your Therapy Source]


Pediatric Neurology published research on 47 children diagnosed with cerebral palsy for  ophthalmic disorders and their association with neurological disorders.   All children were recommended to have comprehensive ophthalmic exams. The following assessments were completed: Gross Motor Function Classification System, Gross Motor Function Measure the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-II.

The results indicated the following:


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Bilingual Babies Lip-Reading Long Before Monolingual Counterparts



Babies raised in bilingual households spend significantly more time watching the mouth of the person speaking to them than their monolingual counterparts, according to a new study.

David Lewkowicz, a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University, and colleagues in Barcelona, Spain, observed bilin�gual and monolingual infants as they watched a video of a woman speaking in Spanish or Catalan. The infants were all learning one or both languages.


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Conservative Treatment Corrects Head Shape in Most Infants w/PCD 

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Helmet therapy is still effective when needed for positional cranial deformity
More than three-fourths of infants with skull flattening related to sleep position achieve normal head shape with conservative treatment-without the need for helmet therapy, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery�, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

With the addition of helmet therapy for infants with persistent skull flattening, multidisciplinary treatment for positional cranial deformity (PCD) has a success rate of over 90 percent, according to the new research by ASPS Member Surgeon Frank A. Vicari, MD, and colleagues of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The largest study of PCD treatment to date, the results show the effectiveness of both conservative and helmet therapy, as confirmed by objective measurements.


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PediaStaff Placements of the Week:  Beautiful New Mexico

Congratulations to Tashala S, on her new position as a Sign Language Interpreter for PediaStaff's home health client in New Mexico.


Additional kudos to Katie E., on her SLP position with the same company!  Both these fine gals will be working with children in their natural environment - making a difference!


Fantastic Job ladies!

Featured Job of the Week:  School Psychologist Job - Hayward, WI  

A school system in the vicinity of Hayward, WI seeks a school psychologist to join their team for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year (and going forward).  Qualified applicants must hold a valid Wisconsin DPI license (#62) in School Psychology; must have a solid background in educational psychological testing, understanding of I.E.P. team functions/procedures, knowledge of IDEA, good writing and oral skills, and the ability to interact in a constructive manner with students, staff, and the public.

Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in RTI, coordinating student assistance teams, and analyzing data.  We are interested in applicants seeking either contract or direct hire placement


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Jobs of the Week:  Inpatient / OP Pediatric SLP Jobs - Zanesville, OH

We have two fantastic opportunities for full-time Speech Language Pathologists working 40 hours a week in an inpatient/outpatient setting, and the other in just outpatient.  

The therapists will be joining a great team of three inpatient SLPs and three outpatient SLPs. These positions also provides an opportunity to crosstrain to inpatient if interested. New Pediatrics Rehab Center promotes "sensory play"; 6 private Tx rooms; 60 feet of running space. All evals and treatments are provided 1:1.  A weekend/holiday rotation is required every 3rd to 4th weekend. At least one


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OT Idea of the Week: Q-Tips and Straws - Fine Motor Skills Activity  

[Source:  Mess for Less]

Recently, we shared a post on How to Dye Q Tips.  This was incredibly popular and I got a lot of questions of how to use dyed q-tips for play and learning. This Q-Tips and Straws fine motor skills activity was challenging and fun for my kids. There is a color matching and pattern making element as well which just extends the fun. We love working on fine motor skills at our place as is evidenced by these 18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers.

You will want to be sure to use straws that match your dyed q-tips. Cut your colored straws into small pieces anywhere between 1 and 2 inches. You will want the length to be able to cover the white section of the q-tip.


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Ped Therapy Idea of Week: 27 Ways to Learn w/ Ping Pong Balls  

[Source:  I Can Teach My Child]

Ping Pong balls have quickly become my favorite learning manipulative.  They are cheap.  They are great for kinesthetic learners.  They are easy to customize.  And did I mention they are cheap?!?! can buy a bag of 144 white ping pong balls for about six or seven bucks here.  This one pack would probably get you through the majority of the activities in this post!  :)


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Book of the Week: Splat the Cat - and a Lesson Plan  

[Source:  Play on]

This winter just never seems to end (we're home AGAIN with schools closed and this beautiful fluffy stuff coming down all day), so the opportunity is ripe for a story about snow! I love Splat the Cat books because they have a simple but relevant story line and lots of humor-poor Splat.

"Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise" had Splat and Seymour getting ready for a snowy adventure, making a snow cat. After getting on all their snow gear ( good


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App of the Week:  Chatterpix Kids

Chatterpix Kids (free) is a fun, simple app that allows you to turn any image into a "talking head" by recording a 30 second message. Apps that combine images and audio are prime targets for language as they lend context and engagement to your language objectives. Simply take or save a photo (this app allows you to save to the camera roll, so this is fair use copyright-wise unless you plan to 

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School Psych Corner: 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

[Source:  Left Brained Buddha]

We know mindfulness is good for us. Mindfulness allows us to be present in our parenting,choosing the skillful response instead of succumbing to our visceral reactions.

Mindfulness is also good for our kids. There is an emerging body of research that indicates that mindfulness can help our children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus. Do I even need to ask if you want that for your kids?

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SLP Corner: Crowdsourcing a Potential Tool for Speech Tx Research

[Source:  Education]

Research into speech therapy interventions usually requires trained listeners to evaluate a student's progress by listening to his or her speech and rating the sounds for correctness, but ratings from speech language pathologists can be costly to obtain and take a long time to gather.

Enter the world of crowdsourcing.

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OT Corner: Sensory Fun - Teaching Letter Formation

[Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips] 


Letter formation is an important skill that children in Kindergarten are typically learning.  For those students who resist paper and pencil tasks, multi-sensory instructional approaches are often effective. When a child is first learning the letters, it's a good idea to start with their name. Take some Crayola Air Dry Clay and have the child roll it into a long hotdog shape.

Put the clay on a piece of colorful construction paper and form the clay into the first letter in the child's name. This is a good activity for motor planning! Only provide the least amount of assistance that is needed for the child to successfully complete the task.


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O&M Corner: GPS and the Traveler with a Visual Impairment

[Source:  Perkins eLearning ]


This FREE webinar covers the parameters of GPS for the traveler with a visual impairment, examples of how to effectively use the information to nurture the development of travel confidence and experiential knowledge, and tactics to foster the development of control in the environment will be discussed in this presentation.

After completing this webinar (approximately one hour), participants will be able to:

  • Gain an overview of Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
  • Be provided with suggestions for aligning device, student, and instructor.
  • Learn methodologies for teaching effective GPS skills to students and clients from childhood to adulthood and the dynamics of incidental learning.

School Nurse's Corner: School Breakfast - Making it Work

[Source:  Food Research and Action Center]

Research supports what educators and school officials see every day in our nation's schools: a well-nourished child who starts the day with breakfast is a better learner, more likely to be at school and participate in the classroom. For too many families, though, there are obstacles to providing a healthy morning meal each day. Tight budgets for low-income families and busy morning schedules can mean that many students arrive at school hungry and not ready to learn.

Fortunately, the School Breakfast Program plays a critical role in filling this void for millions of low-income children every school day. Despite the well-documented health and educational benefits of starting the day with breakfast, the School Breakfast Program remains seriously underutilized. In the 2013-2014 school year, just over half the number of low-income children who participated in the National School Lunch Program also 


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