November 9,  2018
Issue 44, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • Air Pollution Linked to Autism
  • 'Master Key' Gene has Links to Both ASD and Schizophrenia
  • Napping May Interfere With Learning In Those With Down Syndrome
  • Company Says Autism Blood Test Now Available
  • Music Improves Social Communication in Children with Autism
  • When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Their Cognition Quickly Improves

PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Outpatient SLP-CF - Woodbridge, VA
  • Hot, New Job!  Early Intervention SLP - Houston, TX
  • Hot, New Job!  School-Based Sign Language Interpreter (SLI) - Kent, WA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Thanksgiving Fine Motor Fun Free Printable Mini Pack
  • Autumn Reverse Leaf Painting
  • Easy Color Matching Activity
  • Where's the Turkey Free Book Companion
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Psych Corner: The Psychological Approach to Educating Kids
  • OT Corner: Risky Playgrounds 
  • PT Corner: What a Difference a Shoe Makes
  • SLP Corner: Data Collection Made Easier
  • Autism Corner: Should You Be Teaching Eye Contact to Children with Autism?
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Air Pollution Linked to Autism
[Source:  Science Daily]

The study of children in Shanghai, from birth to three years, found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) from vehicle exhausts, industrial emissions and other sources of outdoor pollution increased the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by up to 78%. The study included 124 ASD children and 1240 healthy children (as control) in stages over a nine-year period, examining the association between air pollution and ASD.

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'Master Key' Gene has Links to Both ASD and Schizophrenia
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Recent studies of complex brain disorders such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have identified a few "master keys," risk genes that sit at the center of a network of genes important for brain function. Researchers at Emory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have now created mice partially lacking one of those master keys, called MIR-137, and have used them to identify an angle on potential treatments for ASD.

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Napping May Interfere With Learning In Those With Down Syndrome
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

While naps typically help young people retain information they've learned, new research suggests that the opposite may be true for those with Down syndrome.

In fact, resting could actually add to memory loss in children with the chromosomal disorder.

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Company Says Autism Blood Test Now Available
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Starting this week, the first blood test for autism will be available to the public.

NeuroPointDX is commercially launching its NPDX AA test, a blood plasma test that screens for certain metabolic markers that the company has linked to autism spectrum disorder.

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Music Improves Social Communication in Children with Autism
[Source: Science Daily]

Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children's social communication skills, improve their family's quality of life, as well as increase brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

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When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Their Cognition Quickly Improves
[Source: Mind Shift]

Marijuana, it seems, is not a performance-enhancing drug. That is, at least, not among young people, and not when the activity is learning.

A study published in the journal of Clinical Psychiatry  finds that when adolescents stop using marijuana - even for just one week - their verbal learning and memory improves. The study contributes to growing evidence that marijuana use in adolescents is associated  with reduced neurocognitive functioning.

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Looking for a community with beauty and history? We are seeking a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for a private pediatric outpatient clinic in Woodbridge, VA. The 644-acre Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where the Potomac River meets the Occoquan River, is one of Woodbridge's very own gems. It is a great place to take the family, or just to go to and enjoy nature!

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An organized and compassionate Speech-Language Pathologist is needed in Early Childhood Intervention in Houston, TX.  You'll work with children ages birth-3 with a dynamic and established organization who always seeks talented professionals that possess a passion for working with children.

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Looking for an exciting new job opportunity working in the schools 1 to 1 with one student? We have a great position for a Sign Language Interpreter near Kent for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. The job is located south of Seattle and north of Tacoma. It's a nice place to live, but you could also easily commute from southern Seattle or from the Tacoma area.

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Thanksgiving Fine Motor Fun Free Printable Mini Pack
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Are you looking for some FREE Thanksgiving fine motor fun?  This free printable mini pack includes 2 different Flip and Fill fine motor games with a Thanksgiving theme.  You can download it at the bottom of the post for FREE!

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Autumn Reverse Leaf Painting  
[Source: Woo!]

Hello! Let's learn how to make this Autumn Reverse Leaf Painting today! This is a great way to use leaves you gather on a nature walk, or ones you just find in your backyard. This is a great fall project for little kids, as it's a finger painting project too! You can use a brush if your wish, or even sponges. Here's what you'll need.

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Easy Color Matching Activity
[Source:  School Time Snippets]

Here's a low-prep color matching activity for little ones!  Great for fine motor skills and visual discrimination!  Perfect to put together for quiet time, meal prep, or while working with older kids!  Set up this easy matching activity for your toddler, preschooler, or Kindergartner today!

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Where's the Turkey Free Book Companion
[Source: Speech Therapy Tool Box]

It's time for a warm holiday gathering, and traditional family favorites are making their way to the Thanksgiving table. But where is the turkey? Find out in this richly illustrated picture book about a vegan family's Thanksgiving.

School Psych Corner: The Psychological Approach to Educating Kids
[Source:  The Atlantic]

On a recent Monday morning, 25 freshmen filed into Rudolph "Keeth" Matheny's wood-paneled portable classroom on the campus of Austin High School in Austin, Texas. But not before the shake. Matheny greeted each student by name, then extended his hand.

OT Corner:  Risky Playgrounds - Why Kids Need Them
[Source: Rocket OT]

It's been a while since I've posted, as I've been continuing my journey through Central America. I've been trying to maintain some semblance of an exercise routine while I've been away, and as most soccer (or football depending on where you're from) fields seem to be closed to the public, I've resorted to working out in playgrounds. Promise me, it's less creepy than it sounds! This has given me a chance to see the differences between playgrounds in South/Central America, compared with the playgrounds I'm used to back home. Which got me thinking about the set up of Australian playgrounds, and the balance between safety and calculated risk.


PT Corner: What a Difference a Shoe Makes
[Source:  Dinosaur Physical Therapy]

The Importance of an Appropriate Shoe for Children with a Wide Range of Pediatric Gait Presentations

Shoe Recommendations are among the most common requests I receive from parents as well as other therapists. The proper shoe can make a world of difference. This post is dedicated to three typical gait presentations as well as our recommendations for the best children's shoes and advice as you venture out into the world of footwear!

Note: I am a proponent of children participating in Physical Therapy sessions without 

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SLP Corner:  Data Collection Made Easier
[Source;  Doyle Speech Works]

I'm a "tally-er." I've always kept my student data using a given-correct model using tally marks. That's the way I was taught to do it in 1980 and that's the way I've done it up until this school year. New year, new strategy. I've noticed those, ahem, younger than me using a plus-minus data collection system. I can see the advantages, so I thought I would try it. Problem is, I've found myself having to count all the pluses, subtract the minuses, divide 


Autism Corner: Teaching Eye Contact to Children with Autism
[Source:  Mary Barbera.com]

Many children with autism struggle with and have poor eye contact. Both parents and professionals often wonder if we should focus on teaching eye contact, and, if so, how to teach this important nonverbal skill. Today I'm going to get on my soapbox about autism and eye contact.

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