September 1, 2017
Issue 24, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter
News Items:
  • Rodent Study: How Gut Bacteria May Impact Anxi
  • Sense of Self-Worth May Develop Earlier Than Once Thought
  • Is It Time To Ditch The Autism Puzzle Piece?
  • Inattentive Kids' Academics Can Suffer For Up to A Decade
  • Yawning-Why is it so Contagious and Why Should it Matter?
  • Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: Pediatric PT - SIGN ON BONUS! - Huntington, WV
  • Hot Job: School-Based SLP - Ashland, OR
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Skokie, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Free Calendar Work Printables
  • The New Season of the School Psyched Podcast Has Begun!
  • Pinterest Seasonal Pin of the Week: Back to School Idiom Task Cards
Articles and Special Features 
  • Educator's Corner: IDEA - A Summary for Parents
  • Behavior Corner: A Focus on Mindfulness 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: How Our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean Based On How They're Said
  • PediaStaff Job Search Tip of the Week: Is Your Best Face Forward on Facebook?
  • School Psychology Corner:  Is Anxiety Really a Gift?
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Rodent Study: How Gut Bacteria May Impact Anxiety
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study from Ireland on rodents shows that certain brain regions heavily implicated in anxiety and depression are significantly affected by gut microbes by way of biological molecules called microRNAs (miRNAs).

The findings, published in the journal Microbiome, shed new light on how gut bacteria may influence anxiety-like behaviors.

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Sense of Self-Worth May Develop Earlier Than Once Thought
[Source: Psych Central]

A new study shows that our ability to reason about our self-worth as individuals develops as young children
But the study from researchers at New York University also suggests that failure can instill discouragement sooner than previously thought.

"Young children's self-concepts are not qualitatively different from those of older children and adults," said Dr. Andrei Cimpian, an associate professor in New York University's Department of Psychology and the study's senior author. "Young children can think of themselves as possessing abstract traits and abilities, and they can also reason about their self-worth, which has implications for self-esteem."

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Is It Time To Ditch The Autism Puzzle Piece? 
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Long associated with autism, new research is questioning whether or not the ubiquitous puzzle piece serves as a pro or con for organizations tied to the developmental disorder.

Dating to at least the 1960s, puzzle pieces have commonly been used to denote autism. The imagery is currently employed by Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America and numerous other groups in one form or another and puzzle pieces grace everything from t-shirts and pins to credit cards and license plates.

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Inattentive Kids' Academics Can Suffer For Up to A Decade
[Source:  Psych Central]

International researchers have discovered that inattentiveness, either with or without attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is linked to declines in academic performance up to 10 years later.

The finding holds true even when a child's intellectual ability is factored into the analysis.

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Yawning-Why is it so Contagious and Why Should it Matter?
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Feeling tired? Even if we aren't tired, why do we yawn if someone else does? Experts at the University of Nottingham have published research that suggests the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex-an area of the brain responsible for motor function.

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Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Deep questions about independence - or lack thereof - for adults with Down syndrome are at the center of a new film that's set to make its television debut.

"The Grown-Ups" will air next month as part of PBS's POV series.

The documentary focuses on the experiences of a group of middle-aged adults with Down syndrome in Chile who attend a center where they go to school, participate in regular therapy sessions and staff a catering business.

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We are searching for a full time or part time physical therapist for a pediatric practice located in Huntington, WV.  This successful therapy center has a long history in the community, a family-friendly work environment, a strong salary, and a great benefits package - 16 paid holidays, life insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability, annual leave days/sick days, and continuing education reimbursement. Relocation assistance is available.  Either contract or direct hire employment status will be considered.  Start date is flexible.

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We are searching for a speech-language pathologist for a school contract assignment located near Ashland, OR. The therapist will treat students in middle school and high school up to 5 days/week. Scheduling is flexible and the position begins as soon as possible and ends in June 2018.  This is a wonderful area filled with theaters, brewpubs, wineries and artisan cuisine. For the more adventurous, enjoy the great outdoors with Rogue River and Table Rocks - just a stone's throw away.

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist needed full time in Skokie to work between a school and a clinic!

*  Position starts as soon as possible
*  Caseload ranges from 0-18 with the majority 3-14 year olds
*  40 hours/wk/Monday - Friday
*  2 days/wk from 10:00AM - 6:00PM/3 days/wk from 9:00AM - 5:30PM
*  Friendly, family oriented clinic
*  Patients have varying degrees of disorders from mild learning disorders to Autism spectrum disorders

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Free Calendar Work Printables
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

These FREE calendar work printables, created by school based therapist Occupational Therapist Thia Triggs, provide differentiated instruction for students to participate during calendar time and morning work. This freebie is great for individual, group and contextually based therapy sessions. Reinforce your student's IEP math and ELA goals while focusing on your own therapeutic objectives.

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The New Season of the School Psyched Podcast Has Begun!
[Source: School Psyched Your School Psychologist]

The real trouble with being a School Psych is that there's no background music...Not a problem for School Psyched Podcast - Join us for a new season of #PsychedPodcast be inspired by our amazing guests, join in the conversation and get your school psych groove back on!

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Pinterest Pin of the Week: Back to School Idiom Task Cards
[Source:  My Speech Tools on TpT]

Back-to-School Idiom Task Cards for speech therapy, ESL and Special Education!
This packet includes 35 school related idioms for speech therapy activities and beginning of the year ice-breakers. These minimal-prep task cards can be used with open-ended game boards, roll play, charades, illustrations, and more!

Idioms and figurative language is used everyday across the school setting. Students who struggle with comprehension and language use, as well as second language learners, may not understand informal language use throughout the day.

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Educator's Corner: IDEA:   A Summary for Parents
Editor's Note:   Here is a great share for the parents and guardians of your kiddos.

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires schools to serve the educational needs of eligible students with disabilities.
  • Schools must find and evaluate students suspected of having disabilities-at no cost to parents.
  • Not every child with learning and attention issues qualifies under IDEA

Behavior Corner: A Focus on Mindfulness
[Source: Specialism]

A few years back, I attended a conference for Speech-Language Pathologists in British Columbia. I was fortunate to learn about several new concepts, but the concept of mindfulness was a new idea for me.  It was a topic that really stuck out in my mind.  What I found was that I could apply it to both my clientele and to aspects of my own life.

Peds Tx Corner: How Our Brains Know What Words Mean Based On How They're Said

It's not just what you say that matters. It's how you say it.

Take the phrase, "Here's Johnny." When Ed McMahon used it to introduce Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, the words were an enthusiastic greeting. But in The Shining, Jack Nicholson used the same two words to convey murderous intent.

Now scientists are reporting in the journal Science that they have identified specialized brain cells that help us understand what a speaker really means. These cells do this by keeping track of changes in the pitch of the voice.

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[Source:  Career Builder]

Before posting pictures of your late-night revelry or complaints about your job on social media, think again - 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, up significantly from 60 percent last year and 11 percent in 2006.
The national survey was conducted online on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll  between February 16 and March 9, 2017. It included a representative sample of more than 2,300 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes in the private sector.

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School Psych Corner:  Is Anxiety Really a Gift?
[Source:  Brain Blogger]

by Sherianna Boyle MEd, CAGS

Anxiety is most known as a "thinking" disorder which can be evidenced through symptoms such as chronic worrying. Science now shows that human beings have on average between 60,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day and according to author Joe Dispenza, roughly "70% of those thoughts are negative in nature." Negative thoughts create negative emotions which over time neurologically create redundant behaviors such as rushing, nervousness, preoccupation with the future as well as the past. How is it then, that anxiety could be a gift?

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