June 30, 2017
Issue 21, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Autism At Center Of New Netflix Series 'Atypical'
  • 1 in 5 Kids with Tourette Syndrome Meet Autism Criteria
  • Behaviors of Children on Playground Equipment
  • Researchers ID Network of Neurons Crucial for Vocal Learning 
  • Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop
  • Training Changes the Way the Brain Pays Attention
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Queens, NY 
  • School Speech-Language Pathologist - Las Vegas, NV
  • Bilingual School Psychologist - Illinois: Two Openings!
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fizzy Flag 4th of July Activity
  • Super Bubble Recipe for Summertime Fun
  • Alphabet Fine Motor Fun
  • App of the Week: Dr. Panda Train 
Articles and Special Features 
  • Sensory Corner: Fidget Toys or Focus Tools?
  • Bilingual Corner: Preventing Over Identification of Bilingual Speech Students 
  • School Psych Corner: Authors and Teenagers Share the Books that Saved their Lives
  • OT Corner: When Can Kids Learn to Button and Zip?
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Recent Occupational Therapist and COTA Jobs 

Autism At Center Of New Netflix Series 'Atypical'
[Source: Disability Scoop]

The coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old with autism is headed to Netflix.

The streaming service said it will debut the eight-episode series "Atypical" later this summer.

The half-hour show is presented from the perspective of Sam, a teen on the spectrum played by Keir Gilchrist, who's looking to gain independence and find love.

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1 in 5 Kids with Tourette Syndrome Meet Autism Criteria
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study shows that about one in five children with Tourette syndrome also meet criteria for autism. But the researchers believe this prevalence may be due to a similarity in symptoms rather than actual autism.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) tested 294 children and 241 adults with Tourette's for autism, using a self-reporting test called the Social Responsiveness Scale. The findings show that 22.8 percent of the children reached the cutoff for autism, versus 8.7 percent of the adults. In the general population, autism is estimated to affect only 0.3 to 2.9 percent, according to studies cited in the paper.

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Behaviors of Children on Playground Equipment
[Source:  Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention via Your Therapy Source]

The behaviors of children on playground equipment was examined using 32 hours of videotape collected from 140 children who were typically developing and 41 children with a variety of developmental disabilities including autism, ADHD, sensory and regulatory disorders ages 3 to 15 years. 
The research was published in a recent issue of  the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention.   The videotaping focused on six pieces of playground equipment and was analyzed using a behavioral coding system for sensory features, social interaction, self-regulation, motor skills, and play levels.

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Researchers ID Network of Neurons Crucial for Vocal Learning
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Researchers have identified a network of neurons that plays a vital role in learning vocalizations by aiding communication between motor and auditory regions of the brain.

A new study from the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute demonstrates in songbirds the necessity of this neural circuit to learn vocalizations at a young age, a finding that expands the scientific understanding of some contributing factors in speech disorders in humans.

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Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop
[Source: Mind Shift]

Impulsive children become thoughtful adults only after years of improvements to the brain's information highways, a team  reports in Current Biology.

A study of nearly 900 young people ages 8 to 22 found that the ability to control impulses, stay on task and make good decisions increased steadily over that span as the brain remodeled its information pathways to become more efficient

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Training Changes the Way the Brain Pays Attention 
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Behavioral training changes the way attention facilitates information processing in the human brain, a study publishing on June 27 in the open access journal PLOS Biology led by Sirawaj Itthipuripat, at University of California San Diego, has found.

After moving to a new city, driving to work on the second or third day may feel very different than it felt on the first day. Over time, drivers will feel more at ease on the road, not only because they can better remember which road signs to attend to or where to turn, but also because they will have an actual 

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We are searching for an occupational therapist for a pediatric outpatient clinic position located in Queens, NY.  

This is a special clinic that takes pride in offering only the finest therapy services to its client base by integrating medical, community, home, and school-based perspectives, thereby creating a more well-rounded, 3-dimensional and customized treatment plan.  

The therapist will begin working part-time from 2:30 - 6:30, three days a week with an opportunity to grow into a full-time caseload, if desired.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
We have a wonderful full-time school opportunity for a Speech-Language Pathologist to work in the Las Vegas area for the 2017-2018 school year. We need someone to work with children K-8th grade at a charter school.

*  Candidate will work at one school site
*  This is a full-time position
*  Therapist will provide direct therapy as well as evaluations and re-evaluations
*  Position is for the full school year
CCC-SLP preferred but not required.

Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Communications Sciences Disorders, or Speech Language Pathology; and a current state license (or be eligible for same).

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Two Bilingual School Psychologists  needed to work full time for the SY 2017-18, one near Glendale Heights, IL and the other in the Crest Hill/Joliet area of IL

*  Positions are full time for the upcoming school year
* One primarily services an Early Childhood population and the other serves PreK through 8th grade
*  Work with students who have social or emotional problems that will keep them from learning
Qualifications: Must have a Master's degree in psychology or educational psychology and must hold or be eligible for a PEL (Professional Educator's License).

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Seasonal Activity of the Week:  Fizzy Flag 4th of July
[Source:  I Can Teach My Child]

We are so excited to be participating in "A Very Toddler 4th" series with Kristina from Toddler Approved!  Kristina will be focusing on younger toddlers (18+ months) and I will focus more on the 3-year old crowd.  
This Fizzy Flag 4th of July Activity is a super fun way to blend science, art, and patriotism! 

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Super Bubble Recipe for Summertime Fun 
[Source: Growing a Jeweled Rose]

My kids love to play with bubbles during the warmer months.

There are so many fun ways to play with them, too!  Today, we tried making SUPER bubbles, and we had so much fun!

This super bubble recipe was such a simple and frugal way for my kids to have fun on a warm day, and we only needed a few ingredients!  Are you ready to make your own?

Alphabet Fine Motor Fun
[Source: Childhood 101
I love this activity for early readers and writers because it provides lots of opportunity to develop alphabet awareness whilst also exercising and strengthening fingers - in three different ways! Plus, it uses everyday materials that you quite possibly already have in your home or classroom.

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App of the Week: Dr. Panda Train
[Source: Smart Apps for Kids]

Bottom Line: What little kid hasn't been fascinated by trains at one point or another? Dr. Panda Train can help satisfy your little one's desire to be a conductor and ride the open rails. Help Dr. Panda deliver passengers and cargo to multiple stations in the Pandaverse.

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Sensory Corner: Fidget Toys or Focus Tools?
[Source:  Sensory Smarts.com]

by Lindsey Biel,  MA OTR/L

There have been toy fads for decades. From Rubik's Cubes to Duncan yo-yos, from Slinkys to Tamagotchis, and more recently, app-loaded cell phones and handheld game consoles, these trendy toys are fun, addictive, and increasingly forbidden in most classrooms because they distract students from learning. Now there's a new craze sweeping the country: fidget spinners. Like their predecessors, they are an entertaining and mesmerizing diversion for most students. To use one, you hold the spinner center between your thumb and a finger and flick the spinner with a finger to start the spinner rotating. Balancing a rotating object requires you to visually monitor it, especially as you figure out

Bilingual Corner: Preventing Over ID of Bilingual Speech Students
[Source: Bilinguistics]

We have all seen comparisons of Spanish to English that help us work with children across languages. But what do we focus on in our English-only therapy with children who speak Spanish in other contexts, such as with friends or at home?

Disproportionality, over-representation, and over-identification of bilingual speech students are all terms highlighting the fact that the proportion of English language learners in special education is higher than in general education. As professionals, we want to do best for these kids but part of the problem is that we don't always have the tools and information we need to make confident decisions about who we serve.

School Psych Corner:   Authors & Teens Share the Books that Saved their Lives
[Source: The Guardian.com]

After Jennifer Niven's top ten teen books to save your life and to mark Blue Monday (whether or not it exists, Spring still feels a while away) we thought it was high time we had a list of books to pick you up when you feel down. Here authors and Guardian children's books site members reveal the books that saved their lives...

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OT Corner:  When Can Kids Learn to Button and Zip?
Editor's Note:  This article was written for parents and guardians and would be an excellent share with your clients's caregivers.

[Source:  Mama OT]

It's raining cats and dogs and you're rushing to get the kids out the door.
Your 8-year-old throws on her coat while quickly zipping and snapping it up.
Your 4-year-old struggles and struggles and FINALLY gets his coat on with his arms in the right holes.

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