September 13, 2019
Issue 30, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • Toddler Language Learning: Richer and More Complicated Than you Might Think
  • Behavioral Intervention Reduces Need to Medicate Kids with ADHD
  • New Research: Daily Exercise can Boost Children's Exam Grades 
  • Having an Elder Brother is Associated with Slower Language Development
  • Efforts To Curb Restraint And Seclusion Still Largely Piecemeal
  • A Young Woman, A Wheelchair And The Fight To Take Her Place At Stanford
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Psychologist - Phoenix, AZ
  • Hot, New Job! School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist - SLP - Albany, OR
  • Hot, New Job! School-Based Social Worker - Chicago, IL
  • Hot, New Job! EI Specialist/ Special Education Teacher - Vancouver, WA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Word Family and Color Slam - Back to School Basics
  • Visual Perception Find and Color - School
  • Activity of the Week: Cootie Catchers for Fine Motor Skills
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Tx Corner: 10 Things They Don't Teach You in Therapy School
  • SLP Corner: Auditory Processing Disorder in Children: What Does It Mean?
  • Autism Corner: Social Skills Training for Children with Autism
  • Sensory Corner: Your Sensory Sensitive Kiddos Go Back to School!
  • Feeding Therapy Corner: Wait...For...It.. - The Power of Waiting
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Toddler Language Learning: Richer and More Complex Than you Might Think
[Source: Medical X-Press]

When you consider how children learn words, you might think of this kind of scenario: an adult points to an object (for example, a dog), clearly says a word in isolation (dog!), and the child immediately understands what the word means.

Almost everything about this scenario is wrong! The meaning of a word is not obvious. Most words occur in longer sentences without any spaces before or after them, which means that where a word begins or ends is not clear. And children work out the meanings of words over a longer period of time, rather than all at once.

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Behavioral Intervention Reduces Need to Medicate Kids with ADHD
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Most children with ADHD who receive behavioral intervention do not need medication, according to a new study by researchers at FIU's Center for Children and Families.

Researchers evaluated 127 unmedicated children with ADHD, ages 5 to 13, during the school year, following their participation in the center's Summer Treatment Program, a comprehensive summer camp program for children with ADHD and related behavioral,

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New Research: Daily Exercise can Boost Children's Exam Grades
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Most parents are aware that physical activity is good for children-as it can help to improve their sense of self and have a positive impact on their mental health and well-being. But it's less well known that being fit and active can also help to boost children's academic performance.

Our  recent review of primary school children from Stoke-on-Trent, England, shows that children who are more active perform better in key stage one results in reading, writing and mathematics than less active children-achieving grades that were either average or above average for each subject.

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Having an Elder Brother is Associated with Slower Language Development
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Several studies had already demonstrated that children who have an elder sibling have poorer linguistic performance than those who have none. Now a research team at the CNRS, Hôpital Robert-Debré AP-HP, the EHESS, the ENS and the INSERM1 has reported a more specific result: this only concerns children who have an elder brother. This work was published on 14 August in Psychological Science.

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Efforts To Curb Restraint And Seclusion Still Largely Piece
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Nearly a decade after Congress first considered restrictions on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, a new report finds that rules continue to vary significantly from state to state.

Thirty states have "meaningful" laws on the books limiting restraint and seclusion among all children and 39 have some variety of restrictions specifically for kids with disabilities, according to an analysis published by the advocacy organization the Autism National Committee.

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A Young Woman, A Wheelchair & The Fight To Take Her Place At Stanford
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Sylvia Colt-Lacayo is 18, fresh-faced and hopeful, as she beams confidence from her power wheelchair. Her long dark hair is soft and carefully tended, and her wide brown eyes are bright. A degenerative neuromuscular disease, similar to muscular dystrophy, has left her with weak, underdeveloped muscles throughout her body, and her legs are unable to support any weight. Each time she needs to get in or out of her wheelchair - to leave bed in the morning, use the bathroom, take a shower, change clothes - she needs assistance.

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Are you interested in a position where you can motivate and encourage students to want to learn and make a difference in the life of a child?

PediaStaff is searching for a Lead School Psychologist to work at two schools in the Phoenix, AZ area.  The School Psychologist is a full- time position and you can start work through the 2019-2020 school year.

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We are seeking a speech-language pathologist for a school-based position near Albany Oregon.
* Speech-language pathologist will work full time five days per week

* SLP will start September and work until June 2020
* Enjoy a competitive pay rate
Qualifications: You will need to hold a Master's Degree in Communications Sciences Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology, and a current state license (or be eligible for same).
PediaStaff delivers flexible staffing solutions in pediatric and educational based settings. We offer excellent hourly rates and Per Diem based on IRS eligibility. In addition:

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Are you a Licensed School Social Worker that is looking for a great new full-time position for the current school year?  This is a great job with an immediate start date!  We need a licensed School Social Worker to work in our K-8th grade Charter School located near the Washington Park area of Chicago, IL.  We are interviewing now!

*  You will begin as soon as possible
*  You will work with approximately 28 student caseload
*  You will work Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with a 30-minute unpa

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We have a fabulous position for an EI Specialist or Special Education Teacher to start as soon as possible working with children from birth to 21 in the Vancouver area. This is a full-time opportunity.

*  Therapist will provide service mainly in the natural setting with the birth to three population.
*  Most children serviced have developmental delays/disabilities.
*  The Specialist also will serve as a Family Resource Coordinator while maintaining an Early Intervention caseload
*  The underprivileged population is served, with 60 percent Medicaid reimbursements.

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Word Family and Color Slam -  Back to School Basics
Source: Toddler Approved]

Back to School Basics posts review simple skills for preschoolers and pre-k students. Today I am sharing this simple word family and color slam game. We typically try and come up with games or activities that can work for both my son (entering pre-k this year) and my toddler daughter. This game actively kept them both involved and was a lot of fun!

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Visual Perception Find and Color
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Here is a visual perceptual freebie Find and Color for back to school from the  School Doodle Find packet.  Challenge your student's visual scanning and visual motor skills with this activity.  Can you find and color the 7 different school items?

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Special Thanks to Therapy Fun Zone for this Activity of the Week. 

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Any square piece of paper can be made into a Cootie Catcher
Fold two corners together and crease firmly.
unfold. Then fold the other two corners together and crease again.
Fold each corner point into the center.

flip it over and fold all four of these corners into the center.

By: Margaret Rice PT 

Looking back to graduation from physical therapy school, well over 10 years ago, I now realize that the professors missed quite a bit of information about school based therapy. After one class in pediatric physical therapy and an eight week internship, I never remember any of the professors discussing the following topics:
  1. Dress appropriately: Schools are not very clean places. The floors get swept sometimes and polished about once a year. The best outfit you could wear would be comfortable clothes with reinforced knees. You spend a lot of time on the floor and I have ripped so many pairs of pants in the knees. Also, you may want to wear a tool belt or at least carry an Allen wrench set. I must have cut class the day they discussed how to repair wheelchairs on the fly.
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By: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Reprinted with the permission of  National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) as originally published on their Website

What is auditory processing?

Auditory processing is the term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when energy that we recognize as sound travels through the ear and is changed into electrical information that can be interpreted by the brain. The "disorder" part of auditory processing disorder (APD) means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of information. 

[Source: Best Practice Autism]

Impairment in social communication and interaction is a core feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social skills deficits include difficulties with initiating interactions, maintaining reciprocity, taking another person's perspective, and inferring the interests of others.  Unfortunately, many children with ASD do not receive consistent and intensive social skills programming in school. This is problematic, especially considering social

By: Jackie Linder Olson

Editor's Note: This article is directed at parents, but would a a great resource to share with the caregivers for your sensory sensitive kiddos!

It is time to go back to school, which can be both exciting and stressful. If your child is hyper-sensitive they may have social anxiety as well that can be debilitating. For those hypo-sensitive children sitting in school and being quiet can be torture for their active minds and bodies. Here are a few tips to help make your sensory sensitive child's day smoother and just maybe they'll become teacher's pet.

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Feeding Therapy Corner: Wait...For...It.. - The Power of Waiting 
By: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

As a speech language pathologist who specializes in feeding, one of the most important strategies that I teach to parents and caregivers is the power of waiting. Children need time to organize their thoughts and their bodies before gathering up their courage to interact with a new food. Well-intentioned parents who cheer enthusiastically for their kids in order to "encourage them to do it" are accidently reinforcing NOT eating. If a child isn't eating, the best thing to do is to give that behavior no

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