February 1, 2019
Issue 5, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
 
News Items:
  • CDC To Collect Data On Teens With Autism
  • Therapeutic Video Game May Help Kids with ADHD and Autism
  • Newborn Babies Have Inbuilt Ability to Pick Out Words, Finds Study
  • Advocates Suggest Schools Give Students Free Pads, Tampons. Here's Why
  • The Importance of Handwriting for Writing
  • FDA Warns Against Jewelry For Sensory Stimulation
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Las Vegas, NV
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric SLP - Houston, TX
  • Hot, New Job! School-Based SLP - Haverhill, MA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Sensory Idea of the Week: Simple Sensory Calm Down Jar
  • LiteracyCenter.Net - Therapist Resource of the Week
  • Collection of the Week: Low Prep Fine Motor Activities
  • Pediatric / School-Based Therapy Resource of the Week: Mr. Potato Head
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner:  Utilizing Read Alouds to Develop Literacy and Language Skills
  • OT Corner: 10 Suggestions to Reduce Pencil Pressure
  • PT Corner: Looking at the Differences between Exercise and Function in Treatment
  • Autism Corner: Self-Management for Students with ASD
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CDC To Collect Data On Teens With Autism
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Federal officials are moving forward with plans to track the experiences of teenagers with autism.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected 11 sites to be part of the next surveillance efforts through its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.
All of the sites will comb through records from 8-year-olds and 4-year-olds in their areas to determine how many qualify for an autism diagnosis.

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Therapeutic Video Game May Help Kids with ADHD and Autism
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new pilot study finds promise in a digital medicine tool designed as a  treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The study by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) confirmed the acceptability, feasibility, and safety of Project: EVO, which delivers sensory and motor 

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Newborn Babies Have Inbuilt Ability to Pick Out Words, Finds Study
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

A research study of newborn babies has revealed that humans are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language.

The international team of researchers discovered two mechanisms in 3-day-old infants, which give them the skills to pick out words in a stream of sounds.

The discovery provides a key insight into a first step to learning language.

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Advocates Suggest Schools Give Students Free Pads, Tampons. Here's Why
[Source: Education Week]

A growing number of schools are offering free menstrual products, hoping to meet the needs of low-income students who don't have ready access to tampons and sanitary pads.
And, as state and federal education laws put a growing emphasis on school attendance, more schools may consider providing such products in an effort to address every obstacle that may keep students out of the classroom.

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The Importance of Handwriting for Writing
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Handwriting practice has diminished significantly over the several decades. Recently, more and more research indicates the importance of handwriting skills for literacy, working memory, orthographic processing and more. The Journal of Educational Psychology published research on the importance of handwriting for writing.

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FDA Warns Against Jewelry For Sensory Stimulation
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Special necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry used by people with special needs to provide sensory stimulation are dangerous, federal regulators say.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that teething jewelry has been linked to death and serious injuries in infants and children. The products, which can be worn by kids or adults, should not be used, the agency said.

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Looking for a fun and exciting adventure? We have a need for a Occupational Therapist to work in a therapist-owned pediatric outpatient clinic, as well as Early Intervention, in wonderful Las Vegas, NV! This is a full-time position with an established caseload of children from birth to 18 with a range of disabilities. No weekend hours are required. Treatment sessions are 30 minutes each, and cotreats are available.

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Hot, New Job! Pediatric SLP - Houston, TX 
New and full-time opening for a Speech-Language Pathologist to work in an outpatient clinic on the west side of Baytown, TX.

* You'll treat a variety of ages from 3 and up
* Diagnoses vary, from ASD to stroke victims with swallowing difficulties and cognitive impairment
* Most treatments are in 30 minute increments with evals and dysphagia sessions longer in length

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PediaStaff is hiring an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist for the balance of the 2018-19 school year.

*  Full-time 7 hours a day 35 hours a week
*  Great location less than an hour north of Boston, in the Haverhill area
*  Elementary and Middle School preK-8th grade
*  Speech-Language Pathologist will supervise an SLP Assistant

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Sensory Idea of the Week: Simple Sensory Calm Down Jar
[Source:  Sugar Aunts]

There are so many  ways to make sensory bottles.  Today I wanted to share a super simple sensory bottle idea that is perfect for those calm-down moments we all crave.  You know the times we all have when a child (or mom!) is just needs to refocus and calm down. It's a time when many of us fidget, bite our nails, or seek out sensory input

  Learn How to Make a Calm Down Jar Through a Link on Our Blog
LiteracyCenter.Net - Therapist Resource of the Week
The Literacy Center Education Network is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age children. Utilizing the power of the Internet, they distribute education material directly to children in their homes, libraries, and schools.

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Pediatric Therapy Resource of the Week:  Mr. Potato Head
By: Shareka Bentham, SLT

This blog post has been reprinted with express permission of the author as it appeared on her blog  Easy Speech and Language Ideas.

He may seem like just an ordinary guy but Mr. Potato Head has a secret. He is the life of the party in so many clinics, homes and schools around the world. He has proven to be extremely useful so far as a valuable resource for speech and language intervention. Therefore he gains the title of "Resource of the Week!" I thought I'd share with you readers 4 different ways in which I used good old Mr. PH today in my therapy sessions.

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SLP Corner: Using Read Alouds to Develop Literacy & Language Skills
by Dianne Joustra, M.S. Ed,


In 2001, congressional leaders realized a need to develop literacy skills among our nation's children and as a result, passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). While NCLB had its toxic flaws, one of the single most important measures that resulted from this piece of legislation was the National Reading Panel which developed the Put Reading First Document


OT Corner:   10 Suggestions to Reduce Pencil Pressure
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

When students press too hard during handwriting tasks, the hand can fatigue, paper can rip and legibility may decrease.  Recently, a reader asked for tips and suggestions to help decrease pencil pressure for when students press too hard during handwriting tasks.  Here are 10 suggestions to help children reduce pencil pressure when writing:


PT Corner: The  Differences Between Exercise & Function in Treatment
by Natan Gendelman, PT

As we've mentioned before,  cerebral palsy is a complex disorder that comes to affect not only a child's muscles, but his entire body and its ability to function. I often emphasize how the trunk is the king of the body, and that is because the tone of the limbs will be influenced by the trunk. When we're dealing with a child that has cerebral palsy, his trunk may become stiff (hyper tone), which then moves on to affect other areas such as his arms and legs. Therefore, the condition of the trunk has to be addressed first, and the extremities (such as the arms and legs) second.

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Autism Corner:  Self-Management for Students with ASD
By: Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, NCSP

The dramatic increase in the number of school-age children identified with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has created a pressing need to design and implement positive behavioral supports in our schools' classrooms. Autism is much more prevalent than previously thought, especially when viewed as a spectrum of disorders. For example, recent estimates suggest that ASDs now affect approximately 1 to 2 % of the school-age population (Wilkinson, 2010). As a result, school-based support professionals are now more likely to be called on to consult with teachers and parents on how to manage the behavioral challenges of learners with ASD than at any other time in the recent past.

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