December 12, 2014
Issue 49, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

The Season is definitely upon us!   Hope your hustle and bustle is a joyful one!  Please enjoy our weekly newsletter when you are resting your feet!
News Items:
  • Researchers Pinpoint Chemo Effect on Brain Cells, Potential Link to Autism
  • Video: Young Athlete Pushes the Limits of a Crippling Disease
  • Bilingual Cognitive Advantage May Be Less than Advertised
  • Research: Distracted to Learn? Maybe Not
  • Early Parental Writing Support is Key to Children's Literacy
  • Designer Focuses On Interiors For Those With Autism
Hot Jobs 
  • Placement of the Week: PediaStaff Places Part-Time too!
  • New Grad Job of the Week - School Based SLP - Four Corners, New Mexico
  • Hot Job:  School Psychologist - San Francisco, CA!
  • Hot Job! Be a "Twilight" SLP - Richmond, Texas
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Resources of the Week: Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Too!
  • Best Picture Books of 2014
  • "Frozen" Inspired Salt Writing Tray
  • SLP Activity of the Week:  Christmas Would You Rather Questions

Articles and Special Features 

  • Career Corner: New Grads - Pacing Your First Year of Work
  • School Nurse's Corner: Legal Issues Every School Nurse Needs to Know
  • SLP Corner: Speech Language Christmas Crafts
  • PT Corner:  Should You 'Walk' Babies?
  • OT Corner: Stocking Stuffers To Promote Motor Development
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Researchers Pinpoint Chemo Effect on Brain, Link to Autism?

[Source:  Medical News Today]

The common chemo-therapy drug topotecan disrupts a gene integral for neuron communication, though the effects are reversible. The research also homes in on an underlying cause of autism. 

UNC School of Medicine researchers have found for the first time a biochemical mechanism that could be a cause of "chemo brain" - the neurological side effects such as memory loss, confusion, difficulty thinking, and trouble concentrating that many cancer patients experience while on chemotherapy to treat tumors in other parts of the body


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Video: Young Athlete Pushes the Limits of a Crippling Disease

[Source:  ESPN Via ABC News]

Entering her senior year at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kayla Montgomery had big goals-to win the Cross-Country State Championship. It was a goal that seemed completely impossible just three years earlier, when Kayla was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis-an often debilitating disease that in in Kayla's case causes her to lose all feeling from the waist down during a race.

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Bilingual Cognitive Advantage May Be Less than Advertised

[Source: Psych Central]


A new study challenges the idea that bilingual speakers have a cognitive advantage.

The research suggests that a publication bias in favor of positive results may skew the overall literature on bilingualism and cognitive function.

The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

"Publishing only 'successful' studies means that we do not have access to many valuable studies that could increase our understanding of the actual effects of bilingualism," said lead researcher Angela de Bruin, psychology doctoral student at Edinburgh University.


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Research: Distracted to Learn? Maybe Not 

[Source: Psych Central]


Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task.

Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage.


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Early Parental Writing Support is Key to Children's Literacy

[Source: Science Daily]

Children of the Information Age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens. A new Tel Aviv University study says that preschoolers should be encouraged to write at a young age - even before they make their first step into a classroom.

A new study published in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly explains why early writing, preceding any formal education, plays an instrumental role in improving a child's literacy level, vocabulary, and fine motor skills. The research, conducted by Prof. Dorit Aram of TAU's Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education in collaboration with Prof. Samantha W. Bindman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other colleagues in the US, assessed the merits of early parental mediation of children's literacy and language in English, and recommended useful techniques to that end.


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Designer Focuses On Interiors For Those With Autism    

[Source:  Disability Scoop]  

A.J. Paron-Wildes' home, a walk-out rambler in suburban Oak Park Heights, Minn., is a study in calm - all clean, uncluttered spaces and earthy, neutral hues that echo the autumn leaves framing the view of the St. Croix River. On an autumn afternoon, daughter Eva, 6, is having an after-school snack, while son Devin, 19, sketches intently, seated at the studio desk in his orderly bedroom.


This peaceful environment is entirely by design. When you have a child child with autism, calm is a precious commodity - and Paron-Wildes has become an expert at creating it, starting in her own home.

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PediaStaff Placement of Week:  PediaStaff Places Part-Time Too!  

Congratulations to Jennifer W., on her new part-time position with PediaStaff's client in West Suburban Boston!  

She will be working as a Physical Therapist 6-10 hours a week for the remainder of the school year.

They have one other PT working with the district, but the caseload has grown. Assistance is needed at two school sites in close proximity to one another. The district estimates that 6 hours of direct service and one hour of consultation is needed weekly, with fill-in when necessary.


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New Grad Job of the Week:  School Based SLP - Four Corners, NM  

Our Client is a public school system in Northwest New Mexico.

We are seeking a full time Speech Language Pathologist for the SY14/15 and will consider a CFY with school fieldwork experience. This is an opportunity to serve the Native American population in the "Four Corners" of New Mexico.

If your desire is to serve in a district where quality care and support is a priority, this is the position for you.  You can live in nearby Farmington or in beautiful Colorado with a 45 minute commute.  There are ride-shares available.  


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Hot Job:  School Psychologist - San Francisco, CA

We are seeking a full time school experienced School Psychologist for the balance of School Year 14/15. In addition to working in this lovely area, you'll enjoy the supportive team environment at this school district. The position is full time for the balance of the school year, perhaps beyond.


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Hot Job: Be a "Twilight" SLP - Richmond, Texas

Every thought how nice it would be to have the mornings to yourself and start work a bit later?  Then maybe this "Twilight SLP" job is for you!  All experience levels welcome to apply!

Our client is an outpatient clinic on the west side of Houston in Richmond. They are seeking a direct hire  Speech Language Pathologist to work in their clinic Monday-Thursday 12 noon to 8:00PM and Fridays 3:00PM-7:00 PM. Caseload ranges in age 0-21.  37 hours/wk guaranteed.


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Pinterest Resource of the Week -  Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Too!  

Christmas-time is a wonderful time of year, but it is also a time for other celebrations as well.,  Rather than lumping all of the holidays into a mush of "Holiday" celebrations that lose the essence of each individual traditions, how about celebrating diversity with some activities for the other holidays celebrated this time of year?  We have already featured some excellent activities by Therapy fun Zone (dreidel game for OT), Speech Room News (menorah speech and language activities), and Speech 


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Literacy Resource of the Week: Best Picture Books of 2014  

[Source: Huffington Post]

After the last fantastic year in picture books, it was hard to imagine 2014 reaching the same heights. And indeed, my initial impression was that this year's offerings fell short of 2013s stellar crop. However, as I sifted and sorted through the piles of books to put this end-of-year post together, the list of quality books kept growing. By the end, I was as convinced as ever that we are living in a new golden age of picture books.

Many of the wonderful titles below could stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of any year, and leading the charge is a marshmallowy fellow with a scotch-taped crown determined to do the unimaginable.


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Handwriting Activity of Week: "Frozen" Inspired Salt Writing Tray  

[Source:  I Can Teach My Child]

 am somewhat obsessed with the smooth, shiny, ice-like texture from corn syrup paint.  A few weeks ago we created a Frozen inspired name painting.    
After it was finished, I thought it would be a great for a salt writing tray as well! 

Little Brother and I had a great time making and playing with this fun salt-writing tray!  It is a great way for him to practice forming the letters of the alphabet (in 


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SLP Activity of Week: Christmas Would You Rather Questions

We love this one!   Here are some fun Would You Rather Questions to use during the Holiday Season. 

Great for stimulating conversation!


[Source:  Minds in Bloom]


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Career Corner: New Grads - Pacing Your First Year of Work

by Teresa Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP

Your career is a marathon - not a sprint. Perhaps you are still operating at the breakneck pace of graduate school, completing one activity as fast as you can before moving on to the next task. Months and months of assignment after assignment, followed by test after test, can affect your behavioral patterns once you begin your first job. Graduate school has a defined end point. You are only in grad school for a couple of years. The funny thing about working in a career is that the end point is usually 30 years from when you begin. Thirty years is a long time to work absolutely as fast as you can.

Your first year of work is a lesson in pacing. You learn that you cannot finish all of the required work in one day. Some days you may need to leave projects half-completed, a jumbled pile of notes, unfinished reports, and stacks of file folders in varied levels of disorganization at your desk. We can't actually live at work (and believe me, I've tried). Understanding that your career 

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School Nurse's Corner: Legal Issues School Nurses Needs to Know

[Source:  NASN Radio]

The legal issues around school nursing are complicated.  What basic legal considerations should school nurses be familiar with and routinely contemplating?  In this segment we look at some typical scenarios.


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SLP Corner: A Little Jingle Jangle - Christmas Speech Crafts

[Source:  Crazy Speech World]  

I'm knee deep in evaluations that are backed up and IEPs that are due and two new kids that moved into our school with speech....BUT it won't get me down because....



Check out all this FUN we are having in my crazy speech world!

I found some holly leaves with berries and copied multiple sheets and they wrote articulation words on each leaf!  This was great cutting practice for my littles!  We glued them onto a green circle.  I obviously went traditional...


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PT Corner: Should You 'Walk' Babies?

by Stacy Menz, DPT, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

We have had some families bring this article, 9 Reasons Not to Walk Babies, to our attention.  It was generally a response to some of the things we were working on in therapy with their child, and confusion because this article to them seemed to be saying the exact opposite of what we are asking them to do.  


I have to admit when I first read it I thought the author was completely wrong.  Then I took a step back and read it again.  What I realized was that the first time I read it, I was reading it with the bias of how it related to the specific child we were working with.  In actuality, what the author is promoting is independent exploration and development of the child.

OT Corner: Stocking Stuffers To Promote Motor Development

[Source:  Pink Oatmeal]

It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost here.  I'll admit, I'm pretty excited that the Hallmark Channel has started playing their Christmas movies.  Even though it's not even Thanksgiving people have been asking what to get my little man for Christmas.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  I've come up with a simple list of stocking stuffers that promote motor development!

This post contains affiliate links.  I only recommend products that I use or love.  

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