October 19, 2018
Issue 41, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • Fluoride Exposure in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Symptoms in Kids
  • Abnormal Vision in Childhood Can Affect Brain Functions
  • Cumulative Sub-Concussive Impacts in a Single Season of Youth Football
  • Mom's Early Pregnancy Weight May Affect Baby's Self-Regulation
  • Participating in Sports During Childhood May Have Long-Term Benefits for Bone Health
  • Infants are More Likely to Learn When with a Peer
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Jobs: School-Based SLPs - Greater Chicagoland!
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric PTA - Allentown, PA
  • Hot, New Job! School Nurse - Salem, OR
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Printable Halloween Memory Matching Game for Kids
  • Four Seasons Tree Activity
  • Free Printable Social Stories About Getting a Haircut
  • Basic Concepts: Temporal Directions (Halloween)
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: Speech, Language, and Literacy Fun with Karma Wilson's "Bear" Books
  • OT Corner: How to Help Children with Low Muscle Tone
  • School Psych Corner: Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority
  • SpEd Corner: 5 Secrets to Maintaining a Positive Outlook in Special Ed
  • PT Corner: Using A Walker To Improve Balance
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Fluoride Exposure in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Symptoms in Kids
[Source: Psych Central]

Pregnant women with higher levels of fluoride in their urine may be more likely to have school-age children with certain symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) such as inattentiveness and cognitive problems, according to a new Canadian study led by researchers at the University of Toronto and York University.

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Abnormal Vision in Childhood Can Affect Brain Functions
[Source:  Science Daily]

A research team has discovered that abnormal vision in childhood can affect the development of higher-level brain areas responsible for things such as attention.
The researchers from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, and the University of Auckland uncovered differences in how the brain processes visual information in patients with various types of lazy eye. In doing so, they are the first to demonstrate that the brain can divert attention away from a lazy eye when both eyes are 

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Cumulative Sub-Concussive Impacts in a Single Season of Youth Football
[Source: Science Daily]

Each year, more than 3 million children in primary and high school play tackle football in the United States. Growing concern about the possible negative effects of repetitive sub-concussive head impacts led to an increased number of physicians and parents who counsel against youth participation in full-contact sports.

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Mom's Early Pregnancy Weight May Affect Baby's Self-Regulation
[Source: Psych Central]

A woman's weight in early pregnancy may influence how well her baby is able to self-regulate during the first months and years of life, according to a new Finnish study published in the journal Pediatric Research.

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Playing Sports During Childhood May Have Long-Term Benefits for Bone Health 
[Source:  Science Daily]

Participation in an organized sport during childhood and adolescence is associated with bone mass at 20 years of age, according to a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study.
In the study that followed 984 children into young adulthood, males who were 'consistent sport participators' from ages 5-17 years had significantly greater whole body and leg bone mineral content at age 20 years than those who dropped out of sport, whereas 

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Infants are More Likely to Learn When With a Peer
[Source: Science Daily]

Infants are more likely to learn from on-screen instruction when paired with another infant as opposed to viewing the lesson alone, according to a new study.

You read that correctly: Infants.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Washington looked at the mechanisms involved in language learning among nine-month-olds, the youngest population known to be studied in relation to on-screen learning.

They found neural evidence of early learning among infants who were coupled with a peer, as compared to those infants who viewed

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Hot, New Jobs: School-Based SLPs - Greater Chicagoland
'PediaStaff is hiring Speech-Language Pathologists for school-based programs starting ASAP for the balance of school year 2018/19.  We offer both full time and part time options, five days a week or just one or two, you decide!

* Opportunities for a Speech-Language Pathologist are available all around Chicagoland including Naperville, Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Dundee, Elgin, Evanston, Genoa, Glyn Ellyn, Joliet, Lisle, Oak Forest, Oak Park, Palatine, Rockford, Westmont, 

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Hot, New Job! Pediatric PTA - Allentown, PA
Are you looking for a position that allows you to really make a difference?  Do you enjoy working with very young children?  We are searching for a physical therapist assistant to work with children and their families in and around the Lehigh Valley area. Children on your caseload will range in age from birth to three and are treated in home or natural settings.

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Hot, New Job! School Nurse - Salem, OR
Want a location that has something for just about everyone? We are seeking a School Nurse for a beautiful district in the Salem, Oregon area for this 2018-19 SY. Explore the scenic wonders, drive one hour to the beach, mountains, or progressive large cities.

* Full-time School Nurse for K-12
* School Nurse will start ASAP through June 2019
* Monday through Friday; 190-day calendar
* Assignment is split between three schools

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Printable Halloween Memory Matching Game for Kids
[Source: Childhood 101]

Memory or Concentration is such a great first game to play with older toddlers or preschoolers - though school-aged kids can get so much out of it too! That's because success in Memory relies upon children remembering where they have seen each picture card played in previous turns - both those and those of the other players. It's truly a fabulous memory game whatever your age.

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Four Seasons Tree Activity
[Source:  Teaching Mama]

I have to admit that I have an obsession with using contact paper for activities. It can be used in so many ways for learning! Today I'm sharing how I used it to create a four seasons tree activity. This is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn about the four seasons.

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Free Printable Social Stories About Getting a Haircut  
[Source:  And Next Comes L]

Getting a hair cut is a big deal to kids with autism or sensory issues. Many families struggle to find a hair stylist who is understanding and patient. One who can understand the sensory sensitivities that go along with getting one's hair cut.

We personally cut our boys' home ourselves at home, but I remember how difficult those first few haircuts were when J was a toddler and a preschooler. We would have to cut for a little bit, pause, and repeat over and over. It's a lot easier now, but there are still challenges we face when cutting his hair.

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Basic Concepts: Temporal Directions (Halloween) Haircut  
[Source:  Ms. Lane's SLP Materials]

These "before" and "after" temporal directions have a Halloween theme.  For example: "After you touch the bat, touch the skeleton."  I like using these worksheets to target following directions with basic concepts from the CELF-4 assessment.  This is also a fun concept to target using real-life objects or actions ("Before you bring me the pumpkin, say 'Boo!'").

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SLP Corner:  Speech, Language, and Literacy Fun with the "Bear" Books
[Source: Smart Speech Therapy]

In my previous posts, I've shared my thoughts about picture books being an excellent source of materials for assessment and treatment purposes. They can serve as narrative elicitation aids for children of various ages and intellectual abilities, ranging from pre-K through fourth grade.  They are also incredibly effective treatment aids for addressing a variety of speech, language, and literacy goals that extend far beyond narrative 


OT Corner:   How to Help Children with Low Muscle Tone
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

If you are a parent or teacher, you might wonder how to help children with low muscle tone.  As pediatric therapists, we often work with children who have hypotonia or low muscle tone.  Children who have low muscle tone may receive direct occupational or physical therapy services for a limited time per week or month.  Therefore, it is crucial that parents and teachers understand how to help children with low muscle tone on a daily basis.  Pediatric OTs and PTs are excellent resources to help children with low muscle tone.


School Psych Corner:  Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority
[Source: Education Week]

Within the first eight days of school this year, three students in a suburban district East of Los Angeles killed themselves.

None of the deaths were related-the students had been from different schools, in different grades, and didn't appear to know one another.

But the quick succession of suicides left the community reeling.

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SpEd Corner: 5 Secrets to Maintaining a Positive Outlook
[Source: Autism Classroom News & Resources]

These tips were developed for back to school, but really they are appropriate at any time of year.  Maintaining a positive outlook is a key element in preventing burnout, holding off stress, and just overall making your life good throughout the year.

Let's face it, as I've said before, three-quarters of happiness and stress management is in our heads.  It's about keeping yourself in a positive outlook and focused on a bigger purpose.
PT Corner: Using A Walker To Improve Balance
Source: Starfish Therapies]

We have a young man who has been working on walking his whole life. Recently due to growth spurts and other factors, he's become more fearful of falling and having even more trouble with his balance when he walks. Using a walker has not been something he is interested in, and his parents have been reluctant as well. However, due to the challenges he's been having with walking, his parents are more open to the idea, and we have slowly been introducing it and talking up the benefits so that he is interested as well.

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