September 9, 2016
Issue 36, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our abbreviated Labor Day Week Edition of our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • NLRB Treats Charter Schools as Private Corporations
  • Language Learning Boosts Brain Plasticity and Ability to Code New Information
  • Harvard Study Suggests Cesarean Delivery Linked to Obesity in Offspring
  • With New Mandate, Special Ed Classrooms Get Cameras
  • School Nurse News: OTC Head Lice Treatments Likely to Fail
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! School Psychologist Job - Coastal, OR
  • Hot Job! School Psychologist Needed - Port Angeles, WA
  • Great SLP Openings Throughout California - All Settings and Terms!
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Get Ready for National School Backpack Awareness Day - Sept. 21, 2016
  • Freebie! Schoolhouse Talk Awesome Articulation
  • Free Apps for OTs & PTs - Yoga and Handwriting
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Emotion Management Skills
  • ECI Corner: Head Start Works. And It's About to Get Even Better
  • SLP Corner: Can Exercise Help Dyslexia?
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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NLRB Treats Charter Schools as Private Corporations
[Source: Education News]

A decision by the National Labor Relations Board in two separate cases last week stated that charter schools are not public schools, but are, in fact, private corporations.

While the decisions only apply to the cases in question, involving efforts to unionize at charter schools in New York and Pennsylvania, the labor board will now find themselves at the center of a debate concerning the nature of charter schools.  Publicly funded but privately run, the institutions enroll close to three million students across the country.

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Language Learning Boosts Brain Plasticity and Ability to Code New Information
[Article and Image Source: Medical News Today]

By studying brain electrical activity of volunteers, researchers found that language acquisition enhances brain plasticity and capacity for learning. In particular, they note that early language learning plays a significant role in the rapid formation of memory circuits for coding new information

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Harvard Study Suggests Cesarean Delivery Linked to Obesity
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Individuals born by cesarean delivery were 15% more likely to become obese as children than individuals born by vaginal birth-and the increased risk may persist through adulthood, according to a large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, individuals born via cesarean delivery were 64% more likely to be obese than their siblings born by vaginal birth.

The study will be published online September 6, 2016 inJAMA Pediatrics .

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With New Mandate, Special Ed Classrooms Get Cameras
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Ten years after she first asked the Keller school district and state lawmakers to install cameras in classrooms for children with special needs as a safety measure, Breggett Rideau is finally seeing her request fulfilled.

Beginning this school year, Senate Bill 507 requires Texas school districts to install, operate and maintain video cameras and video-audio recording equipment in some special education classrooms if a parent, trustee or staff member requests it. The system is intended to ensure the safety of students with disabilities in classrooms where they spend more than half their school day.
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School Nurse News: OTC Head Lice Treatments Likely to Fail
[Source:  Medical News Today]
A recent review on head lice treatments available in the United States described a marked decline in the effectiveness of permethrin/synergized pyrethrins (collectively pyrethroids), likely due to resistance arising from widespread and indiscriminate use over 30 years.
The review also noted that the potential toxicity of lindane, and the availability of safer and more effective alternatives, should limit its use. Prescription products that are safe and effective include malathion, benzyl alcohol, spinosad, and topical ivermectin.

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We are searching for a full time school psychologist for the 2016-2017 school year.  This position is located in a beautiful coastal region of southwestern Oregon.  The caseload will cover grades K-12 in multiple school locations.  This is the ideal position for someone who really wants to get away from the hectic urban or suburban lifestyle. Here, you will be able to walk endless secluded beaches, hike awesome beach, river, and mountain trails, whale watch, photograph scenery and wildlife, and just 

This is THE place to be for anyone who loves being outdoors! We are right on the water and have the Olympic mountains in the background. Come and enjoy hiking, kayaking, wine tasting and gorgeous beaches! PediaStaff has a need for a great School Psychologist to work in the Port Angeles area for the 2016-2017 school year. This is  a full-time opportunity for 37.5 hours per week with high hourly pay rates plus benefits!

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California is the place to be!  We are looking for you, Speech-Language Pathologists.  Is your desire to be in the energy of big cities like San Jose or Los Angeles?  Or perhaps you are wild-at-heart and are looking for an adventure to the eastern California Mountain Foothills.  Either way, we have your desires at heart when we say that our newly-expanded California team is here to match your career-and personal-goals with our open and newly discovered opportunities.

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National School Backpack Awareness Day: September 21, 2016
[Source:  AOTA]

Join AOTA and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country as we help others Live Life To Its Fullest by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks and bags. Students, parents, educators, school administrators, and community members will learn safety tips to stay protected from back pain throughout life.

[Source:  Schoolhouse Talk via Speechie Freebies]

Are you headed back to school? Maybe you have already started the school year! I have a NO-PREP FREEBIE for you!

Free Apps for OTs & PTs -  Yoga and Handwriting
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Here are a few free app suggestions for pediatric OTs and PTs for 8/12/16.  This week there is a pretty simple and straightforward handwriting app and an app that adds some physical activity to a child's day - my favorite when kids are moving instead of just hunched over their devices.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Emotion Management Skills

"An emotion is defined as anything that a person feels when he or she assesses an event in a specific way. It usually leads to physiological alterations or behaviour changes. Thus, all emotions are in essence impulses to act. Consequently, emotions lead to acts that we can comprehend". (Goleman, 2001)

An emotion is a complex, subjective, conscious experience: it is a combination of cognitive states, psychosomatic expressions and biological reactions of the body.

ECI Corner: Head Start Works. And It's About to Get Even Better
[Source:  New America]

Head Start, the nation's oldest and largest early education program, has been making headlines over the last few weeks- in a good way. Since the Head Start Impact Study was released in 2010, the program has come under scrutiny because the study found that the modest gains  participants made on select school readiness indicators after one year of program participation faded by the end of first and third grade.

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SLP Corner: Can Exercise Help Dyslexia?
[Source:  Wall Street Journal]

Between 10% to 15% of the U.S. population has dyslexia, yet only five out of every 100 dyslexics are diagnosed, according to the Dyslexia Research Institute in Tallahassee, Fla.
Many people incorrectly think dyslexia is a reading problem in which children reverse letters, says Sally E. Shaywitz, a professor of learning development and co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity in New Haven, Conn.

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