October 13, 2017
Issue 30, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     

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News Items:
  • Are Enough States Following Federal Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines?
  • Does Progesterone Influence Baby's Later Sexuality?
  • How Playing on the Swings Helps Kids Learn to Cooperate 
  • Most With Autism Steer Clear Of Driving
  • Recess and School Lunch: Timing and Duration Matter
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job:  Physical Therapist, Aurora, IL
  • Hot Job:  Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, Killeen, TX
  • Hot Job:  Outpatient & School Occupational Therapist, Watkinsville, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • 10 Tips for Written Expression for Students with Working Memory Deficits
  • Oil and Water Droplet Painting - Great for Pincer Grasp
  • On The Lighter Side: Pediatric OT Humor
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: Understanding Disfluency
  • Peds Tx Corner: Kids Learn Better by Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout the Day
  • Literacy Corner: Lego-Infused Literacy
  • PT Corner: Everyday Tips and Tricks for PTs to Share with Parents
  • Worth Repeating: Strategies to Address Challenging Behavior in Young Children with Down Syndrome
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Are Enough States Following Restraint & Seclusion Guidelines?
[Source: Education Week, On Special Education Blog]
Students with disabilities represent 12 percent of all students, but 67 percent of students who are restrained or secluded. But while federal policy governs many aspects of how to educate students in special education, there's no similar mandate governing the use of restraint and seclusion.
The closest that lawmakers came was in 2010, when the House of Representatives passed federal restrictions, but the bill ultimately died in the Senate.

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Does Progesterone Influence Baby's Later Sexuality?
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study addresses whether supplementing progesterone during pregnancy, a common practice to prevent miscarriage, could influence a baby's sexual orientation in later life.

Dr. June Reinisch, director emerita of the Kinsey Institute in the U.S., led the study. She found that bisexuality is quite common among men and women whose mothers received additional doses of the sex hormone progesterone while pregnant.

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How Playing on the Swings Helps Kids Learn to Cooperate
[Source:  Medical News Today]
A favorite childhood pastime - swinging on the playground swing set - also may be teaching kids how to get along.

The measured, synchronous movement of children on the swings can encourage preschoolers to cooperate on subsequent activities, University of Washington researchers have found.
A study by the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows the potential of synchronized movement in helping young children develop collaborative skills. The study is published online in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

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Most With Autism Steer Clear Of Driving
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Though the majority of young people with high-functioning autism choose not to get behind the wheel, new research suggests that a substantial number seek the independence that driving offers.
In the first large  study to look at driver's licensing rates among those with autism, researchers found that about a third of those on the spectrum with no intellectual disability received a license by age 21.

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Recess and School Lunch:  Timing and Duration Matter
[Source:  Medical News Today]
A new study finds that the duration and timing of lunch and recess is related to food choices and physical activity of school children. These findings could help schools make policies that promote healthier school lunches and increased physical activity during recess.
Gabriella McLoughlin, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present the new research at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and annual meeting during the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting, to be held April 22-26 in Chicago.
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Featured Job of the Week:  Physical Therapist, Aurora, IL  
PediaStaff has an immediate need for a Physical Therapist to work as a part-time contractor in one of the largest school districts in Illinois near Aurora for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. This position is one day a week. Work with a wonderful supervisor and a team of professionals while serving great students! 

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Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric SLP, Killeen, TX  
We are working with a client in the vicinity of Killeen who is in need of a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist who loves working with children.  We are seeking a pediatric-experienced SLP to work in the clinic full-time.  The caseload varies and supervision of one, possibly two SLPA's will be required for direct and indirect therapy.  Permanent or short-term contract is available.

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Featured Job of the Week:  O/P & School OT Watkinsville, TX  
Full-time opportunity for a clinic and school-based Pediatric Occupational Therapist in a family and therapist-owned company near Athens, east of Atlanta.  State of the art, compassionate therapy services for children who have a variety of orthopedic, neurological and developmental needs, with a focus on functional outcomes. Spacious clinics offering privacy and wonderful treatment options.

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Working memory is used when a student needs to think and remember at the same time.  For written expression, a student has to brainstorm ideas, organize thoughts, plan, construct sentences, remember correct grammar and review the writing format all while remembering what words need to be written on the paper.  Therefore, written expression can be difficult for student with working memory deficits. 

Some students may omit words, repeat words, miss errors or forget what was to be written.
Here are some tips for written expression for students with working memory deficits:

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On The Lighter Side: Pediatric OT Humor
[Source: /Shine/Yahoo Parenting/Cathy Thorne/Everyday People ]

See this Great OT Cartoon on our Blog
Oil and Water Droplet Painting:  Great for Pincer Grasp!
[Source: Stay at Home Educator.com]
Oil and water droplet painting is the result of mixing cooking oil and colored water to create a beautiful, slightly marbleized effect.  You can find such paper at a craft or stationary store, or you can invite your kids to help you make some of your own.
Supplies needed are a shallow pan (same size or bigger than the paper), cooking oil, plain water, dyed water (we used liquid food coloring), heavy paper (we used heavy sketching paper, but watercolor paper would be even better), large baking sheets, and eye droppers.

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SLP Corner: Understanding Disfluency
[Source: Understanding Disfluency.com]

A few years ago, I felt I had identified my life's purpose.  This purpose was to use my life to better understand stuttering and to design a treatment regimen based on that understanding.  I have surrendered myself to and given most of my time, effort and focus to this purpose.

I am a scientific, logical and mathematical thinker and come from a family whose strengths reside there.  However, my outlook on life is deeply spiritual.  I believe the universe feeds 

Peds Tx Corner: Kids Learn Better by Taking Frequent Breaks 
[Source:  MindShift]

by Timothy D. Walker

Like a zombie, Sami *-one of my fifth graders-lumbered over to me and hissed, "I think I'm going to explode! I'm not used to this schedule." And I believed him. An angry red rash was starting to form on his forehead.

Yikes, I thought, what a way to begin my first year of teaching in Finland. It was only the third day of school, and I was already pushing a student to the breaking point. When I took him aside, I quickly discovered why he was so upset.

Throughout this first week of school, I had gotten creative with my fifth grade timetable. If you recall, students in Finland normally take a fifteen-minute break for every forty-five minutes of instruction. During a typical break, the children head outside to play and socialize with friends.

Literacy Corner: Lego-Infused Literacy
[Source:  Literacy Worldwide]
The mysterious philosopher in Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World defines Lego as the "most ingenious toy in the world." When Sophie rediscovers a bag of abandoned Lego blocks in a closet, she remembers her childhood and the thrills of endless possibilities offered by this clever toy.
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PT Corner: Everyday Tips and Tricks for PTs to Share with Parents
[Source:  Beyond Basic Play]
by Natalie Lopez, DPT

One of the main issues that I am concerned with as a pediatric physical therapist, is how parents can continue to practice the skills that I work on during our physical therapy sessions.  I always emphasize to parents that though I may work with their child 1-3 hours a week, they must continue practicing throughout the week in order to help their child reach their goals.   I also don't like to overwhelm parents by giving them complicated activities that add to their busy days, so I try to come up with activities that they would encounter during a typical day. So with that, I wanted to give some examples of how pediatric physical therapy activities are all around us!
Worth Repeating:  Challenging Behavior in Young Children w/DS
[Source Down Syndrome Online]
This article can be found on Down Syndrome Online.  Down Syndrome Online offers comprehensive information about Down syndrome, including articles, books and scientific papers.
Children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for engaging in challenging behaviour that may present problems within community, leisure, and educational settings, and, in many instances, precludes them from accessing these environments. Factors contributing to the occurrence of challenging behaviours include characteristics associated with the Down syndrome behavioural phenotype, increased incidence of illness and sleep

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