May 1, 2015
Issue 17, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
 
News Items:
  • Inclusive Classrooms Don't Necessarily Increase Friendships for Kids with Disabilities
  • BYU Students Make World's Lightest, Least Expensive Motorized Wheelchair
  • Standing Desks Can Reduce Classroom Behavior Problems
  • Children with ADHD More Likely to Have Eating Disorder
  • MRI Evidence Supports Reading to Young Children 
  • Dyslexic Kids Do Not Detect Stressed Syllables Well While Listening to Words
Hot Jobs 
  • New Grad Placement of the Week! Peds Outpatient OT for Fredericksburg, VA!
  • Hot Jobs: PTs and OTs for San Antonio, Texas
  • Hot Job: Sign Language Interpreter Job School - Central, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fine Motor Craft - Sticky Paper Bookmarks
  • Another Fine Motor Activity of the Week: Pool Noodle and Pom Poms
  • May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! Ideas from ASHA
  • Pediatric Therapy Freebie of Week: Updated Feelings Book

Articles and Special Features 

  • Peds Therapy Corner: Tantrums & Melt-Downs in Therapy
  • SLP Corner: Fun Speech Activities for Poetry Month
  • OT Corner: When It Becomes More Important to State 'Why' You Do Something
  • Career Corner: 10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position
  • School Psych Corner: In Defense of Helicopter and Snowplow Moms...Sort Of
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Inclusive Classrooms & Friendships for Children with Disabilities

[Source:  Science Daily]

 

For parents of children with disabilities, the concern is even greater as four-out-of-10 of their children will enter kindergarten without the social skills necessary to develop close friendships. The response from schools has been to create inclusive classrooms, where a significant number of students with disabilities now receive the majority of their education and are believed to have a better chance at developing close relationships with peers.

 
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Young People Make Lightest, Least Expensive Motorized Wheelchair

[Source:  Beyond Basic Play] 
 

Here's an article and video about something that I hoped would be available soon since adapted equipment can get very expensive and it's so challenging to get equipment approved and authorized.  If this becomes widely available then it will also allow children to start becoming mobile earlier and faster rather than waiting for a wheelchair to be approved.

 

Highlights from the Article: Tanner and Skyler Jensen are like any young siblings. They play together, they fight over silly things and they are hard to keep up with.

 

Read the Rest of this Article and Watch the Video Through a Link our Blog

Standing Desks Can Reduce Classroom Behavior Problems

[Source: Psych Central]

 
A new study finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts, and, as a bonus, the students burn more calories.

 

Researchers from the Texas A&M School of Public Health found that the standing desks improved classroom attention-engagement by 12 percent, or an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.

 

The findings, published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, were based on a study of almost 300 children in second through fourth grade who were observed over the course of a school year.

 

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Children with ADHD More Likely to Have Eating Disorder

[Source:  Medical News Today]
 

A new study has suggested that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely than other children to also have loss of control eating syndrome - a condition similar to binge eating disorder. The finding suggests the two conditions may share a common biological mechanism.

Loss of control eating syndrome shares many diagnostic criteria with adult binge eating disorder, including an inability to stop eating even if the individual wants to.

 

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MRI Evidence Supports Reading to Young Children

[Source: Psych Central]
 

New MRI evidence shows that reading to young children is linked to differences in brain activity associated with early reading skills. The research will be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.
 

"We are excited to show, for the first time, that reading exposure during the critical stage of development prior to kindergarten seems to have a meaningful, measurable impact on how a child's brain processes stories and may help predict reading success," said study author John Hutton, M.D., researcher at the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

 
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Dyslexic Kids Do Not Detect Stressed Syllables Well While Listening  

[Source:  Medical Express]
 

Dyslexia is not only a problem related to reading; dyslexic children also display impaired prosodic processing-in other words, they struggle to detect stressed syllables. A team of Spanish researchers has shown this feature to be lacking in dyslexia for the first time in Spanish (it has already been demonstrated in English) and highlights the importance of including oral expression activities, as well as reading, to differentiate tone, word stress and intonation.


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Placement of the Week:  Outpatient OT for Fredericksburg, VA

Congratulations to Julie S., new graduate OTR/L on her placement with PediaStaff's outpatient pediatric client in Fredericksburg, Virginia!!
 

Julie will be working for a therapist-owned, multidisciplinary clinic that has a brand new facility with two OT gyms, fine motor rooms and an OT work room.   The position offers a generous salary and a supportive team environment.
 

Great Job, Julie!!

Hot Jobs: PTs and OTs for San Antonio, Texas

PediaStaff has a variety of opportunities in the greater San Antonio area for OTs and PTs..  Here is a sample of our offerings:

 

Client #1:

Here's a new opportunity for an Occupational Therapist in Bexar County in San Antonio. Our client provides early intervention and home health to an all pediatric population. The caseload is varied and includes children with neurological disorders such as CP and Down's as well as kids with autism and developmental delays that experience sensory issues, fine motor delays, etc . Here are the details of the position:

 

Read More and Apply on our Blog!

Hot Job: Sign Language Interpreter Job School - Central, CA  

Currently hiring California school-based, full time Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) These positions would be working with students in their classrooms.
 

Qualifications: National certification by the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment┬« (EIPA).  Must reach proficiency level of 4.0 on the EIPA, ESSE or NAD/AACE Exam.
 

Competitive pay based on your level of relevant experience and per diem eligibility based on IRS guidelines.
 

Respond now and learn how YOU can be a part of our team.  There is never a charge to applicants and new graduates are always encouraged to apply.

 

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Fine Motor Crafts:  Sticky Paper Bookmarks

Great Craft for Mother's Day with your students/clients
 

[Source: Pre-K Pages]
 

I think homemade gifts are great and useful homemade gifts are even better. This simple bookmark craft is easy for a child of any age to do. I've done it with twos and with kindergartners, and every age between. (Older kids may even enjoy it.) The activity can be as simple or elaborate as the child's imagination and creativity.

 

Read More About this Great Activity Through a Link on our Blog

Another Fine Motor Activity of the Week: Pool Noodle & Pom Poms

[Source:  School Time Snippets]
 

We brought out the pool noodles we used last summer to work on fine motor skills by building sculptures and gave them new life in our latest fine motor activity involving pom poms and tweezers.

Grab a pool noodle, several pom poms, a pair of tweezers and you have a simple but fun way to work on fine motor skills.
 

Our pool noodle was already cut from our previous activity, but to prep your activity cut the pool noodle into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces using a sharp knife.  Then set up your activity by placing the sliced pool 

 

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SLP Resource of the Week:  May is BHSM!  Ideas from ASHA 

[Source: ASHA]

 

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment.

For 2015, our theme is "Early Intervention Counts." We have many resources to help you celebrate all month long. Please check back for the latest materials and information on BHSM activities.

 

Check out these Great BHSM Ideas Through a Link on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Freebie of Week: Updated Feelings Book  

[Source:  Chapel Hill Snippets]   

Hi friends,  I have updated this book somewhat.  The Boardmaker version is left 'as is', but you need Boardmaker to use it.  The PDF version is now in Smarty Symbols and is free
 to download.  The Smarty Symbol version also doesn't have any valentine images, so it's good to use all year long!

 

Read More and Download this Free Feelings Book Through a Link on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Tantrums & Melt-Downs in Therapy

[Source:  Enabled Kids]
 

by Natan Gendeleman
 

How many times have you walked through the mall and seen a child suddenly throw themselves on the ground screaming and yelling because they couldn't get that toy that they wanted? We all know that if a parent gives in at that point and buys them what they want so that they'll calm down, their child will become spoiled. This is the same concept I tell parents to keep in mind when their child is undergoing physical therapy.


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SLP Corner: Fun Speech Activities for Poetry Month

[Source:  Play on Words]
 

As I am working with several elementary aged kids, I am planning my lessons around their poetry units associated with National Poetry Month. When I visited our public library yesterday I came upon several "pockets" throughout the building, stuffed with poems to share. One could easily adapt this to the classroom as kids choose their favorite poem, make copies and take home to share them with their families.


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OT Corner:  When It Becomes Important to State 'Why' You Do Something

[Source:  ABC Therapeutics]

 

If you ask 100 occupational therapists what they do you will get 100 different answers, because the nature of the profession is to help people do the things that are important to them.  Every patient has their own priorities, and that makes all the stories different.

 

Instead of focusing on the 'what' I like to focus on the 'why.'  When I need to be reminded 'why' I do what I do I like to drag this story out.

 

I knew a young family and they were unable to conceive.  After spending many thousands of dollars they made some arrangement with a young teenage mom so that they could adopt her baby (just about to be born).

  
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Career Corner: 10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

[Source: Edutopia] 

 

For many educators, spring brings an opportunity to consider taking new positions, changing schools, and exploring other paths in our education system. If these thoughts cross your mind like a wisp of a breeze or relentlessly swirl like a tornado, I encourage you to follow your curiosity.

 

Is there something pushing you out of your current role or pulling you toward another one? Pursue the exploration! I hope these ten tips will help you consider when it's time to change jobs and what you might consider.

School Psych Corner:  In Defense of Helicopter and Snowplow Moms...Sort Of

[Source: Notes from the School Psychologist]
 

by Dr. Rebecca Bell Branstetter
 

I think of my life in two phases: now and B.C. (before children). Before having my own children, I rolled my eyes at the so-called "Helicopter parents" who rescued their children from disappointments and frustration. Or, if we are keeping up with the latest judgmental term for moms, I would have rolled my eyes at the "Snowplow" moms who move all obstacles out of the way of their precious unique snowflakes.  

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