June 10, 2016
Issue 24, Volume 9 
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering
News Items:
  • The Rules of the Game for children with ADHD
  • Children Born Late Seem to Score Better on Cognitive Tests
  • Presence of Stress Sensitive Gene in Mothers May Help Identify Risk for Having Child with Autism
  • Most Antidepressants Ineffective For Children, Teens
  • Special Education Costs Drive School Funding Disparities, Researcher Says
  • Study Charts Development of Emotional Control in Teens

PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! School Contract OT 2016/17 - Vancouver, WA
  • Hot Job! Pediatric Home Health PT Job - Arlington, TX
  • Placement of the Week: Pediatric Outpatient PT - Austin, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Simon Says - Body Awareness and Motor Planning Activity
  • Free Emotions Card Game Printable
  • Pool Noodle Fine Motor Balance Tray
  • Father's Day Student-Made Book
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: SLPs and the "Take Work Home" Culture of Schools"
  • OT Corner: Clever Ways to Teach Shoe Tying for Kids
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Noonan Syndrome
  • Autism Corner: Self-Care Skills for Children with Autism
  • ADHD Corner: Vision & ADHD
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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The Rules of the Game for children with ADHD
[Article and Image Source:  Science Daily]
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often display behaviors that are inappropriate for the situation in which they are in. They might move around in the classroom during a lesson, or talk non-stop and interrupt others' conversations. ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects about 5% of children. Despite a considerable amount of research over many years, the causes of ADHD are still debated. A team of researchers from Japan and New Zealand has published a paper in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry that may help to explain the difficulties children with ADHD experience in adapting their behavior to given situations.

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Children Born Late Seem to Score Better on Cognitive Tests
[Article and Image Source:  Medical News Today]
Children who are born at 41 weeks may have higher levels of cognitive ability in school but lower physical functioning, compared with those born full term, at 39 or 40 weeks. These are the findings of a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Research shows that if an infant is born full term, they can expect to experience better health and cognitive functioning while growing up and as they become adults.

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Presence of Stress Sensitive Gene in Moms May Help Identify Risk for Autism
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Stress during pregnancy has been linked to several conditions, including some instances of autism spectrum disorder. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have observed a variant of a stress-sensitive gene and exposure to stress during pregnancy among two groups of mothers of children with autism. The researchers believe the finding could be a step toward helping identify women who have greater risks for having children with autism when exposed to stressors during a specific time window during pregnancy.

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Most Antidepressants Ineffective For Children, Teens
[Source:  Medical News Today]
Children and adolescents with major depression do not benefit from most antidepressant medications, and some of these drugs may do more harm than good. This is the conclusion of a new study published in The Lancet.
For children and adolescents with major depression, researchers suggest the harms may outweigh the risks when it comes to antidepressant use.
Major depression, or major depressive disorder, is estimated to affect around 2.8 percent of children aged 6-12 years and 5.6 percent of adolescents aged 12-18 years in the United States, according to the study authors.
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Special Ed Costs Drive School Funding Disparities, Researcher Says
[Article and Image Source: Education Week]
There's been a lively debate recently about funding gaps inside districts between schools with low levels of state and local aid and their wealthier counterparts. But is a major factor in intradistrict inequality being overlooked by many people? If you ask Bruce Baker, a Rutgers University professor who studies school finance, the answer is yes.
First, here's how the debate has played out in Washington: The U.S. Department of Education is expected to issue Every Student Succeeds Act regulations that will require districts' per-pupil spending in Title I schools-those with relatively large shares of 

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Study Charts Development of Emotional Control in Teens
[Article and Image Source:  Science Daily]
In the midst of all the apparent tumult, intense emotion, and occasional reckless behavior characterizing the teenage years, the brain is, in fact, evolving and developing the neural circuits needed to keep emotions in check. Research in the June 8, 2016 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience describes how the ability to control emotions moves from one brain area to another as teens mature into adults, offering an opportunity to understand how disorders related to emotional control emerge.

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PediaStaff is looking for a full-time contract OT for all of school year 2016/17

* Great location across the Columbia River from Portland
* No state tax in Washington 
* Join a strong OT team - Excellent job for a new grad!
* Outstanding pay plus benefits
* Option to convert to District employee in the future
Qualifications: Must hold a Master's Degree (or grandfathered Bachelor's) in Occupational Therapy and a current Washington OT license.

Learn About / Apply for These Job on our Blog
A growing home health agency is looking for a full time Physical Therapist in the Arlington/Grand Prairie area for their growing practice.  Hours and days are flexible (busiest times are between 8-1PM and 3-6PM)  but typically the therapists work Monday through Thursday and leaves Friday open for documentation, makeup visits, evaluations, etc....  The children range in age from 2-10 and have diagnoses such as developmental delays, autism, sensory processing, Down's Syndrome and CP.  Visits are 30 minutes and they pay per visit.  Per visit rates are all inclusive which includes the visit, documentation and drive time. Pay dependent on experience.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
Congratulations to Alyson S., on her new position with one of PediaStaff's best outpatient clients!    Alyson will be relocating to our clients area, and will be serving children in a state-of-the-art clinic!

Fantastic Job, Alyson!
Simon Says - Body Awareness and Motor Planning Activity
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Here is a fun, new freebie from the latest download, Simon Says.  Print off these 9 cards to play a quick game of Simon Says.  Can the children copy the body poses exactly?  These are 9 samples cards from the HUGE collection of body position cards from the complete Simon Says download.
The complete download includes 68 full page body position cards, 13 stop cards, and 25 game ideas to use with the cards.  Children will enjoy practicing motor planning skills, body awareness, following directions and bilateral coordination skills while playing this fun but challenging game.  Make sure the right and left sides of the body match the pose correctly as well.  It is not as easy as it looks!
Learn More and Download them Through a Link on our Blog 
Free Emotions Card Game Printable
This printable Emotions Card Game is another tool that makes a perfect addition to your big emotions toolkit! (You can see all of our resources for helping children learn to manage big emotions here). The game gets kids identifying and talking about a range of emotions - 40 different emotions in fact! 

They'll talk about their experiences of a range of emotions, their body's physical reactions to emotions and strategies for overcoming overwhelming emotions. It's a great resource for home and school, and it's available as a free printable.

Read More and Download the Game Through a Link on Our Blog
Pool Noodle Fine Motor Balance Tray
[Article and Image Source:  Hands on As We Grow]
With summer just around the corner, this pool noodle fine motor balance tray will have your little one eager and excited to participate while developing and strengthening their basic fine motor skills.  

I love utilizing items that we already have around our house  as part of our learning for many reasons. Not only does it allow for spontaneous and hands on play, it is an efficient way of keeping your cost of planning activities within your budget.
Learn More From a Link on Our Blog 
Seasonal Activity of the Week:  Father's Day Student-Made Book
[Activity and Image Source:  Classroom Freebies]
For those of you who will still be in school during June, this Father's Day book is a great, quick activity for your students to complete as gifts for their father, uncle, or grandpa.
All three versions are provided to make it useful for any student.
Download this Great Freebie Through a Link on Our Blog 
SLP Corner: SLPs and the "Take Work Home" Culture of Schools"
[Article and Image Source: Speech Room News]
Last week, I saw one of my students at Kroger. I see him at school everyday. He is part of my bus duty and also on my caseload. I hugged his mom and talked to his brother while he sat, mouth agape, in the cart. His mom prompted him to say "Hi Miss Jenna". He dutifully repeated the phrase and then just kept staring. I asked him what was wrong and he finally asked why I wasn't at school. Contrary to his assumption, I don't live at school.

OT Corner:  Clever Ways to Teach Shoe Tying for Kids
[Source: Mama OT]
Conquering the task of shoe tying is one of those childhood milestones that truly sets kids apart as the "big kid".

But shoe tying is not necessarily easy to learn or teach, especially for kids with special needs. Today I wanted to share a video of a little OT trick to help you in your shoe tying endeavors! After that, I have TONS of special shoe tying techniques, practice materials, and alternative solutions to share with you!!

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Noonan Syndrome
[Source: Big Leaps]
Noonan Syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant condition that many are not familiar with.  It is a genetic condition characterized by distinctive facial features, short stature, chest deformity, congenital heart defects, pulmonary stenosis, and other comorbidities.  Noonan Syndrome has an estimated prevalence of 1 in 1000 to 1 in 2500 live births.  The phenotype of NS changes with age, becoming milder in the adult life.
Until recently, diagnosis was based solely on clinical findings, but genetic mutations are identifiable in approximately 61% of the patients.

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Autism Corner: Self-Care Skills for Children with Autism
Editor's Note:   This article is aimed at parents and guardians and would be great to share.
[Article Source:  North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
Self-care skills such as brushing teeth, washing hands, and dressing are important for children to learn as they affect their everyday lives. For children diagnosed with Autism, they often experience delays in learning these skills and may need a different way of teaching to acquire them. Using some behavior analytic techniques, these skills can be taught in an appropriate way suitable for your child to be successful.
ADHD Corner: Vision & ADHD
[Source:  Lynn Hellerstein.com]

One of the country's leading authorities on ADHD, Dr. Vincent Monastra, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the Director of the FPI Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, NY.

At the 8:13 mark of the following video, Dr. Monastra relates his approach.  He notes that another kind of problem that isn't picked up on routine evaluation, or even lab work done by a physician, are visual problems.  When he first began doing EEG studies, he noted that certain children had significant problems maintaining focus and fixation with their eyes, which is a prerequisite for obtaining recordings without artifacts.  At first he was puzzled as to why it was so hard for these children to keep their eyes focused.  It was at that point that he sought out

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