June 12, 2015
Issue 22, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!

News Items:
  • General Anesthesia in Young Children Linked to Lower IQ, Language Development
  • Play Centered Around Teen With Autism Wins At Tonys
  • Cortisol Levels Higher in Lower-Functioning Autism
  • Study: Computer Game Reduces ADD Behavior Issues
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: 5th Grade Boys Take Action Against Bullies
  • Household Items Key to Infant Motor Development
Hot Jobs 
  • Therapists Needed Throughout Arkansas
  • Hot Job:  School Nurse - Monterey, CA
  • Calling All School Psychologists In or Interested in Washington State 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Visual Discrimination Activity of the Week: Color Copy Challenge
  • Fine Motor Coordination Activity of the Week: Finger Gymnastics
  • Sticky Wing Dragonfly Craft

Articles and Special Features 

  • AT Corner:  Apple vs. Google: Real Winners Are Students with Dyslexia
  • OT Corner: Summer Fun (Shhh Don't Tell Them it's Therapy)
  • SLP Corner: Delivering Speech Therapy Backwards
  • School Psych Corner: Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking
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General Anesthesia in Young Kids Linked to Lower IQ, Language Development

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Lead study author Dr. Andreas Loepke, of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cincinnati Children's, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Pediatrics.
 

In past research, Dr. Loepke and colleagues found that general anesthesia led to nerve cell death and cognitive impairment in mice and rats, which sparked concern about how general anesthesia may impact the human brain in early life - a crucial neurodevelopmental period.

 

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Play Centered Around Teen With Autism Wins At Tonys

[Source: Disability Scoop]

 
It dominated the Olivier Awards two years ago. It has become a box-office draw on both sides of the Atlantic. On Sunday, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" continued its streak of success by taking home the Tony Award for best play.

 

"Curious," which is based on the popular 2004 book by Mark Haddon, tells the story of a teenage boy who has a form of autism, following him as he investigates the death of a neighborhood canine. Simon Stephens adapted the original book for the stage.

 

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Cortisol Levels Higher in Lower-Functioning Autism

[Source: Psych Central]

 

Lower-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit significantly higher levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone in humans, than both high-functioning children with ASD (HFASD) and typical children, according to researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College in New York State.

 
Previous research has found that people with ASD suffer from higher levels of stress and related issues, including anxiety. However, many of these studies have depended on informant rating scales and behavioral observations which have significant limitations for children with ASD.

 

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Study: Computer Game Reduces ADD Behavior Issues

[Source: Science Daily]
 

Children diagnosed with ADHD can improve their behavior and social interactions in the classroom by playing a computer game that exercises their concentration, finds new research out today. The study marks the 1000th article published in SAGE Open, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal launched in 2011 which covers the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

 

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Feel Good Story of Wk: 5th Grade Boys Take Action Against Bullies 

[Source:  Kare11.com]

 

All the students at Franklin Elementary start every day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

But the "justice for all" part belongs to five fifth grade boys.

 

"Why pick on someone," Jack Pemble begins to ask, as Jake Burgess finishes his question, "who has special needs?"
 

They're talking about James Willmert, a fifth-grader from another classroom, with a learning disability.

Which, it turns out, can get a guy teased.

 

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Household Items Key to Infant Motor Development

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Toys, appliances, and even a sofa and coffee table can impact when or the way a baby first crawls, walks or achieves other growth milestones, but a new UT Arlington study finds that many parents are unaware of the significant role household items play in their infant's motor skill development.
 

Priscila Ca├žola, an assistant professor of kinesiology in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, co-developed a simple questionnaire for caregivers of infants aged 3 to 18 months that she says can aid in the evaluation of toys and other items in the home known as home affordances.

 

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Featured Jobs of the Week:  Therapists Needed Throughout AR 

Come join progressive therapy teams in Central and Northwest Arkansas!

  • Direct-hire job opportunities for PT, OT and SLP (new grads welcome)
  • Outpatient and pediatric daycare/outpatient settings
  • Low cost of living with progressive pay
  • Quality dining, shopping, collegiate sports, outdoor activities and more
  • Supportive work environment...positive mentorship, collaborative treatment
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Hot Job of the Week:  Contract School Nurse (BSN) - Monterey, CA 

PediaStaff is now hiring  a School Nurse for schools in the Monterey, California area. This is a Full-Time Contract position for SY15/16. Start date is in August 2015.

Why will you choose a staffing agency and why choose PediaStaff?

 

Hot Jobs of the Week:  School Psychologists for Washington State 

Secure your job for the fall now, then relax and enjoy your summer!

 

PediaStaff has several excellent School Psychologist positions opening up in WA - Olympia, Kitsap Peninsula, Centralia, Bremerton, Tacoma, and Vancouver
 

These contract positions are available NOW for the 2015/16 School Year.
 

Depending on the district's needs and your strengths and desires the caseload may include pre-K, elementary, middle or high school kids.Pay rates are outstanding (some of the best we offer anywhere in Washington) and are based on your experience, and your traveler status. Benefits are available too. 

 

Visual Discrimination Activity of the Week: Color Copy Challenge  

[Source: Your Therapy Source]
 

Encourage visual motor, visual spatial and copying skills with this freebie.

 

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Fine Motor Coordination Activity of the Week: Finger Gymnastics  

[Source: The Inspired Treehouse]
 

Kids use their hands and fingers all day long as they play and complete functional tasks.  They grasp small objects, they fasten zippers and buttons, they play with games that have small pieces, they open snack packages, and they have to pick up those snacks to eat them!
 

Whew!  Those little fingers are working hard!  Kids who struggle with in-hand manipulation skills have difficulty moving and manipulating objects within their hands.  There are three in-hand manipulation skills: shift, rotation, and translation.

 

Explore These Activities Through a Link on our Blog

AT Corner:  Apple vs. Google: Real Winners Are Kids with Dyslexia

by Jamie Martin

You may have noticed a little friendly competition between Apple and Google, the technology giants who are in constant battle to be King of the Hill. During his keynote presentations, Apple's Tim Cook often jabs at the adoption rate of new versions of Android compared to those of iOS.

Google's inexpensive and versatile Chromebooks are steadily taking over the school market, which once seemed ripe for widespread iPad adoption. Currently, the Apple Watch has slipped past Google Glass as the most intriguing device in the wearables category. The back-and-forth of tech dominance can be dizzying and difficult to follow.


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OT Corner: Summer Fun (Shhh Don't Tell Them it's Therapy)

[Source:  The Pocket OT.com]

Summer is here! Most families look forward to summer's relaxation and lazy days. However, the lack of routine and structure can evoke great stress for families of children with special needs. School routines are predictable and provide consistency and the transition to summer may be a difficult one. In addition, the skills your child has gained in school should be carried over into the summer to stop any regression. No ideas? Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some fun ideas:

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SLP Corner: Delivering Speech Therapy Backwards

[Source:  Play on Words]

 

Every now and then we are challenged with a child who just can't seem to produce the target sound, even when we try all our tricks. I was faced with just that the other day, as a 3 year-old has not been able to produce /t,d/ in spite of requests from her DADDY, who was GaGa!

 

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School Psych Corner: Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

[Source: Edutopia]

In an age of creators, makers, and innovators, we hear of the concept design thinkingtoo often. What is design thinking? More importantly, can design thinking help you as an educator in your classroom?
 

Design thinking is a concept that centers around applying creativity and innovation to our actions, decision making, and problem solving as human beings. More significantly, it focuses on the impact that this creative and innovative thinking has on individuals. As a concept, design thinking can be used pedagogically to enhance our teaching practices. As a tool, it can be used to foster and teach empathy in the classroom.

 

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