August 11, 2017
Issue 22, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings, and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Study: Autism May Reflect Excitation-Inhibition Imbalance in Brain
  • Teen with Autism is 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion 
  • Brain Lays Foundation for Reason in Childhood
  • Bilingual Babies Listen to Language
  • Music Therapy for Children with Autism
  • Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral CP
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Calling all Clinical Fellows! PediaStaff Has 85 CF Openings Waiting for You!
  • Hot Job: Special Ed Teacher - Federal Way, WA
  • School-Based Occupational Therapist - Palatine, IL
  • Part Time Contract Pediatric SLP - Houston, TX 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Why We Do What We Do:  Hockey Player Helps His Friend w/Special Needs Score a Goal
  • DIY Milk Jug Catcher Game With 3 Fun Ways to Play
  • Bugs in the Muck Sensory Play
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Psych Corner: How School-Based Mental Health is Working in Gillette Wyoming
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: ADHD and Lying: What You Need to Know
  • Special Ed Corner: What Should Special Ed Teachers Know and Be Able to Do?
  • EI Corner:  High Quality EI for Autism Quickly Results in Cost Savings
  • SLP Corner: Back to School: Self-Advocacy Tips for Students Who Stutter
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Study: Autism May Reflect Excitation-Inhibition Imbalance in Brain
[Source: Medical News Today]

A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that reversing the imbalance could alleviate some of its hallmark symptoms.

In a series of experiments conducted on a mouse model of the disorder, the scientists showed that reducing the ratio of excitatory to inhibitory signaling countered hyperactivity and deficits in social ability, two classic symptoms of autism in humans.

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Feel Good Story of Week: Teen w/ Autism is Rubik's Cube World Champ
[Source:  Autism Speaks]

Max Park is a 15 year old on the autism spectrum who just became the 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion.  Max is a speedcuber, a person who competes in cubing competitions by solving a Rubik's Cube and other twisty puzzles in record time.  His best time in this year's 

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Brain Lays Foundation for Reason in Childhood
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Structural connections between frontal and parietal areas in children's brains can predict their ability to reason later in life, reports new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Carter Wendelken, Silvia Bunge and colleagues previously found that coordinated activity of the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex (RLPFC) and inferior parietal lobe (IPL) is associated with the ability to solve novel problems in adolescents 12 years of age and older. However, it remained unclear whether this functional connectivity is preceded by or drives 

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Bilingual Babies Listen to Language 
[Source:  Science Daily]

Are two languages at a time too much for the mind? Caregivers and teachers should know that infants growing up bilingual have the learning capacities to make sense of the complexities of two languages just by listening. In a new study, an international team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age efficiently and accurately process two languages.

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Music Therapy for Children with Autism
Source:  Medical X-Press]

Among children with autism spectrum disorder, improvisational music therapy resulted in no significant difference in symptom severity compared to children who received enhanced standard care alone, according to a study published by JAMA.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and interaction and restricted, repetitive behaviors and interests. Music therapy seeks to exploit the potential of music as a medium for social communication. In improvisational music therapy, client and 

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Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral CP
[Source:  Disability and Rehabilitation via Your Therapy Source]

Disability and Rehabilitation published research to examine explicit and implicit learning in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.  The study compared the motor learning of children with left and right unilateral cerebral palsy and typically developing children while they shuffled disks toward a target using a prism-adaptation design.  Each trial consisted of pre-exposure, prism exposure, and post-exposure phases with half of the participants being instructed about the function of the prism glasses while the other half were not.

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PediaStaff currently has 85 Clinical Fellowship openings working in pediatric, outpatient,  and school-based settings across the country.   

States include:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • North Dakota
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

If you are passionate about working with children in the "right" setting, and with terms that are the best for you, please contact us today at (866) 733-4278 option 1.  Or To Apply Visit the CF Job Listing on our Website!
Hot Job of the Week:   Special Ed Teacher - Federal Way, WA
PediaStaff has a need for a full-time Special Education Teacher/Resource Room Teacher for a district in the Federal Way area for the 2017-2018 school year. Opportunities are available to work with children from age 3 to 21, depending on the therapist's comfort level. Experience highly preferred.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Hot Job of the Week:  School-Based OT Palatine, IL
The school year is about to begin and we have a full time position for the upcoming school year!  Occupational Therapist needed to work in a school setting 5 days/wk for SY 2017-2018.

*  5 days/wk
*  therapeutic day school/early childhood classrooms
*  School year 2017-2018 (August 16, 2017 - May 19, 2018)
*  8:45 - 3:45

Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Occupational Therapy and a current state license (or be eligible for same).

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
Immediate opportunity to work with a well known therapy provider on the east side of Houston. CONTRACT Part time Speech-Language Pathologist needed to work 20-25 hours per week in an outpatient clinic setting.

* Therapist must be willing and able to supervise two full time SLPAs
*  You'll have about 5 patients of your own.
*  Minimum of three years of experience required
*  Pediatric experience preferred
* Full schedule on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays
*  Shorter days Monday/Friday primarily for assessments and re-evaluations

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Editor's Note:   Everyone in the PediaStaff family knows to always on the lookout for beautiful stories and videos.   Got this video earlier this week, from none other than my hubby who happens to be an insane hockey fan and watches EVERYthing hockey related.

This is the type of thing that makes my heart sing, and I bet it will yours too!
Enjoy.    It's long but worth it!!

Watch this Heartwarming Video Through our Blog
DIY Milk Jug Catcher Game With 3 Fun Ways to Play  
[Source:  Childhood 101]

This fun milk jug catcher activity is the perfect blend of craft and activity for kids! Plus there are three fun ways to play -  one perfect for outdoor summer fun, one for solo play, and one for playing indoors! There are so many fun ways to play and catch with a milk jug catcher - I bet your kids will come up with even more ideas for playing with this adorable, recycled craft.

Learn More Through a Link on our Blog 
Bugs in the Muck Sensory Play
[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]

Sensory play is such a wonderful way to engage in hands-on, experiential learning with kids. By using all of the senses, as they will do in this bugs in muck activity, children are better able to remember and process information. This muck has a really fun texture. It looks super goopy and messy but comes off of little hands really easily. Playing with bugs in muck is a fun activity for kids as they explore parts of bugs, count legs, identify colors, and more!

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School Psych Corner:  How School-Based Mental Health is Working in Gillette WY
[Source: Wyoming Public Media]

In the library of Sunflower Elementary school on Gillette's southwest side, Dr. William Heineke is hard at work as a psychologist. He's putting on two hats, with shorts over his pants, mismatched shoes, and instead of a pen, he tucks a toothbrush into his lapel. The Mardi Gras mask he's putting on followed by his eye glasses might be deceiving, but this wild outfit is part of a serious effort to help troubled elementary school kids. They've been diagnosed with things like anxiety, depression, anger issues and are at risk for suicide.

Pediatric Therapy Corner: ADHD and Lying: What You Need to Know
Editor's Note:  Thank you, Sincerely School Psychologist for sharing this article

[Source:  Understood via Sincerely, School Psychologist]

Most kids lie or avoid telling the truth on occasion. But if your child has ADHD, you might find yourself often asking him, "Why are you lying again?" If that's the case, you're not alone.
Not all kids with ADHD tell frequent lies. In fact, some are impulsively honest, which can create its own problems. But for those who do lie, it can quickly become a habit.

SpEd Corner: What Should SpEd Teachers Know and Be Able to Do?
[Source:  Education Week]

A newly-minted special education teacher should be able to:
  • "collaborate with professionals to increase student success,"
  • "use multiple sources of information" to understand a student's strengths and needs, and
  • "systematically design instruction toward specific learning goals."
These skills are among 22 "high leverage practices" for special education teachers that were developed by the Council for Exceptional Children and the federally-supported Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform, also known as CEEDAR.

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EI Corner:   High Quality EI for Autism Quickly Results in Cost Savings
[Source:  Science Daily]

One in every 68 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neuro-developmental disorder that results in difficulty socializing and communicating needs and desires, and often is accompanied by restricted interests or activities. Research has shown that early intervention leads to better outcomes for children on the spectrum. But the cost of early intervention is high -- ranging from $40,000 to $80,000 per year for intensive early intervention -- and health care insurers, state and local early intervention programs often are reluctant to pay for it, thereby making it difficult for families of children with ASD to obtain these expensive services.
SLP Corner: Self-Advocacy Tips for Students Who Stutter
[Source:  ASHA Leader Blog]

Back to school season fills children with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. They probably feel excitement to reunite with friends, participate in clubs, sports or other extracurricular activities, and continue learning (even if they refuse to admit it!) On the flip side, they might experience nervousness about making new friends, getting accepted socially by peers, and finding out if new teachers will be nice or mean. As children get older, they might also worry about achieving good grades.

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