September 11, 2015
Issue 36, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our abbreviated newsletter due to the Monday holiday.   Hope everyone's school year is starting off well!   
News Items:
  • Using Humor to Help Toddlers Learn
  • Potential Genetic Test to Aid Autism Diagnosis
  • Proprioceptive Training Improves Working Memory
  • Disney Channel Turns Attention To Autism
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! Three School based SLPs - Fort Washington, MD
  • Hot Jobs: Outpatient Jobs Throughout Arkansas
  • Hot Job! Special Education Teacher, Medford, OR
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fall Fun for Therapy on Pinterest!
  • Apple Theme Gross Motor Learning Activity
  • Book Review - NeuroTribes
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: You're Only as Good as Your Checklist-Determining Adverse Effect
  • School Psych Corner: Positive Discipline for Anxious (and Non-Anxious) Children 
  • OT Corner: The Effects of Spinning on the Brain
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Using Humor to Help Toddlers Learn
[Science Daily]
We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but a team of French scientists has discovered that using humor also appears to help toddlers learn new tasks, reports a new study in the journal Cognition and Emotion.
Building on the knowledge that making older children laugh can enhance many aspects of cognition, Rana Esseily and her colleagues designed an experiment to see whether using humor could also have an effect on the ability of infants to learn.

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Potential Genetic Test to Aid Autism Diagnosis
[Source: Medical News Today]
Recent genetic testing technologies could be useful in identifying genetic mutations linked to autism spectrum disorder, a study published in JAMA has found.
The tests were more likely to identify mutations in a subgroup of children with certain physical anomalies, making clinical examination an important way of selecting those children with autism spectrum.

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Proprioceptive Training Improves Working Memory
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
A pilot study published in Perceptual and Motor Skills examined whether regular classroom instruction, yoga or proprioceptive training improved working memory in individuals 18-59 years old.  The experimental group participated in proprioceptive activities along with one other factor ie locomotion or navigation.  Some of the tasks were climbing trees, walking on a balance beam, carrying awkwardly weighted objects, running barefoot, etc.  The two control groups were regular classroom lectures and 
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Disney Channel Turns Attention To Autism
[Source: Disability Scoop]

The Disney Channel is putting an emphasis on autism with an upcoming episode of its Emmy-nominated comedy "Girl Meets World."
The cable network said a special episode airing Sept. 11 will explore the developmental disability.
Disney Channel officials said they worked with three autism experts to "help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families."

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We have a few fantastic opportunities with a school district located approximately 30 miles south of the Washington D.C. metro area. We are searching for three Speech-Language Pathologists; one for elementary school, one for middle and high school and one for Early Intervention. Common diagnoses include autism spectrum disorders, LD, MR, CP, etc. Inclusion is desired, but some pull out is used as well. The majority of the caseloads are students with language and/or articulation impairments. Some travel between schools may be required for the middle/high school position, but the schools are a short distance apart. In addition to treatments, you'll do some evals and standardized testing for new kids needing IEP's. This is a contract position for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a great location with a lower cost of living. Easy reverse commute from Washington D.C. or you may want to live in a smaller town closer to the schools.

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PediaStaff is actively recruiting for a several clinics throughout Arkansas that provide year round services to children in day care and pediatric settings.   Several positions are available throughout the northeast and northwestern parts of the state.  Specific locations include West Memphis, Fayetteville, Little Rock, Fort Smith and Mt. Home.

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PediaStaff is seeking Special Education teachers for full-time contracts for the 2015-2016 school year. The teacher will be working with high school aged students in the beautiful Medford-Grants Pass-Ashland area of Oregon.

Excellent pay based on experience plus benefits. Must meet the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements
Qualifications: Requires an Oregon teaching certificate and meet the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements.

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Resource of the Week: Fall Fun for Therapy on Pinterest!
This week's Pinterest Pin of the Week isn't a pin, rather it's an entire pinboard of activities, crafts and ideas to do with your therapy kiddos during the autumn and harvest season.  Looking for activities dealing with the themes of trees, leaves, apples, pumpkins, or acorns?  You will find them in this board!

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Seasonal Activity of the Week:  Apple Theme Gross Motor Activity  
[Source:  Pre-K Pages]
I still feel like I'm melting in the heat, but this fun Apple activity may tide me over until the crisp weather arrives in Texas. It's sure to get kids moving and learning!
I like to especially focus on one particular area when we do gross motor activities: the proprioceptive sense. While not a well-known term, this sense is essential for everyday function. Proprioception is the sensory input people get from their joints and their ligaments. It is what gives us body control and body awareness.

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Book Review of the week:  NeuroTribes
[Source:  Thinking Person's Guide to Autism]
When Shannon Rosa contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in doing a guest review for Steve Silberman's highly anticipated book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, I excitedly and nervously said yes! Like so many others, I've been anxiously awaiting what I hoped would be a game changer for the Autism community and Autistic people.
I've visited many book stores over the years in search of credible information or stories by people

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SLP Corner: You're Only as Good as Your Checklist
By Ruth Morgan of Chapel Hill Snippets.

Often school-based speech-language pathologists are swamped.  Therapy sessions, IEPs, meetings, progress reports, evaluations-the list is endless.  It's tempting to cut corners with paperwork and tasks but one of the corners that can't be cut is conducting thorough speech/language evaluations.
Best practice dictates that school-based SLPs include the following components in language evaluations:
  • one or more standardized measures
  • a language sample

School Psych Corner:  Positive Discipline for Anxious (and Non-Anxious) Children
[Source: Child Development Club]
By their very nature, anxious kids tend to be sensitive and perfectionistic. They want to be the best they can be and they want you to be happy with them. Because of this, discipline for anxious children comes with its own challenges. Done positively though, it can build your anxious (or non-anxious) child and cement your relationship. Here's how to make sure of that:
1. Discipline. Not punishment.
Discipline. As in 'disciple'. As in, 'to teach'. Kids are going to get it wrong. So will we. Hope so, because it's how we learn. We're building humans - amazing ones - and we're 

OT Corner: The Effects of Spinning on the Brain
Editor's Note:  Thank you to the Sensory Spectrum for  featuring this article!
by Angie Voss, OTR, 
Think about it...spinning is probably the one thing, that if done long enough with the neuro-typical brain, it WILL cause some type of systemic reaction.  Not just dizzy and falling over, I mean a REAL reaction like nausea or flushing of the face, or even tossing your cookies. This reaction happens for a reason...the brain is protecting itself from detrimental input and neurological impact on the brain, therefore it responds by telling you it is time to STOP by causing a systemic reaction.

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