January 18, 2019
Issue 3, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.
 
News Items:
  • Baby Steps Head off a Fussy Eater
  • Exposure of Children to Nature Equals Fewer Behavioral, Distress and Hyperactivity
  • Physical Activity in Walking in Children with CP Over Time
  • Study Pinpoints Down Syndrome Milestones
  • Teen Brain Volume Changes with Small Amount of Cannabis Use, Study Finds
  • How A Dental Clinic Is Filling A Void For Those With Special Needs
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job: School Based SLP - San Antonio, TX
  • Hot, New Job: School-Based Social Worker - Plainfield, IL
  • Hot, New Job - Special Education Teacher - Tempe, AZ
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • National Popcorn Day! Popping with Inferential Vocabulary
  • Resource: The PediaStaff Career Guide
  • Collection of the Week: Low Prep Fine Motor Activities
  • Articulation Freebie: No Prep, Roll-A-Bingo R
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Useful Tips for Parents When Helping the Selectively Mute Child
  • OT Corner: Dr. Anne Zachry, "Be a Daydream Believer" - Ted Talk
  • SLP Corner: "Snow" Much Fun
  • School Psych Corner: Problem-Solving Skills for Hostile Teens on the Autism Spectrum
  • PT Corner: Small Changes = Big Differences
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Baby Steps Head off a Fussy Eaterer
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Getting kids to try new foods can become a daily showdown. One promising approach: expose babies early on to varied tastes and textures.

Researchers in Brisbane, Australia, found that food experiences when just 14 months old can influence the eating habits that children will exhibit at age 3. And introducing a variety of fruits and vegetables and other types of foods early on is key to a better diet quality later on.

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Exposure of Children to Nature Yields Fewer Behavioral Problems
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

The city lifestyle has been criticized as a key reason that children are disconnected from nature. This has led to an unhealthy lifestyle in regard to active play and eating habits. Even worse, many young children do not feel well psychologically-they are often stressed and depressed. Sixteen percent of preschoolers in Hong Kong and up to 22 percent in China show signs of mental health problems.

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Physical Activity in Walking in Children with CP Over Time
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

A recent study in Disability and Rehabilitation examined physical activity and walking in children with cerebral palsy over time. The goal of the study was to create developmental trajectories for physical activity and walking performance for children with cerebral palsy.

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Study Pinpoints Down Syndrome Milestone
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Individuals with Down syndrome continue to learn new skills well into adulthood, according to a study that's offering a timetable of what to expect from those with the chromosomal disorder.
Most people with Down syndrome are able to walk by 25 months of age, speak reasonably well by the time they're 12 years old and manage their own hygiene by age 13, according to  findings published online recently in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A.

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Teen Brain Volume Changes with Small Amount of Cannabis Use 
[Source; Science Daily]

At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug's impact on teens may be warranted. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains.

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How A Dental Clinic Is Filling A Void For Those With Special Needs
[Source:  Chicago Tribune]

In a sunlit room down a white hallway in St. Bernard Hospital on Chicago's South Side, Francine and Rodney Mitchell are waiting.

Their teenage son, Andy, lies on an operating table not far away, asleep amid the beeps of monitors, the hiss and thump of an oxygen machine, and the unmistakable, high-pitched whir of a dental drill. Andy has intellectual and physical disabilities, is not easily able to communicate or control his own body, and though he has survived and even thrived under the care of two dedicated parents, routine dental care has been difficult to obtain.

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We are interviewing Speech-Language Pathologists to complete the 2018-19 School Year in the San Antonio area!  Our opening is on the Southeast side of town and is full-time.

* This is a "contract" positions...so that means you won't be worried with bus duty, hall duty, study hall, etc....JUST doing what you are trained and motivated to do...Speech-Language Pathology!

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A full-time School Social Worker is NEEDED ASAP for a new full-time position in a great elementary school (K-5) setting!  We have an immediate opening for a full-time licensed Social Worker in a school located just west of  Romeoville, IL.  This position will begin as soon as possible and last until the end of the current school year.  Apply for this School Social Worker position today!

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Are you interested in a field where you can work with children with special needs and make a difference in their lives?

PediaStaff is now hiring Special Education Teachers for private special education day schools in the Phoenix, AZ area.  Full- time positions are available.  You can start work ASAP and work through the balance of 2018-2019 school year.  The extended school year to be determined.

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Hi there! I wanted to direct you to a resource we have at PediaStaff for New Graduates, Students and Experienced Therapists and Clinicians alike.

We get great feedback about this little guidebook we put together for job seekers. It contains a time-line for job search planning, resume writing tips, interviewing tips, a sample resume, some of our frequently asked questions, and more. Please feel free to share it with your friends!

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Collection of the Week: Low Prep Fine Motor Activities
[Source:  The Measured Mom]

Fine motor activities are so important to strengthen little hands before they're ready to do all the writing that's waiting for them in kindergarten and beyond. Try some of these simple, low-prep activities!

For years, I've seen fun fine motor activities all over the Internet.  Truthfully, we didn't take time to do many of them.  My three oldest kids seemed to have strong fine motor skills without much extra attention from me. I still remember our middle son fitting a tiny earplug jack into its spot when he was just one year old.

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Articulation Freebie: No Prep, Roll-A-Bingo
[Source:  GoldCountrySLP via Speechie Freebies]

Hi, I'm Tracy from GoldCountrySLP. Do you need something quick and easy to use during the last few weeks of school? Click below and head over to my blog for a FREEBIE - featuring our favorite sound. Yep, you guessed it! RRRRRR!

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PTC:   Useful Tips for Parents When Helping the Selectively Mute Child
[Source: Selective Mutism Group, now the Selective Mutism Association]

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OT Corner:  Dr. Anne Zachry, "Be a Daydream Believer" - Ted Talk
Editor's Note:  Dr. Zachry is a terrific Pediatric OT Blogger, a good friend of PediaStaff, and and active part of the therapy community.  Congratulations, Anne on this terrific Ted Talk opportunity!  It is terrific to see our field represented out there in the mainstream media and the internet!


SLP Corner: "Snow" Much Fun
[Source: Doyle Speech Works]

It seems this week the snow was falling across the entire nation. Snow in Tennessee, Oregon, and Louisiana. Everywhere, except right here in New Hampshire. It has been bitter cold, though and we have a lovely base of white to play in. I just love the snow! I love how clean everything looks with a fresh coat of white. I especially, love a snow day (who doesn't?). After all the reds and greens of December, the visual and auditory overload, I relish the white, stillness of a snowfall.

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School Psych Corner:   Problem-Solving Skills for Hostile Teens on the Spectrum
[Source:  My Aspergers Child]

Addressing hostility and aggressiveness in teens with Asperger's (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) can be a frustrating and demanding process. The challenge for parents and teachers is to address the behavior in a constructive manner, rather than simply reacting to it. 
PT Corner: Small Changes = Big Differences
by Stacy Menz, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

I was just on vacation visiting my family while I recuperated and I was lucky enough to enjoy the beach for a few beautiful days.  Right before I flew home, I was able to walk about a mile or so on level ground without excessive fatigue in my hip.  At this point my protocol had me riding a stationary bike and using the elliptical a few days a week so my hip was getting the chance to build up some muscular endurance.  I was actually feeling pretty good about my progress.  Well, going to the beach gave me a chance to look at my 

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