February 8, 2019
Issue 6, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Positive Findings with Dasotraline for ADHD in children ages 6-12
  • Concussion Treatment: Adolescent Athletes Prescribed Aerobic Exercise Recovered Faster
  • Proms Expected To Draw Over 100,000 With Special Needs
  • Slow Vocabulary Growth Linked to Teen Behavior and Emotional Issues
  • Babies Who Hear Two Languages at Home Develop Advantages in Attention
  • Graduation Rate For Students With Disabilities Shows Improvement
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric School-Based SLP - Troutman, NC
  • Hot, New Job - Pediatric Physical Therapist - Burlingame, CA
  • Hot, New Job - School-Based OT Yakima, WA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pathways Awareness and Tummy Time Central - Pediatric PT Resource of the Week
  • The Tar Heel Reader: Therapy Resource of the Week - for Literacy and Assistive Technology
  • Fine and Gross Motor Activity - Tree House Kids
  • Changing Channels - Mindfulness for Kids
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner: The Role of Parents in Occupational Therapy Intervention
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Turn Taking and Waiting Games
  • SLP Corner:  Targeting Language Through Play
  • Career Corner: Using a Career Journal to Further Your Professional Development
  • Autism Corner: Why We Need Autism
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Positive Findings with Dasotraline for ADHD in children ages 6-12
[Source: Science Daily]

A new study in children aged 6 to 12 years of dasotraline, a promising new treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), showed significant improvement in efficacy in the treatment of ADHD compared to placebo beginning at week 1 and continuing throughout the study.

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Concussions:  Teens Prescribed Aerobic Exercise Recovered Faster
[Source: Science Daily]

Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found.

The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related concussion. The goal was to evaluate prescribed, progressive sub-symptom threshold exercise as a treatment  within the first week of a concussion in 

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Proms Expected To Draw Over 100,000 With Special Needs
[Source: Disability Scoop]

More than 650 churches around the globe are set to welcome teens and adults with disabilities for a series of special proms all planned on a single night this month.

Each of the events will feature a red carpet with "friendly paparazzi," hair and makeup stations, shoe shining, limousine rides, karaoke, dinner and a dance floor. All attendees are crowned king or queen of the prom.

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Slow Vocabulary Growth Linked to Teen Behavior & Emotional Issues
[Source:  Medical X-Press]'

Children whose vocabulary skills develop slowly are more likely to experience emotional and behavioral issues in adolescence, according to new research published in the journal Child Development.

The research is the first to model how  children's language development influences changes in mental health problems over a 10 year period, from early childhood to adolescence.

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Babies Who Hear Two Languages at Home Develop Advantages in Attention
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

The advantages of growing up in a bilingual home can start as early as six months of age, according to new research led by York University's Faculty of Health. In the study, infants who are exposed to more than one language show better attentional control than infants who are exposed to only one language. 

This means that exposure to bilingual environments should be considered a significant factor in the early development of attention in infancy, the researchers say, and could set the stage for lifelong cognitive benefits.

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Graduation Rate For Students With Disabilities Shows Improvement
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

The high school graduation rate for students with disabilities across the nation is on the rise again, new federal figures indicate.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the graduation rate for those with disabilities reached 67.1 percent.
That's up from 65.5 percent the previous year and represents the sixth year in a row that the rate has increased.

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We are seeking a part time or full time. Independent Contractor.  The Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists starting out will work approximately 8 - 10 hours per week in a school just north of Lake Norman.  This will be preschool to elementary age kiddos.  This is an hourly position and could grow in the school.  The rest of the visits would be with early intervention, home or daycare visits depending on how much the Speech-Language Pathologists wants to work. These visits are paid per visit.   New grads are encouraged to apply!

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Are you a West Bay Area Pediatric PT? We are seeking a Physical Therapist for a pediatric clinic-based position in Burlingame. This clinic provides physical and occupational therapy services for kids from 0-22 years old to address gross motor, fine motor, orthopedic, and neurologic development through activities that address coordination, strength, play skills, balance, environmental exploration, sensory integration, and so much more.

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Hot, New Job:  School-Based OT Yakima, WA 
Are you looking to secure a job now in the beautiful Yakima area for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year? PediaStaff needs you for an OT position, and we are able to consider new graduates. If you kayak, bike, climb mountains, hike or ride horses when it's warm, or do snow sports when it's cold, you'll love it here in the Yakima Valley.

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[Source: Pathways Awareness.org]

Each year, over 400,000 babies born in the United States are at risk of having sensory, communication, feeding, fine and gross motor delays. Early delays are delays in children's ability to meet critical developmental milestones in the first months and years of life-how well and soon they move and interact with their environment. A wide range of conditions may cause delays in these functions. Regardless of the underlying condition, experts agree therapy significantly improves outcomes in children with early delays.

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Our Therapy Resource of the Week is The Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.

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Therapy Idea of the Week! Tree House Kids  
Special Thanks to Margaret Rice of Your Therapy Source for this week's Therapy Idea! Please support our contributors and visit her website today!

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Changing Channels! Mindfulness for Kids  
Thanks to Donna Freeman at Yoga in my School.com.  A  terrific video that teaches a simple mindfulness technique that empowers children to change negative emotions into positives ones by using a personal remote control and the power of their minds.

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OT Corner:   The Role of Parents in OT Intervention
Krystal Vermeire, OTR/L

Occupational therapy has been around for nearly a century.  The profession has grown into a diverse field that continues to be ever shifting in its definition and scope of practice.  When working with children who have compromised development, occupational therapists need to consider who the client truly is.  For intensions of third party payer sources, the child is going to be the logical answer.  However, is it really possible to treat the child effectively without also addressing their environment and caregiver support?  I would argue not.

Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Turn Taking and Waiting Games
By: Marinet vanVuren

Turn-taking is an important social skill to learn. Communication involves listening, waiting and taking turns. Two people having a conversation take turns to speak, gesture and make eye contact. If two people talk at once, communication breaks down. Many young children find it difficult to learn to wait, share and take turns. A child with a communication difficulty may find it particularly hard to accept the rules of turn-taking and sharing.

SLP Corner: Targeting Language Through Play
by:  Tej Sohan, M.A., CCC-SLP TSSLD

My summer vacation took a bit of a turn. I had every intention of relaxing and using my free time to get organized for the upcoming school year and perhaps even plan my wedding.  However, an opportunity to work with the preschool population arose that I could not pass up. After spending a year with my middle schoolers I definitely needed to jog my memory and re-familiarize myself with functional and multipurpose toys to use in order to support and develop language. This post is a compilation of some of the things I've have found useful in the past, as well as toys I used this summer.

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Career Corner:   Using a Journal to Further Your Professional Development
[Source:  Quintessential Careers]

How much time do you commit each day - each week - to really  thinking about your career? If you're like most of us, your answer is not much time at all. Sure, we would all love to have the luxury to daydream about our futures, but unfortunately, all too often the realities of the present keep us a bit too preoccupied.
Autism Corner: Why We Need Autism
By: Bek Wiltbank, Occupational Therapist

I love people with Autism. All ages, all types, every one of them. Many questions loom over our society, Why is Autism so prevalent? Where has it come from? Some people ask, How can we cure it? How can we make our kids develop typically? To all those questions I reply, I love Autism. I love the gifts behind their faces. I love the unique and amazing ways people with Autism see the world. I love the way they move their bodies. I love Autism. It 

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