September 22, 2017
Issue 27, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

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News Items:
  • Study: Green Space at School Improves Child Health
  • Service Dog Company Accused Of Scamming Customers
  • Brain Benefits of Sensory Motor Groups
  • Teenage Aggression Linked to Neglect
  • New Research Reaffirms That Fidgeting Helps Kids with ADHD Concentrate
  • Study Shows that Puzzle Pieces Evoke Negativity from the Public
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School-Based SLP - Olympia, WA
  • Hot, New Job! School-Based SLP - Oak Forest, IL
  • Hot, New Job - School-Based SLP - Springfield, MA
  • Hot, New Job! School Nurse - Salem, OR
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Time to Talk TBI: September is National Traumatic Brain Injury Month
  • Pinterest Find of the Week: Fall Leaf Number Movement Game
  • The Empathy Game: A Free Printable
Articles and Special Features 
  • Literacy Corner: Visual Literacy Supports for Students with Disabilities
  • Special Ed Corner: An Open Letter from a Special Ed Teacher to a General Ed Teacher
  • PT Corner: Single Leg Stance
  • OT Corner: Touch A Multi-Sensational Feeling
  • SLP Video Corner: Dealing with Avoidance and Escape During Therapy Sessions
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Study: Green Space at School Improves Child Health
[Source: Psych Central]

Emerging research points to the benefits of a green environment to relieve stress and enhance physical fitness. A new concept gaining momentum in this realm is green schoolyards.
A growing body of evidence supports the claim that access to safe, natural areas improves health across a wide variety of areas, including heart health, mental health, weight management, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and stress among children.

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Service Dog Company Accused Of Scamming Customers
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Briggs Geister decided to buy a service dog from Noelle's Dogs Four Hope based on the company's glowing online reviews and its reasonable prices.

Her husband has difficulty walking and uses oxygen due to a terminal lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis and post-polio syndrome. She hoped a service dog would give him companionship and much-needed physical support.

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Brain Benefits of Sensory Motor Groups 
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Do you provide group therapy sessions?  Is it ever a struggle for children to participate?  Do you find that some children have the motor skills when playing alone but then have difficulties when they start playing in a group game?  Participating in sensory-motor group games requires additional executive functions than playing alone.  Sensory-motor groups add on another level of cognitive load i.e. impulse control, higher motor planning, self- regulation, etc.  Providing group therapy sessions or offering additional opportunities for group motor play (i.e. recess, physical education or in class games) may help with executive functions, coordination skills and higher level motor tasks.

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Teenage Aggression Linked to Neglect 
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Nearly half of all teenagers investigated for neglect by Ontario's child welfare agencies and exhibiting signs of aggression are abandoned by their parents. This is because the parents are not willing or able to remain the primary caregivers for their adolescents. This startling finding comes from one of the first large-scale studies of Canadian data on maltreatment and aggressive behaviour in children and youth. The results have implications for North America as a whole. The research team also found that, in addition 

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New Research Reaffirms That Fidgeting Helps Kids with ADHD Concentrate
[Source:  Psych Central]

Many a parent has expressed frustration when they watch their child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder squirm and fidget in school and while doing their homework, yet appear laser-focused and motionless sitting in front of the TV.

New research should appease concerns as investigators discover lack of motivation or boredom with school isn't to blame for the differing behavior.

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Study Shows that Puzzle Pieces Evoke Negativity from the Public 
[Source: Thinking Person's Guide to Autism]

Why was the study conducted?
They're everywhere. On the lapels of NCAA basketball coaches during the Final Four. On a FOX reporter's bowtie during the World Series. On bumper stickers, backpacks, bracelets, beer koozies, tote bags, and the background of a prime-time soap opera.

They are puzzle pieces intended to represent autism (and autistic people).

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We have a great opportunity for a Speech-Language Pathologist to work 37.5 hours per week for the 2017-2018 school year in the wonderful Olympia area. This is an elementary school position, primarily at one    school. This is a fabulous district, and we have had great success with our therapists who have worked there, many have been extended.

*  This position is 37.5 hours a week for the full 2017-2018 school year.
*  Therapist will work at one, possibly two school sites in close proximity to one another.
*  SLP will report to the Director of Special Education

Learn More About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
School has begun and we still have a full time Speech-Language Pathologist position available in the Oak Forest, IL area!

*  Start October 10, 2017 (possibility of shadowing the current SLP the week before for a couple of days)
*  End May 25, 2017
*  Hours:  7:30 - 2:50
*  CCCs preferred but not required
*  Full time
*  High School population (9-12th grade
*  multi needs/low incidence students

Learn More About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
We are searching for a Speech-Language Pathologist for a school-based contract assignment for the 2017-2018 school year.  The position is located near Springfield, MA. The therapist will work with preschool-aged students.  Experienced preferred, but strong new grads will be considered. (There are two additional full-time speech therapists working in the same building.) Ideal candidates will have some experience working in a public school setting, especially with students on the spectrum.

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Hot, New Job!  School Nurse - Salem, OR
We are searching for a School Nurse in the Salem, OR area for a contract assignment beginning in October and ending in mid-June 2018.

Duties and responsibilities include:

* Work as a team member by collaborating with Health Services Team on prioritization, caseload management of students with health needs, health-related trainings for school personnel, and health screenings.
* Facilitate communication between the medical community and the school setting regarding students with health needs.
* Provide health-related information as an educational team member.

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Talk TBI: September is National Traumatic Brain Injury Month
[Source:  Brain Injury Association of America]

Brain injury is unpredictable in its consequences. Brain injury affects who we are, the way we think, act, and feel. It can change everything about us in a matter of seconds. The most important things to remember:

* A person with a brain injury is a person first
* No two brain injuries are exactly the same
* The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person
* The effects of a brain injury depend on such factors as cause, location, and severity

Pinterest Find of the Week: Fall Leaf Number Movement Game
[Source: Toddler Approved]

Numbers are everywhere! My kids love finding numbers in books, on buildings, and around the house. My son came home from kindergarten the other day and wanted to show me how he wrote his numbers. We created a simple number game where he could practice writing numbers while my toddler could practice recognizing and matching numbers.

Learn More About This Game Through a Link on our Blog 
The Empathy Game: A Free Printable  
Editor's Note:  Thank you to  School Psyched, Your School Psychologist for sharing this link with us!

[Source:  Moments a Day]

Summary: A printable empathy game plus prop ideas for making it fun for kids, to practice stepping into someone else's shoes and develop consideration for others.
"What's she feeling, sweetheart?"

I am asking my son to stop and think about the way he's playing with his baby sister.  I can see he doesn't quite understand what I'm getting at.

Read More and Download the Game Through a Link on Our Blog 
Literacy Corner: Visual Literacy Supports for Kids with Disabilities
[Source:  Reading Rockets]

Many learners with disability labels are visual learners and are best able to understand and remember content when they can see it represented in some way; in other words, they need to "see what we mean." Three visual supports helpful for teaching and supporting literacy development are described here: picture books, graphic notes, and story kits. Some of these ideas may be effective for working with some students with disabilities and each may be used as catalyst for designing literacy lessons that are appropriate and challenging for learners in the inclusive classroom.

SpEd Corner:  Open Letter from a Special Ed Teacher to a GenEd Teacher
[Source: The Autism Helper]

Dear General Education Teacher,

Let me take a minute to introduce myself and my class. Even though we have worked down the hallway from each other for years, we have both been so busy that we never got a chance for a proper introduction. I am a special education teacher. Similar to you, I teach academics, write lesson plans, deal with challenging behavior, have parent meetings, go to Professional Developments, and deal with a mountain of paperwork and assessments. Because we have both been so busy, I want to clear up a few misconceptions about my job and my class.

PT Corner: Single Leg Stance
[Source:  Starfish Therapies]

We often have parents come in and ask for us to help their child be able to stand on one foot better. Usually they have heard that this is a skill that all children should be able to do. But why? What does standing on one foot help with? Here are some of the skills that are improved when single leg stance improves:

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OT Corner:  Touch - A Multi-Sensational Feeling
[Source:  OT Mom Says]

Ok, maybe I've never said those exact words, but firm, deep pressure touch is definitely more calming than light touch, and obviously more comforting than any kind of painful touch. Our sense of touch, known as the tactile system, is essential for everyday functioning and is interestingly quite complex.
SLP Video Corner:   Dealing with Avoidance and Escape During Tx Sessions
[Source:  Teach Me to Talk]

Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of Teach Me to Talk as she discusses late talkers! In this podcast, we'll discusses a common problem therapists face... little friends who try to run away when you're supposed to be teaching them something!! I'll be talking with a therapist who is currently facing this situation with one of her clients. Listen in as we walk through the problem solving process!

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