July 1, 2016
Issue 27, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!  Have a great Holiday weekend.  We will back with new blog posts on Tuesday, July 5th.
News Items:
  • Are Childhood Stroke Outcomes Associated with BP, Blood Glucose and/or Temperature?
  • Antipsychotic Prescribing is Trending for Youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability
  • Effects of Maternal Smoking Continue Long After Birth
  • Premature Babies May Grow Up to Have Weaker Bones
  • Autism Care Improved, Dx Time Shortened by New Program
  • Yoga and Self Regulation for Older Students
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: School-Based OT - East of Cleveland, OH
  • Hot Job! - School-Based SLP, SY 2016/17 - Houston, TX
  • Hot Job! Outpatient Pediatric SLP Needed - Culver City, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Sensory Activity of the Week: Of Sand and Glue and Process
  • DIY Paper Water Bombs (Fun Origami)
  • 3 Movement Activities Using Paper Plates
  • Speechie Freebie: Zoo Animal Smash Mat
Articles and Special Features 
  • Autism Corner: Non-Speaking Teen Writes Profound Letter Explaining Autism
  • Adaptation Corner: Modification Ideas of Playground Play for Children
  • Pediatric Tx Corner: Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools?
  • OT Corner: To Wear or Not to Wear Noise-Cancelling Headphones
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Possibly Childhood Stroke Outcomes Associations Studied
[Source:  Medical News Today]

Infarct (tissue damage) volume and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) were associated with poor neurological outcomes after childhood stroke but hypertension and fever were not, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology.
After pediatric patients experience an arterial ischemic stroke, there are no evidence-based guidelines available for the best management of blood pressure, blood glucose levels and temperature.

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Antipsychotic Prescribing is Trending for Youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability
[Article Source:  Science Daily]

Image Credit: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
About one in ten youths treated with an antipsychotic are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability. Conversely, one in six youths diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been prescribed antipsychotics. These findings are reported in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).
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Effects of Maternal Smoking Continue Long After Birth
[Source:  Medical News Today]
Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new Yale-led study has found. The finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder.
Nicotine does this by affecting a master regulator of DNA packaging, which in turn influences activity of genes crucial to the formation and stabilization of synapses between brain cells, according to the study published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
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Premature Babies May Grow Up to Have Weaker Bones
[Article Source:  Medical X-Press]

Among the many important processes that happen during a woman's last few weeks of pregnancy is the transfer of calcium to the growing fetus to boost bone development. But what happens if this transfer is interrupted when a baby is born prematurely?
The answer, it seems, is lower peak bone mass as an adult, compared to adults who were born full term. Adults who were born full term but were small for their gestational age also had lower bone mass. These findings are important since peak bone mass is a major determinant of future osteoporosis.

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Autism Care Improved, Dx Time Shortened by New Program
[Article Source:  Medical X-Press]
Wait lists for a specialist to confirm an autism diagnosis can be agonizing and last months. As the prevalence of autism and autism spectrum disorders increase, so does the demand for a health care system that is fully equipped to respond to the complex needs associated with autism. Now,

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Autism, a new program from the University of Missouri, is training primary care providers in best-practice care for autism spectrum disorders. Initial results of the pilot program found significant improvements in primary care provider confidence in screening and management of autism and in utilization of specific tools and resources.
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Yoga and Self Regulation for Older Students
[Source:  The Journal of Child and Family Studies via Your Therapy Source]
The Journal of Child and Family Studies published research on mindful yoga to foster self-regulation, academic performance and health promotion in 72 sixth graders.  Students participated in mindful yoga integrated into 6th grade English Language Arts and 70 students were part of the control group. Data on self-regulation was collected using the Adolescent Self-Regulatory Inventory.

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Sensory Activity of the Week:  Of Sand and Glue and Process
[Source: Brick by Brick]
I've been working with young kids for a while. When I talk or write about teaching early childhood, I mention things like process and choice and creativity and independent exploration. And yet, I continue to be amazed when I see these things in action. I saw it again this week when we used colored sand and glue.

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Fine Motor Activity:  DIY Paper Water Bombs (Fun Origami)
[Source: Red Ted Art]
Oh yes, summer is JUST around the corner and with the warmer weather heading our way...why not check out these fabulously fun DIY Water Bombs make from, yes PAPER!!

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Movement Activity of the Week:  Using Paper Plates
[Idea and Image Credit:  Your Therapy Source]
As pediatric therapists, we are always on the look out for light weight, compact movement ideas.  Here are 3 simple ideas using paper plates.  These physical activities for kids are fun and when you are done simply stack the paper plates on top of each other and put in your bag!
Paper Plate Spinners:  

I bought some 4 inch snap spinners from Amazon for a few dollars for 8 of them.  I printed the Ninja Clothes Pin freebie for this paper plate spinner.  The circle picture fit well inside this regular sized paper plate.  Poke a small hole in the middle with a pen, pop the spinner in and snap it together.  Now the Ninja game is ready to play.  Spin the spinner and see if you can copy the ninja action move.  This activity encourages physical activity, balance skills and motor planning.

Speechie Freebie: Zoo Animal Smash Mat
[Source:  Word Nerd Speech Teach via Speechie Freebies]

Hello again!  It's Lindsey over at Word Nerd Speech Teach b
ringing you my newest FREE product called, "Zoo Animal Smash Mats"!!

This product includes four zoo animal smash mats (each with 12 animals) for tons of fun with vocabulary skills!
First, print each sheet.  Laminate them all or put them in page protectors.
Then, have students label each animal or name an animal and have students point to the correct animal.  Last, roll a small ball of playdoh, place it on top of the appropriate animal, and smash it!!
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Hot Job: School-Based OT - East of Cleveland, OH
We have a wonderful position with a school district east of Cleveland, Ohio that is looking for an Occupational Therapist to work 30-40 hours per week, depending on therapist preference. The therapist would service students from elementary school to middle school with a broad range of disabilities for the 2016-2017 school year. We are ready to start interviewing now! We have had a therapist extend her contract three years in a row, but she is retiring after this year.
*  The therapist will engage and treat children from elementary to middle school
*  Therapist will service children at two school sites in close proximity to one another
*  Children serviced will have a broad range of disabilities
*  The OT will report to the Director of Special Education
*  This is for the full school year 2016-2017 with a great chance of extension for following school years as well

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Don't be caught working for a contract company that doesn't keep the therapist's desires top of the list!  PediaStaff only places Speech-Language Pathologist with the very best school districts where you will have the support you need to accomplish your work each day.  You will know which district you will be working for and which school(s) you will service prior to signing any contract!  We offer competitive pay with a benefits package that you control.

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This private practice clinic in west Los Angeles represents a multi-disciplinary environment of skilled practitioners with a superb reputation and long-standing clients and referrals.
*  Full time position for an Experienced Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
*  Hours are 8-5 with flexibility if needed
*  100% Pediatric population predominately birth to ten
*  The heterogeneous caseload involves children with challenges ranging from mild to moderate to more complex deficits related to complex medical diagnoses including young children newly diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, oncology and rare genetic disorders.

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Autism Corner:    Non-Speaking Teen Writes Profound Letter Explaining Autism
[Article Source:  The Washington Post]
For the first 14 and a half years of Gordy's life, Evan and Dara Baylinson had no reason to think their son could comprehend anything they said: He had never spoken, and he couldn't really emote. They worried aloud about his future, not filtering what they said, because they didn't think he understood.
But Gordy, it now appears, was absorbing everything.

Adaptation Corner: Modification Ideas of Playground Play for Kids
[Source: Growing Hands-On Kids]
Playgrounds are usually a very popular activity among younger and school age children. My daughter always asks to go to the park and she loves checking out new playgrounds in the area. For some children however, playing on a typical playground can be challenging because of special needs, sensory processing concerns or developmental delays. I am teaming up with some therapy bloggers today to discuss playgrounds and I will be sharing some modifications of playground play and equipment for children.
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Pediatric Tx Corner: Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools?
[Article and Image Source: The Atlantic.com]
A research team in Chicago has spent a year studying whether students who are taught to be in touch with their emotions do better academically. And they say the initial results are promising.

Perhaps counterintuitively, when kids take a break from a classroom lesson on the solar system to spend a quiet moment alone watching a three-minute nature video, or participate in a teacher-guided breathing exercise with their class after lunch, they seem to become better overall students. That's likely because the children have a renewed sense of focus, they handle transitions from one lesson to the next better, and they need less time to regroup if they become upset about something, said Amanda Moreno, an assistant professor at the Erikson Institute, a child-development-focused graduate school in Chicago.

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OT Corner: To Wear or Not to Wear Noise-Cancelling Headphones
[Source: Vital Links]

Many OT's use noise-cancelling headphones to treat hyper-responsivity to extraneous sound. But this may not be the best long-term strategy.

Many clients exhibit hyper-responsivity to extraneous sound. So, it's no surprise that, in such cases, many suppose the use of noise-attenuating headphones (headphones that muffle or cancel background noise) to be an apt treatment strategy. After all, when treating hyper-

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