April 7, 2017
Issue 9, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!  

News Items:
  • Child Abuse May Lead to Early Puberty
  • Special Ed Funding Maintained in Trump Administration Budget Blueprint
  • Groundbreaking Technology Enables Quadriplegic Man to Move his Limbs
  • Studying the Brain's Suspension System in TBIs
  • Stem Cells Show Promise For Treating Autism
  • A Mother's Voice May Help Stabilize Preterm Infants
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job:  Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - Countryside, IL
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Outpatient Physical Threrapist - Skokie, IL
  • Hot Job: School Based Speech-Language Pathologist - Spartanburg, SC
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • "What is Hiding in the Grass?" Cutting Activity
  • Fun Hand Strengthening Activities for Kids 
  • Would You Rather Questions for Spring and Easter
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Nurse Corner: Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?
  • School Psych Corner: How to Teach Kids to Say "I'm Sorry" - and Mean it
  • OT Corner: Activities to Improve Oculomotor Dysfunction
  • SLP Corner: Great New Preschool Games for 2017
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Child Abuse May Lead to Early Puberty
[Source:  Psych Central]
New research establishes that child abuse can influence physical development as well as psychological maturity.
Pennsylvania State University investigators discovered young girls who are exposed to sexual abuse are likely to physically mature and hit puberty earlier than non-abused peers.
While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child's psychological development, the new study shows that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of adolescents as well.

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Special Ed Funding Maintained in Trump Budget Blueprint
[Source:  Education Week]
The "skinny" budget blueprint released by the Trump administration Thursday would maintain current spending levels for special education-about $13 billion, most of which is money sent directly to states.
The budget blueprint is just the beginning of a long process.

While this document shows the administration's priorities, it is Congress that ultimately passes spending legislation. And lawmakers have their own ideas about what programs should be cut, and which should be kept.

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Amazing Technology Enables Quadriplegic Man to Move his Limbs
[Source:  Medical News Today]
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have a spinal cord injury, and many of those affected are paralyzed from the shoulders down. For these patients, neuroprosthetic technology may offer some hope. A new study showcases a man with quadriplegia who has managed to move his arms and hands using the new technology.

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Studying the Brain's Suspension System in TBIs
[Source:  Washington University in St. Louis]

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be devastating and debilitating. Despite intense interest and years of study, the exact mechanisms linking force and neurological injury remain unclear. Researchers know that the membranes separating the skull from the brain play a key role in absorbing shock and preventing damage caused during a head impact, but the details remain largely mysterious.
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Stem Cells Show Promise For Treating Autism
[Source: Disability Scoop]
A small, but promising study suggests that stem cells from a child's own cord blood may offer an effective treatment for autism symptoms.
Most children on the spectrum who received an infusion from their own umbilical cord blood showed improvements in behavior, communication and socialization, among other measures, while experiencing no significant downsides from the treatment.
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A Mother's Voice May Help Stabilize Preterm Infants
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
A recent review of published research indicates that hearing their mother's voice can benefit the health of preterm infants.
The review included 15 studies with 512 infants from 2000 to 2015. Hearing the maternal voice, either recorded or live, was linked with the physiologic and behavioral stabilization of preterm infants with fewer cardiorespiratory events. There is insufficient evidence to evaluate long-term effects, however.

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Speech-Language Pathologist needed full time at a year round school!  Our client services students up to age 22 in an outpatient clinic environment as well as a therapeutic day school.  This is a year round program with nine classrooms.
You will be part of a collaborative teaching team for two classrooms including a BCBA, OT, and LBS1 Teacher.  Case load of 16 students. Classrooms cap at 8 students. There are 6-8 Instructional Assistants per classroom.
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Pediatric Outpatient Physical Therapist needed to work full time as a contractor for a short term in the Skokie area!  More details to come!

*  Position starts as soon as possible
*  Clinic offers a full range of pediatric therapy services
*  Friendly, family oriented clinic
*  Patients have varying degrees of disorders from mild learning disorders to Autism spectrum disorders

Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Physical Therapy and a current state license (or be eligible for same).

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We are hiring Speech-Language Pathologists for the upcoming 2017/18 School Year! From higher ed to health care to high tech, from finance to real estate to science and research, coupled with its beautiful weather and affordability, Spartanburg is dynamic.

*  Do you have a background in working with this population or the sensory multi-disabled and know American Sign Language?
*  SY17/18 is Early August 2017 - the end of May 2018
*  Schools and caseloads are in Spartanburg, South Carolina
*  Supportive, collaborative district with the children at heart
*  Full Time position, with benefits offered

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"What is Hiding in the Grass?" Cutting Activity
[Source:  School Time Snippets]

My 3 year old loves any chance she gets to use scissors, so to prevent any cutting mishaps {know what I mean?}, I like to present fun, hands-on activities like this spring themed cutting activity.

Scissor skills are an important fine motor skill for little ones to learn, so What is Hiding in the Grass? Cutting Activity  was perfect for her!

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Fun Hand Strengthening Activities for Kids
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
Looking for some easy, fun ideas for hand strengthening activities for kids that require little to no equipment and no, extensive preparation?  Check out these free sample pages from The Hand Strengthening Handbook.   Who knew you could do so many fun games and activities with donkey kicks?  How about using rubber bands in some creative way to strengthen the hands?

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Would You Rather Questions for Spring and Easter
[Source:  Minds in Bloom]

Would you rather....Have flowers growing out of the top of your head, or...Have butterflies constantly flying in a circle around your head?
Would you rather....Have a magic Easter Basket that produces ten chocolate eggs each morning, or...Have a bunny that can talk?"
Kids love Would You Rather questions like these and now you can get 20 of them, themed for spring and Easter for free! These make terrific discussion prompts or journal prompts. You can also use them for class polls or with Brain Breaks. Many teachers like to use them whenever they have a few spare moments.

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School Nurse Corner: Do Healthy Lunches Improve Test Scores?
[Source:  The Atlantic]
For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a new era of student testing and school compliance. And in the years that followed-to meet targets and avoid  sanctions-education leaders at the local 

School Psych Corner: How to Teach Kids to Say 'I'm Sorry' & Mean it
Editor's Note:  Thank You, School Psyched, Your School Psychologist for sharing this article with us
[Source: Great Schools]
I never thought I'd be the kind of mom who forces her kid to apologize. And then the hitting started.
When he was around 2, my sweet, energetic boy began whumping his friends, his dad, and me. Sometimes the hits were born from excitement, but they were also often the angry result of being asked to do something he didn't want to do - share, take a bath, get dressed. There's nothing like the sound of your kid's hand smacking another kid's face - followed by the horrified reaction of  

OT Corner:  Activities to Improve Oculomotor Dysfunction
[Source:  The OT Toolbox]
Oculomotor function refers to the six muscles surrounding each eye.  These muscles work together to produce controlled eye movements.  When there is oculomotor dysfunction evident, a child may have difficulty with depth perception, visual attention, visual memory, visual perceptual tasks, visual scanning, spatial disorientation, eye-hand coordination, balance, or reading and writing tasks.  You can see how these difficulties closely resemble problems that result from 
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SLP Corner: Great New Preschool Games for 2017
[Source:  Play on Words]
I'm always on the lookout for great new preschool games that teach while little ones are having loads of fun.  A good preschool game has an element of pretend play to engage the children such as playing in a vegetable garden, literally showering a puppy dog, or pretending to be a super hero, collecting clues.

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