May 31, 2019
Issue 16, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday.  

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.  It has been abbreviated due to the holiday.
 
News Items:
  • Study: Google Glass Can Help Kids with Autism Improve Socialization Skills
  • As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage
  • New Causes of Autism Found in 'Junk' DNA
  • Schools Struggle To Serve 'Twice Exceptional' Students
  • Study Suggests that Infants with High Risk for Autism May be Less Able to Differentiate Speech Patterns
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Nurse - Detroit, MI
  • Hot, New Job! Early Intervention PT - Fairbanks, AK
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • PT Idea of the Week: Gross Motor Bingo
  • Addictive Summer Reading Lists for Kids of All Ages
  • Pinterest's "Greatest Hits" - More Ways to Modify Candyland!
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner: Summer FUN (Shhh.....Don't Tell Them it's Actually Therapy)
  • Pediatric Tx Corner: Teaching Children Patience with Summer Activities
  • SLP Corner: 5 Tips for Self-Care This Summer
  • Sensory Corner: Staying Comfortable in the Summer During Often Overstimulating Activities
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Google Glass Can Help Kids w/Autism Improve Socialization Skills
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Researchers say they have more evidence that an at-home intervention using Google Glass boosts socialization and learning in kids with autism.

A study looking at 71 children on the spectrum ages 6 to 12 found that those who used Google Glass in addition to participating in applied behavior analysis, or ABA, therapy saw greater gains than children who received ABA alone.

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As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage
[Source: Bloomberg.com]

The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. The  Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a landmark law passed more than a decade ago, requires insurers to provide comparable coverage for mental health and medical treatments. Even so, insurers are denying claims, limiting coverage, and finding other ways to avoid complying with the law.

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New Causes of Autism Found in 'Junk' DNA
[Source: Science Daily]

Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called 'junk' DNA can cause autism. The study, published May 27 in Nature Genetics, is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition.

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Schools Struggle To Serve 'Twice Exceptional' Students
[Source: The Hechinger Report]

To Eva Santiago, her son's education has always felt like an impossible dilemma.

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities.
But he was articulate and curious, so when he was 6, Santiago took him to be tested for the city's exclusive gifted-and-talented program. She was pleased when his score earned him one of the coveted spots.

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Study Suggests that Infants with High Risk for Autism May be Less Able to Differentiate Speech Patterns
[Source:  Science Daily]

A new study found that infants at high risk for autism were less attuned to differences in speech patterns than low-risk infants. The findings suggest that interventions to improve language skills should begin during infancy for those at high risk for autism.

The findings were published in Brain and Language

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Hot, New Job! School Nurse - School Nurse - Detroit, MI
Are you interested in a great school nurse opportunity near Detroit? We have the perfect position north of Detroit, near Farmington Hills, for a School Nurse. You will ride the bus to and from school with a medically fragile child.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community while simultaneously earning a living and helping others?

Do you love working with the birth-3 age group?

Are you interested in living and working in a really 'cool' community?

Looking for Amazing benefits as part of your comp package?

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PT Idea of the Week: Gross Motor Bingo
[Source:  The Inspired Treehouse]

My kids are always, always, always in the car.  We run from practices to lessons to stores.  Constantly in and out - constantly moving.   When we hit the road for destinations that are further away, I am always looking for activities that will keep them from losing their minds from having to sit still for so long.  The last road trip we took was an 11.5 hour drive from our home in Ohio to the southern part of North Carolina.  It was a LONG. DRIVE.  I decided it would be fun to come up with a game that would 

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Therapist Resource of the Week:   Addictive Summer Reading Lists for Kids of All Ages
Special Thanks to  Literacy Speaks for suggesting this week's Therapy Resource of the Week - Addictive Summer Reading Lists for Kids of All Ages

[Source: Make and Takes.com]

Want to get your kids addicted to reading all summer? Sometimes it just takes finding the right book or series of books. I've rounded-up my favorite books, ideas beyond Harry Potter. Many are in a series; many just recently published. These are so good, you'll want to read them, too.

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Pinterest's "Greatest Hits" - More Ways to Modify Candyland!  
his is the second modified version of Candyland we have seen since joining Pinterest, but this one seems even more popular than the first.  We started brainstorming over here and realize that it is the sheer flexibility of this game that makes it so perfect for speech and occupational therapy!

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OT Corner: Summer FUN (Shhh...Don't Tell Them it's Therapy)
By Cara Koscinki MOT, OTR/L 

SUMMER!

It's here! Most families look forward to summer's relaxation and lazy days. However, the lack of routine and structure can be the cause of great stress for families of children with special needs.
School routines are predictable and provide consistency and the transition to summer may be a difficult one. In addition, the skills your child has gained in school should be carried over into the summer to stop any regression. No ideas? Feeling overwhelmed?

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Pediatric Therapy Corner:   Teaching Children Patience with Summer Activities
Editor's Note:  This article is directed at parents, but these activities would be excellent for therapy in a lesson on patience!

[Source:  Stress Free Kids]

Did you ever wish your children had more patience? Do you remember the days when you yourself had more patience? Summer fun can be a valuable lesson for teaching children patience.

When your and your children are comfortable with being patient, you will feel more at ease and tend to be less stressed.

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SLP Corner: 5 Tips for Self-Care This Summer
[Source; Crazy Speech World]

Well heyyyyy stranger!  I could totally be talking to myself, it's been so long since I've done a blog post.  It's not you, it's me...I'm gonna be honest, the end of the school year chewed me up and spit me out.  I literally spent the first week decompressing.  And by decompressing, I mean I laid on the couch, watched the entire series of Dawson's Creek, and barely lifted a finger to do

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Sensory Corner:  Staying Comfortable in the Summer During Often Overstimulating Activities
[Source:  The Child Mind Institute]

By Rae Jacobson

For many kids, summer vacation holds the promise of months of school-free fun. But for children with sensory processing issues, summer can be a challenging time.

From the sand on the beach to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the season is full of exciting but potentially difficult experiences. An unfamiliar playground, a visit to an amusement park, a messy ice cream cone: all involve sensory surprises that can be overwhelming or upsetting if a child is unusually sensitive to light, noise, and tactile sensations. But with some preparation and planning parents can help kids with sensory issues get the most out of summertime.

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