January 15, 2016
Issue 2, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Kids Learn Better After Breaks
  • TV Show Featuring Young Adults With Down Syndrome To Return
  • Special Ed Testing Accommodations Backfire
  • Helping PreK Kids Improve Memory Can Pay Off Later
  • Is Autism Hiding in a Fold of the Brain? 
  • Antisocial Behavior: Understanding Influence of Genes and the Environment
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Jobs! School Based SLPs Needed in Portland, OR
  • PediaStaff Placement of the Week: SLP for Pensacola
  • Hot Opportunities! School-Based SLPs Need in D.C.
  • Hot!!! School Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant - San Jose, CA 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Very Simple Snowflake Craftivity
  • Seasonal Activities of the Week: Winter Crafts Collection!
  • SLP Ideas of the Week: 8 Ways to Use Painter's Tape in the Therapy Room
Articles and Special Features 
  • EI Corner: Why I'm Forever Grateful For My Son's Pediatric Therapist
  • PT Corner: Get Moving and Learning with Dr. Jean
  • SLP Corner: The Trouble With Talking Toys
  • Sensory Corner: 55 Easy Items to Include in a Sensory Table at Home or School  
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: 5 Tips for Successful Collaboration
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Kids Learn Better After Breaks
[Source NPR via Your Therapy Source]

A recent article on NPR entitled  "Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain"  discusses a school in Texas that has increased recess to 15 minutes 4 times per day for kindergarteners and first graders.  The leader of the changes is a kinesiologist who based the program on Finland schools.   Many of the teachers are noticing changes in their students behaviors and ability to stay on task.

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TV Show Featuring Young Adults With Down Syndrome To Return
[Source:  Disability Scoop]
More episodes are on the way for a new television show focusing on the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.
A&E Network said it has renewed "Born This Way" for a second season.
The show, which debuted in December, follows seven young adults with the chromosomal disorder and their families in Southern California.

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Special Ed Testing Accommodations Backfire
[Source: Disability Scoop]
Last spring, Julia Kim's students with disabilities at Fairmount Elementary in San Francisco were ready to take a new standardized test. They were excited that it had been built especially for them.
In past years, students with visual perception disorders had test questions read out loud. This time, the students sat in front of their computers awaiting the new technology designed to help them complete the test on their own for the first time.
But as soon as the first question appeared, students complained that the print was too small.

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Helping PreK Kids Improve Memory Can Pay Off Later
[Source:  Psych Central]'

New research suggests helping preschoolers improve memory may be a factor for success in primary school.

A Canadian research team lead by Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick discovered preschoolers who score lower on a memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 12.

"Identifying students who are at risk of eventually dropping out of high school is an important step in preventing this social problem," said Fitzpatrick, first author of a study recently published in the journal Intelligence. She is a researcher at Concordia University's PERFORM Centre.
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Is Autism Hiding in a Fold of the Brain?  
[Medical News Today]

Scientists at CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université and AP-HM have identified a cerebral marker specific to autism that can be detected by MRI and is present as from the age of two years. The abnormality thus detected consists in a less deep fold in Broca's area, a region of the brain specialized in language and communication, functions that are impaired in autistic patients. This discovery may assist in the earlier diagnosis and management of these patients. It has been made possible by the medical imaging processing skills of the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université) and access to a homogeneous cohort of patients diagnosed at a very young age and all assessed using the same protocol at the Centre de Ressources Autisme PACA. The results of their collaboration are published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neurosciences and Neuroimaging.

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Antisocial Behavior: The Influence of Genes and Environment
[Source:  Science Daily]
A gene involved in the regulation of emotions and behavior could influence the long-term impact of violence experienced in childhood on antisocial behavior. This is the finding of a longitudinal study carried out by a team of researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal) and Université de Montréal on 327 young men who live in Quebec (Quebec Longitudinal Study of Kindergarten Children), some of whom were exposed to violence as children.
"We know that people who are victims or witnesses of violence in childhood are more likely to have antisocial tendencies as teenagers and adults," said Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, a researcher at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. "Genetic studies have also shown that this influence may be exacerbated through differences in DNA, such as the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene," explained Ms. Ouellet-Morin, who is a professor with the School of Criminology at Université de Montréal.

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The Portland metro area is one of the most desirable to live in, and this school district located just over the WA/OR border has a great reputation for providing a supportive work environment for contractors (and a strong CF experience if you're a new grad).  Plus, as a contractor you'll earn an excellent rate of pay.  The caseload is at an elementary school with one or two students at one of the alternative programs nearby.  The position is approximately 32 hours/week.

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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  SLP for Pensacola
Congratulations to Melissa S., on her new SLP position with PediaStaff's client in Pensacola, FL  She will be treating young people from Birth to 3 years of age in homes, a charter school and a clinic.
Congrats, Melissa!!
We have a few fantastic opportunities with a school district located approximately 20 minutes southwest of the Washington D.C. metro area. We are searching for three Speech-Language Pathologists; one for a community preschool position to start as soon as possible, an elementary position to start in March for maternity leave and a high school position to start in March for maternity leave. 

Some travel between schools may be required, but the schools are a short distance apart. In addition to treatments, you'll do some evals and standardized testing for new kids needing IEP's. This is a great location with an easy commute to and from Washington, DC. SLP-CCC is required for all positions.'

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We are hiring a Bilingual Spanish School Speech Language Pathologist Assistant for a full time position in San Jose.  This is a unique school district, committed to high-quality educational options.  If you are a school experienced speech language pathologist assistant and are interested in working in a school district in San Jose that is committed to closing the achievement gap, this might be something you want to explore. Please only apply if you have a current California SLPA license and can start right away.
Qualifications: Must hold a California-approved SLPA license with a degree in Communication Sciences.
Pediatric therapy is our specialty - and our expertise is backed by excellent hourly rates and per diem offered based upon IRS eligibility. Additional benefits include: nationally recognized medical insurance, 401K, generous relocation and continuing education assistance, optional summer pay program, and reimbursement for state licensure and/or teacher certifications.

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OT Activity of the Week:  Very Simple Snowflake Craftivity
[Source: Inspired Treehouse]

I love seeing the excitement on my kids' faces when they see the first snow of the season.  And, after a super  mild November and December here in Ohio, we're finally starting to see some freezing temps and snowflakes here and there!  Hooray!

Read More and Download the Free Templates Through a Link on our Blog
Seasonal Activities of the Week: Winter Crafts Collection!
[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]

Winter lesson planning just got easier! These winter crafts and activities for three-year-olds are all great additions to your preschool lesson plans, your day at home with your own kids, or your home daycare. Oh and while I think these are perfect crafts for three year olds, many can be used with younger and older children too.
Grab This Great Collection Through a Link on our Blog 
[Source: Activity Tailor]
Who loves painter's tape?  I do!  For a while I was into refinishing furniture and went through a MacKenzie-Childs inspired phase.  Here's my wild laundry room which no one but me ever sees.  I'm so glad it's a happy place because I'm not always happy to be there!
Obviously that patterning required a great deal of painters tape.

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EI Corner:  Why I'm Forever Grateful For My Son's Ped Therapist
Editor's Note:  Thank you to PediaStaff's own staffing consultant Lauren Marino, for sharing this article with us.   Love it!

[Source:  Scary Mommy.com]

As my son turns 3 years old and transitions out of early-intervention services for his special needs and into the school system, a few thoughts come to mind. "Thank you" is not enough as we prepare to say goodbye. You have been there from tube feedings to spoon feedings, from barely rolling to walking, and from  sign language to spoken "I love yous." Pediatric therapists are a gift you never knew you needed but are so grateful to have worked with.

Thank you for pushing my son to be the best he could be.

PT Corner:  Get Moving and Learning with Dr. Jean
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

I am not sure if you have ever heard of Dr. Jean but she is an amazing early childhood educator who has authored many books, written songs and produced videos.  She is a huge supporter of encouraging movement with learning.  Here are some of my most favorite Dr. Jean videos for combining movement and learning for counting, phonics, letter identification and handwriting. I love her slow, methodical, repetitive movements.

SLP Corner:  The Trouble With Talking Toys
[Source:  National Public Radio]

Just because a toy's packaging says it's educational doesn't make it so. That's the finding from a new study in JAMA Pediatrics that found some toys being marketed as language promoters got in the way of learning.

Research shows that for kids to understand, speak and eventually read or write a language they need to hear it, lots of it. And it's never too early for parents and caregivers to get talking. That explains the booming industry in talking electronic toys that claim to help kids learn language.

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Sensory Corner:  55 Easy Items to Include in a Sensory Table
[Source:  Friendship Circle]
Our senses are how we experience the world around us.
These experiences are crucial to kids understanding the stimuli in their surroundings. The term "sensory" means that one or more of the five senses is engaged in an experience through seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and/or smelling.
Sensory tables work to engage these senses. As human beings, these five different tracks of information come into our brains and together these senses create our own individual experiences. Children (and adults!) learn best and retain the most information when their senses are engaged.
Pediatric Therapy Corner: 5 Tips for Successful Collaboration
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

As school based therapists a big part of the job is collaborating with students, parents, classroom teachers, physical educators, art teachers, music teachers, computer lab, administration, teaching assistants, other therapists and probably a few more!  At times this can be very difficult due to packed schedules or multiple schools.  Here are a few tips for successful collaboration -

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