February 2, 2018
Issue 5, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Fine Motor Skills and Reading
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome Reversed in Brain Cells Growing in the Lab
  • Delta Cracking Down On Service, Support Animals
  • Language is Learned in Brain Circuits that Predate Humans
  • Study Finds Kids are Not Overmedicated
  • Who Are Your Real Friends? Your Brainwaves Can Tell
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job: Pediatric Home Health OT - San Antonio, TX
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric Physical Therapist - Clarksville, TN
  • Hot, New Job: Twelve Week School-Based SLP - Roselle, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Valentine Games: Yarn Wrapped Heart
  • Tissue Paper Suncatcher
  • Social Story About Tooth Brushing for National Children's Dental Health Week
  • Winter Sports Speech & Language Freebie
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Psych Corner: Causes and Treatments for Haphephobia - Fear of Being Touched
  • SLP Corner: The Instax Camera in Speech-Language Therapy
  • PT Corner: It Won't Just Go Away!
  • Peds Therapy Corner: ADHD and Aggression - What You Need to Know 
  • School Nurse's Corner: What Do Schools Teach About Sexual Harassment?
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Fine Motor Skills and Reading
Source: Your Therapy Source]

Prior to kindergarten, fine motor skills are important for school readiness.  Research indicates that fine motor skills play a role in cognition and language development.  The Journal of Research in Reading recently investigated the relationship between fine motor skills and reading development in 144 kindergartners in Germany.  Each child was evaluated with several fine motor skills, early readings skills and cognitive measures.  The results indicated the following:

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Prader-Willi Syndrome Reversed in Brain Cells Growing in the Lab
[Source: Science Daily]

Stem cell researchers at UConn Health have reversed Prader-Willi syndrome in brain cells growing in the lab, findings they recently published in the Human Molecular Genetics.

The discovery provides clues that could lead to a treatment for Prader-Willi, a genetic disorder that occurs in about one out of every 15,000 births, and is the most common genetic cause of life-threatening childhood obesity.]

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Delta Cracking Down On Service, Support Animals
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

It may soon be a little harder to fly with a service or support animal as one of the nation's largest airlines looks to weed out incidents of biting, urination and other misbehavior on its planes.
Delta Air Lines said this month that it will implement a new policy for travelers flying with service or support animals starting March 1.

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Language is Learned in Brain Circuits that Predate Humans
[Source: Medical X-Press]

It has often been claimed that humans learn language using brain components that are specifically dedicated to this purpose. Now, new evidence strongly suggests that language is in fact learned in brain systems that are also used for many other purposes and even pre-existed humans, say researchers in PNAS.

The research combines results from multiple studies involving a total of 665 participants. It shows that children learn their native language and adults learn foreign languages in evolutionarily ancient brain circuits that also are used for tasks as diverse as remembering a shopping list and learning to drive.

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Study Finds Kids are Not Over-Medicated
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study suggests that contrary to popular opinion, psychiatric medications are not over-prescribed for American kids. In fact, because of limited access to child psychiatrists, researchers worry more about under-treatment and a failure to explore other means of treatments before medications.
Investigators from Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) compared prescribing rates with prevalence rates for the most common psychiatric disorders in children, and discovered that some of these medications may be under-prescribed.

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Who Are Your Real Friends? Your Brainwaves Can Tell
[Source:  Medical News Today]

Popular wisdom abounds in sayings about how friendships are first formed, such as "birds of a feather flock together" and "friends are on the same wavelength."

And, as it turns out, there is more than just a grain of truth to these age-old concepts.
A new study led by Carolyn Parkinson - who was formerly based at Dartmouth College in Hanover, MA, but who is now an assistant professor of psychology working at the University of California in Los Angeles - shows that the brains of friends respond in very similar ways to the same stimuli.

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Great new opportunity for motivated Occupational Therapist in San Antonio, Texas!

Are you bilingual in Spanish?
Do you have pediatric experience and/or home health experience?
Looking to pick up some early evening hours or visits on Saturdays?

*  Pediatric Home Health company looking for an Occupational Therapist to work PRN, part time or up to full time as caseload permits
*  Small home health family owned organization experiencing growth throughout San Antonio
*  You'll help kids in the following areas: Self-Care, fine motor control, handwriting, gross motor, executive functioning, peer interaction, sensory processing and more

 Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
Are you an experienced PT looking to move to TN? This is a great opportunity for a Pediatric Physical Therapist in a small, private clinic in Clarksville, TN. Less than an hour from Nashville where two rivers converge, Clarksville offers art, shopping, museums, theaters, restaurants, hiking, biking, parks and pools.

*  This is a small pediatric therapy clinic where the focus is on quality care, successful children and happy parents

*  You will join an awesome, close-knit group of therapists with zero drama

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Do you enjoy working with an elementary caseload?
Do you have 12 weeks available?

We have a maternity leave coverage position available immediately for a Speech-Language Pathologist in the vicinity of Roselle, IL

* Caseload is Pre-K through 5th grade, about 40 kids
* Located in one school
* Previous school based experience preferred
* PEL required

Qualifications: You will need to have a Masters Degree in Communications Sciences Disorders, or Speech-Language Pathology; and a current state license (or be eligible for same).

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Valentine Games: Yarn Wrapped Heart
[Source:  The Inspired Treehouse]

This awesome activity is sure to become one of your kids' favorite new Valentine Games!  And it gets bonus points for working on spelling and letter identification too!

If you're looking for fun Valentine games to incorporate into your classroom, therapy room, or even to try at home with your little ones - this one's for you!  It's fun, simple, and targets a ton of skills all at once!

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Tissue Paper Suncatcher
{Source:  Teaching Mama]

It tends to get pretty dreary in the middle of winter here. To brighten up our windows, my son and I made beautiful tissue paper suncatchers. I think they turned out so cute! And I can't wait to share how to make them because they are super simple to make!

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Social Story About Tooth Brushing
It's National Children's Dental Health Week!   Check out this Free social story about tooth brushing that I found this morning on And Next Comes L

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Winter Sports Speech & Language Freebie 
[Source: Teachers Pay Teachers]

by Whitney Palyu Bright Ideas SLP

This Winter Sports freebie is just in time for the Winter Olympics!
This freebie includes:
1.Winter sports vocabulary words arranged by speech sound
2. Following directions coloring pages!

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School Psych Corner:  Causes/Treatments for Haphephobia - Fear of Being Touched
[Source:  Medical News Today]

Being touched by strangers or without consent can make many people uncomfortable. However, if the fear is intense, appears even when touched by family or friends, and if it causes significant distress, it may be haphephobia.

This condition is different from a hypersensitivity to touch, which is called allodynia. A person with allodynia may also avoid being touched, but they do so because it causes them to feel pain rather than fear.

SLP Corner: The Instax Camera in Speech-Language Therapy
[Source:  Doyle Speech Works]

While visiting family at the Jersey Shore this summer, my nephew's wife was taking pictures with the neatest little camera. I was surprised when the film shot out the bottom and developed right before my eyes! It was a blast from the past! Of course many of you will recall Polaroid cameras that provided instant gratification with a pretty badly developed picture. Well, Fuji has 

PT Corner:  It Won't Just Go Away!
[Source: The Truth About Tummy Time]

In treating torticollis and plagiocephaly, I speak with a variety of parents who are referred by a variety of pediatricians.  One of the biggest misconceptions I hear is the phrase, "The doctor said she will outgrow it and we shouldn't worry about it."  This is not only false but can be detrimental to the development and growth of a child.  In my seventeen years of pediatric practice, I have never seen a problem just go away by ignoring it.  Usually, the problem gets worse and starts to affect different areas. Torticollis is a head tilt or favored head position often due to tight neck muscles. Plagiocephaly is a flattening of the skull in one or more areas.

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Peds Therapy Corner: ADHD & Aggression - What You Need to Know
[Source: Understood]

All kids can lose control of their emotions if they're feeling angry, hurt, frustrated or sad. But when some kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) get upset, their negative feelings tend to be stronger and last for a longer period of time. Some may respond to those strong feelings by becoming physically aggressive.
School Nurse's Corner:   What Do Schools Teach About Sexual Harassment?
[Source: Education Week]

Twice a month, 8th grade English teacher Stephany Copeland hosts what she calls a "gender assembly" for the 55 girls she teaches at the KIPP Rise Academy in Newark, N.J. They're usually oriented around things that the girls want to talk about, and given their age, that often means the power dynamics between boys and girls.

"Little things will happen-a boy will take a picture of a girl after school, and she will say, 'Delete that,' and he'll refuse, so we do things like address that," Copeland said.

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