May 27, 2016
Issue 22, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short
  • Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA
  • Powerful Role of Experience in Linking Language and Cognition in Infants
  • Non-Profit Teaches Students with Dyslexia Through Audiobooks
  • SLPs Can Help Older Elementary School Kids Who Struggle to Read
  • Parents Give Up Custody of Son in Order to Get Him Proper Treatment
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Placement of the Week: BCBA - West Suburban Chicago
  • Hot Job! School-Based SLP 2016/17 SY - Fairbanks, AK
  • Hot Job! School-Based OT 2016/17 SY - Chicago, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Planet Sun Catchers
  • Fine Motor Knot Tying Activity
  • Book Review: The Out-of-Sync-Child Grows Up
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement
  • SLP Corner: End of the Year "Round Up"
  • OT Corner: 4 Fun Summer Themes That Encourage Movement
  • PT Corner: Working With Paraprofessionals In Physical Therapy {Free Printable}
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ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short
[Source: Disability Scoop]
Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books requiring health insurers to cover autism treatments. But new research evaluating the so-called "insurance mandates" suggests these efforts are failing in key ways to help people - especially children - get needed therapy.

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Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA
[Source: Disability Scoop]
An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for the federal government to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Powerful Role of Experience Linking Language & Cognition in Infants
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
Even before infants understand their first words, they have already begun to link language and thought. Listening to language boosts infant cognition. New evidence provides even greater insight into the crucial role of language exposure in infants' first months of life, according to Northwestern University research.

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Non-Profit Teaches Students with Dyslexia Through Audiobooks
[Source;  WPVI - Philadelphia via Reading Rockets]
Students from Village Elementary in Montgomery Township were cheered Monday as they arrived at Learning Ally in Princeton, the national nonprofit originally known as Recording for the Blind.
These kids are among the one in every five students in America who suffers from dyslexia, a reading disability.

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SLPs Can Help Older Elementary School Kids Who Struggle to Read
[Source: Science Daily]

Educators call it the fourth-grade slump: a time when some children, faced with increasingly complex schoolwork, start to lose interest in reading. Yet classroom teachers may not employ the strategies that can get these students back on track, according to speech-language pathology researchers at University of the Pacific.

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Parents Give Up Custody of Son in Order to Get Him Proper Autism Treatment 
[Source:  Columbus Dispatch via Disability Scoop]
IRONTON, Ohio - Six days a week, the parents feel invisible to their son. They cannot call or text or send emails because 17-year-old Andrew Butler cannot converse or read or write.
Relief comes on Saturdays. That's when Mark and Susan Butler make the drive from their home in Whitehall to Andrew's aide-staffed apartment in the southernmost part of the state, a five-hour round-trip that has put thousands of miles on the couple's car and immeasurable stress on the family dynamic.

"If proximity is the way to have a relationship with him, that's broken," Mark Butler said. "I've cried more tears than I thought I had."
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Placement of the Week: BCBA - West Suburban Chicago
Congratulations to Laura C., on her new position as a BCBA for PediaStaff's Autism clinic client in West Suburban Chicago, IL..

Laura will be working primarily in home based therapy.   The client sees patients ages 2-22 with multiple diagnoses primarily on the autism spectrum. These children have mild to moderate degrees of autism and need therapy focused on sensory integration, social skills and life skills.
Alaska is calling!  A school system in Fairbanks, AK seeks several Speech-Language Pathologists with school or pediatric experience for the 2016-2017 school year.  The caseload consists of  schools in and around Fairbanks with a variety of diagnoses. Therapist will be working in a few schools within a short drive time radius. The therapist will work five days a week approximately seven hours per day and enjoy the benefits of working a school calendar year.  We will help you relocate to the area and you will need a car.  Help finding housing is available, too.  We also have contractors on assignment there who will be happy to talk with you about their experience.

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A school system near Maywood, a Chicago suburb to the west, seeks a full time Occupational Therapist to join their team to treat a caseload of children in an elementary setting for the first semester of the new school year.  The position is 5 days a week from 8AM - 3PM, enough hours to be eligible for benefits.  Join this group of dedicated therapists serving a pediatric population with a range of ages and diagnoses. Hourly rates are based on experience.  The position is available from August through December.  There may be a need for a spring term as well; we will know in October.  New grads will be considered if you have already taken your exam.  You'll need to have an IL license to start.  Experience in pediatrics preferred.

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Craftivity of the Week:  Planet Sun Catchers
Preschoolers love to study the planets and outer space in general. I know my preschoolers get excited to sit outside before bedtime and gaze at the sky above us.
We talk about the stars, constellations, the moon, and the planets. They wonder aloud what planets are like, why they're there, how long they've been there . . . and about a million other questions that preschoolers like to ask! While I don't have all the answers, I love the chance to turn their big 

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Fine Motor Activity of the Week:  Knot Tying  
[Source: Hands On As We Grow]
This fine motor knot tying activity is one that my kids have been playing with a lot recently. The fine motor skills that are developed with this simple activity are immense.
While simply tying knots with small pieces of ribbon, children can develop bilateral coordination, pincer grasp, an open thumb web space, dexterity, and strength of the hand muscles.

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The long-awaited follow-up to the million-copy bestseller The Out-of-Sync Child, presenting information and advice for tweens, teens, and young adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder, and their parents.
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of 

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Pediatric Tx Corner: Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement
[Source: The Atlantic]
One of my children is spinning in a circle, creating a narrative about a princess as she twirls. The other is building a rocket ship out of a discarded box, attaching propellers made of cardboard and jumping in and out of her makeshift launcher. It is a snow day, and I've decided to let them design their own activities as I clean up and prepare a meal. 

My toddler becomes the spinning princess, imagining her character's feelings and reactions. What seems like a simple story involves sequencing, character development, and empathy for the brave princess stuck in her tower. The rocket ship my first grader is working on needs a pilot and someone to devise the dimensions and scale of its frame; it also needs a story to go with it. She switches between roles and perspectives, between modes of thinking and tinkering.

SLP Corner: End of the Year "Round Up"
[Source:  Cindy L. Meester's Blog - Speech Therapy with a Twist]
It's close to the end of my school year so I thought I would dust off my boots and end it with a wild west theme. I have made theme boxes with materials that I have collected over my many years in this rodeo we call speech therapy. The cowboy box is one of many. So mosey on over to my ranch (aka speech room) and I'll show ya' a few things that I am using.

OT Corner: 4 Fun Summer Themes That Encourage Movement
[Source:  Pink Oatmeal]
Summer is almost upon us!  It's my favorite season.  I live in Minnesota, so you can't really blame me.  I love being able to get outside almost every day!  I love to get up north, enjoy the lake, and have bonfires.  Summer also has many themes that are perfect for incorporating fun movement based based activities.  Below are four of my favorite summer themes that encourage movement!
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PT Corner: Working With Paraprofessionals In Physical Therapy
[Source:  Accomplished Accommodations]

by Nicole Quast
Some of the most important people I work with as a physical therapist in the educational setting are the paraprofessionals.  The amount of assistance the paraprofessionals give to my students varies from student to student and classroom to classroom.  No matter what capacity I work with the paraprofessionals, I feel that it is important to make sure that they feel like they understand what I want them to carry out.  Working with paraprofessionals can be one of my favorite parts of the job!

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