January 20, 2017
Issue 3, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!!
News Items:
  • Chuck E. Cheese's Eyes Autism Market
  • This is Your Brain on Dyslexia
  • 1 in 5 Young People Lose Sleep Over Social Media
  • Kids with ASD Face Numerous Challenges During Early School Years
  • $12 Million Community Planned For Young Adults With Autism
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: Mid-Year Contract Pediatric School SLP - Huntington Beach, CA
  • Hot Job: Certified School Nurse
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Pinehurst, NC
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Figure Ground and Spacial Reasoning Activities
  • "Pearla and Her Unpredictably Perfect Day," Teaching Social Emotional Literacy
  • 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids
Articles and Special Features 
  • Autism Corner: Why an Inclusive Classroom isn't the Best Fit for my Autistic Daughter
  • School Psych Corner: Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report
  • Not Peds But Worth a Share: When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them
  • SLP Corner: "Snow" Much Fun  
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Chuck E. Cheese's Eyes Autism Market
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Children's entertainment center Chuck E. Cheese's is looking to make its offering more accessible to kids with autism and other special needs.
The restaurant chain says it is introducing "Sensory Sensitive Sundays," a monthly event designed to provide a sensory-friendly environment.
During the two-hour offerings for families of those with special needs, participating Chuck E. Cheese's will dim their lights, have smaller crowds, limit costumed characters and refrain from playing music or having other shows.
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This Is Your Brain On Dyslexia
t's a safe bet that dyslexics and non-dyslexics have different patterns of brain activity while reading. The real questions are, how do these patterns differ and do the differences shed any light on the possible causes of dyslexia. Researchers from Boston University, the MGH Institute of Health Professions and MIT used fMRI to address these questions and found results that were both 

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1 in 5 Young People Lose Sleep Over Social Media  
[Source:  Medical News Today]
1 in 5 young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research published in the Journal of Youth Studies. This night-time activity is making teenagers three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school than their peers who do not log on at night, and could be affecting their happiness and wellbeing.

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Kids with ASD Face Numerous Challenges During Early School Years
[Source:  Psych Central]
New research suggests young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are less likely to develop positive relationships with their teachers than typically developing kids do.
The finding is important because for many, a particular teacher provided a positive lasting influence during the early school years - a factor that often enhanced growth and development both academically and personally.

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$12 Million Community Planned For Young Adults With Autism
[Source:  Disability Scoop]
A Texas couple is planning to construct a $12 million community for people with autism on nearly 29 acres of land that was formerly a polo ranch in the Denton County town of Cross Roads.
It will include 15 homes, a community center and access to a 'transitional academy' that is designed to help young adults with autism develop the skills needed to live and work independently.

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Coastal Southern California in Huntington Beach, is where we are seeking a Speech-Language Pathologist for the upcoming school year. PediaStaff has openings.  Apply now and our California-based recruiter will contact you.
* Full Time School Position starts Feb 1, 2017 - Balance of the SY
* Moderate / Severe Caseload
* Generous Pay Rates, Medical Benefits or stipend offered
* SLPA Support

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Certified School Nurse needed full time for an elementary school  as soon as possible for the remainder of this school year
*  CSN will oversee Pre K-8th grade schools
*  Position is full time with typical school hours from 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
*  Provide health information and counseling for students, parents and staff members

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Fabulous Pediatric Occupational Therapist opportunity working with a pediatric population at this Outpatient and Early Intervention Clinic near beautiful Pinehurst. The Pinehurst area is like being on vacation every day with its mild climate, great shops, restaurants, phenomenal spas, and world-class golf courses.

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Figure Ground and Spacial Reasoning Activities
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
These two figure ground and spatial reasoning activities are free from the Crocodiles, Flamingos and Monkeys Visual Perceptual packet.  Can you count how many crocodiles are in the picture?  This figure ground activity can be printed to provide your students with a visual perceptual challenge.  Can you use spatial reasoning and visual motor skills to complete the monkey picture?

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Teaching Social Emotional Literacy with "Perla"
[Source:  Play on Words]
I enjoy finding SLP's who are working and learning "outside the box," applying their speech-language skills to important related areas of learning, to better the lives of our clients. I'd like to introduce you to   Rochel Lieberman, a Speech Language Pathologist and PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with her field of interest in social emotional literacy and stress in language development. She is publishing her first children's book, regarding social  emotional literacy skills in 
100 Acts of Kindness for Kids
Editor's Note:  Thank you to School Psyched on FB sharing this great list!!
[Source Coffee Cups and Crayons via School Psyched]
Doing acts of kindness is  one of the best activities you can do with your kids. It's a great way to bond as a family, a lot of fun and teaches kids about compassion and service.
Any act of kindness no matter how big or small can make a difference-especially when done intentionally.  Here are 100 acts of kindness for kids  that you and your family can do together!

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Autism Corner:   Why an Inclusive Classroom isn't Best Fit for my Daughter with Autism
[Source:  Washington Post]
"I wish I got to spend more time with Charlotte," the teacher told me with a slight frown. "It's hard for her to make friends when she's not here very much."
We were sitting at a child-sized table, perched awkwardly on small blue plastic chairs. It was parent-teacher conference day, and I shivered a little in the unheated classroom.

School Psych Corner: Ctr for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report
[Source:  Penn State via Medical News Today]
Despite increased demand for counseling centers on college campuses, students aren't necessarily getting sicker. Instead, it's likely student mental health needs across the country have increased due to national prevention and awareness efforts over the past decade. "The results we are seeing are the outcomes we would expect to see from suicide prevention efforts over the last decade," said Ben Locke, executive director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State.

Not Peds But Worth a Share:  When Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them
[Source NPR,org]
When Samantha Deffler was young, her mother would often call her by her siblings' names - even the dog's name. "Rebecca, Jesse, Molly, Tucker, Samantha," she says.   A lot of people mix up children's names or friends' names, but Deffler is a cognitive scientist at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and she wanted to find out why it happens. So she did a survey of 1,700 
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SLP Corner: "Snow" Much Fun
[Source: Doyle Speech Works]
It seems this week the snow was falling across the entire nation. Snow in Tennessee, Oregon, and Louisiana. Everywhere, except right here in New Hampshire. It has been bitter cold, though and we have a lovely base of white to play in. I just love the snow! I love how clean everything looks with a fresh coat of white. I especially, love a snow day (who doesn't?). After all the reds and greens of December, the visual and auditory overload, I relish the white, stillness of a snowfall.

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