March 2, 2018
Issue 9, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
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News Items:
  • Genetics May Impact Kids' Taste for Certain Foods
  • Guidelines for Managing and ID'ing Adolescent Depression Updated
  • 'Social Brain' Networks Altered at Young Age in Autism
  • Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens
  • Range of Unhealthy Behaviors in Youth Linked to Obesity
  • Repeated Anesthesia in Non-Human Primates Increases Anxiety-Linked Behavior
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job: Special Education Teacher - Chicago, IL
  • Hot, New Job: Pediatric SLP/CFY/SLPA - Raleigh, NC
  • Hot, New Job: School-Based SLP - Oakland, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • 25 Spring Picture Books!
  • Teaching Prepositions with Picture Books
  • Game Review: Rush Hour
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner: How to Set Up a Handwriting Station
  • Pediatric Tx Corner: Creative Accommodations for Written Expression
  • SLP Corner: Carnac The Magnificent in Speech-Language Therapy
  • ABA Corner: Putting Students with Autism in the Driver's Seat
  • Autism Corner: The Costs of Camouflaging Autism
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Genetics May Impact Kids' Taste for Certain Foods
[Source:  Psych Central]

In the ongoing quest to improve nutrition and reduce childhood obesity, Canadian researchers have learned that your child's preference for crackers, cookies, or veggies to snack on could be linked to genetics.

University of Guelph researchers investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet preference, fat taste sensitivity, and aversion to bitter green leafy vegetables influence the snacks chosen by preschoolers.

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Guidelines for Managing and ID'ing Adolescent Depression Updated
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Clinical practice guidelines have been updated to assist primary care (PC) physicians in the screening, treatment, and management of adolescent depression in youth aged 10 to 21 years. The details of the updates are presented in two reports published online Feb. 26 in Pediatrics.

Rachel A. Zuckerbrot, M.D., from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues updated guidelines relating to identification and initial management of adolescent depression. The athors note that the guidelines include recommendations 

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'Social Brain' Networks Altered at Young Age
[Source: Science Daily]

As infants develop, they preferentially move towards and respond to social cues - such as voices, faces and human gestures. At the same time, their brain develops a network of regions that specialize in translating these cues, known as the 'social brain'. However, a common observation in infants later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is reduced sensitivity and attention towards these social cues during the first year of life. This apparent indifference to social cues is thought to ultimately hinder the normal development of the social brain at early developmental stages. A team of researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, now brings direct evidence of this hindered development during the toddler to pre-school years in autism. Their findings are published in the journal eLife.

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Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens
[Source:  Mind Shift]

Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood. And as many as 2 in 3 depressed teens don't get the care that could help them.

"It's a huge problem," says Dr. Rachel Zuckerbrot, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and associate professor at Columbia University.

To address this divide, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines this week that call for universal screening for depression.

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Range of Unhealthy Behaviors in Youth Linked to Obesity
[Source: Psych Central]

New research suggests that health promotion experts have their hands full as they attempt to combat obesity. University of Waterloo investigators discovered an expansive scope - much more than just a focus on eating habits - is necessary to keep the pounds off.

Investigators discovered that among youth, a combination of unhealthy behaviors serves as the best predictors of whether or not young people will experience obesity issues in adulthood. The study concluded that public health efforts focusing on obesity prevention must identify and correct poor behaviors that often develop in early childhood.

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Repeated Anesthesia in Primates Increases Anxiety-Linked Behavior
[Source: Science Daily]

Rhesus macaques repeatedly exposed to anesthesia during infancy display persistent anxiety-linked behaviors later in life in response to social stress, a study from Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai shows.

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LBS1-Special Education teacher is needed IMMEDIATELY to work full time in a charter school on the south side of Chicago just west of the 1-90 Expressway, for the remainder of the current school year!  

This school is a place where teachers can truly make a difference.  If you believe in giving all children an equal opportunity through education and you would like to work with a group of educators that share your beliefs, then join our team!

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Are you looking for a pediatric position with some diversity in populations and settings? Join this rapidly growing therapist-owned company providing outpatient and community-based therapy to pediatrics and some adult/geriatric patients in the Durham, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Clayton, Fuquay Varina, Garner, and Holly Springs areas. We are seeking Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech Language Clinical Fellows and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants with pediatric experience.

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We are seeking a School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist for one school in the Northern California's city of Oakland.  The East Bay is perfectly located with BART and who doesn't love the hip restaurant scene in either Oakland or Berkeley.  Rents are definitely cheaper in Oakland and even more affordable in neighboring Richmond.  There are so many interesting people with the bubbling tech and art scene and San Fran, almost everybody's favorite city is a short ride or drive away.

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25 Spring Picture  Books!   
[Source:  No Time for Flash Cards]
My crocuses are up which means one thing. Spring is on its way! I thought I would gather some of the Spring books I will be sharing with my students as well as other favorites that I love to read in the spring.

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Teaching Prepositions with Picture Books
[Source: Pre-K Pages]

Prepositions are words that describe position and spatial relationships. Growing in understanding of these types of relationships is an important part of general math understanding. Position words are related to sequence, like numbers (before, after, between). These words are also related to shape and space, important concepts for geometry and other higher math understanding. These books can 

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Game Review: Rush Hour 
[Source:  Miss Jaime OT]

Don't you just love when you find a toy that works on a ton of different skills?  As a pediatric OT, these kinds of toys are my absolute favorite!
Plus, it works on so many different skills!
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Left-Right Directionality
  • Direction Following
  • Sequencing
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor Skills
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OT Corner:  How to Set Up a Handwriting Station
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Do you receive referral after referral for students with handwriting concerns?  Are the teachers you work with feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with so little time to offer handwriting practice?  We know students benefit from handwriting instruction and practice, BUT school districts do not make time for it anymore.  Most school-based occupational therapists deal with handwriting interventions on a daily basis.  Why not provide  handwriting stations for your 

Peds Tx Corner:   Creative Accommodations for Written Expression
These creative accommodations are great ways to support kids who struggle with written expression.

If you're a parent, teacher, or therapist, chances are that you know at least a kid or two who struggles with written expression.

For these kids, looking at a blank worksheet, journal page, or test paper can be totally overwhelming.  They might they might attempt handwriting assignments like these, only to realize that they can't keep up with their peers.  Or maybe they can complete the assignment but they fall short when it comes to spacing, sizing, alignment, or letter formation.

SLP Corner: Carnac The Magnificent in Speech-Language Therapy
[Source: Doyle Speech Works]

I was working with a student last week, in science class. He was getting very frustrated with me because I was asking him about the group plan and needed to ask for clarification several times. What became very clear was that I didn't have all the information and he wasn't giving it to me in his responses, despite asking him clarifying questions. Herein lies the rub with social communication difficulties, "you think I know what you're thinking." I 

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ABA Corner: Putting Students with Autism in the Driver's Seat

Seventeen-year-old Orion Martin climbed into the driver's seat of the driving simulator in a classroom at The Faison Center - a nonprofit education and treatment center near Willow Lawn that serves individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities - and buckled his seat belt.

Instructor Ting Chen, a behavior analyst, went over a list of 15 rules and other expectations associated with the simulator before Orion went to work, starting with the basics: the proper 

Autism Corner: The Costs of Camouflaging Autism
[Source:  Spectrum News]

Except for her family and closest friends, no one in Jennifer's various circles knows that she is on the spectrum. Jennifer was not diagnosed with autism until she was 45 - and then only because she wanted confirmation of what she had figured out for herself over the previous decade. Most of her life, she says, she evaded a diagnosis by forcing herself to stop doing things her parents and others found strange or unacceptable. (For privacy reasons, Jennifer asked that we not use her last name.)

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