May 18, 2018
Issue 20, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy this week's newsletter.
 
News Items:
  • Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression
  • Details of Brain Networks in Autism
  • Infant Growth Patterns Affected by Type of Protein Consumed
  • Nouns Slow our Speech
  • Study: Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Among Kids Doubled in 7 Years
  • Eye Movements and ADHD
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job - School Psychologist, New Lenox, IL
  • Hot, New Job - Pediatric OT, Wake Forest, NC
  • Hot, New Job! BCBA - Baltimore MD
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Ideas for Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Join our New, Interdisciplinary Group on Facebook
  • Two Free Webinars on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Memorial Day Cutting Practice Freebie
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks
  • Autism Corner: Toward an Evidence-Based Assessment in Schools
  • OT Corner: Twenty-Two Reasons Why a Child Can't Sit Still
  • School Psych Corner: With Student Trauma, It's OK to Set Boundaries
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Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression
[Source: Disability Scoop]

A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict future outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

"One of the problems when someone can't tell you they're distressed is these behaviors feel like they come completely out of the blue," said Matthew Goodwin, a behavioral scientist at Northeastern University. "It's about quality of life."

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Details of Brain Networks in Autism
[Source: Science Daily]

Autism is a complex, lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects more than one in 100 people - so understanding these brain networks has potential to show how autism develops over time, and to identify new approaches to treatment.

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Infant Growth Patterns Affected by Type of Protein Consumed
[Source: Medical X-Press]

A new study by CU School of Medicine researchers has determined that choices of protein intake from solid foods has a significant impact on infant growth during the first year of life.

The study tested whether dairy-based or meat-based protein in an infant's diet contributed to growth and weight gain. Sixty-four formula-fed infants were involved in the study, with the group evenly divided between those who ate dairy and those who ate meat in addition to their formula, fruits, vegetables and infant cereals.

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Nouns Slow our Speech
[Source: Science Daily]

When we speak, we unconsciously pronounce some words more slowly than others, and sometimes we make brief pauses or throw in meaningless sounds like "uhm." Such slow-down effects provide key evidence on how our brains process language. They point to difficulties when planning the utterance of a specific word.

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Study: Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Among Kids Doubled in 7 Years
[Source: Psych Central]

New research finds the number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled from 2008 to 2015. Seasonal trends and gender variations were also discovered.

The study looked at trends in emergency room and inpatient encounters for suicide ideation and attempts in children ages 5-17 years at U.S. children's hospitals.

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Eye Movements and ADHD
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Children with ADHD have decreased attention span and inhibition and increased hyperactivity and impulsivity.  Recent research discussed eye movements and ADHD.  Approximately 3-7% of school-aged children have ADHD, therefore, learning more about the visual system of these children is important.

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Are you looking for a Full-time School Psychologist position for the upcoming school year 2018-19?  We need a dedicated  School Psychologist to work in a great school district in the vicinity of  New Lenox, IL with primary and middle school students.  If you are ready to find a wonderful position as a School Psychologist for the fall, then, apply now.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
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 Wake Forest area. We are seeking an Occupational Therapist with pediatric experience.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Hot, New Job! BCBA - Baltimore MD
Want your next BCBA position to be one where you feel like part of a cohesive team? This Baltimore ABA therapy company is seeking a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to provide therapeutic ABA services to clients in their natural environments. It's a tight-knit but very welcoming group, and they are excited to grow again with the addition of a new team member (possibly you?)!

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Pinterest Ideas for Better Hearing and Speech Month 
[Source: PediaStaff on Pinterest]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  How are you recognizing and celebrating it in the classroom??   I was going to post one idea per newsletter, but then I realized, "Why not just post the entire board we have???"  Here it is.    It is packed with great ideas for students, your colleagues, parents and more.  Not to mention, there are great gift ideas for the special SLP that you can dangle in front of your loved ones as a not-so-subtle hint!

Visit this Great Pinboard Through a Link on our Blog
Join our New, Interdisciplinary Group, on Facebook  
I would like to invite you to a new INTERDISCIPLINARY discussion group pediatric, school and center-based SLPs, OTs, PTs, School Psychologists and ABA Professionals. Just like in our personal lives, it's important that we reach outside our bubble. We all have lots to learn from one another so we can provide the very best therapy and education for our kiddos!

We would love to have you.   We have close to 1000 members already and we only launched it this past Friday.

Join HERE
Two Free Webinars on Childhood Apraxia of Speech 
It's Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Month!  Apraxia Kids has make two of their courses FREE for the entire month of May!

Learn More Through a Link on our Blog!
Memorial Day Cutting Practice Freebie
[Source: 3 Boys and a Dog]

These  Memorial Day Preschool Cutting Practice Worksheets will help your kiddos work on dexterity, scissor skills, and fine motor skills. Plus, they are fun, adorable, and just in time for Memorial Day

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks
[Source: Edutopia]

Regular breaks throughout the school day- from short brain breaks in the classroom to the longer break of recess-are not simply downtime for students. Such breaks increase their productivity and provide them with opportunities to develop creativity and social skills.
Students, particularly young ones, often struggle with staying focused for long periods of 


Autism Corner: Toward an Evidence-Based Assessment in Schools
[Source:  Best Practices Autism]

The number of children identified with autism has more than doubled over the last decade. The dramatic increase in prevalence, together with the clear benefits of early intervention, have created a pressing need for schools to identify children who may have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

As a result, specialized support personnel such as school psychologists are now being asked to participate in the screening, assessment, and educational planning for children and youth on the autism spectrum more than at any other time in the recent past. Moreover, the call for greater use of evidence-based practice has increased demands that professionals be prepared to recognize the presence of risk factors, engage in case finding, and be knowledgeable about evidence-based assessment (EBA) and intervention practices for ASD.


School Psych Corner:  With Student Trauma, It's OK to Set Boundaries
[Source: Edutopia]

It's probably not news to most teachers that nearly six out of 10 children have experienced trauma, according to a foundational study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser. As educators on the frontlines, teachers regularly encounter students who have experienced significant hardships in their homes and communities. But psychologists and mental health practitioners say that the impact of trauma goes beyond the kids and reaches into the lives of educators who work closely with them day to day.

Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

OT Corner: Twenty-Two Reasons Why a Child Can't Sit Still
Editor's Note:  In our new interdisciplinary discussion group on FB yesterday, We were talking about brain breaks and the need for kids to be able to wiggle.  I realized it has been a VERY long time since we posted the most popular article on our blog of all-time, Twenty-Two Reasons Why a Child Can't Sit Still.    Thank You, Loren Shlaes.  This article is invaluable and only gets better with age!!!

By: Loren Shlaes, OTR/L
  1. The child does not get enough exercise. Children require huge amounts of movement, preferably outside, every single day. Movement and exercise is as essential as food for children in order to stay organized, develop and mature their nervous systems, improve their coordination, strength and motor planning, and to be healthy! So many of us live in cities now and have just forgotten how vital it is for a child's health and 

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