July 10, 2015
Issue 27, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!!

We hope everyone had a safe, fun holiday.  Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • It's Summertime, so its ASHA Schools Time
  • Autism Risk Spotted at Birth in Abnormal Placentas
  • Emotional Awareness Influences Development of Attention in Pre-Schoolers
  • REM Sleep Can Be Critical to Memory Formation in Young Brains
  • Brain Imaging Shows How Children Inherit Their Parents' Anxiety
  • Research Shows Learning and Memory Six Weeks Prior to Birth
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Location of the Week:  Alaska is for SLPs!
  • Hot Jobs! Pediatric PT and OT Home Health Several Locations in - TX
  • Placement of the Week: Contract School Based PT - Illinois 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Activity of the Week: Paper Roll Despicable Me 2 Puppets
  • PT Activity of the Week: Kid Created Outdoor "Laser" Maze
  • ADL Idea of the Week: Lock and Key Coin Match
  • Collection of the Week:  Low Prep Fine Motor Activities

Articles and Special Features 

  • Peds Tx Corner: What Stealing Cookies Teaches Us About Young Children and Empathy
  • Special Parent's Corner: Your Role In Your Child's Sensory Development 
  • More Peds Corner: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children
  • SLP Corner: 3 Podcasts That All SLPs Should Check Out ASAP
  • OT Corner: Handwriting: Is an App Applicable?
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Autism Risk Spotted at Birth in Abnormal Placentas

Editor's Note:  Thank you to Lindsey Biel for sending us this article.   In her note, to PediaStaff, Linsdsey said, "This is HUGE. Armed with this knowledge, the hope is that new parents can get early intervention starting at BIRTH."


[Source:  Yale News]


Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have figured out how to measure an infant's risk of developing autism by looking for abnormalities in his/her placenta at birth, allowing for earlier diagnosis and treatment for the developmental disorder. The findings are reported in the April 25 online issue of Biological Psychiatry.


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Emotional Awareness Influences Dev't of Attention in Pre-Schoolers

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Young children, who possess a good understanding of their own emotions and of those of their fellow human beings early on, suffer fewer attention problems than their peers with a lower emotional understanding. Evidence of this phenomenon was found through a study of Leuphana University of L?neburg and George Mason University, USA, under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Maria von Salisch, Professor of Developmental Psychology at Leuphana University of L?neburg. The study was recently published in the journal Kindheit & Entwicklung (Childhood & Development).


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REM Sleep Can Be Critical to Memory Formation in Young Brains

[Source: Psych Central]

Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, according to new research.

Washington State University researchers say the finding expands the understanding of children's sleep needs and calls into question the increasing use of REM-disrupting medications such as stimulants and antidepressants.

The National Institutes of Health-funded study appears in the journal Science Advances.

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Brain Imaging Shows How Children Inherit Their Parents' Anxiety

[Source:  Science Daily]


The study from the Department of Psychiatry and the Health Emotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows how an over-active brain circuit involving three brain areas inherited from generation to generation may set the stage for developing anxiety and depressive disorders.

The study is being published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It shows that elevated activity in this prefrontal- limbic -midbrain circuit is likely involved in mediating the in-born risk for extreme anxiety, anxious temperament that can be observed in early childhood.


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Research Shows Learning and Memory Six Weeks Prior to Birth

[Source:  Medical XPress]

If you've ever been pregnant, did you have a saying you'd repeat to yourself-something about taking things one day at a time, or maybe even wishing that men could know what it's like to carry a child? Or did you have a favorite song you'd listen to obsessively? Well, if you said or heard something like that over and over again during pregnancy, your newborn may remember it too.

A study funded by the National Science Foundation's Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate suggests babies begin to acquire knowledge in the womb earlier than previously thought.


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Its Summertime, So It's ASHA Schools Time

We are very excited to announce that PediaStaff is an official sponsor for the 2015 ASHA Schools Convention this coming week in Phoenix, Arizona.   Please come visit us at booth #427 so we can get to know you better and discuss your career goals and options for you!

Hot Location of the Week: Alaska is for SLPs!

If you are looking for a school position in Alaska, this may be the job for you.  This school is in Anchorage and is in need of several Speech Language Pathologists.  The caseloads are primarily mainstream with diagnoses such as speech delays, articulation, stuttering, developmental delays and so on. Previous school system experience is a plus but not required. Familiarity with the IEP process is also helpful.


Learn About / Apply for These Job on our Blog

Hot Jobs! Pediatric PT & OT Home Health Several Locations in - TX

Come and join an established home health provider who is committed to providing superior care to pediatric patients in their home.  We are currently interviewing for a  Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists to work in several areas in Texas.  PTs are need in Texarkana, Nacogdoches, Crocket and Lufkin.  OTs are needed in Tyler and Greenville.  (Links to all the jobs can be found below)


Some of the diagnoses are: Cerebral Palsy Autism Premature Infants Torticollis Coordination Disorders Developmental Delays Metabolic Disorders Muscular Dystrophy Trach & Ventilator Care Oxygen 


Learn More About / Apply for These Jobs on our Blog

Placement of the Week: Contract School Based PT - Illinois

Congratulations to Allison U., on her placement with a PediaStaff client South of Chicago, Illinois as a School Based PT for the 2015-6 school  year.  The setting has a caseload of children with multiple therapy needs and will give her the opportunity to co-treat with other therapists.   This is a great employer that we have done quite a bit of work with.


Great Job, Allison!!

Activity of the Week: Paper Roll Despicable Me 2 Puppets  

Editor's Note:  These would be great for conversation work and fine motor skills!!

[Source:  Tutus & Tea Parties]

I am going to share with you my latest craft creation, Despicable Me 2 puppets. We just had the chance to see the movie this week, and really enjoyed it.  We love Gru and the girls, but our favorite characters have to be the minions.  After the movie, I had the idea to create some minions of my own.


Learn How Through a Link on our Blog

PT Activity of the Week: Kid Created Outdoor "Laser" Maze 

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Here is an easy outdoor activity to challenge body awareness, motor planning and balance skills.  Find two trees about 6 feet apart.  Give the child a skein of yarn or twine.  Wrap the yarn around the two trees in all different directions and heights to make the "laser" maze.  Once complete, the child needs to climb through the maze without falling.


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ADL Idea of the Week: Lock and Key Coin Match 

[Source:  No Time for Flash Cards]

Identifying coins is something I never remember learning because I always seemed to know it. I think the reason why was that I used them much more than my kids do at the same age. I bought candy with coins, we used pay phones, got on the bus with 40 cents, paid for milk at school... the list goes on. Now even when I do ask my children to pay for something small at the store and hand them a few bills they don't bother to look at the coins because they just seem insignificant. I decided to fix that. 


We started rolling the coins in our piggy banks, we counted coins, played store with real money, talked 


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Collection of the Week: Low Prep Fine Motor Activities

[Source:  The Measured Mom]

Fine motor activities are so important to strengthen little hands before they're ready to do all the writing that's waiting for them in kindergarten and beyond. Try some of these simple, low-prep activities!

For years, I've seen fun fine motor activities all over the Internet.  Truthfully, we didn't take time to do many of them.  My three oldest kids seemed to have strong fine motor skills without much extra attention from me. I still remember our middle son fitting a tiny earplug jack into its spot when he was just one year old.


Check Them All Out Through a Link on Our Blog

Peds Tx Corner: What Stealing Cookies Teaches Us About Young Kids & Empathy

[Source:  Mind Shift]

Toddlers can throw their fair share of tantrums, especially when you don't yield to their will. But by age 3, it turns out, the little rug rats actually have a burgeoning sense of fairness and are inclined to right a wrong.

When they see someone being mistreated, children as young as 3 years old will intervene on behalf of others nearly as often as for themselves, a studypublished this month in Current Biology suggests. Just don't ask them to punish the perpetrator.


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SpEd Corner: Your Role In Your Child's Sensory Development

Do you think you don't have a role in your child's sensory development?  That they just are who they are and that's that?  You have more influence than you think.  100 percent guaranteed.


Back in the olden days, the 90's, I was an undiagnosed sensory mess.  My temperature regulation, sound sensitivities, and being prone to carsickness made me "high maintenance" and "difficult" and well, it was before name calling wasn't PC, so my dad referred to me as "weirdo."  I'm sure he meant it in the nicest way possible, as this was before Dr. Ayres's sensory processing contributions had gone mainstream, and pre-Facebook sensory processing support groups.  How was he to know back then that my "weirdness" effects 1 out of every 6 kiddos? 

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More Peds Corner: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

[Source:  New York Times Well Blog]


Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary "

Web Junkie," to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.


Chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of sometimes draconian therapy, completely isolated from all media, the effectiveness of which remains to be demonstrated.


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SLP Corner: 3 Podcasts That All SLPs Should Check Out ASAP

by Erik X. Raj, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Thanks to the Internet, there's an endless amount of ways that we, as speech-language pathologists, can digitally share and connect with one another. For instance, take this personal blog that you're reading right now (by the way, thank you for reading!). Each week or so, I pop the lid off of my brain to pour out some gooey speech therapy thoughts and ideas all over this digital canvas. Why do I do this? I do this because there's really nothing I adore more than sharing and connecting with other clinicians. Long story short, I love to blog.


OT Corner: Handwriting: Is an App Applicable?

by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

This month, the Handwriting is Fun! Blog is proud to host another guest author series.  In July we will be sharing information on the topic of Technology and OT.  Our series will stray from our typical course and discuss non-handwriting related topics, except for this first one.  I know you will enjoy what our guests will be sharing and will learn a great deal from their expertise.  Let's begin the series with my thoughts on applications for handwriting.


As the Internet nudges print media to the side and encourages the increased use of television, computers, or mobile phones for the collection of knowledge and entertainment, the question, "How does technology affect learning?"  has achieved a higher standing in the minds of parents 


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