June 2, 2017
Issue 17, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter - albeit, an abbreviated one, due to the holiday.
News Items:
  • Study Shows Gray Matter Density Increases In Adolescence
  • Children's Brain Images Show How Cognitive Control Increases with Age
  • Century-Old Drug as Potential New Approach to Autism
  • Parents Of Those With Disabilities Fear Deportation
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Jobs: Bilingual School-Based SLPs - Chicago, IL
  • Hot Job: Pediatric OT - Houston, TX
  • Hot Job: Board Certified Behavioral Analyst - Fredericksburg, VA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Feed the Dog Sight Word Game
  • Board Books About Summer
  • Easy Rice Writing Tray
Articles and Special Features 
  • PT Corner:  Improving Dynamic Standing Balance in School-Aged Kiddos
  • Autism Corner: 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Potty Training a Child with Autism
  • School Psych Corner: Learning Styles - A Misguided Attempt to Highlight Individual Differences in Learners
  • Literacy Corner: New Evidence on Teaching Reading at Frustration Levels
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Have a great weekend and Take Care!

Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Study Shows Gray Matter Density Increases In Adolescence
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study solves a paradox that while gray matter declines in adolescence, there is also dramatic cognitive improvement from childhood to young adulthood.

In past studies of gray matter volume and cortical thickness, scientists found that gray matter - the tissue found in regions of the brain responsible for muscle control, sensory perception, such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control - declines in adolescence. But scientists were puzzled that cognitive performance improved at the same that brain volume and cortical thickness decline.

Kid's Brain Images Show How Cognitive Control Increases  with  / Age
[Source:  Psych Central]

As a child's brain develops, it becomes more segregated into specialized units, but at the same time, more integrated as a whole due to stronger "hub" connections. These well-defined, networked brain structures are directly related to the healthy development of executive functions, such as the ability to control impulses, stay organized, and make decisions.

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Century-Old Drug as Potential New Approach to Autism
[Source:  Science Daily]

ASD encompasses a group of developmental disorders, often characterized by communication and language difficulties, repetitive behaviors and inability to socialize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that ASD occurs in 1 in 68 children, with the condition 4 times more common in boys than girls. ASD has no single known cause, but may involve both genetic problems and environmental factors, such as viral infections, pollutants or complications during pregnancy. One of the aims of the SAT1 study was to test the cell danger hypothesis as a possible unifying theory that contributes to the pathogenesis of ASD.

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Parents Of Those With Disabilities Fear Deportation
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Every few minutes, Abril begins to choke. Diagnosed as a baby with severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, the Santa Cruz, Calif., 8-year-old has never spoken, or walked or cleared her own throat.
Dozens of times a day, her parents, Rafael and Sonia, use a special machine to suction out saliva and phlegm from their oldest daughter's mouth. Because choking and seizures can strike Abril anytime, a parent is always by her side.

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Multiple openings across a school district in Chicago, IL for Spanish speaking/bilingual SLP's to work full or part time for the 2017*18 school year.

Applications are being accepted now and interviews are being scheduled. This is a contract position with competitive hourly rates and benefits. CFY Supervision is available.

Candidate must be able to read, write and speak in both Spanish and English fluently. Must hold a PEL and IL license to practice. Reliable transportation also required.

Learn About / Apply for These Jobs on our Blog
Immediate opening available for an Occupational Therapist with one of our best clients in Houston.

*  A full time opportunity is available for an Occupational Therapist  to work in a pediatric outpatient clinic M-TH

*  Clinic is home to all disciplines and offers a full range of equipment, gym space and private offices in which to conduct therapy

*  You'll be treating a variety of pediatric patients with diagnoses ranging from Down's syndrome, CP, birth defects, developmental delays, sensory processing disorders and so on.

*  Positions available on both the east and south side of Houston

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
$5,000 SIGN ON BONUS for full-time! Wonderful full-time or part-time opportunities for a Pediatric Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) in Fredericksburg, VA.

We are looking for a clinician with a clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis to provide BCBA supervision to Registered Behavior Technicians.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Feed the Dog Sight Word Game
[Source: School Time Snippets]

I love creating fun, hands-on games for my kiddos.  Here's our latest, Feed the Dog Reading Game.
It is always a good idea to make learning to read FUN for your beginning reader.  Whether focusing on sight words or simple CVC words,  your animal lover will love this Feed the Dog reading game.
It is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade children- and easily adaptable to any word list.

Learn More About This Actiivty Through a Link on our Blog
Board Books About Summer
[Source:  The Jenny Evolution]

Summer to me means simple pleasures, which also mean breaks from the heat and enjoying these adorable childrens books about summer. Published in board books, these summer books are perfect for toddlers and younger kids just starting to read.

My kids can't be the only ones counting down until summer comes. And, to be honest, I think I'm even ready for the summer to hit more than my own kids!

Learn More About Jenny's Summer Reads Through our Blog
Easy Rice Writing Tray
[Source:  The OT Toolbox]

This rice writing tray is very easy to throw together.  You'll need a couple of items (Affiliate links are included in this post):

Rice  (colored with liquid food coloring),  A low tray like one of these wooden puzzle boxes; Colorful cardstock in a contrasting color (We used yellow cardstock); Erasers (for the writing tool); Dye the rice.

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PT Corner: Improving Dynamic Standing Balance in School-Aged Kids
[Source: Beyond Basic Play]

As my kiddos start to have improved balance and are no longer falling as they walk over uneven surfaces and steps, my next step is to challenge their balance more by having them work on keeping their bodies steadier as they navigate uneven surfaces.

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Autism Corner: 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Potty Training a Child w/Autism
[Source:  North Shore Pediatric Therapy]

Potty training is a big milestone for any child. It definitely is an important milestone for parents as well! No more diapers!! However, there are some things to keep in mind prior to considering potty training as well as during potty training.
  1. When should you consider potty training?
    • On average you would consider potty training when the child is around 2.5 years of age and above, can hold urine for 60-90 minutes, recognize the sensation of a full bladder, and show some form of awareness that they need to go to the bathroom

Learning Styles - A Misguided Attempt to Highlight Individual Differences in Learners
Editor's Note:  Thank you to School Psyched, Your School Psychologist on FB for sharing this article with us.

[Source:  Learning Scientists]

You certainly have encountered the learning styles concept before. We have covered  this topic previously. It is the idea that people have a specific learning preference and that instruction should be tailored according to that preference in order to enhance learning outcomes. You may even be at an institution that assesses students' learning styles in order to help them understand the best way to study. Although the concept of a learning styles is widely promoted, it has no scientific evidence that justifies its application in education (1).

Literacy Corner:  New Evidence on Teaching Reading at Frustration Levels
[Source:  Reading Rockets]

For generations, reading experts have told teachers that they had to teach students to read at their instructional levels. Teachers were admonished that if they taught children with books that were too easy, there would be nothing for the kids to learn. If they taught with books that were too hard, then the reading instruction would frustrate rather than improve.

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