December 9, 2016
Issue 49, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Here is our newest newsletter.  Enjoy!
News Items:
  • New Form of Autism Found
  • How Do Children Hear Anger?
  • Feel Good Photo (Caption) of the Week!
  • Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read
  • FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention
  • Inclusion Gains Traction Outside The Classroom
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: School Psychologist - Vancouver, WA
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Outpatient Physical Therapist - Fairbanks, AK
  • Hot Job: Hot Job! School BCBA - Ft. Washington, Maryland
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Outpatient and/or EI Occupational Therapist - Idaho Falls, ID
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Sticker Tracing Hanukkah Activity
  • Hanukkah Books For Preschoolers
  • 5 Ways to Play with Mini Erasers in Therapy
Articles and Special Features 
  • Dyslexia Corner:  The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named
  • Autism Corner: Increasing Spontaneous Commenting of Your Students with ASD
  • Bilingualism Corner: What's Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?
  • PT Corner: Teaching Children to Catch
  • OT Corner: 5 Tips to Help With Dyscalculia
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New Form of Autism Found
[Source: Medical News Today]
Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication. In a new study published in Cell, a team of researchers led by Gaia Novarino, Professor at IST Austria, has identified a new genetic cause of ASD. 

Gaia Novarino explains why this finding is significant: "There are many different genetic mutations causing autism, and they are all very rare. This heterogeneity makes it difficult to develop effective treatments. Our analysis not only revealed a new autism-linked gene, but also identified the mechanism by which its mutation causes autism. Excitingly, mutations in other genes share the same autism-causing mechanism, indicating that we may have underscored a subgroup of ASDs."

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How Do Children Hear Anger
[Source: Science Daily]

Even if they don't understand the words, infants react to the way their mother speaks and the emotions conveyed through speech. What exactly they react to and how has yet to be fully deciphered, but could have significant impact on a child's development. Researchers in acoustics and psychology teamed up to better define and study this impact.

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Feel Good Photo (Caption) of the Week!  
This photograph was posted online by Shanna Niehaus, the mother of five-year-old Kainoa. The caption for it touched thousands of people all around the world to the bottom of their hearts.
"See this moment? I've never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my 5-year-old autistic son met his new Autism Service Dog, Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and have prepared for nearly two years to meet Tornado.

See the Photo That Went Viral on our Blog
Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read
[Source: Time Magazine]
Anybody who has watched little boys for even five seconds knows that they are exhausting. At school, they tear around the playground, bolt through corridors and ricochet off classroom walls. According to a new Finnish study, this is all helping them to be better at reading.
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FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities, everyone from lawmakers to states and advocates are weighing in.
A dozen amicus briefs have been filed in the case known as Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District since the high court said this fall that it would  take up the matter.

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Inclusion Gains Traction Outside The Classroom
[Source: Disability Scoop]

Kendall Foster was the King's High School robotics teams' biggest fan. She loved coming to practices to see her sister, Delaney, when Delaney was a student at the private Shoreline school.

Kendall's friends were interested in robots and the robotics team, too. So Delaney started researching what might be available for her sister, who has autism.

She didn't find any robotics teams that were open to students with cognitive disabilities, 

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PediaStaff has a wonderful opportunity for a School Psychologist!

* Great location in Vancouver, WA
* Easy commute from Portland - or live in WA where there's no state income tax
* Vision to fully implement the Comprehensive Service Delivery Model
* Super team of School Psychs and you'll enjoy working here
* Excellent pay rates based on experience
* New graduates - earn a high income now with option to convert to a District employee later

Qualifications: Must hold at least a Master's or Specialty Degree in School Psychology and be eligible for certification in Washington.  NCSP makes cert easy.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Privately owned pediatric therapy clinic is a growing practice in Fairbanks, AK and seeks a pediatric physical therapist to join her team.

* Approach to therapy is a bit different than the norm.
* Offers intensive therapy sessions at few weeks at a time for her patients and has seen great results.
* Position is  W-2
* Eligible for $2000+ CE stipend to be used for approved CE courses.  The money can be used for course fees, hotel cost, airline tickets, etc.
Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
Great opportunity for a BCBA in a county school district in the Fort Washington area this 2016-2017 school year.
*  Full time position (37.5 hours per week - 7.5 hours per day).
*  Multiple schools throughout the county
*  Caseload will vary.
*  Ages will vary from primary up to high school.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
You visit places like this on vacation - why not live here?

Recreational opportunities are endless with world class biking, river sports, skiing, and snowboarding.  Local lakes, mountains and National Parks offer destinations for hiking and camping.  A thriving local restaurant scene, regional shopping, arts and music venues offer time for relaxation.  The Idaho Falls Regional Airport offers easy access to any city in the world.  Idaho Falls is the regional medical hub for Idaho, Western Wyoming and Southwest Montana.  A low cost of living, affordable housing and strong sense of community all contribute to this being your dream job.

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Seasonal Fine Motor:  Sticker Tracing Hanukkah Activity
[Source:  Hands On As We Grow]
Now that Thanksgiving is over and December has started, I am thinking about the winter holidays. This sticker tracing Hanukkah activity is a super simple fine motor activity to get in the holiday spirit.
Learn More Through a Link Our Blog
Seasonal Books of the Week:  Hanukkah Books for the Therapy Room
[Source:  Pre-K Pages]

Hanukkah is coming! Whether or not your children's families celebrate Hanukkah, you may want to explore this holiday and celebration. Learning about the celebrations of other cultures is important for preschoolers. These books can help preschoolers learn more about Hanukkah.

Learn All About These Books Through a Link on our Blog
5 Ways to Play with Mini Erasers in Therapy
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

Have you seen all the adorable mini erasers at the Target dollar spot?  They are also frequently at party stores and other dollar stores, too. They are festive, fun and cheap.  Big bonus - they are great for fine motor activities.  Here are 5 ideas to use mini erasers to work on children's fine motor skills.

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Dyslexia Corner:   The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named
Editor's Note:  This is the fourth installment of a four-part series that NPR recently ran on dyslexia.  Follow the link below to see all the articles.


Part 4 of our series, "Unlocking Dyslexia."
Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word "dyslexia."
She's not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word.
As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere 

Autism Corner:  Increasing Spontaneous Commenting of Your Students with ASD
[Source:  Autism Classroom Resources]
Sam's Success Story:   Sam started commenting using sentence strips.  When he got the hang of it, he started more spontaneous commenting.  He started commenting on things / events that no one had taught him with.  He started generating comments beyond 'I see," and other cues on sentence strips.  Sam is the poster child for making the leap to spontaneous commenting.

Bilingualism Corner: Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?
[Source:  MindShift]
Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.
But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. "In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California, Riverside.
Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog 

PT Corner: Teaching Children to Catch
[Source:  Dinosaur Physical Therapy]

Catching is a skill set that requires hand eye coordination, motor planning, balance, visual acuity, and depth perception. It is a helpful skill for children to encourage reciprocal play, turn taking and peer modeling too!
Catching Milestones:
  • Catching Rolling Ball (in sitting child corrals rolling ball with arms and/or hands without losing balance): 6-13 months
  • Catching Ball from 5 Feet (child presents with extended arms directly in front, palms upward or facing each other; attempts to secure ball by bending arms toward chest): 20-30 months
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OT Corner: 5 Tips to Help With Dyscalculia
[Source:  The Pocket Occupational Therapist]

Many children struggle with difficulties in writing and math. When a child is smart and has a high IQ, struggling with something that comes so simply for other students in the class often leads to anxiety and low self-esteem. As with most disabilities, symptoms emerge at different times and each child shows signs at different times. Dyscalculia consists of difficulty understanding the abstract concept of HOW numbers relate to each other. The difficulty is compounded since mathematics are used in directions, keeping track of a schedule, cooking, time, measurement and many other daily life tasks.

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