August 5, 2016
Issue 31, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Is Cursive Making a Comeback? 
  • Trampoline Park Injuries Jump 12-Fold as Trend Spreads 
  • Breastfed Preterm Babies May Have Better IQs, Working Memory, Motor Function
  • Schools Reminded Not To Discriminate Against Kids With ADHD
  • Bladder and Bowel Control in Children with CP
  • Tools Used to Detect Depression in Children and Teens May Not Be Accurate
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Placement of the Week: SLP for Suburban Chicago
  • Hot Job:  13 Week School Occupational Therapist - Vancouver, WA
  • Hot Job: Bilingual School SLP - Houston, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fine Motor Work Station Activity
  • Art Therapy Group: My Past & Future
  • My First Day of Speech Poster
  • 6 Must-Read Back to School Read-Alouds to Build Community 
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages 
  • SLP Corner: 10 Outdoor Games to Develop Speech and Language Skills
  • PT Corner: A Balanced Body Opens Doors 
  • OT Corner: Making Sense Out of Sensory Integration 
  • School Psych Corner: 10 Reasons I Love Being a School Psychologist
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Is Cursive Making a Comeback?
[Article and Image Source: Washington Post]

Cursive writing was supposed to be dead by now. Schools would stop teaching it. Kids would stop learning it. Everyone would stop using it. The Common Core standards adopted by most states in recent years no longer required teaching cursive in public schools, and the widespread reaction was succinct: good riddance.

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Trampoline Park Injuries Jump 12-Fold as Trend Spreads
[Source: Medical X-Press]

That's according to a study that shows annual US emergency room visits  jumped 12-fold for park-related injuries from over five years. Injuries included broken legs, neck sprains and concussions but 90 percent of the injured children were treated and released.

The study by researchers at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford was published Monday in Pediatrics  . They analyzed a national injury database.

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Breastfed Preterm Babies May Have Better IQs, Memory, Motor Function
[Source:  Medical News Today]
Preterm infants fed breast milk within the first 28 days of life have better brain development and neurocognitive outcomes, finds a new study.
The study, led by Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed 180 preterm infants from birth to 7 years old.
The results showed that the preterm babies that received more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had larger deep nuclear gray matter volume at full term and better IQs, academic achievements, memory, and motor function by age 7.

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Schools Reminded Not To Discriminate Against Kids With ADHD
[Source: Disability Scoop]

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In a letter to  school districts and a "know your rights" document posted on its website, the department said schools must obey existing civil rights law to identify students with the disorder and provide them with accommodations to help them learn.

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Bladder and Bowel Control in Children with CP
[Source: The Journal of Pediatric Urology via Your Therapy Source]

The Journal of Pediatric Urology published research on interviews regarding 346 children with bilateral cerebral palsy (BCP) to describe the age of bladder and bowel control, intellectual impairment and severity of motor disability.

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Tools Used to Detect Depression in Children and Teens May Not Be Accurate
[Source:  Psych Central]

Primary care physicians in both Canada and the U.S. are being encouraged to identify depression in children and adolescents. Policymakers believe early detection of depression, even if the child does not have obvious indications of the disease, will improve overall mental health care.

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Placement of the Week:  SLP for Suburban Chicago  
Congratulations to Meagan B. on her new position with one of PediaStaff's outpatient/school-based therapy providers in suburban Chicago, Illinois.

She will be working with children in a mix of clinic and school setting, with a variety of diagnoses between the ages of 3-10.   There she will have plenty of opportunity for growth as a therapist as well as a chance to further develop her leadership skills

Great job, Meagan!  We wish you all the best there!
Hot Job of the Week:  13 Week School OT - Vancouver, WA  
PediaStaff is looking for a contract OT for September through mid December
* 4 day work week, 30 hours (with benefits)
* Great location across the Columbia River from Portland
* Join a strong OT team
* Outstanding pay
* Option to convert to District employee in the future
* May lead to longer contract employment if desired
Qualifications: Must hold a Masters Degree (or grandfathered Bachelor's) in Occupational Therapy and a current Washington OT license. School-based experience required.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Come join our amazing team of therapy professionals in the 4th Largest City in America...Houston, TX!  Boasting ALL the amenities....sports, amazing restaurants, 2 International Airports, shopping galore, and even a warm and inviting climate!  PediaStaff places Speech-Language Pathologists in the very best school districts in the area where you are considered part of their Special Education Teams.  Awesome mentorship for New Grads and those transitioning into a pediatric-based setting.

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Fine Motor Skills:  Work Station Activity  
[Source:  Learning 4 Kids]

Creating patterns, swirls, squiggles and zig-zags with buttons, children will have so much fun playing with this fine motor work station or learning centre activity.

Children enjoy hands-on activities and the bright colours and buttons are so engaging and motivating for children.

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Art Therapy: My Past & Future  
Editor's Note:  This is a fantastic activity to do with kids.  For copyright reasons, please go to the Emerlye Arts Blog to see this project

[Source:  Emerlye Arts]

Today in my art therapy group we did a thought-provoking project using a tracing of our hands to represent what we were into in the PAST and what we hope for in the FUTURE.  Since this was such a personal exercise, I will only show you mine.

Learn More About this Great Activity Through a Link on our Blog 
Freebie of the week:  My First Day of Speech Poster
[Source: Teach Speech 365 via Speechie Freebies]

While I still have a little less than a month left of summer vacation, I know some of you return to work in July or early August. I decided to create a simple "first day" of speech poster, much like the ones you see kids posing with on social media.

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[Source: The Core Coaches]

We chose our first set of books for our read-aloud mini-lessons in September. We strategically chose books with back-to-school themes so we could integrate classroom community building activities with our read-alouds. We selected stories that were complex enough, they would lend themselves to span across 3-4 days. We plan to dive deep and cover many Common Core Literature Standards while also giving ourselves time to respond to the text with writing and art.

Learn About These Books Through a Link on our Blog
Pediatric Tx Corner: What Babies Know About Physics & Foreign Languages
[Source:  The New York Times]

Parents and policy makers have become obsessed with getting young children to learn more, faster. But the picture of early learning that drives them is exactly the opposite of the one that emerges from developmental science.

SLP Corner:  10 Outdoor Games to Develop Speech & Language Skills
[Source:  SpeechBlogUK]

It's the summer holidays, we've had a bit of sunshine and the kids want to play outside.  Sometimes, with speech and language work, it's easy to give the impression that children need to be indoors, sitting still and doing something paper-based.  This is not true!  There are so many ways to incorporate speech and language into fun outdoor games that you are playing anyway.  

Here are 10 ideas.

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PT Corner: A Balanced Body Opens Doors
[Source: Kid PT]

I have been working with a family visiting from out of the country over the past month.  His parents were very concerned about his motor development.  Addressing this little guys postural asymmetries using the TMR approach gave him the opportunity to quickly and spontaneously learn new skills.  Within days he was crawling and within weeks he was pulling to stand.  His head control developed and sitting balance became strong.  As this family heads back home with the knowledge to treat their own child, I shared with them some things to look for in the coming months.
OT Corner: Making Sense Out of Sensory Integration
[Source:  The Sensory Spectrum]

by John Pagano, PhD OTR/L

After 30 years as an occupational therapist treating sensory integration difficulties to improve functional skills in children and adolescents, I still find understanding and explaining sensory integration disorders challenging.  Clearly describing and explaining sensory integration disorders promotes sensory integration intervention. This blog post provides a basic understanding of sensory integration disorders as a foundation for my next several blog posts, which will discuss how specific Sensory Processing Disorders affect mental health and describe sensory integration intervention strategies.

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School Psych Corner: 10 Reasons I Love Being a School Psychologist
[Source: School Psychologist Files]

Being a School Psychologist is not an easy career, but it IS a worthwhile career.  To be honest, there are intense days, when the needs of so many children pile up, with solid timelines looming, reports to write, children to evaluate, behavior plans to tweak, etc.  There are difficult meetings, where standing firm in what you believe is not easy.   There are times when I'm angered and horrified by what some of my children have been through or are going through.  People will occasionally say to me, "I don't know how you do what you do."  I do what I do, because I want to spend my life in a career that makes a difference.  School Psychologists make a difference.

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