April 15, 2016
Issue 16, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!  

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!
News Items 
  • When the 'Terrible Twos' May Predict Antisocial Outcomes
  • Remote Eye Gaze Tracking as a Marker for Autism
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Can Boost Language Comprehension
  • Speaking Two Languages For the Price of One
  • Disney Again Faulted Over Disability Access Policy
  • Social Thinking of the Infant Brain Revealed
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs
  • Placement of the Week: Bilingual SLP for Southern Greater Dallas Metro 
  • Hot Job: School-Based SLP - Washington, DC
  • Take Aways from AOTA 2016
  • Hot Job! Outpatient Pediatric OT - Texarkana, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Tulip Towels for Mother's Day
  • Planting Seeds of Language/ Social Skills with the Dr Panda Veggie Garden App
  • Earth Day Coloring Pages, Mazes & Crossword
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Psych Corner: Reasons to Seek a Neuropsychological Evaluation for Your Child
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: How Schools Are Failing Their Quietest Students
  • SLP Corner:  Finding the Research
  • OT Corner: Collaborating With Classroom Teachers - A Win-Win
  • School Nurse's Corner: Violence in the School Setting: A School Nurse Perspective
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When the 'Terrible Twos' May Predict Antisocial Outcomes
[Source:  Psych Central]

A team of researchers have found new clues about which toddlers may be at risk for the worst antisocial outcomes, and what may be the source of early problems.
In a new study, investigators from the University of Michigan, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Oregon, and several other universities studied "callous-unemotional" behaviors in the toddler years.
These behaviors included a lack of empathy, lying, and little emotion in children who would likely have the worst behavior problems years later. For example, this may be a child who bullies others despite the consequences or how the victim feels.
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Remote Eye Gaze Tracking as a Marker for Autism
[Source: Medical News Today]
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that eye tracking can differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from children without ASD but with other developmental problems (non-ASD).

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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Can Boost Language Comprehension
[Source: Science Daily]
How the human brain processes the words we hear and constructs complex concepts is still somewhat of a mystery to the neuroscience community. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can alter our language processing, allowing for faster comprehension of meaningful word combinations, according to new research.

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Speaking Two Languages For the Price of One
[Source:  Science Daily]

In everyday conversation, bilingual speakers often switch between languages mid-sentence with apparent ease, despite the fact that many studies suggest that language-switching should slow them down. New research suggests that consistency may allow bilingual speakers to avoid the costs that come with switching between languages, essentially allowing them to use two languages for the price of one.
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Disney Again Faulted Over Disability Access Policy
[Source: Disability Scoop]

As dozens of lawsuits are readied for trial, a civil rights commission has found reason to believe that Disney has not adequately accommodated theme park visitors with disabilities.

Responding this week to complaints from three families about disability accommodations at Disney World, the Florida Commission on Human Relations said that "reasonable cause exists to believe that an unlawful practice occurred."

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Social Thinking of the Infant Brain Revealed
[Science Daily]
An innovative collaboration between neuroscientists and developmental psychologists that investigated how infants' brains process other people's action provides the first evidence that directly links neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior in infants.
The research will be published April 12 in Psychological Science, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
The study involved thirty-six 7-month-old infants, who were each tested while wearing a cap that used electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity. During the experiment, each infant observed 

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Placement of the Week: Bilingual SLP for Dallas Ft. Worth Metro
ratulations to Rachel K, Bilingual SLP on her new part-time position with one of PediaStaff's clients in the Dallas Fort Worth Metro area!

Rachel will be serving a pediatric home health caseload of about 10-14 pts per week to start.  There may be the opportunity to grow the position into a full time one if she wishes.

This company  is a compassionate and supportive group that approaches every day with heart.   Great job!!
Hot Job!: School-Based SLP - Washington, DC
We have a fantastic opportunity with a school district located approximately 20 minutes southwest of the Washington D.C. metro area. We are searching for two Speech-Language Pathologist for two positions: one high school position and one preschool position. Both opportunities are full time for 36 hours per week.

Some minimal travel between schools may be required, but the schools are a short distance apart. This is a great location with an easy commute to and from Washington, DC. SLP-CCC is required for both positions. AAC training and autism experience preferred for high school position.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
AOTA 2016: In the Books - Takeaways from Mama OT
We had a great AOTA Convention, and hope you did too!   I saw this blog post yesterday on Mama OT with fantastic quotes / takeaways from the week.   Thought it was perfect to share as a follow-up to the convention. 

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Hot Job!: Outpatient Pediatric OT - Texarkana, TX
Come and join a therapy facility in the great city of Texarkana where you will find a host of historic treasures such as annual festivals, entertainment from performing arts, professional baseball, stock car races, art exhibits, shopping and the great outdoors!
*  You have the option of either working full time (40 hours wk) Monday through Thursday from 8-5:30 and 1/2 days on Friday or 3 days/wk (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) 8-5:30.
*  You will be treating children ages birth-21 (the majority of the kiddos are ages 3-12) who have autism, developmental delays and sensory integration issues.
*  This is a full service clinic that serves every discipline including ABA therapy.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Sensory Activity of Week:  Tulip Towels for Mother's Day
[Source:  I Can Teach My Child]
Need an easy and inexpensive, yet still adorable and practical gift to make for mother's day?  Grandmas and moms will love using this gift that the kids made for them.  I will, too, which is why I helped my girls make a set of these handprint tulip dish towels for myself, too. Happy mother's day to me. 

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App of the Week: 
Planting Seeds of Language/ Social Skills with Dr Panda Veggie Garden
[Source:  All4MyChild.com]
I work with so many kids who need to work on expanding their expressive language and social skills so I am always on the look-out for new activities for motivation. Lately I have been hooked on the Dr. Panda Veggie Garden App.   These are my top 5 favorite ways to use this app to expand language/social skills:
  1. For the kids who use primarily single words, this app is great for expanding to simple subject-verb or verb-object phrases (e.g., sun shine, mow grass)
Seasonal Activities of the Week: 9 Free Earth Day Printables
[Source:   Woo Jr]

Earth Day is April 22! The goal of the day is to attract public attention to the growing needs for cleaner air and water. Additionally, the need to conserve the earth's natural resources is highlighted. Space exploration plays an important role in preserving our environment because of the need to study Earth's atmosphere and monitor ice activity from satellites. 

And somewhat ironically, space exploration also is important in case we as humans do so much irreparable damage to our environment that earth will no longer be able to support life at some point in the future. It's a scary thought, but one we hope will encourage everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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School Psych Corner:  When to Seek Neuropsychological Eval for Your Child
Editor's Note:   This article was written for parents, but might be a good resource to hand out to the caregivers/guardians of the students you serve.

[Source:  North Shore Pediatric Therapy]

Neuropsychology is a field of psychology that focuses on the relationship between learning, behavior, and brain functioning. A child may be referred for a neuro psychological evaluation when there are concerns about one or more areas of their development. This can include a child's cognitive, academic, memory, language, social, self-regulatory, emotional, behavioral, motor, visual-spatial, and adaptive functioning.

Pediatric Tx Corner:  How Schools Are Failing The Quietest Students
[Source:  NYMag.com]
In 2013, educator and writer Jessica Lahey wrote a convincing piece for The Atlantic in which she argued that her introverted students needed to learn to speak up in class. In it, she defended her decision to keep class participation as a small but significant portion of her students' grades. The quieter kids in the class simply needed to learn how to speak up in "a world where most people won't stop talking," she wrote.

SLP Corner:  Finding the Research
[Source: Speech Adventures]
by Mary Huston, MS, CCC-SLP

"You are either part of the problem - or part of the solution...If you're not an active part of the solution you are, by default, a part of the problem." M.E.Huston. Yep. I'm quoting myself, how narcissistic is that? (Guess what, I didn't really quote myself. Apparently I misquoted Eldridge Cleaver.)   However, in this case, it absolutely applies. Let me explain.

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OT Corner: Collaborating With Classroom Teachers - A Win-Win
[Source: Go To For OT Blog]
by Marie Toole, MS, OTR/L
I often get asked how long I have worked for the school district I am currently employed with.  When I tell them I have been there 21 years they are amazed.  The next question is always "How can you work in one place for so long?"  My answer always is "I work with the best teachers and we collaborate to provide the best services for our students."  How do we do that you might ask?  Here are a few of the programs we have in place that help me to collaborate with the teachers I work with.

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School Nurses Corner:  Violence in the School Setting
[Source: Nursingworld.org]
Abstract:  Violence in schools has become a significant public health risk and is not limited to violent acts committed in the school setting. Violence in homes, neighborhoods, and communities also affects the learning and behaviors of children while at school. School violence, such as shootings, weapons in schools, assaults, fights, bullying; other witnessed violence in non-school settings; and violence as a cultural norm of problem solving can all impact the ability of children to function in school.

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