February 3, 2017
Issue 5, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!
 
News Items:
  • Disability Advocacy Groups Express Concern Over Education Nominee
  • Shape of Brain Tied to Personality Traits
  • Motor Coordination and Academic Achievement
  • Scientists Uncover Possible Therapeutic Targets for Rett Syndrome
  • New Findings on Dyslexia May Aid Diagnosis, Intervention
  • Could Physical Activity Protect Children From Depression?
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: Pediatric & Adult Speech-Language Pathologist - Atlanta
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - SLP - Ft. Smith
  • School-Based Psychologist - Minneapolis, MN
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Why We Do What We Do:  A Boy With Down Syndrome Finds out He Got Into College
  • "Tom goes to the Dentist" - A Social Story for Children with Autism
  • Comic Redesigns the Autism Spectrum
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Five Fab Valentines Freebies
Articles and Special Features 
  • Audiology Corner: Pop! Goes the Hearing, Balloon Study Suggests
  • SLP Corner: This is What a Great SLP Career Looks Like
  • PT Corner: Side-Lying -The Forgotten Position
  • Pediatric Tx Corner: How To Teach Frustration Tolerance 
  • School Psych Corner: Emotional Self Regulation: Techniques for Teaching
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Disability Advocacy Groups Express Concern Over Education Nominee
[Source: Disability Scoop]
 
Citing concerns about her views on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, disability advocates are asking lawmakers to delay a vote on the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education.

In a  letter  sent this past week to leaders of the U.S. Senate education committee, more than three dozen advocacy groups urged senators to hold off on a vote on Betsy DeVos' nomination for secretary of education due to concerns about her comments at a hearing earlier this month.
 
Shape of Brain Tied to Personality Traits
[Source:  Psych Central]
 
An international team of researchers including Florida State University College of Medicine's Dr. Antonio Terracciano, examined the connection between personality traits and brain structure in a new study.
Their study, published the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, looked at how differences in the anatomy of the cortex (the outer layer of the brain) relate to five major personality traits.

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Motor Coordination and Academic Achievement
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
 
Frontiers in Psychology published research on the relationship between between motor skills, cognitive function, and school performance in 45 students from 8 to 14 years of age.  

Each participant completed the following to assess different skill areas: 1) Touch Test Disc for motor skill coordination, 2) Shuttle Run Speed-running back and forth for agility,  3) Academic Achievement Test for school performance, 4) the Stroop test for s elective attention and concentration, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control and 5) Six sub-tests of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) for cognitive function.

Using a cross sectional design, the results indicated the following:
 
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Scientists Uncover Possible Therapeutic Targets for Rett Syndrome
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
 
Researchers have uncovered 30 genes that could, one day, serve as therapeutic targets to reverse Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects only girls and is a severe form of an autism spectrum disorder.
 
The study, led by scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, will be published January 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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New Findings on Dyslexia May Aid Diagnosis, Intervention
[Source:  Psych Central]

New research on the underlying cause of dyslexia could pave the way for earlier diagnosis and intervention.
 
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that affects one in every 10 to 20 people, impacting their ability to read and spell words but not affecting their general intelligence.
 
The new finding expands knowledge of the brain mechanisms underlying the condition.
 
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Could Physical Activity Protect Children From Depression?
[Source:  Medical News Today]
 
The ability of exercise to protect against depression in adults and young people is well studied. However, whether it has such an effect in children is unknown. Now, a new study from Norway suggests that children who undertake moderate to vigorous activity - the type that leaves them breathless and sweaty - are less likely to develop symptoms of depression.

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Seeking a Pediatric (and Adult) Speech-Language Pathologist for the heart of Atlanta, Georgia
 
*  Full time Position in clinic position serving the pediatric position (3 days a week) and working with seniors (2 days a week).
*  Ability to provide mentoring and training on providing the best quality services to the population
*  Feeding and swallowing is a part of the skill set to serve both populations
*  Full Time Plus Medical Benefits, PTO, 401K options, CEU

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Wonderful opportunity for an Occupational Therapist at a successful clinic in Virginia Beach, VA
 
* Birth to 18 clinic
* Hours are 8:00-5:00 or 9:00-6:00
* Monday through Thursday in outpatient clinic
* Friday is Early Intervention
* Supervise experienced COTA
* Gym and outdoor therapeutic play area
* Sensory Integration
* Multidisciplinary clinic with 17 therapists on staff
* Competitive pay rate and benefits

Some Pediatric or EI experience required.

Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Occupational Therapy and a current state license (or be eligible).

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Great opportunity for you!  Our client is in need of a full time School Psychologist to work between two schools in Osseo and Minneapolis, approximately 10 miles from one another.  You will be working 2.5 days at one school with kiddos grades K-5 and 2.5 days at another school working with kiddos in early childhood.  Their current therapist is moving out of state so the need is immediate.
 
*  2 schools within 10 miles of one another
*  elementary and early childhood
*  full time through the end of the school year with the possibility of also working SY 2017-2018

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[Source:  USA Today]
 
See the moment this boy with Down syndrome finds out he's been accepted to the University of Iowa.

It's short and well worth the view!!

"Tom goes to the Dentist" -  A Social Story for Children with Autism
Editor's Note:  February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  Here is an excellent resource to help your students with Autism learn about the Dentist.
 
Source: Dental Health IE

Some people with autism find it helpful to prepare for their visit to the dentist. "Tom goes to the dentist" is an example of a Social Story that can be used and adapted to help children with autism prepare for a dental visit.

Download this Social Story Through a Link on our Blog 
Comic Redesigns the Autism Spectrum 
[Source:  The Mighty]
 
Rebecca Burgess sees a problem with the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. Her resolution? The comic below. The Tumblr user debuted "Understanding the Spectrum" (below), which gets rid of the linear autism spectrum image (i.e. you're either "not autistic, "very autistic" or somewhere in between) and replaces it with a round spectrum full of several traits or ways the brain processes information.

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Pinterest Pin of the Week: Five Fab Valentines Freebies
[Source:  The Speech Space]
 
Valentine's Day is just two weeks away and I have 5 great themed freebies for you to check out!  First up, we have Valentine's Day Idiom Flashcard by the Speech Space

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Audiology Corner: Pop! Goes the Hearing, Balloon Study Suggests
[Source: Canadian Audiologist]
 
The bag of party balloons in front of me has the following warning labels: "this bag is not a toy," "choking hazard" and "to protect eyes from possible damage, the use of a balloon pump is recommended (Unique Industries¬©, Inc., Philadelphia, PA)." There is no mention of hearing protection or the risk of intense sounds. There is a growing literature on the potential hazards of high-intensity impulse noises, the kinds that occur from gunshots and 


SLP Corner: This is What a Great SLP Career Looks Like
Editor's Note:   Congratulations to Ruth Morgan, of Chapel Hill Schools and the Chapel Hill Snippets Blog.    Ruth is retiring after 25 years of wonderful service to the children of  North Carolina and Virginia.    It has been a pleasure featuring Ruth's blog posts here on the PediaStaff blog.    We will continue to share Ruth's expertise, as she shares it with us during her retirement - please don't work too hard though, Ruth!  You deserve whatever comes next for you.

[Source:  The News and Observer]
 
by Lisa Kaylie
 
Our community is fortunate to have so many outstanding teachers and staff in our public schools, but Ruth Morgan stands out as a leader and consistent advocate for students with 
 
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PT Corner: Side-Lying -The Forgotten Position
[Source:  Starfish Therapies]
 
When babies are first born, they are dependent on us for all movement.  They are suddenly in a world that has gravity and their muscles have to adapt.  So, any position you put them in their muscles are going to have to work.  If they are on their back, they are working their muscles on the front. 

If they are on their belly (yes the dreaded Tummy Time), they are working their muscles on the back.  So how do they work the muscles on the side?  Its easy, by lying on their side.  It also serves an added benefit of getting them off of their back (decreases risk of getting a flat spot on the back of their head). These side muscles will help them with things like holding their head up, being able to sit, rolling, and many more.

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Pediatric Tx Corner: How To Teach Frustration Tolerance
[Source:  PBS Parents via School Psyched]

by Katie Hurley, LCSW
 
A mother of a six-year-old boy called me in tears. After yet another meltdown in his classroom, the teacher requested a meeting with the parents. The mother assured me that her son is sweet, funny and very bright. He's the life of the party at home and has tons of friends. The meltdowns, she thought, paled in comparison to the rest of his personality.
 
The problem, of course, is that the meltdowns affected his ability to learn. When her son encountered something frustrating, he "flipped a switch." He went from happy and engaged to angry and screaming in an instant. This pulled the teacher away from the class, negatively affecting the entire kindergarten classroom.

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School Psych Corner: Emotional Self Regulation: Techniques for Teaching
[Source:  Crisis Prevention.com via School Psyched]
 
What is emotional self regulation?
Emotional self regulation is the ability to monitor and manage our own behavior. With self regulation, we can calm ourselves down when we're distressed, and pick ourselves up when we're low. Self-regulation is developmental in nature, just like learning to walk, talk, and read.
How do you teach a student who hasn't learned emotional self regulation?

Teaching academics is far from easy when a student hasn't learned how to manage stressors or emotions.

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