May 6, 2015
Issue 19, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday.

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Significantly Earlier Autism Diagnosis Since AAP Screening Recommendations
  • "Old Drug" Re-purposed May Prevent Birth Damage in High Risk Newborns
  • More Young Children with ADHD Could Benefit from Behavior Therapy
  • Children with Autism Learn new Words Much Like Others Do, Study Finds
  • Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces
  • Pediatric Researchers Suggest Potential Dangers for Children from Cellphone Exposure
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Placement of the Week: Charter School SLP - Dearborn, MI
  • Hot Job - School-Based Occupational Therapist - Salem, Oregon
  • Hot Job! Three School based SLPs - Fort Washington, MD
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Sensory Idea of the Week: Simple Sensory Calm Down Jar
  • School PT Resource of the Week: Stander Resources for the Classroom
  • Fine Motor Activity of the Week: "Pollen Transfer" for Spring
  • Instagram Idea of the Week: Adorable Bumble Bee Puppet
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: Rigor Shouldn't Mean Painfully Difficult
  • Sensory Corner: Sensory Issues and Teens - Movement
  • Special Ed Corner: Kids with Disabilities and Standardized Testing - a Brief by NCEO
  • Early Childhood Corner: Bringing Brain Science to Early Childhood 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: New Concussion Treatments Go Beyond Just Resting in a Dark Room
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Significantly Earlier Autism Dx Since AAP Screening Recommendations
[Source:  Medical News Today]
Researchers say children with autism who were born before the 2007 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that all children be screened for the disorder at the 18- and 24-month well child visits were diagnosed significantly later than they are today. The findings suggest the policy may help identify children with autism sooner so they can benefit from early intervention.

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"Old Drug" Repurposed May Prevent Birth Damage in High Risk Newborns
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
A 27-year-old drug for anemia may protect newborns at high risk for brain damage, according to the results of a multisite trial led by researchers at UC San Francisco.
Each year more than 800,000 deaths worldwide and many thousands of cases of permanent brain damage in the U.S. are attributed to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a dysfunction of the nervous system caused by birth complications resulting in a drop in oxygen supply and inadequate blood flow to the brain and other organs.

Standard of care for HIE is hypothermia in which the head or whole body is cooled to 33.5ºC (92.3ºF) in order to accelerate healing. But hypothermia doesn't save all patients.

"More than 40 percent of infants will die or suffer moderate to severe disabilities, including cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment and epilepsy," said Yvonne Wu, a child neurologist and professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, and lead author of the study. "We wanted to find something that could amplify effectiveness."

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More Young Children w/ ADHD Could Benefit from Behavior Therapy
[Source: Medical News Today]
More young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD) could benefit from psychological services - including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder.

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Kids w/ Autism Learn new Words Much Like Others Do, Study Finds
[Source: Medical News Today]
A new study has found that children with  autism are capable of learning new words the same way any child would - by following someone's gaze as they name an object. They just take longer to pick up the skill.

The study, which appears in the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, showed that autistic children scored almost exactly the same as neurotypical children (those who don't have autism) in tests of learning new words, and were able to follow their teachers' eye movements 75 percent of the time, compared to neurotypical children's 78 percent.

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Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces
[Source: The Belleville News Democrat via Disability Scoop]
At first look, it's hard to tell who in the peer mentoring program has autism and who is in regular education at Belleville's Westhaven Elementary school.
But then a balloon pops, and a kindergartner with autism shrieks - as would many regular education kindergartners - and a sixth-grader claps his hands over his ears and keeps them there.
"Did you hear that POP?" he excitedly asked a few minutes later. "Did you hear POP?"
James Moton, 11, was soon calm on a recent morning, alternately appearing either bored or highly engaged when talking about outer space or the show "How it's Made" with his peer mentor, William Hein.

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Pedi Researchers Suggest Potential Dangers to Kids from Cellphone Exposure
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
Doctors and scientists from Harvard and Yale medical schools warned Tuesday that pregnant mothers limit their unborn babies exposure to potentially harmful radiation by keeping cellphones away from their tummies because of the possible effect on brain development.
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Placement of the Week: Charter School SLP - Dearborn, MI  
Congratulations, Kelly G., on your new position with PediaStaff's charter school client near Dearborn, Michigan!
Kelly starts her new position right away and plans to continue through at least next school year.       She will be working w ith kids K-8 in one of our client's charter school locations just north of Dearborn,

Nice job, Kelly!!  You will love it there.
We are searching for a school based occupational therapist for the upcoming school year. The schedule is Monday through Friday, 40 hours/week. Caseloads have not yet been determined, so your preference for age group will be considered! Start date is August 26, 2016 for a one day orientation, and then the regular schedule begins September 1, 2016, and ends in mid-June 2017.  We prefer candidates with previous school experience or pediatric experience.

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We have a few fantastic opportunities with a school district located approximately 30 miles south of the Washington D.C. metro area. We are searching for three Speech-Language Pathologists; one for elementary school, one for middle and high school and one for Early Intervention. Common diagnoses include autism spectrum disorders, LD, MR, CP, etc. Inclusion is desired, but some pull out is used as well. The majority of the caseloads are students with language and/or articulation impairments. Some 

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Sensory Idea of the Week: Simple Sensory Calm Down Jar
[Source: Sugar Aunts]

There are so many ways to make sensory bottles.  Today
 I wanted to share a super simple sensory bottle idea that is perfect for those calm-down moments we all crave.  You know the times we all have when a child (or mom!) is just needs to refocus and calm down.  It's a time when many of us fidget, bite our nails, or seek out sensory input.  This sensory jar is an easy way to calm down and it's an easy recycled jar to make, too.

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School PT Resource of Week: Stander Resources for the Classroom
[Accomplished Accommodations]
I'm a big proponent of standing for the kiddos that need it!  There are so many great benefits to standing.  However, when I first started in my job as a school physical therapist I was even overwhelmed by all the different standers and all the different people I had to instruct on how to use the standers.  This led me to lots of searching for good educational resources for myself and the staff that I work with.  I came up with some of my favorite stander resources for the classroom!

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Fine Motor Activity of the Week:  "Pollen Transfer" for Spring
Editor's Note:  How adorable is this???
[Source:  From ABCs to ACTs]

Since we've been talking about bumblebees in our home preschool recently, it seemed only natural that we include a little something about pollination.
Especially now that spring is here and we're already starting to see some bees in our own backyard

Learn How to Make This Great Activity Through a Link on our Blog
Instagram Idea of the Week: Adorable Bumble Bee Puppet 
[Source:  I Heart Crafty Things]
It's clear we have a new favorite kind of craft in our house... finger puppets!   Each new day brings new ideas for fun critters we want to make and our latest bee finger puppets are soooo super adorable that you are going to want to immediately turn off your computer and go make them with your kids. They scream spring time and cuteness and what can I say, they need to go on your very immediate to-do list. Keep reading for an overdose of adorableness when you see our ladybug finger puppets.

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SLP Corner:  Rigor Shouldn't Mean Painfully Difficult
[Source:  Chapel Hill Snippets]
For those of you involved in education, you know it's full of lingo, acronyms,  and initiatives.
The buzzword in education these days is 'rigor'.

Form the Glossary of Education Reform,  "The term rigor is widely used by educators to describe instruction, schoolwork, learning experience,"

A simple Google search yielded this article in a notable website.  Here is another article which

Sensory Corner: Sensory Issues and Teens - Movement
[Source: The Inspired Treehouse]

Does your teen constantly crave movement and appear to be "on the go?"
Or maybe he appears clumsy and is always getting hurt?
Does she avoid movement activities such as riding bikes, skateboards or rides at amusement parks?
Or does he get car sick or motion sick easily?

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Special Ed Corner: Kids w/Disabilities & Standardized Testing: a Brief 
[Source: National Center on Educational Outcomes]
The new large-scale assessments rolled out by consortia and states are designed to measure student achievement of rigorous college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Recent surveys of teachers in several states indicate that students with disabilities like many features of the new assessments, but that there also are challenges. Many of these challenges are related to instructional issues that need to be addressed to improve student outcomes.
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Early Childhood Corner: Bringing Brain Science to Early Childhood
[Source:  The via Reading Rockets]

A group of scholars at Harvard University is spearheading a campaign to make sure the early-childhood programs policymakers put in place to disrupt intergenerational poverty are backed by the latest science.

The idea sounds entirely reasonable, but it's all too rare in practice, says Jack P. Shonkoff, the director of the university's Center on the Developing Child and the chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.  That's because program grants and policies are generally structured in ways that incentivize "positive" results. Agreements along the lines of, "We'll give you funding to test this specific policy intervention and if you can prove it worked in three years, we'll give you more," are standard. Shonkoff and his colleagues think that model needs a major update.

Peds Tx Corner:  New Concussion Treatments Go Beyond Just Resting in a Dark Room
[Source:  The Washington Post]

Concussions are a familiar injury to Jeff and Amanda Staples of Haymarket, Va. Their 9th-grade son and 7th-grade daughter play ice hockey. Both have experienced concussions, but their daughter's case last fall was treated much differently than their son's several years ago.
When Jacob, 12 years old at the time, was diagnosed and treated in the emergency room in the summer of 2013 after being hit in the forehead with a slap shot, he was instructed to sleep and rest with no television, texting or reading until his headaches and dizziness 

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