May 26, 2017
Issue 16, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter! 
News Items:
  • Handedness Affects SIgn language Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking Can Be Taught
  • The Surprising Science of Fidgeting
  • Oxytocin Administered to Nose Increases Emotion Perception in Autism
  • Babies' Slow Brain Waves Could Predict Problems
  • Brain Images Reveal Roots of Kids' Increasing Cognitive Control
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! School-Based OT - Hampshire/Dundee, IL 
  • Hot Job!  Part-Time School-Based SLP - Chicago, IL
  • Hot Job: School-Based SLP - Tacoma, WA
  • Hot Jobs: Pediatric and School Based OT Positions Throughout Chicagoland
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Why We Do What We Do:  Student with Spina Bifida Walks for the First Time at His Graduation
  • Slide Bag Quiz - Fine Motor and Bimanual Skills
  • 50 Bug Activities
  • Fidget Spinner Workout! 
Articles and Special Features 
  • Sensory Corner: Supporting Sensory Needs in Children & Teens with ASD
  • Art Therapy Corner: Social Stories and Art Therapy
  • SLP Corner: Erik X Raj's Commencement CSD Speech
  • School Psych Corner: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology
  • OT Corner: School OT and Transition - 6 Steps for Expanding Options for Students
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Handedness Affects SIgn language Comprehension
[Source:  Medical News Today]

The speed at which sign language users understand what others are 'saying' to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with British Sign Language (BSL) signers to see how differences in sign production affect sign comprehension. In BSL a signer's dominant hand produces all one-handed signs and 'leads' when producing two-handed signs.

They discovered that in general right- and left-handed signers respond faster when they were watching a right-handed signer.

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Critical Thinking Can Be Taught
[Source:  Science Daily]

10-12-years-olds can be taught how to think critically at school, even with few teachers and limited resources. Parents can also be taught to assess claims about health effects.

These findings come from two research articles published in The Lancet.

In a randomized trial of 120 schools and over 10,000 children in Uganda, researchers evaluated the effects of a program aimed to teach 10-12-year-old pupils how to critically assess health effect claims. In a parallel study, the effect of a podcast intended to teach over 500 parents was also evaluated.

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The Surprising Science of Fidgeting
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Hand-held toys known as "fidget spinners" - marketed as "stress relievers" - have become so popular and distracting in classrooms that they are now being banned in many schools.  And it's not just kids who like to fidget. Look around your office and you will probably see people bouncing their legs up and down, turning pens over and over in their hands, chewing on things, sucking on their lower lips and pulling bits of their beard out - seemingly completely unconsciously.

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Oxytocin to Nose Increases Emotion Perception in Autism
[Source:  Science Daily]

Autism is characterized by difficulties in social functioning. Individuals with autism are generally less sensitive to social information, which can influence their interactions with others as they may overlook social cues. Research has shown that the neuropeptide oxytocin, known to be involved in childbirth and mother-child bonding, also has the potential to improve social information processing in youth with autism.

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Babies' Slow Brain Waves Could Predict Problems 
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

The brain waves of healthy newborns - which appear more abnormal than those of severe stroke victims - could be used to accurately predict which babies will have neurodevelopmental disorders.
University of Queensland researchers are investigating whether an electroencephalogram (EEG) could identify apparently healthy infants who will later be found to have neurodevelopmental deficits.
Dr Simon Finnigan from the UQ Centre for Clinical Research and the Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit said the measure would be statistically compared with clinical assessments of the infants at two years of age.

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Brain Images Reveal Roots of Kids' Increasing Cognitive Control
[Source: Science Daily]

As children age into adolescence and on into young adulthood, they show dramatic improvements in their ability to control impulses, stay organized, and make decisions. Those "executive functions" of the brain are key factors in determining outcomes, including educational success, drug use, and psychiatric illness. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on May 25 have mapped the changes in the network organization of the brain that underlie those improvements in executive function.

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School position for several Occupational Therapists available full time in the Hampshire/Dundee area for SY 2017-2018.

*  5 days/wk
*  school hours are typically 7:30 to 3:30 or 8:00 to 4:00 but there are some variations depending on which school you are placed at.
*  start date to be determined

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

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Speech Language Pathologist with their C's needed three days per week starting soon at a year round school in Chicago.

* Located in Chicago
* Modern amenities, you'll have a dedicated room to work with your kiddos
* You'll participate as a team member in staff meetings
* Work days are yours to choose
* Caseload consists of 8-10 kids who have a primary diagnosis of ED or autism
* Age range is 5th-12th grade

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
We are searching for a Speech-Language Pathologist for a school district located near Tacoma, WA.  We have therapists who extend here year after year, and it's a very contractor friendly environment.

This is a full-time contract assignment for the 2017-2018 school year.
* Great location, easy commute south of Tacoma
* We offer excellent pay rates based on your experience and the location
* High income now, and convert to a District employee in a future year
* Flexibility - live in a city (Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia) or in a beautiful small town with low cost of living

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
Immediate openings in the Chicago suburbs for Occupational Therapists interested in working with children.  Lucrative school based, pediatric outpatient clinic and early intervention placements are all available in areas such as Batavia, Aurora, Hampshire/Dundee, Burlington, Geneva, DeKalb, Rockford, Oak Forest/Tinley Park, Streamwood, Glenview to name a few.

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Why We Do What We Do:  Student Walks For First Time At Graduation
[Source:  AOL News]

Akron, OH - A Norton High School senior walked for the very first time at his graduation ceremony Tuesday night.

Bryce Swartz was born with severe spina bifida and paralyzed from the chest down. The always upbeat 20-year-old has been through a lot, including a dozen surgeries, but was still voted the Panthers Homecoming King and received the "Courageous Student Award" from OHSAA.

Watch This Video Through a Link on our Blog 
Slide Bag Quiz - Fine Motor and Bimanual Skills
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

If you need to sneak in some bimanual and fine motor skills practice with academic material, the Slide Bag Quiz is perfect!  I was reading a blog post by Dr. Jean (excellent blog) on individual response techniques and she suggested a slide bag.  It seemed like a creative idea so I gave it a try.

It is actually a high level fine motor and bimanual task as well.  I created a template to make it easy to get started right away.

Learn More About This Activity Through a Link on our Blog
50 Bug Activities
[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]

It's that time of year again, time for bug theme at preschool. These bug activities include bug crafts, bug sensory play, even bug theme gross motor activities! The other thing they all include is fun. Don't miss the book list linked at the end of the post.

Read this Great Post Through a Link on our Blog
Fidget Spinner Workout!
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]
Right now, fidget spinners are everywhere.  Whether they are banned from your school or not, here is a fun way to add in some overall exercise while your spinner spins! You can download your FREE fidget spinner workout below.  Years ago, I created a fun printable with a different DIY spinning top (you can view that here).  I thought I would update it so children can use a fidget spinner to time their exercises. 

The fidget spinner workout would make a great in class brain break to get the body ready to learn again.

Download this Great Physical Activity Through a Link on our Blog
Sensory Corner:
Supporting Sensory Needs in Children & Teens w/ASD
Editor's Note:  Thank You to our friend Lindsey Biel for sharing her free webinar with us!
[Source:  Autism Resource Institute]

Sensory issues are a complex and often overlooked issue for individuals on the autism spectrum. Hear occupational therapist Lindsey Biel provide tips for successfully supporting children and teens who struggle with sensory discomfort and pain.

Art Therapy Corner:  Social Stories and Art Therapy
[Source:  Colors of Play]

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental issues use Social Stories in order to better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication. Originally designed in 1991 by Carol Gray, Social Stories model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with appropriate social cues, others perception, and a suggested response relevant to the situation.

Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

SLP Corner:  Erik X Raj's Commencement CSD Speech
[Source:  Erik X. Raj]

Editor's Note:  Erik Raj is a good friend of ours here at PediaStaff.  A couple weeks ago, he had the opportunity to deliver the commencement speech at Wayne State University's (Erik's Alma Mater) Graduation Ceremony for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in Detroit, Michigan.    
It's an inspired and excellent message to all our readers who are graduating with their degrees in the field, so we wanted to share it with everyone! 

Thank you so much. Thank you so much, Dr. Daniels, and a huge thank you to every single Wayne State University community member that is sitting right behind me on this stage. Each one of you has positively impacted me as a speech-language pathologist, and each one of you on this stage has also positively impacted each and every one of our students. Also, a big thank you to the parents, family members, and close friends here 

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School Psych Corner: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology
[Source: Edutopia]

It's always awe-inspiring when students take hold of a project and are given the power to lead it. They set goals, delegate, lead discussions, and critique each other's work as if that were a normal process. I've just seen this with the eighth-grade social studies students at Shanghai American School. The students at my school have been engaged in a project in their class around the topic of psychology.
OT Corner: School OT and Transition - 6 Steps for Expanding Options
[Source:  Go To For OT]

Today we are honored to share a guest post by Michele Morgan, a School Occupational Therapist from Michigan. Michele has been able to expand her school practice into unique areas of machining and urban farming, among others, to address the pre-vocational needs of her students. I know you will enjoy reading about her motivation, process, and outcomes. Take it away, Michele!

As a school-based OT serving as a transition  coordinator  I am acutely aware of the challenges facing my students after they age out of special education programming.   For 

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