November 2, 2018
Issue 43, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • TV Shows Featuring More Characters With Disabilities
  • Surgeons Carry Out Spine Surgery in the Womb
  • The Development of Children's Language Skills While Still in the Womb
  • Brainwave Activity Reveals Potential Biomarker for Autism in Children
  • Football Players' Concussions Linked to Dyslexia Gene
  • Autism Study Finds Unusual Patterns of Amygdala Connection with Other Brain Regions
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric SLP - Ft. Smith, AR
  • Hot, New Job! Pediatric OT - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Hot, New Job!  Clinic Based BCBA - Ft. Worth, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Sensory Behavior Checklist
  • Tape, Poster Paint, and Leaves
  • Making Grateful Kids - How to Teach Gratitude to Kids
  • 12 Books for Veterans Day
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: How to Boost Your Confidence as an SLP
  • School Psych Corner: A Glimpse Inside the Transition to Trauma-Informed Practices
  • OT Corner: Free Webinar! Tummy Time: The Why's and How's
  • Autism Corner: Are You Making These 5 Reinforcement Mistakes?
  • PT Corner: Vertical Surface Activitiers for Gross Motor Skills
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TV Shows Featuring More Characters With Disabilities
[Source: Disability Scoop]

The number of characters with disabilities on prime-time television this year is set to hit a record high.
There will be 18 regularly-appearing characters with disabilities on prime-time network shows during the 2018-2019 season, accounting for 2.1 percent of portrayals.

The count comes from a report released Thursday by GLAAD, a media advocacy organization for the gay and lesbian community. The group annually assesses representation of minority groups - including people with disabilities - on television.

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Surgeons Carry Out Spine Surgery in the Womb
[Source: Medical News Today]

In a United Kingdom first, a team of specialists from University College London (UCL), University College London Hospitals (UCLH), and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) performed surgeries on two different babies with spina bifida while they were still in their mothers' wombs.

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The Development of Language Skills While Still in the Womb
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Children with brain injuries are able to reorganize their language-relevant brain areas into other, healthy brain areas and thus maintain their ability to speak. However, this is only possible to a certain extent, as they still often have poorer language skills compared to healthy children. Brain areas responsible for language are apparently already determined 

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Brainwave Activity Reveals Potential Biomarker for Autism
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can impair communication ability, socialization, and verbal and motor skills. It generally starts in early childhood and is diagnosed through behavior observation. This means of assessment can be imprecise, which is especially problematic when early identification is vital for developmental follow up. A strong need exists for objective and measurable clinical indicators, known as biomarkers.

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Football Players' Concussions Linked to Dyslexia Gene
[Source" Science Daily]

A gene associated with dyslexia, a learning disorder, may make some athletes less susceptible to concussions, reports a new study. This is believed to be the first time that this gene has been implicated in concussion or mild traumatic brain injury in athletes of a high-impact sport.
This is believed to be the first time that this gene has been implicated in concussion or mild traumatic brain injury in athletes of a high-impact sport

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Autism Study Finds Unusual Patterns of Amygdala Connection with Other Brain Regions
[Source: Psych Central]

A new MRI study of autistic kids has discovered unique patterns of neural communication in the area of the brain involved in processing social information.

After studying MRI scans of school-age children's brains, researchers at San Diego State University discovered that in children with autism, the brain structure called the amygdala only weakly connects with some regions of the brain - and more strongly with others - when compared with typically developing children of the same age.

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Have you ever wanted to go to work each day challenged by what awaits you?  Have you ever said I wish I had more variety in my daily/weekly activity..not just being stuck in one building...ALL day?  Well...this could just be the perfect job opportunity for you if you meet the requirements for this amazing job opportunity.  If you are a "pediatric experienced" Speech-Language Pathologist, you need to join our growing team in Ft. Smith, AR.  Boasting a low cost of living, 45 minutes to the University of Arkansas...near the Ozark Mountain with rivers, streams, and abundant outdoor activities available are just waiting for you.

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Think sparkling waters, white sands, and endless possibilities. Exciting PRN, possibly part-time to full-time Pediatric Occupational Therapist opportunity with a well-known and respected pediatric outpatient clinic located in Myrtle Beach. Young professionals, growing families, and empty nesters are drawn to Myrtle Beach for its stunning beaches, mild weather, countless activities and relatively low cost of living.

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Are you looking for a new and exciting position working with the autistic population in a center-based setting?  We are in need of a full-time Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the Fort Worth area.  We strive to balance table time with other ABA activities to provide as much naturalistic learning as possible and also to keep our active clients engaged in the learning process throughout the day.

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Sensory Behavior Checklist
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

If you are a school-based Occupational Therapist, teacher, or a parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties, then you often ponder the question when a child "misbehaves" was it due to sensory concerns or behavior.  This FREE sensory versus behavior checklist can act as a guide when you observe a child's behavior (download at the bottom of the post).

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Tape, Poster Paint, and Leaves
[Source:  Tinkerlab]

The air is getting super crisp here in NorCal. We're bundling up, sipping tea, and enjoying the drama changing leaves, which is a certain kind of excitement I rarely experienced as a kid in Los Angeles. To get into the season, we're sharing a favorite invitation to create, using leaves as the source of inspiration.

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Book Review: Making Grateful Kids - How to Teach Gratitude to Kids
[Source: Bounceback Parenting]

More than saying an automatic 'thank you', gratitude is a character strength that supports our most positive life experiences and it's much more than good manners. When I looked at how to teach gratitude to a child, beyond the basics of sending a thank you note, I learned that researchers at the Greater Good Institute have found that gratitude consists of four different parts. Nurturing all four parts will help our kids more deeply experience and benefit from gratitude in their lives.

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12 Books for Veterans Day
[Source: Bounceback Parenting]

More than saying an automatic 'thank you', gratitude is a character strength that supports our most positive life experiences and it's much more than good manners. When I looked at how to teach gratitude to a child, beyond the basics of sending a thank you note, I learned that researchers at the Greater Good Institute have found that gratitude consists of four different parts. Nurturing all four parts will help our kids more deeply experience and benefit from gratitude in their lives.

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SLP Corner:  How to Boost Your Confidence as an SLP
[Source:  SLP Now]

Do you ever feel like you have no clue what you're doing in therapy? Like you're an imposter?
I polled a few thousand SLPs, and over 50% of them rated "lack of confidence" as their biggest hurdle. When we asked about specific treatment areas (e.g., literacy-based therapy, apraxia of speech), those numbers were even higher.


School Psych Corner: Inside the Transition to Trauma-Informed Practices
[Source: Mind Shift]

Educators are increasingly aware of how trauma that students experience in their lives outside school affects learning in the classroom    And while this isn't new information, focusing on how to make the learning environment a safe, nurturing place where those students can succeed has become a robust topic of conversation in many districts. Some teachers worry that trauma-


OT Corner: Free Webinar! Tummy Time: The Why's and How's
[Source:  Pathways.org]

Why's and How's of Tummy Time presented by Dr. Anne Zachry and Linda Rooke, PT
The webinar covers:
  • The importance of tummy time
  • Different tummy time positions
  • How to make tummy time fun
  • Tips for a fussy baby during tummy time and more!
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Autism Corner: Are You Making These 5 Reinforcement Mistakes?
[Source: Autism Classroom Resources]

We all know that reinforcement is a key component of learning for our students in special education.  Really it's a key component of all people's learning...students or not. Reinforcement may seem easy, but did you know there are lots of ways that we can screw it up?
PT Corner: Vertical Surface Activities for Gross Motor Skills
[Source: Pink Oatmeal]

One of my favorite ways to do therapy with kids was using a vertical surface.  There are a ton of benefits to working on a vertical surface including wrist extension, spatial awareness, visual attention, shoulder and elbow stability, core strength etc.  That being said, I also LOVED to use vertical surface activities to incorporate gross motor skills with varied positions.

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