September 5, 2014
Issue 36, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our abbreviated holiday edition of our weekly newsletter.  Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!
News Items:
  • Comic Book Stars World's First Hero With Autism
  • Readers with Dyslexia Have Disrupted Network Connections in the Brain
  • Different Postures and Energy Expenditure in Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • What Neural Circuits are Activated by CBT?
  • Understanding the Brain of Teenage Boys
PediaStaff News
  • Featured Job of the Week:  BCBA, Champaign, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Resource of the Week: Scooter Board Bungee Exercises
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Band Aid Butterflies!
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: "4 School Nurses"

Articles and Special Features 

  • PT Corner: Tummy Time - More Than Just a Buzz Word (A Blog Hop)
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Find Great Photo Contexts with Getty Images App
  • OT Corner: Patient vs. Client - What Could go Wrong? Look Around and See... 
  • Worth Repeating: Asperger's Kids and Back-to-School "Separation Anxiety"
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Recent Occupational Therapist and COTA Jobs 

Comic Book Stars World's First Hero With Autism

[Source:  NBC News]


Extraordinary superpowers, high-flying villains and fearless, world-saving heroes are the stuff of countless comic books. But the newest star to hit the comic circuit is different than most.

Michael is a comic book character with autism - a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion. Face Value Comics says he is the first hero with the disorder among comic books.


The creator of the series, Dave Kot, hopes his books can help people on the autism spectrum better understand the world around them.


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Readers with Dyslexia Have Disrupted Network Connections

[Source: Science Daily]


Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don't function normally.


The use of non-invasive functional neuroimaging tools has helped characterize how brain activity is disrupted in dyslexia. However, most prior work has focused on only a small number of brain regions, leaving a gap in our understanding of how multiple brain regions communicate with one another through networks, called functional connectivity, in persons with dyslexia


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Different Postures and Energy Expenditure in Children with Cerebral Palsy 

[Source:  Your Therapy Source] 


Research was published comparing the muscle activation and energy expenditure of different postures in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.   Energy-expenditure and muscle activity were measured during lying supine, sitting with support, sitting without support, and standing in 19 subjects with cerebral palsy (GMFCS- E&R Levels I-V).  Using indirect calorimetry and surface electromyography, the following results were recorded:


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What Neural Circuits are Activated by CBT?

[Source:  Medical News Today]


A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics provides new insights on how psychotherapy works. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for panic disorder with agoraphobia (PD/AG). It is unknown, how variants of CBT differentially modulate brain networks involved in PD/AG. This study evaluated the effects of therapist-guided (T+) versus self-guided (T-) exposure on the neural correlates of fear conditioning in PD/AG.


In a randomized, controlled multicenter clinical trial in medication-free patients with PD/AG who were treated with 12 sessions of manualized CBT, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used during fear conditioning before (t1) and after CBT (t2). Quality-controlled fMRI data from 42 patients


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Understanding the Brain of Teenage Boys

[Source:  Psych Central]


Pushing boundaries and taking risks during adolescence is common, but for some the behavior becomes maladaptive.


Emerging research is now illuminating the source of this behavior providing insights that will be helpful in reducing unsafe teen conduct.


In a new issue, Florida State neuroscientist Pradeep Bhide, Ph.D., brought together some of the world's foremost researchers in a quest to explain why teenagers - boys, in particular - often behave erratically.


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Job of the Week:  Certified Behavior Analyst - Champaign, IL  

We are working with a client who has an immediate full time need for a Pediatric Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in Champaign, IL. 


The hours are flexible as you can make your own schedule based on which clients you will need to sit in and supervise but  some BCBAs work 4, 10 hour days, or 5, 8 hour days.  Some Saturday hours required.


This is a 100% home health setting.  This position requires 65% billable productivity-26 billable hours and the remaining non-billable hours (14 hours). The billable hours are mostly comprised of supervising and doing home visits.  This can also include doing any assessments, etc....  The only time BCBAs typically have to provide the direct therapy is if they aren't hitting their productivity or if a therapist is unable to make a session, so the BCBA will sub. The BCBA will be supervising a whole team of Line Therapists and Lead Line Therapists.  


Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Resource of the Week: Scooter Board Bungee Exercises 

[Source: Sensory Digest]

Thank you, Alexander Lopiccolo of Sensory Digest for sharing this free scooter board bungee webinar with us!  


Watch this Webinar on our Blog

Pinterest Pin of the Week: Band Aid Butterflies!

Editor's Note:   I am thinking that this would be a fantastic "bulletin board craft" for School Nurses to have students do in just a minute to commemorate a visit to the nurses office!


[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]


When I think of all the things I look forward to as the days get warmer and the flowers start blooming butterflies are at the top of my list. They are a fantastic spring theme for teaching life cycles, about bugs ( especially for those kinds not interested in creepy crawlies) and art lessons about mirror images. Oh and butterfly crafts are just fun and beautiful to make!


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Pinterest Pinboard of the Week:  "4 School Nurses"  

PediaStaff would like to welcome several school nurses to our team this school year! We are really enjoying working with all of you and hope that school nursing will become an integral part of what we do and who we are as a company.


As you know, we strive to be more than the typical staffing firm.   We want to be a resource for you throughout your career as a school-based clinician, - and school nurses are no exception to that rule.


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PT Corner: Tummy Time - More Than Just a Buzz Word 

by Stacy Menz, DPT, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist


Below you will find all the posts in the Tummy Time therapy blogger blog hop. So many great ideas and thoughts on tummy time from Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapists.


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Great Photo Contexts w/Getty Images App

Editor's Note:   This article was written for SLPs but this app could be quite useful for School Psychologists and Special Ed Teachers

by Sean Sweeney, CCC-SLP


Photos have nearly endless applications in speech-language therapy: descriptive skills, focus on specific structures such as verbs or prepositions, social and executive functioning. Programs such as Visualizing and Verbalizing use photos to build schema and gestalt processing. Technology naturally makes obtaining such stimuli easier, and one such resource is the  Getty Images App (Free).

Getty Images is a source of over 60 million images, and though designed for creative and media professionals, its galleries are free to view. The free app allows you to search for photos tagged with a specific term (e.g. "kids" or something much more specific), add ones you like to a "lightbox" and display the photo full-screen within the app. Multiple lightboxes can be created and named to help you access photos you would like to view again. 


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OT Corner: Patient vs. Client - What Could go Wrong?

[Source: ABC Therapeutics]

by Christopher Alterio

Thirty years ago there was an important philosophical debate in the occupational therapy profession.  That debate had to do with whether or not use of the term 'patient' or 'client' was more appropriate for occupational therapy.

Reilly argued that a move away from the term 'patient' would equate to abandoning the moral base of the profession and in fact changes the entire purpose of the profession.  She considered the change as abandonment of our ethics around patient care, and without those ethics we would no longer be in a position to help people because we would instead have to focus on contractually serving the needs of our patron clients. 

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Asperger's Kids and Back-to-School "Separation Anxiety" 

[Source:  My Aspergers Child]

With the start of school, boys and girls begin to spend much of their day in the classroom, a place where pressures and relationships with other children can be quite stressful. While some youngsters with Asperger's (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) naturally greet new situations with enthusiasm, others tend to retreat to the familiarity of their home.

For some children on the autism spectrum, merely the thought of going at school - away from home and apart from parents - causes great anxiety. Such children, especially when faced with situations they fear or with which they believe they can't cope, may try to keep from returning to school.

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