November 18, 2016
Issue 46, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Happy Friday!  

We are at ASHA this week, and hope we have had the chance to meet you there!  Come visit us at booth #835.    We have free Toobaloos for all visitors to our booth while supplies last!
News Items:  
  • iPads as Effective as Sedatives for Children Before Operations
  • Trauma from Childhood Bullying May Persist into College
  • Sign Language May be helpful for Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Research Finds Four-Year-Olds Not Physically Ready for School
  • Regulations Broaden Who's Covered Under ADA
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job! Pediatric Home Health OT - Tyler, Texas
  • Hot Job! Pediatric Clinic OT - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Free Printable of the Week: Predictions and Inferences
  • Play Dough Suncatcher Craft
  • Thanksgiving Parts of Speech Worksheet
  • Hands On Alphabet Play: DIY Tactile Letters
Articles and Special Features 
  • Special Ed Corner: Why I Believe Special Ed Teachers Have Superpowers
  • SLP Corner: From Supervised to Certified: What to Consider When Applying for Your CCCs
  • OT Corner: 10 Ideas to Increase Pencil Pressure
  • SLP Corner Too: Toys To Support Speech and Language
  • School Nurse Corner: How Clean Clothes Can Help Kids with Chronic Absences at School
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Recent Occupational Therapist and COTA Jobs 

iPads as Effective as Sedatives for Children Before Operations
[Source: Science Daily]

New research presented at this year's World Congress of Anesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong (Aug. 28 - Sept. 2) shows that allowing children to use iPads to distract them before surgery requiring general anesthesia is as effective at lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives.

Furthermore, parental satisfaction and quality of anesthesia induction was higher in children using iPads. The study is by Dr Dominique Chassard, EPICIME, Hopital Mere Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Bron, France, and colleagues.

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Trauma from Childhood Bullying May Persist into College
[Source: Psych Central]

New research finds that college students report the psychological impact of childhood bullying is on the same level as severe physical or sexual abuse.

The study of 480 college freshmen through seniors, indicated that the detrimental effects of bullying may linger for years. The emotional impact of the bullying can negatively affect a victims' mental health well into young adulthood.

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Sign Language May be helpful for Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They suggest further exploration of the results of a case study showing the effectiveness of using several therapies together in cases of early diagnosis.

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Research Finds Four-Year-Olds Not Physically Ready for School
[Source: Medical X-Press]

New research from Loughborough University has revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school.

Early Years specialists in the University's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences tested 45 Foundation Stage children at two different schools and found a larger number than previously estimated are experiencing problems with balance and coordination that are impacting their ability to learn in class.

Researchers used a range of tests to assess Foundation Stage children's physical development at the start of the school year and found just under 30% were 'of concern' with almost 90% demonstrating some degree of movement difficulty.

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Regulations Broaden Who's Covered Under ADA
[Source: Disability Scoop]

The U.S. Department of Justice is issuing new regulations significantly expanding who's covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a  final rule published this month in the Federal Register, the agency is clarifying that those with everything from cancer to diabetes, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and other conditions should be protected under the ADA.

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Are you looking for an established home health agency to call home?  This pediatric home health agency has been providing quality pediatric home health care since 2003. They seek a full time occupational therapist to join their team in Tyler, TX. Caseload includes children birth to 21 with the majority of the caseload ranging in ages from 3-7.  This could turn into a lead role if you have enough experience.
*  visits are roughly 30 - 40 minutes in length
*  a minimum of one year of experience is preferred or strong pediatric fieldwork    experience.

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Pediatric Occupational Therapist needed to join an established multi-disciplinary clinic team!  Tulsa boasts one of the most vibrant places to live in mid-America...with universities, sports, shopping, dining, and outdoor events year-round.  Very moderate cost of living allows you to enjoy more of your earnings.
*  Your weekly schedule would have some variety....providing direct patient care as well as doing evals and supervisory duties

*  Caseload would consist of about 25 to 30 hour-treatment time per week depending on your scheduling
Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog 
Free Printable:  Predictions and Inferences
[Source: We Are Teachers]
Kids make predictions and inferences all the time-they just don't know they're doing it! The challenge is to help kids realize that they're making predictions and inferences and be able to identify them.

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Fine Motor Craft of the Week:  Play Dough Suncatcher Craft 
[Article and Image Source:  Hands on As We Grow]

There is just something about play dough. Kids love it.   They love to build with it, create with it, and mold it.

This play dough suncatcher craft is a unique twist on traditional play dough use.  And it's one that the kids will remember making for a long time!

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Seasonal of the week:  Thanksgiving Parts of Speech Worksheet
[Source:  Square Head Teachers]
Here's a fun twist on practicing parts of speech that came to me (*last minute*) the other day, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway... I combined the "color by number" idea with some basic parts of speech skills and ta-da! Hidden turkey just waiting to be revealed!

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Hands On Alphabet Play: 
[Source:  Childhood 101]
Miss 4 is enthralled with letters at the moment. She is constantly asking me how to write this letter or that and our house is smattered with little pieces of paper filled with her fabulous efforts at writing. I have wanted to make a set of tactile letters to use as a  letter learning resource for the longest while and had dreams of sewing a set of quilted flannel letters but it just hasn't happened (it's the idea of all that cutting that seems to be the issue!) So I was determined to come up with a simpler, interim solution, and I think these fit the bill!

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SpEd Corner:  Why I Believe Special Ed Teachers Have Superpowers
[Source:  We Are]
I want to be a special education teacher.
When I tell most people this, I usually get raised eyebrows and a response along the lines of, "Wow! You must have a lot of patience."
Yes, patience is definitely a requirement of all educators, especially special ed teachers. But to me, this doesn't even begin to cover it. I believe there is at least one magical superpower involved, too. Let me explain.

SLP Corner:    What to Consider When Applying for Your CCCs
[Source: ASHA Leader Blog]
I knew I'd experience many firsts during my clinical fellowship (CF). At my school placement, I wrote IEPs as the sole service provider. I signed and requested diet upgrades at my position in my local skilled nursing facility. All the while, a mentor helped me with any questions.

Around April, though, I realized I had little direction on how on how to prepare to become a completely independent and certified SLP. Sure, my mentor and I completed typical "sign here, date that" paperwork, but I needed more details about transitioning from supervised to  completely certified. The application process went rather smoothly; however, I found the experience somewhat daunting.

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OT Corner:  10 Ideas to Increase Pencil Pressure
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Recently, I received a question about a student who is having difficulty applying pencil pressure when writing.  The therapist was having some success using markers but was looking for other suggestions.  Here are 10 ideas to increase pressure when writing:
  1. Try using markers or gel pens to make marks instead of pencils.
SLP Corner Too:  Toys To Support Speech and Language
[Source: Playing with Words 365]

As a speech pathologist, I am asked all the time by parents what toys I recommend they buy for their children to help expand their speech and language skills. When I became a mother, I became even more interested in children's toys. So for the month of February I've decided to write a series of posts all about my personal top pics of toys I wish every child could have, and how they can support language development and overall learning. Welcome to part one of four in my series on the best toys for speech and language development!

School Nurse Corner:   How Clean Clothes Can Help Kids with Chronic Absences 
[Source: Mindshift]   by Elissa Nadworny

Like many schools, Gibson Elementary in St. Louis had big problems with attendance - many students were missing nearly a month of school a year.

Melody Gunn, who was the principal at Gibson last year, set out to visit homes and figure out why kids weren't showing up. Her biggest discovery? They didn't have clean uniforms to wear to school.

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