November 22, 2019
Issue 35, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • Possible New Treatment Strategy Against Progeria
  • 2/3 of Parents Cite Barriers in Recognizing Youth Depression
  • Future Uncertain For College Programs Serving Students With Disabilities
  • When do Children Begin to Recognize Hypocrisy?
  • How 'Knowing Less' Can Boost Language Development in Children
  • Childhood Thinking Skills May Predict Cognition at 70
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! School Psychologist - Tacoma, WA
  • Hot, New Job! Board Certified Behavior Analyst - BCBA - Madison, IN
  • Hot, New Job!  Special Education Teacher - Boulder, CO
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Free Printables for: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Pie
  • Gross Motor Activity of the Week: Nerf Turkey Targets
  • Indian Corn Mosaic Craft
Articles and Special Features 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Visual Thanksgiving Recipes
  • OT Corner: Book Excerpt - Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years
  • SLP Corner: Planning for Holiday Meals with a Picky Eater
  • App of the Week: Make a Virtual Turkey
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Possible New Treatment Strategy Against Progeria
[Source:  Science Daily]

Progeria is a very rare disease that affects about one in 18 million children and results in premature aging and death in adolescence from complications of cardiovascular disease. In a study on mice and human cells, researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and IFOM, the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology in Italy, have identified how antisense oligonucleotide therapies could be used as a new possible treatment option for the disease. The results are published in the journal Nature Communications.

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2/3 of Parents Cite Barriers in Recognizing Youth Depression
[Source: Medical X-Press]

Telling the difference between a teen's normal ups and downs and something bigger is among top challenges parents face in identifying youth depression, a new national poll suggests.

Though the majority of parents say they are confident they would recognize depression in their middle or high school aged child, two thirds acknowledge barriers to spotting specific signs and symptoms, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

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Future Uncertain For College Programs Serving Students With Disabilities
[Source: Disability Scoop]

It was day one of orientation for the 15 students in Utah State University's program for students with intellectual disabilities, and the group was playing a game of get-to-know-you bingo. Courtney Jorgensen, pen in hand, wandered the courtyard, searching for the unlikely individuals who didn't use Facebook and didn't like dessert.

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When do Children Begin to Recognize Hypocrisy
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Practice what you preach. Suit your actions to your words. Walk the talk. Hypocrisy is ingrained as a moral failing for most adults, but when do children learn to make the same distinction?
According to a new study from University of Chicago psychologists, the shift seems to happen early in elementary school.

The researchers discovered that children who were at least seven years old began to predict future behavior based on a person's statement about morals. Unlike their younger peers, those children thought that someone who said stealing was bad would be less likely to steal-and also thought that thefts by those individuals should be punished more harshly.

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How 'Knowing Less' Can Boost Language Development in Children
[Source: Science Daily]

Children may learn new words better when they learn them in the context of other words they are just learning - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers investigated how 18- to 24-month-olds learn new words - in the context of words they already know well and those they don't. The findings help explain how children learn new words and suggest a new way that parents and carers could help boost language development.

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Childhood Thinking Skills May Predict Cognition at 70
[Source:  Psych Central]

How well eight-year-olds perform on a cognitive test may help predict how well they score on tests of thinking and memory when they are 70 years old, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. For example, a person whose cognitive performance was in the top 25 percent as a child is likely to remain in the top 25 percent at age 70.

The findings also show that education levels and the presence of amyloid-beta plaques (associated with Alzheimer's disease) had an additional effect on cognitive scores in older age. Socioeconomic status had a slight effect.

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Are you a School Psychologist wanting to live and work in beautiful Washington? PediaStaff needs a great School Psychologist to work full-time hours with a school near Tacoma, WA for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, and we can interview quickly! The School Psychologist would work with middle-school through high-school students.

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PediaStaff is searching for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for a pediatric clinic in Madison, IN.  You'll work in a Center-Based setting with children mostly in preschool and early elementary grades.

* This full-time position is available immediately
* Strong multidisciplinary practice focused on teamwork
* Mentoring available for new BCBAs
* You'll work at the clinic, not driving all around the county
* ABA program includes kids age 3 to 9
* Board Certified Behavior Analyst will have the opportunity to grow with this practice
* Great benefits including PTO, healthcare insurance, retirement fund with matching

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Are you wanting to work in a gorgeous Colorado? PediaStaff needs a great Special Education Teacher to work with a district in the beautiful Boulder area, and we can interview now! We are looking for a wonderful candidate, who is passionate about working with children and has experience as a Special Education Teacher.

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Free Printables for: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Pie
[Source:  Chapel Hill Snippets]

hope everyone has had a great October so far!   We are just finishing our first quarter of school, leaves are changing, and there is a chill in the air at night.

I'm thinking ahead now to my favorite holiday-Thanksgiving.  A fun book to read with the kids is "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Pie".  If you don't have it, you can

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Gross Motor Activity of the Week: Nerf Turkey Targets
This is a great motor activity to do the last day before the Thanksgiving recess, or to send home with the kids to do with their brothers, sisters and cousins on Thanksgiving Day!   The blogger uses nerf guns but you could just as easily let the kids use nerf ball or even ping pong balls!   The activity was seen on Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

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Indian Corn Mosaic Craft  
Editor's Note:  This is great fine motor and can also work nicely for speech trials!

[Source:  No Time for Flash Cards]

This craft is fast to set up and fun. It can be easily modified depending of the supplies you have on hand, too. Plus, nothing says fall and Thanksgiving like Indian Corn.
You will need a piece of paper (I used construction paper), self adhesive craft foam, scissors, and a marker. You can use non-adhesive craft foam or even construction paper. You will just need to have some glue, too.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Visual Thanksgiving Recipes
[Source:  The Autism Helper]

I am a go all out kinda girl. I like to do things big - borderline over the top, in the gray area of ridiculousness, and questionably out of control. I want a 12 foot Christmas tree, 6 inch stilettos, unlimited toppings on my ice cream sundae, 3 layer birthday cakes, and purses that are bigger than the left side of my body. I like to bring the best present with the biggest bow. You get the picture. I especially I am like this with my beloved babies at

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OT Corner:  Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years
written by Britt Collins, MS, OTR and Jackie Linder Olson - Available through Sensory World, Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble.

Chapter 8:  Sensory Seasons and Sensory Holidays
Book Excerpt p.155-157:

Winter
For those of us that don't live on a tropical island, winter means cold air and extreme weather, which can be extra hard on sensory-sensitive kiddos. Try to keep your child's skin from getting chapped by using nontoxic lotions on her body and lip balm on her lips. Remember that she may need sunscreen, even when it's freezing outside.

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SLP Corner:  Planning for Holiday Meals with a Picky Eater
by Melanie Potock, CCC-SLP

As an SLP  focused on the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders,  there is one common denominator among all the families on my caseload:  The stress in their homes at mealtimes is palpable.   Now that Thanksgiving and other food-centered holidays are approaching,  the anticipation of an entire day focused on food has many parents agonizing over the possible outcomes when well-meaning relatives comment on their child's selective eating or special diet secondary to food allergies/intolerances.
This time of year, I try to find practical ways to reduce the stress for these families.   One of the first steps in feeding therapy is for parents to lower their own stress level so that their child doesn't feed into it (pardon the pun).   I often address parent's worries with a

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App of the Week: Make a Virtual Turkey
[Source:  Speech Techie]

The Make a Stuffed Turkey game at Primary Games is a fun way to work on sequencing and helping kids understand all that goes into a Turkey Dinner.  The click-and-drag activity prompts each step in "making" a  stuffed turkey, and is great fun (though the music is annoying).

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