February 6, 2015
Issue 5, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Hope the winter isn't getting you too down!  Please enjoy our newsletter for the week.
News Items:
  • Babies Can Follow Complex Social Situations
  • More Evidence That Musical Training Protects the Brain
  • Early Childhood Programs Significantly Lower Special Ed Placements
  • Preschool Anxiety Changes the Brain
  • Language Study Offers New Twist on Mind - Body Connection
  • New Findings on How the Brain Ignores Distractions
Hot Jobs 
  • Two Hot OT Jobs in San Antonio!
  • Placement of the Week - Autism OT in Chicago!
  • Hot Job: Bilingual Pediatric Home Health SLP Job - Dallas, TX
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Seasonal Activity of the Week: Valentine's Day Lego Challenge
  • OT Product Review of the Week: Adapting With Sugru
  • Resource of the Week: Free Online Course on 'Learning Differences'
  • Pediatric Therapy Activity of Week: Step By Step Directions for a Mini Snowman Scene

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Babies Can Follow Complex Social Situations

[Source:  Science Daily]


Infants can make sense of complex social situations, taking into account who knows what about whom, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.


"Our findings show that 13-month-olds can make sense of social situations using their understanding about others' minds and social evaluation skills," says psychological scientists and study authors You-jung Choi and Yuyan Luo of the University of Missouri. "The research is innovative in that we show that infants are able to construe social situations from different participants' perspectives."


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More Evidence That Musical Training Protects the Brain

[Source:  Science Daily]


Scientists have found some of the strongest evidence yet that musical training in younger years can prevent the decay in speech listening skills in later life.

According to a new Canadian study led by the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest Health Sciences, older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20% faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musician peers on speech identification tests, a benefit that has already been observed in young people with musical training.


The findings are published in The Journal of Neuroscience.


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EC Programs Significantly Lower Special Ed Placements  

[Source: Science Daily]


Access to state-supported early childhood programs significantly reduces the likelihood that children will be placed in special education in the third grade, academically benefiting students and resulting in considerable cost savings to school districts, according to new research published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. 


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Preschool Anxiety Changes the Brain

[Source:  Yale Daily News] 


Anxiety disorders observed in preschoolers - including social phobia, separation anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder - can lead to physiological changes in brain development, a new study from the Yale Child Study Center shows.

The researchers imaged the brains of children with and without preschool anxiety disorders. They found that in those who had an anxiety disorder, the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala, two regions whose "cross-talk" is important in modulating anxiety, effectively talked less to each other in a phenomenon known as weaker functional connectivity. They also found that different anxiety disorders led to different connectivity patterns.


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Language Study Offers New Twist on Mind 

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Research from Northeastern professor of psychology Iris Berent and her colleagues finds that spoken language and motor systems are intricately linked - though not in the way that has been widely believed.


New research from Northeastern professor of psychology Iris Berent and her colleagues indicates that language and motor systems are intricately linked-though not in the way that has been widely believed.


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New Findings on How the Brain Ignores Distractions

[Source:  Medical News Today] 

When we concentrate on something, we also engage in the unsung, parallel act of purposefully ignoring other things. A new study describes how the brain may achieve such "optimal inattention." With this knowledge, scientists at Brown University hope they can harness our power to ignore - for instance, to reduce pain.


To study how the brain purposefully ignores sensory stimuli, researchers looked at brainwaves connecting the somatosensory cortex (hSI) to the right inferior frontal cortex (IFC). White regions were experimental controls. 

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Hot Jobs:  Two OT Positions in San Antonio, TX  

Start your New Year by joining a growing team of therapist in the San Antonio, TX area!  If you have pediatric outpatient experience, have completed a Occupational Therapy Degree from an accredited university, and are ready to join our team in San Antonio, TX....then we need to have a confidential call to explore this job further and see if this is right for you!

Placement of the Week:  Autism OT in Chicago  

Congratulations to Madalyn E., of Illinois on her placement at PediaStaff's outpatient client in Greater Chicago.   Madalyn will be serving children aged 2-22 with multiple diagnosis, primarily on the autism spectrum.  Therapy will focus around sensory integration, social skills and life skills.

Congrats, Madalyn!

Hot Job:  Bilingual Pediatric Home Health SLP Job - Dallas, TX  

Here's an outstanding opportunity for a Spanish speaking Speech-Language Pathologist.  We have an immediate opening for a bilingual therapist to work with children in a home health setting.  The caseload is 30-35 patients located in south Dallas.  Great pay and benefits are part of the compensation package including medical, dental, vision, and even company car options! CF candidates are welcome to apply, too.  Candidate must posses or be eligible for a Texas Speech and Hearing Association state license, MUST be bilingual and able to read, write and speak both Spanish and English fluently.  No assistants at this time, please. 


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Seasonal Activity of the Week:  Valentine's Day Lego Challenge  

[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]

Lego Challenges have become a great way for me to get a few minutes to check email while completely thrilling my daughter. She loves these simple challenges and for good reason, she is really good at it, and it gives her such confidence to complete the creations without any help. I love how deeply she concentrates and that I can do this with her pretty much anywhere in our house. She liked 


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OT Product Review of the Week  Adapting With Sugru  

[Source: Therapy Fun Zone]

Have you heard of Sugru? It is an Occupational Therapist's dream come true - really it is. These are the things that we dream about. Sugru is a mold-able rubber that dries in 24hrs, and is then very strong.

It sticks to practically everything while you are molding it, so it is great for adapting things or attaching adaptations on to another item. It is dishwasher safe, so it could be used to adapt the handles of 


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Resource of the Week: Free Online Course on 'Learning Differences'

[Source:  Education Week - On Special Education]

A foundation that supports education of children with disabilities is teaming up with North Carolina State University to offer a free six-week "massive open online course," or MOOC, aimed at teaching participants about student learning differences.

The Spring 2015 Learning Differences MOOC  begins Feb. 9, and is intended primarily for teachers and teacher-coaches. Participants can learn about working memory, student motivation and executive function, and pick modules based on the grades or subject matter they teach.


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Activity of Week:  Step By Step Directions for Mini Snowman Scene  

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

After seeing this artist trading card idea at Art Projects for Kids (excellent website by the way), I thought this would make a wonderful craft projects for children who can benefit from practicing fine motor skills, scissor skills, sequencing, visual motor skills and creativity


You can download the one page step by step directions from the Mini Snowman Scene at:


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Career Corner: 10 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

[Source:  LinkedIn]

Are you sending out resume after resume and getting no response? While it may be possible that you don't have the right background or qualifications, it is equally possible that your resume contains things that turn off the employer.


Remember, employers often receive dozens - if not hundreds - of resumes for job openings. Since they don't have time to carefully read every one, they sometimes look for reasons to quickly reject an applicant. Typos, grammatical errors and bad formatting are three obvious reasons for putting you in the "don't interview" pile.

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SLP Corner: 10 Speech-Language Ways to Play with Wind Up Toys

[Source:  The Speech Room News]

by Jenna Rayburn


Wind up toys are some of my favorite toys for preschool.  I just love them! I find them super useful for our youngest communicators because they are very  entertaining but need an adult to activate (usually!)

1.  Joint attention. Using wind up toys to target joint attention is where I start. The wind up toy stops working and you need that little one to look at you and the toy to get it going again. Joint attention is a foundational skills and this is an easy way to target it!


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SpEd Corner: Do's & Don'ts of Responding to Challenging Behavior

[Source:  The Autism Classroom]

It's been a while but I really want to try to finish up the 5 Steps to Meaningful Behavior Support series with the final few posts on responding to challenging behavior considerations.  Of course these posts will be interspersed with our Special Educator's Blog Hop coming in February for Valentine's Day and Workbasket Wednesday next week so it won't be too intense. 

Oh those behaviors we can't just pretend don't happen!  That kiddo who hits the kid next to him 

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PT Corner: Understanding Terminology: Ankle and Knee

[Source:  Starfish Therapies]

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

Often in physical therapy, we use certain terminology to describe the position or alignment of the legs at rest or during activity.  You have probably seen these terms in your child's evaluations or progress reports and they probably didn't make much sense.  Even if your therapist explained the meaning to you, it still might not have made much sense. Hopefully this article can help clear up the meaning of these strange words and what they indicate

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OT Corner: The Hands of an Occupational Therapist

[Source:  The ABC Therapeutics Blog]

When I get home from work I have things to do, like everyone else, and sometimes those things make my hands dirty.  Sometimes it is some minor maintenance on my car, or repairing something in the house, or doing a little gardening.  I know that I have to scrub my hands clean after these activities so that there is no evidence of dirt or paint or grease.  I keep my fingernails very short for precisely this reason.   

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