Spin A Sight Word (or Perhaps a Speech Word) Printable

[Source:  Liz’s Early Learning Spot via Classroom Freebies]

Use this sight word spinner to give your kids quick and easy practice at whatever words they’re currently working on.

Just type in the words you want to use and print it off! Add a brad or flick a paper clip on a pencil.

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Free Back to School Tracing Packet

[Source:  Artfully Occupied]

The start of the school year is just on the horizon for many of us parents, teachers, therapists, and children.  Summer break is full of activities that promote gross motor, sensory, fine motor, and other developmental skills. Many children do not pick up a pencil all summer and that is totally fine!  There are so many other ways of working on developmental skills that are needed for school tasks.  However, now that the summer is ending, it is a good time time to get back in the groove of school specific activities.  I have created a set of tracing worksheets to get those pre-writers and early writers going this school year.

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Genes and Motor Skills Development Linked

[Source: Science Daily]

Genes for many may be widely associated with determining certain traits and characteristics. Now a study co-led by John H. Martin of The CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York is demonstrating that they could also influence neural motor skills. This could lead to new insights in the treatment of motor skills impairments such as Cerebral Palsy.

Martin and his collaborators from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Yutaka Yoshida and Zirong Gu, found that the lost function of two genes prevent infant laboratory mice from developing motor skills as they mature into adults. The cause is neural circuits between the brain’s motor cortex region and the spinal cord that did not properly reorganize in mice as they matured. These circuits are part of the cortical spinal network, which coordinates the activation of muscles in limbs.

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Hot Jobs! OTs, PTs, School Psychs and PTA Needed Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR

To Apply, please call us at 866-733-4278,  option #1, text us at 662-524-9099, or Visit our Vancouver Area Jobs Page for All the Details

PediaStaff has a several wonderful opportunities in the Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR area for OTs, PTs, School Psychologists and a PTA.    Positions serve K-12 and Early Intervention clients, are both part-time and full-time.

School-Based positions are in Vancouver, WA:
* Easy commute from Portland – or live in WA where there’s no state income tax
* Vision to fully implement the Comprehensive Service Delivery Model
* Super team of School Psychs and you’ll enjoy working here
* Excellent pay rates based on experience
* New graduates – earn a high income now with option to convert to a District employee later

Early Intervention Positions:
*  Therapist will provide service both in clinic for children birth to 21 and in the natural setting with the birth to three population.
*  Most children serviced have developmental delays/disabilities.
*  The clinic has an amazing PT who has been working for them for many years and is happy to help mentor therapists coming in
*  The underprivileged population is served, with 60 percent medicaid reimbursement

To Apply, please call us at 866-733-4278,  option #1, text us at 662-524-9099, or Visit our Vancouver Area Jobs Page for All the Details


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Growing Body of Evidence Supports Mental Health Programs in Schools

[Source:  Science Daily]

School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in the September/October issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

“This review provides evidence that large-scale, school-based programs can be implemented in a variety of diverse cultures and educational models as well as preliminary evidence that such programs have significant, measurable positive effects on students’ emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes,” write J. Michael Murphy, EdD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues.

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