PediaStaff Placement of the Week: School Based SLP in Greater Houston

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Congratulations to Rebecca A., on her new position as a School Based SLP in one of PediaStaff’s long term clients in the Greater Houston area!

Great job, Rebecca!!  Enjoy your new position!


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: 5 Tips to Help Children to Cooperate

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

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Do you ever find yourself thinking I wish this group of kids could just get along better?  Maybe it is during a group therapy session, a play date, recess or siblings that could benefit from some tips to help them cooperate.  Here are 5 tips to help you teach children how to get along:

1.  Model the behavior.  When you are with other adults or children, model good manners by not interrupting, taking turns and sharing.

2.  Praise children.  Catch them when they are cooperating and praise them for the good behavior.  Be specific.  Instead of saying “good job” say “I like how you waited your turn” or “I am proud of you for sharing your favorite toy.

3.  Let the children problem solve.  Whenever able, let the children work it out themselves without interfering.

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Autism Corner: How to Teach Social Thinking to Students with Autism

socialthinking[Source: Almaden Valley Speech Therapy]

Students with autism often have inflexible thinking.  When kids hear a comment like “We’ll go in 5 minutes”, typically-developing kids make guesses about it, or understand that the meaning is about 5 minutes and not exactly 5 minutes. Kids with autism tend  be concrete thinkers and may take language literally, and think the meaning is exactly 5 minutes! Figurative language is tricky for the student with autism also. They may hear someone say “She knocked my socks off” and may think the speaker’s socks came flying off.

Inflexible thinking causes many problems for students. When a student is inflexible, it will be hard for him to get along with his classmates. It will be like his brain is a rock – hard and stiff, and unwilling to consider other’s actions and feelings.  He often misunderstands phrases or behaviors that his classmates use. He takes things literally and won’t understand the nuances of polite language. His classmates use language to navigate socially, but his “rock brain” will prevent him from knowing the differing meanings of language like figures of speech, irony, sarcasm and the difference between bullying and just kidding around.  

Inflexible thinking can also cause problems with school or family schedules, as well as environments.  Some students can cling to their routines and have difficulty being flexible if their routine is interupted. If there is a change in a child’s regular schedule, it may cause a meltdown or at the very least some anxiety. Some students need to have their environments arranged a certain way, and feel anxious if their items are moved, or out of place.

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Selective Imitation Shows Children Are Flexible, Social Learners

UT[Source:  Science Daily]

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.

“There’s nothing children are more interested in than other people,” said UT Austin psychologist Cristine Legare. “Acquiring the skills and practices of their social groups is the fundamental task of childhood.”

In order to function within their social groups, children have to learn both technical skills with instrumental goals, such as using a fork and knife to cut food, and social conventions with goals based on social conformity, such as forms of greeting (for example: handshakes, kissing and bowing).

This research demonstrates that children are sensitive to the distinction between instrumental and conventional goals and flexibly adapt their behavior accordingly.

“The more carefully you imitate a social convention, the better, more reliable group member you are. Tasks with instrumental goals allow for more innovation,” Legare said. “Young children adjust how carefully they imitate and when they innovate, depending on the perceived goal of the behavior or reason for action.”

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Pediatric Tx Activity of Week: Paper Helicopter

Editor’s Note:  This is a great idea for both fine motor and following directions!

[Source:  Therapy Fun Zone]

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It is always fun for kids to be able to take home a fun item that they created, and the paper helicopters are a nice finished project. They are pretty quick to make, but you can have the kids do more things to them before they are finished. I am going to have my students do some coloring on them, and practice their pencil control, and some of the kids, I will have write things that they like about themselves on the helicopters.

These paper helicopters include a little bit of cutting, some paper folding, and some writing if you choose to have the kids do that. Then it is fun for the kids to drop them and watch them twirl back to earth.

I have created a template to make it easy for the kids to know where to cut and where to fold in order to make the helicopters.

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