Making A Difference- Janell Marino of PediaStaff


by Keith Adams, PediaStaff Partner and VP of Recruiting

As one of the members of the PediaStaff management team I have a good view of how the members of our company do their job on a daily basis. However, due to virtual nature of our company I really did not know what our team did on their time off… and I would hear bits and pieces of stories that made me realize that I wanted to know more. What I found is that each of us has the ability to make a difference in the communities around us or by working with organizations on a international level. Opportunities and needs are always in front of us…do we see them?

Janell Marino is one or our Senior Recruiters and does a wonderful job as a member of the PediaStaff team. Janell has made great suggestions and helped us think thru many different angles of our business over the years and I am blessed to know her. That said I had very little knowledge of what she does away from work and found that she is very active volunteering at Equi-Librium which specializes in therapeutic horsemanship.

Janell volunteers a good bit of her free time working with this group as they provide Hippotherapy among many other programs on site. Janell has learned that she is a better person at her job because she gives her time helping other people in her community build a better life for themselves thru horsemanship.

If you want to know more about Equil-librium their web address is:

As you read this I bet something comes to your mind that you know makes a difference around you…and I want to know about it! Email me at [email protected] and share the story with all of us!


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OT Corner: Calm Down with Friends

[Source: All 4 My Child]


Fidget toys are supposed to help kids who… well, fidget a lot. True confession: I find them often more distracting to the child, other children and adults than helpful. One day our group kids entered the room in a loud, active whirlwind. Although they often enter this way, this particular day they were not able to hear the adult voices and were literally bouncing off the walls, the chairs and tables. In an act of desperation, I brought out my bag of fidget toys.

Toy Bag Contents

My toy bag that day included a buzzer bug, mesh squeeze ball, hairy squeeze ball, and plastic bottle filled with thick liquid and glitter stars. Each child was given one item and told to play with it for 20-30 seconds. When I said, “Switch”, they were to pass the object to the child on their right. We proceeded to move the objects around the table until everyone had a chance with each item.


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In Autism, There Are Social Benefits of Being a Girl

[Source:  Science Daily]


infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a Yale School of Medicine study — the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences in at-risk infants.

This difference in observational skills could help protect female siblings of children with autism from developing the disorder themselves, according to lead author Katarzyna Chawarska, associate professor in the Yale Child Study Center and in the Department of Pediatrics. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Chawarska and her colleagues measured spontaneous social attention conducted a prospective study to measure social attention in 101 infants between the ages of 6 and 12 months who have older siblings with autism. The team also studied 61 infants with no risk of autism. Chawarska said high-risk siblings are about 15 to 20 times more likely to have autism than those without history of autism in the family.

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Speechie Freebie! – Speech Snow Globe Craftivity

[Source:  Simply Speech via Speechie Freebies]

snw globe

Included in this packet is a color and black and white version of the snow globe. I found the snow globe clipart from Teacher’s Clipart store on TpT. It is purposely left as a simple template so you can use it for just about any goal you are targeting.

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Activity of the Week: Syllable Matching Tray

[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]


I have gotten a lot of questions over the years about what’s the MOST important exercise for teaching a child to read, and there really isn’t ONE, reading is a whole buffet of things that come together. If there is one thing for parents to do it is to read to your kids, after that there are many other little things to work on in fun ways. In my book Raising A Rock-Star Reader my co-author and I share 75 things parents can do to help support their child, and today’s post is another bite-sized activity that will help your child on their journey to reading.

Breaking up words into syllables is important because it helps children break apart words which ultimately will help them with writing, especially invented spelling and decoding

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