Busy Pictures Hinder Reading Ability in Children

[Source: Science Daily]

A new study shows extraneous images draw attention from text, reducing comprehension in beginning readers.

Reading is the gateway for learning, but one-third of elementary school students in the United States do not read at grade level. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are exploring how the design of reading materials affects literacy development. They find that an overly busy page with extraneous images can draw the reader’s attention away from the text, resulting in lower understanding of content.

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NEW! Issue Number 27: Teaching & Therapy Resources for Families at Home

Welcome to Issue number 27 of our special e-letter, “Teaching & Therapy Resources for Homebound Families”     (Did you miss our previous issues?| Read them HERE)

Each week, this e-mailer features new resources, articles about this bizarre time we are living in, and great ideas for therapy and learning perfect for families still spending most of their time at home.

Please feel free to forward this resource to other parents, therapists and educators that you think could use a little bit of inspiration during these uncertain times.

Here are this week’s featured boards and pins for you!

Featured Boards:

Featured Pins:

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ADHD and Writing Performance

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

If you work with students who have ADHD, you have probably observed them struggling with writing tasks. It could be handwriting, computer use actual writing composition performance. A study was conducted on ADHD and writing performance.

Methodology of the Study:  The participants included students in grades 3 to 7, 84 with ADHD and 135 age- and gender-matched controls in order to determine the relationship between ADHD and writing performance. Each student completed a written task (including process logs), and measures of working memory and attention.

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Remote School Occupational Therapist – OT – Seattle, WA

Call Today at 866-733-4278, text us at 662-524-9099, or   Click HERE to Apply

Are you looking for flexibility during these crazy times? We have a wonderful opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to work 37 hours a week doing remote teletherapy with a school district in Washington state.

* Position is remote teletherapy for the full 2020-2021 school year
* You will work remotely for around 37 hours per week providing services
* Caseload is around 30 kids preschool through high school
* Virtual therapy allows for flexibility with hours!
* Find the RIGHT job now — we know you can find “a job” 🙂
* You will need to have school experience and telehealth experience is a plus!

Qualifications: You will need to have an appropriate degree in Occupational Therapy, a Washington state license and have an ESA certificate (or be eligible for the same)

PediaStaff delivers flexible staffing solutions in pediatric and educational based settings. We offer excellent hourly rates and Per Diem based on IRS eligibility. In addition:

* Full-time employees receive nationally recognized medical insurance and 401K with employer contributions
* We offer allowances for continuing education, licensure, malpractice, and relocation
* You may choose our optional summer pay program for school-based professionals
* Our select team of Clinical Resource Specialists is available to help ensure your success. You are not alone when you are on assignment with PediaStaff

PediaStaff provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PediaStaff complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company does business.

PediaStaff is a WBENC National WBE Certified women-owned business.


Call Today at 866-733-4278, text us at 662-524-9099, or   Click HERE to Apply

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Tips for Enjoying an Autism-Friendly Halloween

[Source:  ABA Learning Lab]

Halloween is upon us, and that means most kids (and some adults) are eagerly anticipating dressing up in their favorite costume and enjoying the spoils of trick-or-treating.  We grab our biggest pillowcases, our parents make sure our costumes are on straight, and we go from house to house with the simple proposition… give us candy, or run the risk of exposing yourself to trickery.

For our kids with Autism, however, Halloween can be a very different and even scary experience.  The good news: with some proper training and practice, we can quickly teach our kids why Halloween is so much fun!

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