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August 19, 2011
Issue 26, Volume 5
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings!   

Hello there and Happy Friday.   Our new Pinterest site of pediatric therapy activities, ideas and resources has really taken off in the past week and we have over 150 followers, 39 pinboards and almost 600 pins up already.   You don't have to even sign up to access all our great links, so feel free to share it with all your friends at work!  Our pinboards are all categorized by area such as language, literacy, storytelling, handwriting, fine motor, gross motor, phonology & articulation and more.  We are also collecting great therapy activities appropriate for the various holidays and seasons as well as pinboards for toys, games and books suitable for use in pediatric therapy as well.   Check it out!
 
News Items: 
  • Siblings of Kids with Autism at Greater Risk for Disorder
  • Inflexibilty May Give Pupils With Autism Problems In Multitasking
  • Study: Speaking and Understanding Speech Share the Same Parts of the Brain 
  • Operation Of Gene Variant Linked To ADHD Shown By Scientists
  • Video Story of the Week: Therapy Dogs Helping Kids Read
  • Study: Brain Changes in Stutterers Involve More than Speech
  • Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. Kids Diagnosed With ADHD   
  • The Importance of Preschool in the News 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Make a Water Bottle Pegboard 
  • Children's Book Review Through a Speech-Language Lens:  Rosie's Walk 
  • Fantastic Collection of Articulation Worksheets

Articles and Blogs

  • Guest Blog: Assistive Devices, Splinting and AFOs
  • Guest Blog: 10 Activities to do on a Scooter Board 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Dont Forget the Bricks for Back to School
  • Worth Repeating: Effective Instruction: Optimizing Outcomes Following ABI
  • Also Worth Repeating: Genetics of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome                                               
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Autism in the News:  Siblings of Kids with Autism at Greater Risk for Disorder

[Source: Yahoo News/Live Science]

 

A baby born into a family with an older sibling who has autism has a 19 percent chance of also developing the disorder, a new international study has found. Researchers previously estimated this sibling risk to be 5 to 10 percent.

 

For male infants, the new research showed, the risk is even higher, at 26 percent, and if a newborn has more than one sibling with autism, the risk is 32 percent. The study also analyzed the effects of socioeconomic status, birth order, ethnicity and parental education levels on autism risk.

 

"Some of what we found jibes with what has been found before," said study researcher Gregory Young, a developmental psychologist at the University of California, Davis. "But nobody else has found such a high recurrence risk for siblings before."

 

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog

Autism in the News:  Inflexibilty May Give Pupils With Autism Problems In Multitasking

[Source: Medical News Today]

 

Young people with autism may find it difficult to multitask because they stick rigidly to tasks in the order they are given to them, according to research led by an academic at the University of Strathclyde.

 

The study also found that difficulty with 'prospective memory'- remembering to carry out their intentions- may contribute to the challenges they face.

 

The researchers presented the pupils with a series of tasks, such as collecting and delivering a book and making a cup of hot chocolate, to be carried out within a time limit of eight minutes. These activities were carried out in a computer-generated virtual environment.

 

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Speech-Language Research in the News: Study: Speaking and Understanding Speech Share the Same Parts of the Brain

[Source: ScienceDaily.com]

 

The brain has two big tasks related to speech: making it and understanding it. Psychologists and others who study the brain have debated whether these are really two separate tasks or whether they both use the same regions of the brain. Now, a new study, published in the August issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that speaking and understanding speech share the same parts of the brain, with one difference: we don't need the brain regions that control the movements of lips, teeth, and so on to understand speech.


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ADHD in the News:  Operation Of Gene Variant Linked To ADHD Shown By Scientists

[Source: Medical News Today]

 

A multinational collaboration between researchers from Spain, Mexico and Argentina revealed, that mice could provide an insight into how specific receptor subtypes in the brain could be responsible in increasing a person's risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and help explaining how stimulants work to treat symptoms of ADHD. The research was conducted by the Intramural Research Program (IRP) at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health.


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Video Story of the Week: Video Story of the Week: Therapy Dogs Helping Kids Read

[Source: ABC News]

 

Bailey Benson turned 10 today, but she's already reading like a high school student thanks to her terrier tutor, Guthrie.

 

It's been a year and a half since Benson and her parents visited an animal shelter in Phoenix and came home with Guthrie, a mixed-breed dog that looks like Dorothy's Toto. In that time, Benson's reading skills and confidence have soared.


Read the Rest of This Article and Watch the Videos Through a Link on our Blog
Stuttering in the News: Study: Brain Changes in Stutterers Involve More than Speech

[Source: LiveScience]

 

The brains of people who have stuttered since childhood show evidence of rewiring, with the right side taking on tasks generally handled by the left. A new study, in which participants tapped their fingers in time with sounds, shows that this rewiring extends beyond speech.

 

Research so far indicates that stutterers have problems linking what they hear with what they say, according to Martin Sommer, a study researcher and neurologist at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Georg-August- University of Goettingen, Germany in Germany. He compared stuttering speech to music from a disorganized orchestra.

 

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ADHD in the News: Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. Kids Diagnosed With ADHD

[Source: Yahoo News/Healthday]

 

THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) - Over the last decade, an increasing number of American children have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new government survey reveals.

 

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 2007 and 2009, an average of 9 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 were diagnosed with the disorder. This compared with just under 7 percent between 1998 and 2000.

 

The survey also indicated that previously notable racial differences in ADHD incidence rates have narrowed considerably since the turn of the millennium, with prevalence now comparable among whites, blacks and some Hispanic groups.


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The Benefits of Preschool in the News: The Benefits of Preschool in the News: The Best Job-Training Program
[Source: NPR.org]

When economist James Heckman was studying the effects of job training programs on unskilled young workers, he found a mystery.

He was comparing a group of workers that had gone through a job training program with a group that hadn't. And he found that, at best, the training program did nothing to help the workers get better jobs. In some cases, the training program even made the workers worse off.

The problem was that the students in the training program couldn't learn what they were being taught. They lacked an important set of skills which would enable them to learn new things. Heckman, a Nobel-Prize-winning economist, calls these soft skills.

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
Therapy Activity of the Week: Make a Water Bottle Peg Board 
Barbara Smith OTR/L, the  Recycling Occupational Therapist teaches how to make an adapted peg board.

Check out this Great List of Activities Through a Link on our Blog
Book Review of the Week: Rosie's Walk  
Editor's Note:  Thanks to our friends at All 4 My Child for reviewing this children's book through a Book: 'Rosie's Walk' through a Speech Language Pathologist's lens! 

Author: Pat Hutchins

Age: Preschool, Early Elementary

Description: Rosie the hen goes for a walk around the farm. Little does she know that there is a fox following her.

Why I like this book: The story is simple, and kids love it. Great pictures, and simple humorous ending.   

 

Read the Rest of this Review and Ideas for Use in Speech Therapy

Therapy Resource of the Week: Fantastic Collection of Articulation Worksheets
Wow! Special Thanks to Heidi Hanks, M.S. CCC-SLP of Mommy Speech Therapy for letting us share with you her wonderful (and very large) set of Articulation Worksheets and Data Collection Forms. She has sheets for over 20 sounds for initial, medial and final sounds for words, sentences and stories. This is a great collection!!

Check out these Worksheets through a Link on our Blog
Guest Blogs This Week: Enabled Kids, TherapyFunZone  
Assistive Devices, Splinting and AFOs- By:  Natan Gendleman

As we've indicated before, cerebral palsy is a neurological condition which results from damage to a certain area of the brain. When this occurs, a child's ability to control specific parts of his body is affected, leading to impaired function and mobility. Since the brain is not sending the appropriate signals to parts of his body, a child will try to function in any way that he can and fight the condition that he is in. In turn, this will cause hyper tone, as we have written about before in our previous blogs.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog
10 Activities to do on a Scooter Board - by Tonya Cooley

Using a scooter board is great for strengthening both the arms and the trunk / core. Sometimes just being on the scooter board is fun all by itself, but other times you need to provide kids with a purpose and motivation to move the scooter board from one place to another.

Here is a short list of some fun activities to do while on the scooter board.

  • Body Bowling. Set up bowling pins at one end of the room, and have the child ride the scooter board down to knock them over.
  • Fishing. Scatter magnetic fish around the floor and have the child go find them all.
Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Don't Forget the Bricks for Back to School 
By: Cat Lichtenbelt

 

Editor's Note:  This article was written for parents, but we are including it on our blog because we thought it might be something worth sharing with the parents/guardians of your kiddos.

 

The year is starting again, a new school year around the country. School supply lists and back to school bargains are in every corner of our lives, even if you homeschool! Back to school means back to stress!

 

Many children who deal with developmental issues are stressed out. They will be even more stressed once school starts, even before. School creates demands that many children are not able to meet. They know this. They know this as you shop for pencils and backpacks. As they try on those backpacks, they are already loaded down with pressure, as if they come loaded with bricks. Bricks of worry and frustration, they weigh them down. It is invisible, unless you know what to look for,

 

Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog  


Worth Repeating - Effective Instruction: Optimizing Outcomes Following ABI
by:  Laurie Ehlhardt, PhD, Patricia Sublette, PhD, and Ann Glang, PhD, Brain Injury Professional

Instruction is one of the most important yet often over-looked aspects of working with children and adults with cognitive impairments due to ABI. Providing learners with clear instruction can help them learn skills and strategies that will help them be more successful at school, home, work, and in the community.

Read the Rest of this Article on our Blog
 
Also Worth Repeating - Genetics of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
[Source: National Institutes of Health]

NB:This article links to numerous pages of information about the Genetic component of this disorder.

What is Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome?


Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the dramatic, rapid appearance of aging beginning in childhood. Affected children typically look normal at birth and in early infancy, but then grow more slowly than other children and do not gain weight at the expected rate (failure to thrive). They develop a characteristic facial appearance including prominent eyes, a thin nose with a beaked tip, thin lips, a small chin, and protruding ears. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome also causes hair loss (alopecia), aged-looking skin, joint abnormalities, and a loss of fat under the skin (subcutaneous fat). This condition does not disrupt intellectual development or the development of motor skills such as sitting, standing, and walking.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
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