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December 10, 2010
Issue 39, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

The cold weather is upon us (even where we are in the south). Hope you are staying warm. Here is our weekly edition for you.

Please extend a warm welcome to Heidi Hanks of 'Mommy Speech Therapy'. Heidi joins our growing list of guest bloggers with this week's issue.

Also please welcome the "great finds" of Judith Kuster, in our
"Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources" section. I got to meet Judith in person at ASHA in Philadelphia at her "Internet Gold" session. I have never seen so many great therapy resources in one place as she presented in that session. She has given me her blessing to share with you the resources she has found for school-based SLPs (and OTs too!). Thanks a million, Judith!

News Items:
  • Breaking News: Congress Passes Extension of Therapy Cap Exceptions Process for All of 2011
  • Sledding and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News
  • Major Step Towards First Biological Test for Autism
  • Typically Developing Children Needed as Subjects for Study on Pediatric Brain Disorders
  • US News & World Report on Occupational Therapy as a Career
  • Teens Win $100,000 for Creating Software to Help Kids with Autism
  • Hey Glee Fans: Artie's Robotic Legs are a Reality and Really Were Invented by a Guy in Israel
  • Our Brains Are Wired So We Can Better Hear Ourselves Speak
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Christmas Themed Worksheets Great for Speech and Language Use
  • The Freesound Project
  • 22 One-Cut Books and Learn to Make Your Own

Articles and Blogs

  • Guest Blog: How to Teach the SH Sound
  • Guest Blog: Animal Shapes to Encourage Gross Motor Skills
  • Guest Blog: Rutger's Football Player Update
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: The Goal and Opportunity of Physical Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome
  • Worth Repeating: Social Fitness for Students with Asperger's Syndrome: A Classroom-Based Program for Secondary Schools
  • Also Worth Repeating: School Psychologists: Providing Mental Health Services to Improve the Lives and Learning of Children and Youth
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BREAKING NEWS: Congress Passes Extension of Therapy Cap Exceptions Process for All of 2011
[Source: AOTA, APTA, ASHA]

On Thursday, December 9, 2010, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend current Medicare reimbursement rates and the therapy cap exceptions process through December 31, 2011.

The bill, called the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 includes a one year extension of the Medicare Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap and will extend the current exceptions process through December 2011. The bill also continues Medicare fee schedule payments at 2010 levels for 2011 which avoids the scheduled 25% cut. The vote passing the measure was 409-2.

The Senate has already passed this legislation, and the bill now goes to the President for his signature.

Read More on the ASHA, AOTA, and ASHA Websites Through a Link on our Blog

Pediatric TBI in the News: Sledding as a Cause of Pediatric TBI
[Source: MSNBC.com]

It's a thrill as old as the hills: a kid, a sled and a snowy slope.

But as early-season storms continue to wallop the nation this month, researchers warn that the traditional wintry slide actually carries some pretty serious risks.

Whether they're gliding on plain plastic saucers or high-tech snow tubes, children and teens on sleds account for at least 20,820 injuries in the United States each year, according to a first-ever analysis of U.S. emergency room reports.

"I want them to go sledding, I want them to have fun, but we could do a better job," said Lara McKenzie, principal investigator for the Center on Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who led the study. "Twenty thousand injuries a year for an activity you can only do a couple days a year is big."

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Diagosing Autism in the News: Major Step Toward First Biological Test For Autism

[Source: Medical News Today and Time Magazine]

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and the University of Utah have developed the best biologically based test for autism to date. The test was able to detect the disorder in individuals with high-functioning autism with 94 percent accuracy. The study was published online in Autism Research.

The test, which uses MRI to measure deviations in brain circuitry, could someday replace the subjective test now used to identify those with the disorder. It could also lead to a better understanding of autism and to better management and treatments of affected individuals.

"This is not yet ready for prime time use in the clinic yet, but the findings are the most promising thus far," said lead author Nicholas Lange, ScD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurostatistics Laboratory at McLean. "Indeed, we have new ways to discover more about the biological basis of autism and how to improve the lives of individuals with the disorder," said senior author Janet Lainhart, MD, Principal Investigator of the research at the University of Utah.

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Research Subjects Needed: Typically Developing Children Needed as Subjects for Study on Pediatric Brain Disorders
Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute are recruiting healthy, typically developing children and young adults between the ages of 3 to 20 years to participate in a study investigating the relationship between genes and brain development. This study is being conducted by centers across the country and it will help researchers better understand pediatric brain disorders. The study involves paper and pencil tasks, computer activities, saliva collection, and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain. None of these tests are harmful or painful. There are no direct medical benefits for participating in this study. The study involves two sessions over one or two days (approx. 2.5 hours/session). Participants will receive $50 compensation. All testing is done free of charge.

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Therapy Careers in the News: US News and World Report on Occupational Therapy
Best Careers 2011: Occupational Therapist - As one of the 50 best careers of 2011, this should have strong growth over the next decade

The rundown:
Whether it's helping a developmentally challenged toddler learn to follow directions or teaching a man with permanent spinal cord damage to dress himself, the goal of an occupational therapist is to assist disabled clients to recover or develop the skills they need to lead more independent, satisfying lives at work and home. While many OTs are employed by hospitals, the field is as diverse as it is gratifying. Other occupational therapists work in schools, evaluating and recommending therapies for specific students. They can be found in nursing facilities, helping elderly patients lead more productive lives.

Or in mental health settings, where they teach time-management or budgeting skills that help developmentally challenged patients function more effectively. Occupational therapists also help people struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol or suffering from depression or eating disorders.

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Feel Good Story of the Week: Teens Win $100,000 For Creating Software To Help Kids With Autism
Source: Disability Scoop]Two Oregon teens took home the nation's top high school science prize for developing technology that could help children with autism identify emotion in human speech.

Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez, both high school juniors from Portland, Ore., will share a $100,000 college scholarship for winning the team portion of the 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology last weekend. Their project dubbed "The Recognition of Emotion in Human Speech" relies on an emotional speech database with 18,215 files to distinguish among five emotions - anger, positive, neutral, emphatic and rest.

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Robotics in the News: As Seen on 'Glee' - Artie's Robotic Legs Exist and Really Were Invented by a Guy in Israel
[Source: Newsweek]

Last night's Christmas-rific Glee ended with what seemed like a holiday miracle. Artie, a character confined to a wheelchair, took a few halting steps with the help of a machine called the ReWalk. "It was invented by some guy in Israel," he said, before using the ReWalk and crutches to move across the floor. But was ReWalk's Christmas-saving screen time on Glee just Hollywood magic or based on real science?

The ReWalk exists (and was, in fact, invented by some guy in Israel) but was only recently approved in the U.S. for institutional use by the Food and Drug Administration. That means only hospitals and rehab centers will be able to purchase the device, starting early next year, so it's not going to end up under anyone's Christmas tree any time soon. But the doctors who are using it in a clinical setting are optimistic about its ability not to "cure" paralysis-the spinal-cord injury remains and no sensitivity is restored to the damaged limbs-nor to restore all mobility to those who have had a spinal-cord injury, but to help those patients regain independence, get better exercise, and avoid complications that can come with life in a wheelchair.

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Language Research in the News: Our Brains Are Wired So We Can Better Hear Ourselves Speak
[Source: ScienceDaily.com]

Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we're listening to. But when it comes to following our own speech, a new brain study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that instead of one homogeneous mute button, we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear.

Neuroscientists from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Johns Hopkins University tracked the electrical signals emitted from the brains of hospitalized epilepsy patients. They discovered that neurons in one part of the patients' hearing mechanism were dimmed when they talked, while neurons in other parts lit up.

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Therapy Activity of the Week: Christmas Worksheets Great for Speech and Language
Looking for good Christmas themed worksheets to do with your speech and language kiddos this month? Please take a look at the following sites, submitted to us by @speechreka on Twitter.

Reka is a speech language therapist and blogger with Easy Speech and Language Ideas Please support our contributors and visit the Easy Speech and Language Ideas blog today!

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Therapy Resource of the Week: The Freesound Project
The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focuses only on sound, not songs. This is what sets Freesound apart from other libraries. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing; up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license, and much, much more!

Special Thanks to Christopher Bugaj, CCC-SLP for this week's resource of the Week! Please visit Chris's blog A.T. Tipscast

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Therapy Activity of the Week: 22 One-Cut Books and How to Make Your Own
The best part of the ASHA 2010 Convention in Philadelphia was the session held by Judith Kuster called "Internet Gold." And was it Ever.

Judith shared with us a full sessions-worth of amazing links to great websites and resources for therapists. PediaStaff will share them with you regularly! One of my favorites is a page of "One-Cut Books" and links to instructions page for making one-cut books. The page was created as a challenge made by Judy Kuster to 22 of her grad students. One cut books are made by folding an 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of typing paper and making one small cut.

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Guest Blogs This Week: Mommy Speech Therapy, Down Syndrome Centre, Daily Dose
How to Teach the SH Sound - by Heidi Hanks

Teaching the "SH" sound may seem a little daunting at first, but I think you will find that with these tips and suggestions it isn't so bad. In fact, our little ones that struggle with the SH sound in words may have no difficulty at all saying the sound in isolation (all by itself). The fastest way to test for the accuracy of this sound in isolation is to have your child hold their finger to their lips to say "shhhh". If your child can say the SH sound then your ready

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Guest Blog: Animal Shapes to Encourage Gross Motor Skills - By: Stacy Menz

I have been looking at imaginative ways to encourage play and gross motor skills (oral motor as well if you throw in the animal sounds!). Well, one of my favorite is to pretend to be animals. You can do animal parades, animal races, animal charades, Simon Says animals, etc. Here are some of the animals I use and I will do my best to list some of the gross motor benefits for each animal.

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Guest Blog: Rutger's Football Player Update - By: Janelle LoBello

On October 16, Rutgers' football player Eric LeGrand was spinal cord injured during the Scarlet Knights' game against Army. More here on how exactly the injury occured.

Recently, Rutgers University established the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund to support LeGrand, who has now been classified as having an incomplete SCI, and his family.

Read the Rest of this Post Including a Video Through a Link on our Blog
Pediatric Therapy Corner: - The Goal and Opportunity of Physical Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome
By: Patricia C. Winders, PT

The appropriate goal of physical therapy for children with Down syndrome is not to accelerate their rate of gross motor development as is commonly assumed. The goal is to minimize the development of abnormal compensatory movement patterns that children with Down syndrome are prone to develop. Early physical therapy makes a decisive difference in the long-term functional outcome of the child with Down syndrome. Beyond this goal, there is an additional opportunity that physical therapy makes available to parents. Because gross motor development is the first learning task that the child with Down syndrome encounters, it provides parents with the first opportunity to explore how their child learns. There is increasing evidence that children with Down syndrome have a unique learning style.

Understanding how children with Down syndrome learn is crucial for parents who wish to facilitate the development of gross motor skills as well as facilitating success in other areas of life including language, education and the development of social skills.

Read the Rest of this Article on our Blog

Worth Repeating: Social Fitness for Students with Asperger's Syndrome: A Classroom-Based Program for Secondary Schools
[Source: The ASHA Leader, December 2007]

By: Lannie Legler

An award-winning classroom-based program was developed to save costs and provide classroom-based services to students with Asperger's syndrome in California's secondary schools

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Also Worth Repeating: School Psychologists: Providing Mental Health Services to Improve the Lives and Learning of Children and Youth

[Source: NASP]

Good mental health is important for everyone. Mental health is as important as physical health to our quality of life. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness, but also means having the skills necessary to cope with life's challenges. If ignored, mental health problems can interfere with children's learning, development, relationships, and physical health.

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