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October 21, 2011
Issue 33, Volume 5
It's All About the Choices!     

Happy Friday to Everyone!  Here is our weekly newsletter offering for you today.   Just a reminder that our Pinterest site is really taking off.   If you haven't checked out our Halloween, Fall & Harvest or Thanksgiving Therapy Activity Pinboards, I highly recommend it. 
News Items: 
  • New Guidelines: Kids as Young as 4 Can Be Diagnosed with ADHD 
  • Scout with Autism Earns 132 Merit Badges 
  • Concerns Linger As New Down Syndrome Test Hits Market
  • Low Weight Babies Five Times More Likely To Have Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 'Screen-Free' Playtime Best for Toddler Brains
  • Could a Fellow SLP Friend of Ours Win a Grammy Award?  Maybe with Your Help! 
  • Speech-Language Pathology Named 'Best Job in America for Working Parents' by Money Magazine  
  • Preterm Infant Exposure To Parental Voice Encourages Vocalizations  
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Video:  Ear Massage for Calm and Focus 
  • Therapist Resource:  LinkedIn Pediatric and School Based Therapy Discussion Group  
  • The 100 Best Children's Books According to Babble.com  
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week:  'You Might be a Speech Therapy Student If..." 

Articles and Blogs

  • Guest Blog: Eliciting Sounds - /s/-Lateral Lisp
  • Guest Blog: Correcting Letter Reversals 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Visual Supports for Children with Down Syndrome
  • Worth Repeating: New Uses for Athletic Taping 
  • Also Worth Repeating: Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood, a Neurodevelopmental Perspective on A.A. Milne           
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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ADHD in the News:  New Guidelines: Kids as Young as 4 Can Be Diagnosed with ADHD 
[Source: Yahoo News/Live Science.com]

BOSTON - Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can now be diagnosed in children as young as four and as old as 18, according to the nation's largest organization of pediatricians.

The new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expand the age range over which doctors can diagnose and manage ADHD in children, and are based on recent research; previous guidelines released in 2000 and 2001 covered children ages 6 to 12.  

"Treating children at a young age is important, because when we can identify them earlier and provide appropriate treatment, we can increase their chances of succeeding in school," said Dr. Mark Wolraich, a pediatrician at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and lead author of the report.  

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

Feel Good Story of the Week:Scout with Autism Earns 132 Merit Badges
[Source: Deseret News]

Editor's Note:  This is a great story, although it is a shame that the author did not choose to use person first language.      


Nate Christensen seems like a typical almost-18-year-old boy. Now in his senior year at Bingham High School in South Jordan, he plays the trumpet in the marching band. He took a longtime friend to the school's homecoming dance. He loves popular music artists from Justin Bieber to Owl City. He enjoys playing "Just Dance" on his family's Nintendo Wii and writes a blog in his free time. He admits that his favorite class at school is his sports class.


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

Down Syndrome in the News: Concerns Linger As New Down Syndrome Test Hits Market
[Source: Disability Scoop]

In a move that's been anticipated for years, a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome became available Monday in 20 major cities, the company behind the screening tool said.

The test, developed by California-based Sequenom, accurately identified Trisomy 21 - the most common form of Down syndrome - in 98.6 percent of cases, according to a study published Monday in the journal Genetics in Medicine. The research indicates that there is a false-positive rate of 0.2 percent.

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Autism in the News:  Low Weight Babies Five Times More Likely To Have Autism Spectrum Disorder
[Source: Medical News Today]

Babies born with low birth weight have a considerably greater chance of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, compared to those born with normal weight, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and School of Medicine wrote in the journal Pediatrics. The authors considered a baby born weighing less than 2 kg (4.4 lbs) to be of low birth weight.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
Childhood Development in the News: 'Screen-Free' Playtime Best for Toddler Brains

[Source: Yahoo News]

Unstructured play is much better than TV or videos for encouraging brain development in infants and toddlers, a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement says.

Free play helps children under age 2 learn to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills at an early age. It also teaches them how to entertain themselves, the pediatric experts pointed out in an AAP news release.

'Screen-Free' Playtime Best for Toddler Brains
Therapists in the News: Could one of our SLP Friends Win a Grammy Award? - Maybe, With Your Help!

PediaStaff contributor,  CCC-SLP and Feeding Specialist, Melanie Potock of My Munch Bug has had her company's album 'Dancing in the Kitchen' accepted as a submission for nomination for a Grammy Award!!    Dancing in the Kitchen is a delightful album that Potock produced with singer/songwriter Joan Huntsberry Langford, that helps children "celebrate the joy of food."  

Melanie described the journey behind the album.  "I wanted to create a children's CD that both kids and parents would love. I wanted to tell about digging in the garden, harvesting the crops and eating what we plant together as a family. I also wanted to share how to encourage children to try new foods and most importantly, how to keep family mealtimes joyful.  I want to celebrate food - all kinds of food!  But, I didn't have a clue about how to go about it and I definitely can't sing."


Learn More About 'Dancing in the Kitchen" and How You Might be Able to Help Melanie Win a Grammy

Speech-Language Pathology in the News: Named 'Best Job for Working Parents' by Money Magazine

The career of Speech-Language Pathologist was recently chosen number 1 by Money Magazine as the Best Job in America for Working Parents and the 14th Best Job for Saving the World.    


Additionally, one of our readers, Felicia Conlan was featured as one of 11 people who have switched into a career with a high degree of satisfaction and was featured in their "I Have the Best Job in America" gallery.  Felicia is a graduate of Cal State Northridge, and told PediaStaff in an email, " I feel so honored. My education at California State University, Northridge gave me the knowledge, training, and friends I needed to succeed as an SLP. "     


Congratulations, Felicia from all of us at PediaStaff for representing the field!


Look at these Money Magazine Articles Through a Link on our Blog
Language Development in the News: Preterm Infant Exposure To Parental Voice Encourages Vocalizations

[Source: Medical News Today]

Premature infants who are exposed to their parents voices in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) tend to have better vocalizations at 32 and 36 weeks gestational age, researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island reported in the journal Pediatrics.

For a baby, vocalizing (uttering sounds) starts with the first cry. The mother, parents or caregivers start the communication process by responding to their baby's vocalizations. When the mother responds consistently to a baby's vocalizations (utterances), the baby starts acquiring language - learning which sounds are important for communications and survival. Experts say that continued successful communication development depends on two things: 1. The baby's ability to send messages clearly. 2. The parent's ability to interpret those messages.

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Therapy Resource of the Week: Ear Massage for Calm and Focus

Thank You to Yoga in My School for this week's resource for therapists. 

This video teaches basic techniques for ear massage including accupressure points, lobe massage, ear rolling, cupping and more. Ear massage only takes a few minutes and will leave you feeling refreshed while improving your attention. Teaching children and teenagers how to perform self-massage techniques empowers them to take care of themselves whenever they feel stressed, anxious or simply need a lift in their day.

Watch Video on Ear Massage Technique on our Blog
Therapist Resource of the Week: The Pediatric & School-Based Therapy Discussion Group on LinkedIN 
Are you LinkedIn?  If not, check it out!   We have a very large group of about 2200 pediatric and school based therapists in the group discussing all sorts of pediatric and school based therapy topics.  Group membership is restricted and posts are monitored.  NO recruiters are permitted.  (PediaStaff doesn't even post our own jobs in there or use it for the staffing side of our business at all.)  There are also sub-groups for each therapy (SLP, OT, PT and School Psych) discipline plus one for clinic owners/managers and one for current students.

Request an Invitation to Join Through a Link on our Blog

Therapist Resource of the Week: The 100 Best Children's Books According to Babble.com 

Special Thanks to Sherry Artemenko, M.A. CCC-SLP, of Play on Words for the heads up on this fine list of the best books for children as compiled by Babble.  


As Sherry points out it is really a list of about 600 books because in addition to a "best overall" category, they have top hundred lists for infant, toddler, learning to read, grade school and young adult categories.     


Thanks again Sherry!


Check out the 'Babble 100' Through a Link on our Blog
Pinterest Pin of the Week: You Might Be A Speech Therapy Student If.. 
Here is a pin we put up earlier this week that is proving extremely popular!   There ARE guys who are also SLP students though, so apologies are due to the few and the proud that meet that criteria!


Check Out the Pinterest Pin of the Week on our Blog
Guest Blogs This Week: 2 Gals, Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips   
Eliciting Sounds - /s/-Lateral Lisp - By: Leah Musgrave and Dean Trout

Most of you seasoned therapists know and use the techniques that I am going to share, so I apologize if you are disappointed that there's nothing new for you. However, those who have less experience under their belts and feel frustrated with the lateral lisp will appreciate these "pearls of wisdom."


What is a Lateral Lisp?
According to Carolyn Bowen, "Lateral lisps are not found in typical speech development. The tongue position for a lateral lisp is very close to the normal position for /l/ and the sound is made with the air-flow directed over the sides of the tongue. Because of the way it sounds, this sort of lisp is sometimes referred to as a 'slushy ess' or a 'slushy lisp.' A lateral lisp often

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog
Correcting Letter Reversals - By: Dr. Anne Zachry

Letter reversals are common for preschoolers and kindergarteners, but by the age of seven, reversals should only be occasional. Common letter reversals include b/d, n/u, p/q and m/w. Letter and word reversals that occur with writing are one of the symptoms of dyslexia, but this does not necessarily mean that every child who reverses letters has dyslexia. If a student is reversing letters and words on a consistent basis past seven years of age, or well into the third grade, parents may want to consider an evaluation by a professional to check for dyslexia or some other learning disability. Whether or not a child has been formally diagnosed with a learning disability, there are remedial strategies and activities that can help students practice the process of forming letters with proper directionality.


Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Visual Supports for Children with Down Syndrome
[Source: The Down Syndrome Centre]

By: Marinet vanVuren  

Marinet vanVuren is a South African born Speech and Language Therapist. For the past seven years she has worked with a range of Irish disability organisations including Enable Ireland, St Michael's House and the Children's Sunshine Home. She recently set up her own private speech and language therapy practice where she sees children of all disabilities with various speech, language and feeding difficulties.

Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

Worth Repeating - New Uses for Athletic Taping
By: Greg Thompson

[Source: Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine]

When Steven Huber, PT, CKTI, heard his 5-year-old patient declare that she "hated her arm," the physical therapy veteran knew he had a challenge on his hands. Born with a brachial-plexus injury-also known as Erb's Palsy-the young girl had already received physical and occupational therapy from birth to 2 years.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog
Also Worth Repeating - Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood, a Neurodevelopmental Perspective on A.A. Milne
Editor's Note:  We featured this article about a year and a half ago and it was wildly popular.   Thought it would be worth repeating!

[Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, December 2000]


by: Sarah E. Shea, Kevin Gordon, Ann Hawkins, Janet Kawchuk, Donna Smith  

SOMEWHERE AT THE TOP OF THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD a little boy and his bear play. On the surface it is an innocent world, but on closer examination by our group of experts we find a forest where neurodevelopmental and psychosocial problems go unrecognized and untreated.  

On the surface it is an innocent world: Christopher Robin, living in a beautiful forest surrounded by his loyal animal friends. Generations of readers of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories have enjoyed these seemingly benign tales.1,2 However, perspectives change with time, and it is clear to our group of modern neurodevelopmentalists that these are in fact stories of Seriously Troubled individuals, many of whom meet DSM-IV3 criteria for significant disorders (Table 1). We have done an exhaustive review of the works of A.A. Milne and offer our conclusions about the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood in hopes that our observations will help the medical community understand that there is a Dark Underside to this world.


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