November 2, 2012
Weekly Edition
Issue 33, Volume 5
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings!  

Only ten days until we leave for ASHA 2012 in "Hotlanta"  Very exciting stuff happening!   Just as I was about to publish this newsletter, Dean Trout of the 2 Gals Speech Therapy Blog, uploaded this great blog post about the "goings on" that PediaStaff has been busy working on for the social media booth.   Thanks, Dean for the shoutout!
 
News Items:
  • Thoughts and Prayers for PediaStaff's Friends and Family in the Northeast
  • New Tools Developed To Better Treat ADHD Patients In Early Stages 
  • Find Us on Facebook! - Tips to Make Sure You Are Seeing Our Posts
  • On the Lighter Side: You Know You Are an SLP When...
  • Handwriting Research in the News: Lined Paper and Letter Formation in First Graders 
  • Man with Down Syndrome to Cast First Ballot Under New Arizona Law 
  • Amazing Case Study: Reducing Pain and Acute Anxiety in Children 
  • At Six Months, Development of Children With Autism Like Those Without   
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • OT Resource of the Week:  50 Fun Ways to Play with Tongs and How to Make Kiddie Chopsticks 
  • App Review of the Week:  Monumental - Perfect for Stair Climbing
  • Holiday Activity of the Week:  Thanksgiving Following Directions    
  • Pinterest Therapy Materials Blog of the Week   
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week:  Thanksgiving Themed Therapy Activities  
Upcoming Events
  • Attention #SLPeeps Headed to ASHA: Social Media Booth Schedule is Up  
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner: Adding Vibration to Fine Motor Activities  
  • SLP Corner: Executive Functions for Teens
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: How to Use and Set up Guided Access on iOS 6.0
  • Worth Repeating: LEGOs as Play Therapy for Autism
  • Also Worth Repeating: "Sensory Seasons"~~ Why Falling Temperatures Up the Ante for Sensory Kids
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A Message From PediaStaff: Thoughts and Prayers for PediaStaff's Friends and Family in the Northeast

PediaStaff wishes all the best to those affected by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast and their loved ones across the country.

 

While there have been a lot of comical photos and hoaxes posted on social media with "photos" of sharks swimming in New Jersey streets, and Godzilla marching from the river into the city, here is one that we have checked out best that we can that is NOT a hoax:


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ADHD in the News:  New Tools Developed To Better Treat ADHD Patients In Early Stages

[Source:  Medical News Today via the Mayo Clinic]

 

Mayo Clinic researchers presented new findings on the early treatment of child and adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting in San Francisco. They include a method to get better input from parents and teachers of children who are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time - allowing for more effective treatment upon the first consultation. Researchers also showed how a tool can help clinicians better diagnose and treat children who have both ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder.

 

News from PediaStaffFind Us on Facebook! - Tips to Make Sure You Are Seeing Our Posts

It seems to be getting harder and harder to "Find Us on Facebook."  A few months ago, we reported on this blog that the best way to make sure you were getting our PediaStaff Facebook posts was to "Like" us, and to interact with us regularly.

 

It makes sense now to hear that so few people are actually seeing our posts. We got well over one hundred entries to our recent laminator giveaway, and only ONE came from Facebook.    Our guess is not that you have not been checking Facebook, rather, that you are not seeing our posts.


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On the Lighter Side:  You Know You Are an SLP When...

Thanks, Tara at SpeechyKeen SLP for the laugh.  Too Funny!!

 

See This SLP 'Meme' Through a Link on our Blog

Handwriting Research in the News: Lined Paper and Letter Formation in First Graders

Thank You to Your Therapy Source for calling our attention to this study!

 

A recent study in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention assessed two groups of first grade students with the Minnesota Handwriting Assessment. The first group printed on a four-lined writing grid that included top, middle, base, and descender guidelines. The second group printed on double lined paper that provided middle and base guidelines only.

 

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Disability Legislation in the News:  Man with Down Syndrome to Cast First Ballot Under New Arizona Law  

All his life, when Clinton Gode wanted to do something - learn to swim, ride a quad, show goats in 4-H - his parents helped him figure out how to make it happen. No matter that he has Down syndrome.

 

But when he turned 18, his parents became his legal guardians in order to handle his health care and his finances - "Clinton would give you his last nickel if you asked for it," his dad says, chuckling. And Arizona law had been clear since statehood: If you can't manage your own affairs, you can't vote.

 

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Pediatric Anxiety & Pain Management in the News:  Amazing Case Study: Reducing Pain and Acute Anxiety in Children 

Editor's Note:  Thank You to Loren Shlaes, OTR/L of Pediatric OT for sharing this piece.   Six-year old Julia went into the ER at Boston Children's with a big gash in her head.   Yet due to sophisticated techniques employed by Dr. Baruch Krauss, she remarkably didn't even remember getting stitches!   If only every doctor or therapist could use the sophisticated techniques to help our kiddos through periods of extreme discomfort.  Read, Watch and Listen!!

 

[Source:  WBUR.org]

 

In May, my six-year-old daughter, Julia, smashed into our front door handle and got a deep, bloody gash in her forehead.

We rushed her, head wrapped like a tiny mummy, to the medical center at MIT, where we generally go for pediatric care. Julia wept while the nurse cleaned and examined her lacerated skin. After a short exam, she sent us to the emergency department at Children's Hospital Boston for stitches. "How bad is that, generally?" I asked, having never experienced suturing either for myself or my cautious, risk-averse,  

 

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Autism in the News:  At Six Months, Development of Children With Autism Like Those Without 

[Source: Science Daily]

 

The development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is much like that of children without ASD at 6 months of age, but differs afterwards. That's the main finding of the largest prospective, longitudinal study to date comparing children with early and later diagnosis of ASD with children without ASD. The study appears in the journal Child Development and has implications for clinical work, public  

 

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App Review of the Week:  Monumental - Perfect for Stair Climbing 

Thank You to Your Therapy Source for this Review!

 

Here is a fun, free app to add to your iPhone or iTouch - Monumental.  It keeps track of how many stairs you climb using the phones accelerometer.  Holding the iPhone at your hip, you hit the GO button.  Start climbing the stairs. It will keep track of how many steps you climb.  When you have climbed the correct number of steps you reach the top of your destination and then you can see the view.  The first level is the Museum of Art in Philadelphia (Rocky Movie stairs).  So when you reach that level it shows you a view from the top.

 

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OT Resource of the Week:  50 Fun Ways to Play with Tongs and How to Make Kiddie Chopsticks  

[Source:  Mama OT.com]

Tongs, tweezers, and chopsticks are great for developing hand skills necessary for cutting with scissors and writing with pencils. Earlier this week I shared a DIY tutorial on how to make kiddie chopsticks, and I mentioned that the ability to use tongs is a pre-scissors skill, and the ability to use scissors is a pre-writing skill. When kids use tongs, they have to learn to "separate" the two sides of their hands (thumb/index finger side and middle/ring/pinky finger side), and this is exactly what is needed in order to successfully operate both scissors and a pencil. Think about it...

 

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Holiday Activity of the Week:  Thanksgiving Following Directions  

Thanks to Brea of Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology for sharing this great activity with us!

 

I created this activity after seeing a similar activity that my mentor was using in speech therapy. It was a Halloween following directions activity, and I loved it so much that I wanted to create one for Thanksgiving. So many of my students are working on spatial concepts, so I thought this would be perfect!  

 

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Pinterest Therapy Materials Blog of the Week:  Ms. Lane's SLP Materials 

One thing that I love about Pinterest is that the "good stuff" speaks for itself.   This week's choice for a Pinterest related shoutout is a great example.

I pinned seven recent blog posts by "Ms. Lane" off of the new SLP blog  "Ms. Lane's SLP Materials.  To call the pins "popular," doesn't even begin to describe the reaction to these posts.    Five pins, featuring activities for expressive language, social greetings, positional directions, grammar and more, received over 1300 repins in about 48 hours.

 

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Pinterest Pinboard of the Week:  Thanksgiving Themed Therapy Activities  

One thing that I love about Pinterest is that the "good stuff" speaks for itself.   This week's choice for a Pinterest related shoutout is a great example.

I pinned seven recent blog posts by "Ms. Lane" off of the new SLP blog  "Ms. Lane's SLP Materials.  To call the pins "popular," doesn't even begin to describe the reaction to these posts.    Five pins, featuring activities for expressive language, social greetings, positional directions, grammar and more, received over 1300 repins in about 48 hours.

 

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Upcoming Events:  Attention #SLPeeps Headed to ASHA: Social Media Booth Schedule is Up!  

Things are really coming together for the social media booth PediaStaff is hosting at ASHA!  As promised, here is the booth schedule!    So far, the booth is staffed with 15 of the communities best and brightest #SLPeeps who will be teaching mini-sessions right at the booth, on Twitter, using Blogs, and Pinterest (and for the General Sessions, whatever the 'customer' wants to learn about).  The "Tweet & Greet," which we will talk about more next week, will be a chance for all of the already established members of the #SLPeeps community to introduce themselves in front of a camera for the folks who couldn't make it to Atlanta.   It should be a whole lot of fun for people to "put a face with the handle!"  You are not going to want to miss it!

 

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OT Corner:  Adding Vibration to Fine Motor Activities  

by Barbara Smith, OTR/L

 

I have found that adding vibration to fine motor activities helps many children to focus, be motivated to use their hands and most importantly have fun. This is not true for all children, but well worth exploring to see if an individual child enjoys this sensory input.

 

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SLP Corner: Executive Functions for Teens

Editor's Note:  Speech Lady Jen of Therapy and Learning Services, Inc wishes to thank Tara Roehl, MS,CCC-SLP for writing this guest post for the SpeechladyJen Blog community.   

Teenagers with executive functioning difficulties often struggle to know what is important to attend to in their environment.  Between their academic demands, social expectations and familial roles, information is coming at them a million miles a minute. The breakdown can happen in a variety of aspects of their daily life, which is why it's often difficult for therapists to know where to begin and 

 

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: How to Use and Set up Guided Access on iOS 6.0

[Source: ASHAsphere]

by Barbara Fernandes

 

Reprinted with permission of ASHAsphere and the author as the article appeared on October 23, 2012.

 

Apple never stops impressing me with their always evolving nature. With the release of iOS 6.0, one of the most anticipated features for the special education community is a well-designed accessibility feature called " Guided Access".

 

During my many presentations, I have seen therapists come up with creative ideas to get students to stop exiting a specific application by pressing the home button on their iPads. I have seen therapists use bub caps which reduce the sensitivity on the home button and even tongue depressors to make the child stay focused on one application. Those days are OVER! Apple has

 

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Worth Repeating: LEGOs as Play Therapy for Autism

[Source:  Special Ed Post]

by Carlo Pandian

 

Naturally adverse to dealing with new situations and communicating with other people, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face numerous challenges in dealing with day to day life in which new situations come as part of the landscape.  Early diagnosis and treatments are believed to be crucial to develop the personalities of those with the condition and in helping them to learn to cope with the world around them.  As clinicians and specialists are developing an earlier diagnosis for individuals, it is becoming easier for parents and carers to take simple steps to help  
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Also Worth Repeating: "Sensory Seasons"~~ Why Falling Temperatures Up the Ante for Sensory Kids

[Source: LD Made Easy]

 

Transitions are particularly hard for some children and extremely difficult for most children with sensory issues.  It isn't just the air and the leaves that are changing it are the clothes that the children are wearing changes too.

 

They entered school in August when the weather was still warm and clothes were soft and light, are suddenly wearing heavier clothes.  Clothes with waistbands, shirts with cuffs, bulky sweaters, all contribute to sensory changes.  And they are getting unpredictably warm and then cold.  For some children with sensory issues this produces a kind of "sensory chaos" and the changes in behavior mirror this confusion.

 

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