October 17, 2014
Issue 42, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Fall

Hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner!  Please enjoy this week's newsletter!
News Items:
  • New Hypothesis Posits Autism as Disorder of Prediction
  • Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms
  • Teens With Cerebral Palsy Rate Quality Of Life High
  • Scientists Identify Potential Cause of 40% of Pre-Term Births
  • Institutional Rearing May Increase Risk for ADD
  • Physical Activity and Executive Control in Children
PediaStaff News
  • Hot Pediatric Therapy Jobs in Oklahoma! SLP, OT & PT
  • Interview Tip of the Week: Presenting Your Very Best Self
  • Chicago is the Place for SLP Jobs in a Variety of Settings
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • SLP Freebie: Halloween Signs/Cards for Children with Expressive Language Needs
  • OT Idea of the Week: Occupational Therapy Tip of the Month Board
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Mummy Quesadillas!
  • PT Idea of the Week: Gross Motor Bingo!

Articles and Special Features 

  • OT Corner: (Video Edition) Solutions For Printing Success
  • AAC Corner: Switch Adapted Haunted House and Other Halloween Ideas
  • School Nurse's Corner:  Enterovirus EV D68 - What You Need to Know
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: You Want My Kid to Play in Food? Seriously?
  • ASL Interpreter's Corner: Preparing for Effective Classroom Interpreting
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New Hypothesis Posits Autism as Disorder of Prediction

[Source: Psych Central]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) neuroscientists have posed a new hypothesis for autism, suggesting that the disorder may be rooted in an impaired ability to predict events and other people's actions.


The researchers assert that, to an autistic child, the world appears to be a "magical" and random place, rather than one of order and predictability. Therefore, symptoms such as repetitive behavior and the need for a highly structured environment may be coping strategies in an unpredictable world.

"At the moment, the treatments that have been developed are driven by the end symptoms. We're suggesting that the deeper problem is a predictive impairment problem, so we should directly address that ability," said lead author Dr. Pawan Sinha, an MIT professor of brain and cognitive sciences.


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Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism

[Source: Psych Central]

A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys and young men with moderate to severe autism. Subject ages ranged from 13 to 27.

Researchers discovered that many of those who received a daily dose of the chemical sulforaphane, best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers, experienced significant improvements in social interaction and verbal communication skills.


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Teens With Cerebral Palsy Rate Quality Of Life High  

[Source: Disability Scoop]


Adolescents with cerebral palsy have a similar quality of life to others their age, a new survey suggests.

Despite the hurdles that can come with having a developmental disability, researchers say in a new study that teens with cerebral palsy reported similar overall satisfaction with their lives.

The findings published this month in the journal The Lancet come from a study looking at 431 Europeans ages 13 to 17 with cerebral palsy. The teens were asked to complete a survey inquiring about their quality of life and their physical and emotional health. Their responses were then compared to those from a group of age-matched teens without cerebral palsy.


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Scientists Identify Potential Cause of 40% of Pre-Term Births 

[Source: Medical News Today]


Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and UCL (University College London) have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM), which accounts for 40 percent of pre-term births, and is the main reason for infant death world-wide.

The researchers, whose work was funded by the charity Wellbeing of Women, used bioengineering techniques to test the effect of repetitive stretch on tissues of the amniotic membrane which surrounds and protects the baby prior to birth.


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Institutional Rearing May Increase Risk for ADD 

[Source:  Science Daily via Elsevier]


Over the past decades, we have seen numerous tragic examples where the failure of institutions to meet the needs of infants for social contact and stimulation has led to the failure of these infants to thrive.

Infancy and childhood are critical life periods that shape the development of the cortex. A generation of research suggests that enriched environments, full of interesting stimuli to explore, promote cortical development and cognitive function. In contrast, deprivation and stress may compromise cortical development and attenuate some cognitive functions.


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Physical Activity and Executive Control in Children:  

[Source Pediatrics via Your Therapy Source]


Pediatrics published research on 221 children (7-9 years old) who were randomly assigned to either a 9 month after school physical activity program or a wait list group. Following the intervention various measurements were recorded: changes in maximal oxygen consumption, electrical activity in the brain and behavioral measures (accuracy, reaction time) of executive control.

The intervention was every school day for two hours. Each session included at least 70 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.


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 Hot Jobs of the Week:  Oklahoma! SLPs, OTs & PTs

The majesty of Oklahoma is calling!   PediaStaff has several immediate opportunities for SLPs, OTs and PTs in both Oklahoma City and and Tulsa.


These are exciting growth situations in therapy owned clinics in a multi-discipline environment.   Home based therapy and Head Start settings are also available with flexible hours and work situations (independent contractor, W2)    New grads with pediatric affiliations/clinicals will also be considered for some of these openings.


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Interview TIp of the Week:  Presenting Your Very Best Self  

Editor's Note:   Please enjoy this continuing series of interview and career tips.  Looking for a pediatric clinician or therapist position?  Please check out all the great jobs we have available.

Last week we talked about interview questions that you might get asked about your "rough edges," and  tips on how to best answer them.   More challenging for most interviewees, however,  is the issue of how to present your best attributes and accomplishments without bragging.

What you say and how you say it are both important. Planning out your messages ahead of time can be quite helpful.   This area is a perfect one to explore in a Career/Interview Prep journal.   Here are some typical questions to answer for yourself at home before you start the interview process:

Hot SLP Jobs in Chicagoland:  Variety of Settings

Let us tempt you with a new job opportunity!

PediaStaff has several opportunities in the greater Chicago area in both school and outpatient clinic settings.  Positions are available in Palatine, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, Crystal Lake, Waukegan, Wood Dale and Bensenville.  

Let PediaStaff show you fulfilling job opportunities with great pay, benefits and clinical support.

Expressive Language Freebie:  Halloween Cards!

Halloween is rapidly approaching! It got me thinking about my preschoolers with apraxia other expressive language deficits. What can be done for the children who are unable to say "Trick or Treat?" A brief chat with one of my favorite #SLPEEPS on Twitter inspired me to compile a list of signs that our children can use on Halloween. These can be handed out or affixed to a costume. It also will help to bring awareness to apraxia and other speech disorders. 

Don't you just LOVE the internet?! So many great resources floating around!


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OT Idea of the Week: Occupational Therapy Tip of the Month Board 

[Source: Cindy Karl Aubrey on the Pediatric Occupational Therapists Facebook Page]

Editor's Note:  This is such a great idea.  Thank you to Cindy Karl Aubrey for permission to share her photo and post here.

At one of my schools we made an "OT tip of the month" in the hallway. Along with it we provide handouts of tips of general suggestions teachers can utilize in classrooms.


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PT Idea of the Week: Gross Motor Bingo 

[Source:  The Inspired Treehouse]

My kids are always, always, always in the car.  We run from practices to lessons to stores.  Constantly in and out - constantly moving.   When we hit the road for destinations that are further away, I am always looking for activities that will keep them from losing their minds from having to sit still for so long.  The last road trip we took was an 11.5 hour drive from our home in Ohio to the southern part of North Carolina.  It was a LONG. DRIVE.  I decided it would be fun to come up with a game that would keep them occupied, give them something to look forward to, and keep their muscles limber!  This gross motor activity can be done on short or long trips, in airports, at the train station, or in the middle of the big city.  Be creative....you may have to think outside the box to figure out how to perform some of these movements depending on where you are!


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Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Mummy Quesadillas!  

[Source:  the Kids Activities blog]

Totally too cute for Halloween

Perfect for following directions work, cutting practice and other fine motor skills.  She used candy for the eyes, but you could also cut out circles from white cheese and use raisins for the pupils.


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Video OT Corner: Solutions For Printing Success

[Source:  Entwistle Occupational Therapy]

Entwistle Power Occupational Therapy presents our third episode of Occupational Therapy Video (OT-V) "Solutions For Printing Success."

In this episode we explore one of the main reasons that parents seek our services for their children - problems with printing and writing. Although once taught in schools, the learning of this basic and essential skill is no longer part of curriculums. While many children quickly take to printing, many have difficulties. When difficulties arise, an Occupational Therapist can help. Some of the things we look at include: 

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AAC Corner: Adapted Haunted House & Other Halloween Ideas

by Ryan Knoblauch, CCC-SLP

When I am working with developmentally delayed students, I am always looking for ways to make age-appropriate activities  Many of my students do not speak, but do have the ability to communicate using some sort of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) such as a one-button switch or a communication device. One of the ways we've been able to incorporate the use of AAC is at our annual Haunted House Party in our school gymnasium. We've been very fortunate to have great community support from local businesses and organizations as well as peer mentors from neighboring high schools. In other words, our haunted house is kind of a big deal for our school.


So, when you want to set up an activity that uses AAC, you have to think of all of the potential communication opportunities that might occur. Halloween is great because it is a social event in which almost all kids participate. I actually thought of an idea while handing out candy in my neighborhood. Wouldn't it be great if kids who didn't speak or who were too shy to speak to


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School Nurse's Corner: Enterovirus EV D68 - What You Need to Know

[Source: National Association of School Nurses]

Join Julia S. Sammons, MD as she discusses Enterovirus, EV-D68.  Learn what information school nurses should be prepared to share with staff, parents and chilcren.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: You Want My Kid to Play in Food?

[Source: ASHAsphere]

by Melanie Potock, CCC-SLP


Yep, seriously.  For many kids, food exploration begins with just learning to tolerate messy hands and faces. Many parents who bring their kids to feeding therapy have one goal in mind:  Eating. In fact, as a pediatric feeding therapist, a common phrase I hear when observing families at their dinner tables is, "Quit playing with your food and just eat it!"

What parents may not understand is that the child is not avoiding food-the child is experiencing it. For the hesitant eater, this may be where a child needs to start. The palms of our hands and our fingers are rich with nerve endings, but the mouth has even more. Playing with food provides the child with information about size, texture, temperature and the changing properties of food as little hands squish and squash, pat and roll, or just pick up and let go: splat!

Terp Corner: Preparing for Effective Classroom Interpreting

[Source: Classroom Interpreting.org]

The educational interpreter must be prepared in order to be effective in the classroom. Being prepared involves much more than reviewing the content the teacher will present to the class. The interpreter should have time to prepare, materials from the teacher to prepare with, and a quiet place to prepare. In addition, the interpreter needs access to resources such as sign language dictionaries and CD-ROMs.

Schedule Time to Prepare for Interpreting
Preparing for interpreting is essential to being able to communicate the classroom content and vocabulary. Even highly skilled interpreters need time to preview information and vocabulary, 


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