August 1, 2014
Issue 31, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over, here in the south.  Florida teachers go back in just about a week.  Are you ready to go back??
News Items: 
  • 6-Year Old Gets 3D Printed Bionic Arm
  • Effects of Weighted Blanked on Sleep Problems in Children with Autism
  • Large Twin Study Suggests That Language Delay Due More to Nature than Nurture
  • For School Psychologists: A Bully Speaks Up
  • Peers with Strong Language Skills Help Preschoolers with Special Needs
  • Preterm Children's Brains Can Catch Up Years Later
PediaStaff News & Resources
  • PediaStaff Placement of the Week: School Psych in Arizona
  • PediaStaff Hits 75,000 followers on Pinterest
  • PediaStaff Job Search / Interview Tip:  Be a Good Steward of Others' Time
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Practice Portal:  Speech Sound Disorders - Artic and Phonology
  • Resources for Best Implementing AAC in the Classroom
  • Come Fly with Me! - Paper Airplanes for OT
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Color Drop

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: Stuttering During the Preschool Years
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Attention Behaviors {Other Strategies & Common Mistakes}
  • Career Corner: 6 Reasons Candidates Are Choosing Contracting as a Lifestyle 
  • Worth Repeating: More than Prenatal Genetics - The Search for Autism's Origins
  • Also Worth Repeating:  Summer Activities for Teaching Children Patience
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6-Year Old Gets 3D Printed Bionic Arm  

[Source:  ABC News]


In just eight weeks a team of grad students at the University of Central Florida pioneered a prosthetic, created with a 3D printer,  that costs $350!


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Effects of Weighted Blanket on Sleep in Children with Autism 

[Source: Pediatrics via Your Therapy Source]


Pediatrics published research on a randomized phase III trial determining the effectiveness of a weighted-blanket intervention in treating severe sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sixty seven children were randomized into a weighted blanket group or a control group (regular blanket). The blankets were introduced at bedtime and used for a two week period. The researchers measured total sleep time recorded by actigraphy, sleep-onset latency, sleep efficiency, assessments of child behavior, family functioning, and adverse events. Sleep was also measured by using parent-report.

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Study Suggests Language Delay Due More to Nature than Nurture

[Source: Science Daily]

A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared to single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared to 31 percent of non-identical twins. Overall, twins had twice the rate of late language emergence of single-born children. None of the children had disabilities affecting language acquisition.  


The results of the study were published in the June 2014 Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.


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For School Psychologists: A Bully Speaks Up  

Editor's Note:  I really enjoy Upworthy. In a world filled with stories that make you shake your head in disbelief, this site specializes in inspiring, empowering stories.  If you don't subscribe to it, I highly recommend it .


[Source:  Upworthy]

Every day we hear the horrible stories of young people being bullied. But rarely do we get to hear from ... drumroll please ... the bully herself. Listening to Mariah, I'm reminded of the amazing things that can happen when girls aren't afraid to share their stories, change their lives, and live with compassion and truth.


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Peers with Strong Language Skills Help Special Needs Preschoolers

Editor's Note:  Inclusion, Inclusion, Inclusion!

[Source:  Medical News Today]


The guiding philosophy for educating children with disabilities has been to integrate them as much as possible into a normal classroom environment, with the hope that peers' skills will help bring them up to speed. A new study provides empirical evidence that peers really can have an impact on a child's language abilities, for better or worse.


While peers with strong language skills can help boost their classmates' abilities, being surrounded by peers with weak skills may hinder kids' language development.


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Preterm Children's Brains Can Catch Up Years Later    

[Source:  Science Daily]


There's some good news for parents of preterm babies - latest research from the University of Adelaide shows that by the time they become teenagers, the brains of many preterm children can perform almost as well as those born at term.


A study conducted by the University's Robinson Research Institute has found that as long as the preterm child experiences no brain injury in early life, their cognitive abilities as a teenager can potentially be as good as their term-born peers.


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PediaStaff Placement of the Week:  School Psych in Arizona

Kudos to John P.  on his new contract School Psychologist position in Arizona through PediaStaff! What a beautiful place to work!  Enjoy and Congrats!

PediaStaff News: PediaStaff Hits 75,000 Followers on Pinterest  

Wow.  We are so very humbled to report that with your help, PediaStaff has reached 75,000 followers on Pinterest in just under two years.

Please check out our boards there to see literally thousands of therapy ideas, articles, and links specifically for pediatric therapy.   We have over 130 boards at this writing.   Feel free too to send the parents of your students/clients to our boards.  We have lots of special needs families that get quite a lot from our boards as well!  Come check us out there at

PediaStaff Interview Tip: Be a Good Steward of Others' Time
'Here at PediaStaff, we set up a LOT of interviews.  An interview is your chance to impress a prospective employer with your skills and personality so you can hopefully land the job of your dreams. Make sure, however, that when you accept an interview (be it face-face or over the phone) that you are truly serious about the position (or making a change in the first place) before you take up the interviewer's valuable time.

Now, it is understandable that in many cases, you will not know enough about the job before hand to really, truly know if you want the job.  That's what the interview is for in the first place, right?   What we mean about being a good steward, is to do your very best to alert your interviewer to any contingencies before you get to the interview phase, or to pass on interviews for jobs that you really don't see yourself accepting in the near future..


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Resources of the Week:  For Implementing AAC in the Classroom  

[Source:  Portland Language Lab]


I've had a few teachers, families, and Speech-Language Pathologists ask me recently if I could recommend any quick and accessible resources that describe how to best integrate new AAC devices in primary-level classrooms. I looked around and didn't find anything that I really loved, so I went ahead and made one myself. It only represents a small portion of possible ideas and so-called "best practices" (ugh), but I wanted to stick to one page to make sure that families, instructional assistants, and others who may not be steeped in the world of AAC would be willing to quickly read it. Let me know what you think!

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Activity of the Week:  Come Fly with Me! - Paper Airplanes 

[Source:  Your Kids OT]

Paper planes appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages.  It may be something you did as a child with a grownup helping you to perfect a great flyer.

You may not have stopped to think that paper planes encourage visual motor planning,bilateral coordination (using both hands together), and fine motor accuracy in executing the folds. They are lots of fun too!


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Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Pom Pom Color Drop  

Saw this on Pinterest!  A picture is worth a thousand words, but please visit The Pleasantest Thing Blog for more details about this activity, and to see hundreds of other great posts on this super blog that we will definitely start watching!


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Another Resource of the Week:  The ASHA Practice Portal  

If you have not been on ASHA's new "Practice Portal," definitely check it out!

This resource area of the ASHA website contains an overviews, evidence map, connections to the community, a listing of ASHA events covering each practice area, special interest groups, templates and tools, products and other related content.

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SLP Corner: Stuttering During the Preschool Years

Editor's Note: Thank you to Mirla Raz for letting us know about her article on Advance


[Source: Advance for Speech and Hearing]


The formative preschool years, when a child's speech and language skills progress by leaps and bounds, is also the time when the seeds of stuttering often take root. Ignored or inadvertently fertilized, the roots of stuttering grow longer and stronger until the growing child is unable to uproot it.
Those of us who have worked with adults who stutter understand the enormity of their struggle to speak fluently. When working with someone who stutters, it is easy to lose sight of the time when it began to take root. That begs the question as to how we can help children during those critical preschool years? Perhaps the answer is not complicated. 


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PTC: Attention Behaviors: (Strategies and Common Mistakes)

by Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A.


Attention behaviors tend to be the most annoying, for me anyways. Whining, fighting, talking back, swearing, and yelling out can all be attention seeking behaviors. This past week we have gone in-depth on some key strategies for reducing attention maintained problem behaviors. First thing you need to do before trying any of these nifty interventions is teach the appropriate way to get attention! From there you can utilize planned ignoring, noncontingent attention, and time out in combination. Today I want to share a few other intervention ideas along with what you absolutely should not ever, ever do for attention behaviors. You'll want to read that. trust me. 


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Career Corner: Reasons to Choose Contracting as a Lifestyle

by Debbie Fledderjohann

There has been a lot of buzz around contract staffing as the number of contract workers continues to break records.  However, the talk usually surrounds why companies are gravitating toward contracting.  The fact is of the matter is that candidates are also helping to drive this trend.

The days when contract work was taken only as a last resort when a direct hire job could not be secured are over.  Contract work is also no longer limited to "temps" in clerical and blue collar roles.  Contract staffing spans all industries in positions up to and including the C-suite.


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Worth Repeating: The Search for Autism's Origins

[Source:  Autism Speaks]

Guest Post by pediatric neurologist Martha Herbert, of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Herbert is the author of The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All it Can Be


How and when does autism start?  Unfortunately we have no way of looking directly at the disorder's early origins. Presumably autism's origins begin significantly before the time of diagnosis. But we have no way of reliably predicting autism before its characteristic behaviors emerge in the second or third year of life.


This is a particular problem when we look at the cellular structure of the brain.  We can only put 

Worth Repeating: Teaching Children Patience - Summer Activities

Editor's Note:  This article is directed at parents, but these activities would be excellent for therapy in a lesson on patience!

[Source:  Stress Free Kids]


Did you ever wish your children had more patience? Do you remember the days when you yourself had more patience? Summer fun can be a valuable lesson for teaching children patience.

When your and your children are comfortable with being patient, you will feel more at ease and tend to be less stressed.


Here are 5 easy and fun activities you can try this summer to heighten mindfulness and increase patience.


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