March 31, 2017
Issue 8, Volume 10
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • Language Learning: 'Say It Fast, Fluent and Flawless'
  • Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility
  • Project Aims to Help School Nurses Tackle Suicide Rates 
  • Repetition May Hold Key in Aiding Children with Specific Language Impairment
  • Will High Court Ruling Raise Expectations for Special Ed.?
  • Homemade Slime Leaves Girl with Third-Degree Burns
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: School Speech-Language Pathologist - Yakima, WA
  • Hot Jobs: Bilingual SLP - Dallas, TX 
  • Hot Job:  BCBA Jobs in Fredericksburg and Woodbridge, VA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Speech Freebie of the Week: Popping with Inferential Vocabulary
  • Seasonal Pinterest Pin of the Week: Books About Bee!
  • Easy Spring Origami Tulips
  • Why We Do What We Do:  GREAT Video Share
Articles and Special Features 
  • Peds Tx Corner: Social Behavior Starts with Social Thought: The Four Steps of Perspective Taking
  • School Psych Corner: White Matter Maturation Associated with Emergence of Theory of Mind
  • SLP Corner: I am Not Superpowered!
  • New Grad Corner: 7 Essential Tips for NBCOT Exam Prep
  • OT Corner: Make Way for Indoor Play 
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Language Learning: 'Say It Fast, Fluent and Flawless'
[Source:  Science Daily]
A new doctoral dissertation by Parvin Gheitasi at UmeƄ University in Sweden explores the different functions of prefabricated phrases in young learners' oral language production. These phrases provided learners with an instrument to overcome their lack of knowledge, to improve their fluency, and to enjoy some language play.

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Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

Nike is taking steps toward increased accessibility with a new shoe designed to make it even easier for people with disabilities to slip their feet in and out.
The athletic-wear giant said this week that it's introducing a new iteration of its FlyEase lineup, a collection of sneakers that include special accessibility features.
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Project Aims to Help School Nurses Tackle Suicide Rates
[Source:  University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center]
The stats are the stuff of parents' nightmares: suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for youths 12-18 - and New Mexico's rates are 50 percent higher than national figures.
Being identified as different from your peers makes that dire situation even riskier. For many Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgendered/Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youths, the schoolyard is a daily source of stress. They are much more likely than their peers to be  threatened or injured with a 

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Repetition May Hold Key in Aiding Children with SLI
[Source:  Medical X-Press]
Simple repetition learning techniques could help young children struggling with language to learn vocabulary faster, according to the latest research from scientists from the UK and Germany.

The study by Dr Jessica Horst of the University of Sussex and Professor Katharina Rohlfing of Paderborn University examined whether repeated storybook reading was beneficial to children who had been diagnosed with specific language impairment (SLI) in helping them to retain information and word recall compared to those who were developing at the typical rate for their age."
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Will High Court Ruling Raise Expectations for Special Ed?
[Source:  Education Week]
Advocates for children with disabilities are cheering a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a clear win that establishes more-ambitious academic standards for special education students.
Representatives for some educational groups and districts, on the other hand, have a more measured

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Homemade Slime Leaves Girl with Third-Degree Burns
[Source:  USA Today]
A common ingredient in DIY slime is to blame for a Massachusetts girl's second- and third-degree burns, according to reports.
Eleven-year-old Kathleen Quinn who made DIY slime "a million times" with no problems, suddenly started crying in extreme pain in the middle of the night, mom Siobhan Quinn told WCVB Channel 5 in Boston. The girl had second and third-degree burns covering her hands, because of her contact with detergent booster borax, her doctor said.
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PediaStaff has opportunities for SLPs in Yakima, WA starting in the Fall of 2017.   If you kayak, bike, climb mountains, hike or ride horses when it's warm, or do snow sports when it's cold, you'll love it here in the Yakima valley.
* Sunny climate and year-round outdoor recreation
* Low cost of living
* Only about two two hours from Seattle
* Supportive team environment
* More than one opening - bring a friend
* New graduates - make a high income during your Clinical Fellowship - option to convert to a District employee later
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Are you looking for a full time position with a little versatility?  Our client is established and in need of a full time (40 hours/wk) bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist to provide clinic based services between our South Dallas clinic and either our Grapevine or North Dallas clinic. There may be some training on the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program.

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Wonderful full and part-time opportunities available for Pediatric Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) in Woodbridge and Fredericksburg, VA. We are looking for exceptional clinicians with a clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis to provide BCBA supervision to Registered Behavior Technicians.

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Speech Freebie of the Week: Popping with Inferential Vocabulary
[Source  Speech Time Fun]
How can you make your instruction more popping? By using this inferential vocabulary activity, of course! The popcorn in this activity have inferential sentence stems on them to get your students speaking with great vocabulary. Get to popping!

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Seasonal Pinterest Pin of the Week: Books About Bees
Editor's Note:  Bumblebees are in the news lately, as the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, has just gone on the Endangered Species List.    Why not feature them in your Spring reading?
[Source:  Cutting Tiny Bites]
Buzzzz!   My girls were terrified of bees, until we read all these Books About Bees and learned about them.  Now they understand their role in our ecosystem, and they have realized that they aren't 

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Easy Spring Origami Tulips
[Source  Deborah Kratz via the Pediatric Occupational Therapists Group on FaceBook]
Easy spring tulip origami done with members from a mod-severe class. 3 major folds plus 3 optional folds. Origami or other lightweight paper works better than construction paper.

Position lightweight paper square with a corner pointing toward the student's belly.

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Why We Do What We Do:  Great Video Share
[Source:  Stirred Up]
This is a must watch for all who teach students with disabilities.  Please  share far and wide!
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Peds Tx Corner:   Social Behavior Starts w/ Social Thought: 4 Steps of Perspective Taking
Editor's Note:   Thank you to School Psyched, Your School Psychologist for featuring this article. 

Students (including adults) usually respond that social thinking is only used while within a social interaction, such as hanging out with friends, playing a game, etc. It takes much discussion for students to begin to realize that social thinking is active any time you share space with others, even if you are not in direct communication. How many of us move our shopping carts out of the way of a fellow shopper walking down the same isle of a grocery store? That's social thinking.

School Psych Corner:  White Matter Maturation Associated w/ Emergence of ToM
[Source:  The Journal Nature]

by Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann, Jan Schreiber, Tania Singer, Nikolaus Steinbeis, and Angela D. Friederici

Humans have the ability to represent what other people think and believe. This implies that we are able to understand that beliefs may differ from reality and, therefore, that people can have false beliefs about the world. This ability allows us to predict how a person with a false belief about the world will act so that we can adjust our own actions accordingly. As such, Theory of Mind (ToM) constitutes a key role for complex interaction between human individuals, including 

SLP Corner:  I am Not Superpowered!
by Annie Doyle, MS CCC-SLP

I can't explain it. I have had a very, very busy year with no less than six evaluations pending at a time and I have been coping quite well. Two weeks ago...BAM! Leading up to my proverbial "hitting of the wall," we had been coordinating a two-day NHSLHA Spring Conference and rehearsals for our middle school play began. I am assistant directing this year. Adding a little 

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New Grad Corner: 7 Essential Tips for NBCOT Exam Prep
[Source:  OT in Motion]

This post is the first of a multi-part series on preparing for the NBCOT exam. In this post, I will be discussing seven essential tips for preparing for the exam. Please comment below if you have additional tips and ideas to share!

Know Your Study Style  - You've taken countless tests in your graduate program - so you should know what study style works best for you. Think back to the tests you rocked and how you studied for them.
OT Corner: Make Way for Indoor Play
[Source:  Playapy]
Generally parents understand the importance of both outdoor and indoor play. Outdoor play has been shown to increase attention span while indoor play encourages more creative flow. However, when I speak with parents regarding their attempts to achieve regular playtime for their children, one of the most stated obstacles to play in general is weather. This is partly due to long

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