May 16, 2014
Issue 20, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Hope everyone is enjoying their spring.  School is winding down here already in the south!
News Items:
  • Minority Children with Autism More Likely to Regress than Whites
  • Mirror Therapy Assists Upper Limb Motor Recovery in Patient with Acquired Brain Injury
  • Happy to Be an SLP - and to Have a Chance at Winning Some Toobaloos!
  • Children with Autism Have Mitochondrial Deficits
  • Help or Helper for Life Skills 
  • One in 10 16-Year Olds Have Considered Self-Harm, Study Shows 
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: Early Intervention SLP - California's 'Gold Country'
  • Ask PediaStaff:  Can PediaStaff Place Me Anywhere I Want to Go?
  • Featured Job of the Week:  Bismarck, North Dakota
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Speech - Language Therapy Resource of the Week: Downloadable Activity Sheets for Babies and Toddlers from Busy Bugs
  • Book of the Week: 'The Kiss Box' and a Companion Craft
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Stringing Matching Pairs of Sight Words 
  • SLP Activity of the Week: Minecraft Words for Articulation

Articles and Special Features 

  • OT Corner: Teaching How to Zip
  • Physical Therapy Corner:  Got Balance?
  • SLP Corner: The Effectiveness of Language Facilitation
  • Worth Repeating: My Son's Autism Has Created a Silence Louder than Words
  • Also Worth Repeating: Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits
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Autism in the News:  Minority Children with Autism More Likely to Regress than Whites 

[Source: Medical News Today]


Some children with autism appear to be developing normally when they are very young. They babble or even talk, make eye contact with their parents, and crawl and walk on schedule. Then suddenly, these skills seem to vanish.


Described as developmental regression, this loss of language, motor or social skills occurs more often in black and Hispanic children compared to white children, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in May.


Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link our Blog

Acquired Brain Injury in the News:  Mirror Therapy Assists Upper Limb Motor Recovery in Patient with Acquired Brain Injury  

[Source:  Medical News Today]


The Occupational Therapy team at The Huntercombe Group's specialist Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Frenchay (Bristol), are exploring the use of mirror therapy to aid motor recovery in patients with acquired brain injury who are suffering from hemi-paresis (loss of control and weakness). Upper Limb Hemi-paresis is common in patients following an acquired brain injury often impacting on the individual's ability to use the limb functionally. 


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Happy to Be an SLP:  And to Have a Chance at Winning Some Toobaloos!   

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!


As you know, SLPs make great bloggers.  After all, the SLP field is all about communication, right?   Well, 18 of the speechie bloggers are doing a "Happy to be an SLP" blog hop for BHSM!  They are sharing great information as well as hosting a giveaway of 3 incredible prize packs including TpT gift certificates, apps, materials, and more!


Read the Rest of this Post, Watch the Video, and Learn How to Win on our Blog

Physical Activity in the News:  Children with Autism Have Mitochondrial Deficits    

[Source:  Medical News Today] 


Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared with the same cells in children who are developing normally.


The cells, which circulate in the bloodstream, are less able to deliver crucial infection-fighting oxidative responses to combat invading pathogens because of dysfunction in their tiny energy-generating organelles, the mitochondria.


The study is published online in the journal Pediatrics.


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Life Skills Research in the News:  "Help" or "Helper" for Life Skills 

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]


An interesting study was published in Child Development comparing the motivational levels of children willing to help adults based on how the children were asked to help.  The participants included about 150, 3-6 year olds, who participated in two experiments.   In one experiment, the adults talked to the children about helping then referred to helping with a verb (e.g., "Some children choose to help").  In the other experiment, again the adult talked to the children about helping but referred to helping with a noun (e.g., "Some children choose to be helpers").


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Self-Harm in the News:  One in 10 16-Year Olds Have Considered Self-Harm, Study Shows

[Source: Science]
One in ten 16-year-olds surveyed in a new study has considered self-harm or taking an overdose. "Although mental health campaigns have for some time attempted to de-stigmatise mental ill-health, by far the most likely reason why young people self-harm remains self-punishment. This suggests that young people with mental health problems keep blaming themselves for these, rather than appreciating external stressors such as pressures arising from school work or financial difficulties," researchers said.


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PediaStaff Placement of the Week:  Early Intervention SLP - California's 'Gold Country'  

Congratulations to Mindy O., SLP on her part-time early intervention position in California's "Gold Country" through PediaStaff!


Mindy will be providing EI speech and language services in a home-based environment in their home based program which serves several counties.   


This is a great opportunity that also has the potential to grow to full-time!    Hooray, Mindy

Ask PediaStaff:  Can PediaStaff Place Me Anywhere I Want to Go?  

QUESTION:  Will PediaStaff be able to find me a job or assignment anywhere I want to go?  


ANSWER:  Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Remember, PediaStaff is a business, so our services (although free to our therapist applicants) do cost our client companies and school districts money. That said, if an organization can easily find therapist through their own means, they will usually try that first.


But as soon as they realize that the top clinician that they really want isn't knocking at their door, they sure do contact us!  Our national reputation for finding and screening the very best pediatric therapy clinicians means that you have more options than ever. Willing to relocate?  There are some amazing positions that we know about that offer fantastic professional opportunity if you are able to grab it!


Did you call us to learn that PediaStaff doesn't have jobs in your geographic area? That's ok! Enjoy our resources and tell your friends about us. Maybe someday we can help you find the position of your dreams.   And if not - that's ok too!

Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric Outpatient SLP, Bismarck ND  

Come and join an established pediatric outpatient clinic who recently opened a brand new office in Bismarck, ND.  Occupational and Physical therapists are already seeing a caseload.  Our client seeks to add an SLP-CCC or an SLP-CFY with pediatric fieldwork, a high energy level and strong interpersonal skills to their staff. 

This is a great opportunity to grow with a company already established in ND and looking to expand.   Client requests SLP to work on a full time basis seeing children ages 2 and up with a range of diagnoses.  Experience with feeding and oral motor is a plus but not required.  If you are an ambitious, self directed person looking to help this clinic establish themselves in a new community, apply today!


Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Speech - Language Therapy Resource of the Week: Downloadable Activity Sheets for Babies and Toddlers from Busy Bugs  

hank You to our friends at Busy Bugs for letting us know about their recent post featuring 18 different language development activities for babies and toddlers.    Download any of these one page activity sheets to guide your play.  Each sheet shows you how to develop your child's words in the game.  Lots of examples of words to use are included.  Have fun!


Download These Sheets Through a Link on our Blog

Book of the Week:  'The Kiss Box' and a Companion Craft  

The Kiss Box is a sweet, sweet book about separation anxiety.

From Amazon: "In this soothing love story between mother and child, Mama Bear offers various vessels to contain their love while they are apart-but none seem right. It's not until Little Bear suggests that they make each other a Kiss Box-filled with a hundred kisses-that they are able to stay connected-no matter where they are"    


The Mama Smiles blog has a wonderful craft so a child can design their own kiss box for the person they want to stay connected to.   Adorable!


Learn to Make a Kiss Box Through a Link on Our Blog

Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Stringing Matching Pairs of Sight Words  

[Source: Hands on a We Grow] 

Henry's been flying through his sight word lists lately.   Ive been so proud of him. Some we haven't even practiced at home, he's just learning them so quickly on his own at school.

But I like to bring what he's working on at school into the house so that I can see how he's doing first hand.


I made a simple sight word activity for him to connect matching pairs. It's basically a simple worksheet made big on our floor to get him involved instead of 'doing work'.


Learn More About this Activity and See Photos Through a Link on our Blog

SLP Activity of the Week:  Minecraft Words for Articulation  

Ok, so I absolutely love this!   I don't go on Reddit r/SLP  very often but I am glad I did today before it rolled off the first page of posts!   Lucas, at the Portland Language Lab couldn't help but notice how obsessed the boys are with Minecraft (I mean, how could ANYONE around boys not notice!).   I will let Lucas's introduction tell you the story:


[Source:  Portland Language Lab]


If you're an SLP working in the school districts right now, chances are you're having the same experience that we are - kids love to talk about Minecraft! As long as we are working on speech, we might as well be using topics that they're interested in. We took the time to interview some primary school students and sort out Minecraft terms by the speech sounds 


Get this Great List of Minecraft Words Through a Link on our Blog

OT Corner: Teaching How to Zip

by Barbara Smith, OTR/L  


I have been thinking about how to teach zipping better.  Many children and adults learn to pull up the slider when the 2 ends are connected for them. but the motor planning to connect them seems to be quite difficult because they need to sequence some complex steps: 


Zipping is difficult because there are all of these aspects:  


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Physical Therapy Corner: Got Balance

by Shelley Manell, PT, C/NDT


I see quite a lot of 6/7 year olds who are having difficulty balancing on one foot to kick a ball or hop.  During my assessment, I explain to parents that children's ability to accomplish these higher-level gross motor skills begins when they are just a baby, during tummy time.  Here they begin to experience central stability with the earliest activation of the anticipatory core team (the respiratory diaphragm, pelvic floor, transversus abdominis and the multifidus) followed closely by activation of the posterior oblique synergist (contralateral glutes and latissimus dorsi).  This relationship continues to develop in all movement transitions.  As the child matures, the lateral synergist comes online (contralateral glute medius and adductors) in preparation for standing, walking and balancing on one foot.  Other major postural synergists come in to play as well, creating a firm foundation for higher-level gross motor skills.

Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

SLP Corner: The Effectiveness of Language Facilitation

by Becca Jarzynski,  MS, CCC-SLP


A while back, I posted on the ABCs of ABA 


Within that post, I described the basics of ABA, a method of therapy that I believe is often a bit misunderstood.  I also promised to follow that post with a more thorough description of the shades of grey that exist within the broader field of ABA.


Before I do that, though, I want to touch on the effectiveness of an approach that often seems to be the very opposite of ABA: indirect language stimulation. And before I do that (hang with me here), I'm going to briefly explain the idea of a continuum of naturalness that exists within the field of speech-language therapy.  This term was first coined by Fey in 1986, and I think it is a wonderful way to help us wrap our minds around the variables that exist when we think about the various methods of therapy.


Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog 

Worth Repeating: My Son's Autism Has Created a Silence Louder than Words

[Source: Globe and Mail]


Some say that deeds speak louder than words, but one can argue that it is only through words that we have a voice and can make our thoughts and intentions palpable. Words have the power to teach, inspire, enrage, comfort and hurt. The right combination can motivate grandiose actions, sway deep-rooted convictions or induce you to buy useless hygiene products.


I am drawn to those who have mastery over language, the articulate wordsmiths who can weave abstract thought into something tangible. I see quick and witty one-liners as a test of personal worthiness, and verbal sparring gives me a cerebral thrill.

Also Worth Repeating: Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

Thank You to @EmmausKevinK on Twitter for calling our attention to this great article!  
[Source:  Well Blog, New York Times] 

Which will it be - the berries or the chocolate dessert? Homework or the Xbox? Finish that memo, or roam Facebook?


Such quotidian decisions test a mental ability called cognitive control, the capacity to maintain focus on an important choice while ignoring other impulses. Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder.


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