January 11, 2013
Weekly Edition 
Issue 2, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our newsletter offering for this week.

Research / News Items:
  • NSF Research: Baby Smiles Provide Clues to Healthy Development
  • Starting To Crawl And Wakefulness Could Be Linked
  • The Relationship Between Treatment Intensity Treatment Outcomes for Children with Apraxia of Speech
  • NICU Physical Therapists in the News
  • Bilinguals Have Faster, More Adaptive Brains When They Get Older, Study Finds
  • How U.S. States Decide Which Child Receives Early Intervention for Developmental Problems
  • Brain Development May Be Hindered By Modern Parenting
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: 'Parents Magazine' Cover Feature Girl with Spina Bifida
  • Another Feel Good Story! Boy with Autism is Rubik's Cube Wizard
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Product Review: In-Sync Activity Cards
  • SLP Resource of the Week: Speech-Language Pathologists are Smart Cookies [Free Download]
  • Free Video Seminar: Essential Social Media Tools for SLPs as Presented at ASHA 2012
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: Martin Luther King Day Themed Activities for Therapy

Articles and Special Features

  • SLP Corner: Driving Lessons and AAC
  • OT/PT Corner: A Multi-Tasking Activity
  • Worth Repeating: Mouse Behavior From Autism Studies Not Reproducible
  • Also Worth Repeating: Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-Gatherers
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Infant Development in the News: NSF Research: Baby Smiles Provide Clues to Healthy Development  

[Source National Science Foundation via RedOrbit.com]

 

For as long as parents and babies have been smiling, laughing and cooing at each other, scientists still have a lot of questions about just how these interactions help infants develop. With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Miami psychology professor Daniel Messinger and his colleagues want to learn more about child development by studying how moms, dads and babies respond to each other. "We believe that through interacting, babies learn early social rules, such as when to take turns with their vocalizations, when to smile at the same time, says Messinger. "It's by  

 

Motor Development in the News:  Starting To Crawl And Wakefulness Could Be Linked

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Infants who have started crawling wake up more often at night compared to the period before the crawling, reveals a new study by Dr. Dina Cohen of the University of Haifa's Department of Counseling and Human Development.

 

The doctoral study, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Anat Scher, observed 28 healthy babies who were developing normally, examining them once every two to three weeks. Their motor development and sleeping habits were monitored from age 4-5 months and continued until age 11 months. Their sleep

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech in the News:  The Relationship Between Treatment Intensity & Treatment Outcomes for CAS

[Source: Apraxia-Kids]

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is in terms of diagnosis and treatment a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children. Children with CAS find it difficult or impossible to accurately produce speech sounds and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. Although there are several treatment approaches for CAS, there are very few published studies examining their efficiency and effectiveness. For example, at present, we do not know the amount of change in speech intelligibility (the degree by which their speech can be understood by a listener) or their ability to communicate effectively in real world situations (i.e., functional communication) following treatment. We  

 

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NICU Physical Therapists in the News:  Physical Therapy Helps Premature Infants Thrive  

[Source:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

 

By Michele Munz

 

Reaching through two holes in the clear walls of the incubator, St. Louis Children's Hospital physical therapist Kelly Burgio gently pushed down the shoulder of 3-week-old Preston Jolly, born more than 10 weeks early.

 

She explained to the baby's mother, April Jolly, that premature babies often hold their shoulders up to their ears. "This just gives the baby that kind of rounded posture," said Burgio, while teaching Mom how to do the stretch.

 

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Balance and Gross Motor Fitness in the News:  Bilinguals Have Faster, More Adaptive Brains When They Get Older, Study Finds 

[Source: ABC.com]

Speaking two languages can actually help offset some effects of aging on the brain, a new study has found.

 

Researchers tested how long it took participants to switch from one cognitive task to another, something that's known to take longer for older adults, said lead researcher, Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky. As he spoke to ABCNews.com from his cell phone, he said he was also in a grocery store choosing between gala and granny smith apples - a perfect example of switching between cognitive tasks in everyday life.

 

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Early Intervention in the News:  How U.S. States Decide Which Child Receives Early Intervention for Developmental Problems   

[Source: Science Daily.com]

 

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has found large differences in the criteria that U.S. states use to determine eligibility for Medicare Part C early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have developmental delays. A developmental delay is any significant lag in a child's development as compared with typical child development.

 

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Pediatric Neurology in the News:  Brain Development May Be Hindered By Modern Parenting    

[Source: Medical News Today]

 

Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

 

"Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago," says Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame professor of psychology who specializes in moral development in children and how early life experiences can influence brain development.


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Feel Good Story of the Week:  'Parents Magazine' Cover Feature Girl with Spina Bifida     

[Source: Washington Post]

 

by Mari-Jane Williams

  

This is just great news! Parents magazine, a mainstream publication, has opened its eyes and seen the light that children with special needs are CHILDREN! More of the world needs to begin seeing beyond disability.

 

The February issue of Parents magazine arrived the other day, and I couldn't help but smile when I saw the cover. Right there, front and center, is 3-year-old Emily Keicher, who has spina bifida.

 

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Another Feel Good Story!:  Boy with Autism is Rubik's Cube Wizard      

[Source:  Fox 5 San Diego]

 

by Christian De La Rosa

 

One of the fastest Rubik's Cube players in the world is an 10-year-old boy with autism who lives in San Diego.

 

Max Park started playing with Rubik's Cube several years ago as part of his autism therapy.  "Initially, the reason to do it was to work with his motor skills," said Max's dad, Schwan Park. He became enthralled by the puzzle, and  he asked his parents to take him to Los Angeles to watch some of the  


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Product Review:  In-Sync Activity Cards    

Editor's Note:  The people at Future Horizons, sent us a great item to look at recently, - In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow!    Due to time constraints, we were not able to find a reviewer for this product in a timely fashion, but please enjoy this product review that says it all, from Special Needs Book Review.

[Source:  Special Needs Book Review]

 

What can parents do to help children develop to their full potential? Remember Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz and their highly regarded book, Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow? Now these experts in child development have just come out with   

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SLP Resource of the Week:  Speech-Language Pathologists are Smart Cookies [Free Download]   

[Source: Erik X Raj.com]

 

A new year is here and with this specific time of year often comes a time of reflection. In regards to being a practicing speech-language pathologist, what went right for you this past year? What didn't go quite as planned? What changes do you want to make during the next 365 days? These are just a few questions that I am sure you have had cooking in your brain over the last few days (I know I have!).

 

In an attempt to help YOU get ready for another successful SLP year that is filled with inspiration and learning, I have created some FREE materials that will make you squeal with happiness.

 

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Free Video Seminar: Essential Social Media Tools for SLPs as Presented at ASHA 2012 to Teach Handwriting   

As you may remember, PediaStaff hosted a Learning Lab session at ASHA 2012 entitled "Essential Social Media Tools for SLPs."    Co-panelists Heidi Kay, Tara Roehl, Kim Lewis and Megan Panatier used this 45 minute setting to nicely summarize the very best ways that speech-language pathologists can take best advantage of social media to supplement their education and daily professional growth.  The session covers Pinterest, Twitter and Blogs.

Watch this Video on our Blog

Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: Martin Luther King Day Themed Activities for Therapy    

Martin Luther King Day is a wonderful opportunity to get your kiddos talking about important issues.    Please check out our recently updated PediaStaff Pinterest Pinboard full of free pediatric and school based therapy activities that help teach the life and philosophy of Dr. King and his teachings through fun, engaging therapy lessons:

 

Take a Look at this Pinboard Through a Lin on our Blog 

SLP Corner: Driving Lessons and AAC

by Pat Mervine, CCC-SLP

This article is reprinted with permission of the author as it appeared on the Speaking of Speech.com blog  

 

As my son, Gregg, approached the date when he could apply for his learner's permit (prerequisite to getting a driver's license), he became keenly interested in the prospect of driving, and I noticed him watching my every move as I drove him to band practice and soccer games.  On the day he received his permit, I drove him to an empty parking lot, let him take the driver's seat, and handed him the keys.  The car had an automatic transmission, so I really expected that he would simply  

  

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OT/PT Corner: A Multi-Tasking Activity 

by Stacy Menz, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

One of our OT's was so excited last week to show us the new activity she was doing with a few of her kiddos.  She had just started it so she hasn't had time to embellish it for pictures and make it look pretty!  Also, we had to wrangle one of our other OT's in for the picture because no kiddos with photo rights were available at that time.

 

Basically she has a few kiddos who are working on balance, visual motor control and letter recognition.  So, in order to combine all three she has them standing on a spot (their feet aren't allowed to leave the spot) and throwing the ball at whatever letter she calls out.  She

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Worth Repeating: Worth Repeating: Mouse Behavior From Autism Studies Not Reproducible
[Source:  Forbes.com]

Today, we have an excellent example of why we should keep calm and carry on when it comes to mouse studies. At SFARI, a website for an autism research organization, Emily Singer writes that research groups cannot reproduce the reported "social deficit" behaviors in a mouse strain that's intended to model autism in humans:

Also Worth Repeating: Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-Gatherers

Thanks again to Loren Shlaes of Pediatric OT Blogspot for calling our attention to this article.

[Source:  Newsweek Magazine via the Daily Beast]

 

by Jared Diamond

 

Hold them, share them, let them run free. Why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours.

 

On one of my visits to New Guinea, I met a young man named Enu, whose life story struck me then as remarkable. Enu had grown up in an area where child-rearing was extremely repressive, and where children were heavily burdened by obligations and by feelings of guilt. By the time he was 5 years old, Enu decided that he had had enough of that lifestyle.   

 

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