October 18, 2013
Issue 35, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
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News Items:
  • EEG Brainwave Tests Help Diagnose ADHD Symptoms
  • Young Apes Manage Emotions Like Humans
  • New Artificial Leg Technology Comes Close to Acheiving Natural Gait
  • School Psychologists Call For Evidence-Based Practices, Especially for Students Who Struggle With Writing
  • New Study Provides Mountain of Evidence That Quality Preschool Is the 'Most Cost-Effective' Educational Intervention
  • Babies Know When You're Faking, Psychology Researchers Show
  • Autism Rates Rise in U.S., Plateau in U.K.


PediaStaff News
  • Halloween Therapy Share on Instagram and Pinterest
  • PediaStaff Therapist Placement of the Week: In Beautiful Minnesota
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Book Review: Autism Sleeps
  • App of the Week: Make a Zombie
  • Fine Motor / Sensory Idea of the Week: Candy Corn on the Cob
  • Social Media Share of the Week: Halloween Temporal Directions Activity 

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Let them Solve Problems
  • Focus on Bilingualism: Language Screening and Assessment in Bilingual Children
  • SLP Corner:  Promises from a Speech Pathologist
  • Worth Repeating: "Blind Rage" in Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Also Worth Repeating: Two New Children's Books for Halloween Reviewed in the New York Times - 'Crankenstien' and 'Zombelina'
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ADHD in the News:  EEG Brainwave Tests Help Diagnose ADHD Symptoms

[Source: Medical News Today]


Tests of brainwaves using EEG may be helpful in distinguishing subtypes of ADHD, helping to diagnose whether a teen's symptoms are mainly inattention or mainly hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

The two subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are known as "inattentive" or "combined" and as well as telling these apart, the brain tests also help to rule out normal adolescents.

The researchers, publishing their study in the journal Biological Psychiatry, say the electroencephalogram (EEG) readings illustrate "that these groups display distinct physiological profiles."


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Comparative Behavior in the News: Young Apes Manage Emotions Like Humans

[Source: Science Daily]


Researchers studying young bonobos in an African sanctuary have discovered striking similarities between the emotional development of the bonobos and that of children, suggesting these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way. This is important to human evolutionary history because it shows the socio-emotional framework commonly applied to children works equally well for apes. Using this framework, researchers can test predictions of great ape behavior and, as in the case of this study, confirm humans and apes share many aspects of emotional functioning.


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Prosthetics in the News:  New Artificial Leg Technology Comes Close to Achieving Natural Gait  

[Source:  Michigan Tech News]


Walking is tricky business, as any toddler knows. And while most artificial feet and limbs do a pretty good job restoring mobility to people who have lost a leg, they have a ways to go before they equal the intricacy of a natural gait. As a result, over half of all amputees take a fall every year, compared to about one-third of people over 65.


In cooperation with a Mayo Clinic scientist, researchers at Michigan Technological University are taking a giant step toward solving the problem. They are making a bionic foot that could make an amputee's walk in the park feel, well, like a walk in the park.

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Writing Skills in the News:  School Psychologists Call For Evidence-Based Practices, Especially for Students Who Struggle With Writing 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Writing instruction in U.S. classrooms is "abysmal" and the Common Core State Standards don't go far enough to address glaring gaps for students and teachers, a Michigan State University education scholar argues.


In a new study, Gary Troia calls for a fresh approach to professional development for teachers who must help students meet the new writing standards. His research, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, appears in the journal School Psychology Review.


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Efficacy of Pre-school in the News:  New Study Provides Mountain of Evidence That Quality Preschool Is the 'Most Cost-Effective' Educational Intervention 

[Source:  New York Times]


by Randy Hoder


A decade or so ago, when it was time to send my children to preschool, it never occurred to me to do anything else. For an upper-middle-class family like mine, enrolling my kids in a half-day nursery school program with all of its benefits (socialization and school readiness, among them) was a no-brainer.


Now, amid a highly contentious national debate about whether preschool should be made available to all children, a new study provides a mountain of evidence that my parental instincts were right on the money. Literally. High-quality preschool programs are "the most cost-effective educational interventions and are likely to be profitable investments for society  


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Development of Empathy in the News:  Babies Know When You're Faking, Psychology Researchers Show  

[Source: Science Daily]


If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands! That's easy enough for children to figure out because the emotion matches the movement. But when feelings and reactions don't align, can kids tell there's something wrong? New research from Concordia University demonstrates that they can - as early as 18 months.


In a study recently published in Infancy: The Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies, psychology researchers Sabrina Chiarella and Diane Poulin-Dubois demonstrate that infants can detect whether a person's emotions are justifiable given a particular context. They show that babies understand how the meaning of an experience is directly linked to the expressions that follow.


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Autism Rates in the News:  Autism Rates Rise in U.S., Plateau in U.K.   

[Source:  The Washington Times] 


By Cheryl Wetzstein


In a finding researchers are still trying to understand, autism rates in British children appear to have plateaued in the past decade, according to a new study released Wednesday.

These findings differ from U.S. data, which estimate that the prevalence of the disorder is still rising in this country.


The authors of the new study in BMJ Open, an "open-access" medical journal put out by an arm of the British Medical Association, said that it was possible that increased public awareness and expanded diagnoses for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) led to increased diagnoses in the 1990s that 

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Holiday Themed Therapy Share of the Week:  Check Out Great Halloween Therapy Ideas on Instagram and Pinterest!  

Halloween is second only to Christmas for pediatric therapists when it comes to the great activities out there that make sessions fun.


Before the social media explosion, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and PTs had search the internet (and before that local filing cabinets!) for holiday themed activities.  Thanks to Pinterest, Instagram and the rest, no clinician should ever have to look far for interesting lessons!


Access These Resources Through a Link on our Blog

PediaStaff Therapist Placement of the Week:  In Beautiful Minnesota  

Congratulations to Megan T., on her SLP-CFY position at one of PediaStaff's public school-based clients in the Land Of Lakes - Minnesota! 

Megan will be working with "speech only" students as well as with children with multiple disabilities in an elementary school setting and also early childhood.   After she covers a maternity leave, Megan will support two or three elementary schools.


Great, job Megan!

Book Review:  Autism Sleeps  


Review by Margaret Rice


If you are like me, you have frequently had questions from parents regarding how to help their children with sensory processing difficulties fall asleep and to stay asleep.  Now there is Autism Sleeps, written by Ileana McCaigue, OTR, who has over 36 years of experience as an occupational therapist and she has sensory integration certification.


Autism Sleeps™ serves as a thorough resource of sleep sensory strategies and suggestions for preparing the "sleep environment". Sample bedtime and wake-up routines are provided as templates, especially to guide parents of children with sleep difficulties.


Read the Rest of This Review on our Blog

App of the Week:  Make a Zombie  

Most of the free Halloween Apps we have seen lately are great for younger kids, but not so exciting for the secondary school set.    "Make a Zombie" should fit the bill if you are looking for a creativity app you can use to encourage conversation and simultaneously work on emotions with your middle and high school students who are engaged by the "gross out factor!"


Download This App Through a Link on Our Blog

Fine Motor / Sensory Idea of the Week:  Candy Corn on the Cob

I saw this photo on a friend's FB page with a caption that said the cob/core is a banana. I googled it and found the original post on Instructables.com. The core is actually chilled sugar cookie dough. (There are egg free recipes) Marzipan is a great idea as well.

It looks like a "adult hostess" type craft the way its done in the picture and is probably too difficult for some of our clients/students, but it looks like it would be easy to adapt for a younger kid /special needs friendly version.


Read More About and How to Adapt This Craft on our Blog

Social Media Share of the Week:  Halloween Temporal Directions Activity

Seen on Ms. Lane's SLP Materials Blog, posted to Pinterest and then shared on Instagram - This worksheet has been wildly popular with hundreds of repins, likes and shares!


These "before" and "after" temporal directions have a Halloween theme.  For example: "After you touch the bat, touch the skeleton."  I like using these worksheets to target following directions with basic concepts from the CELF-4 assessment.  This is also a fun concept to target using real life objects


Download this Free Activity Through a Link on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Let them Solve Problems

Editor's Note:  Thank you to Your Therapy Source and Loren Shlaes for calling attention to this excellent blog post!


by Denita Dinger


For some reason, we adults feel we should come to the rescue of young children and solve problems for them.  Whatever the reason, whether we don't trust them, we don't want to listen to the tantrum that may follow, or we don't have time for them to struggle and work towards a solution, we are taking away a grand opportunity for authentic learning. I firmly believe that Children NEED opportunities to solve problems:


The problem:  Trillian walked too far with the pulley bucket....and now, the "pull" side is waaaaay up high, stuck.


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Focus on Bilingualism: Language Screening and Assessment in Bilingual Children

By: Virginia Li, Ashley Springer CCC-SLP, and Danielle Dietz CCC-SLP 

Approximately 1 in 5 school-age children in the United States speak a language other than English at home, up from 1 in 7 two decades ago [1]. As this demographic continues to grow, early childhood professionals need to develop more effective language screening and assessment methods for young bilingual children. The sooner language disorders are identified, the greater chance children have of improving with therapy. Developing better language evaluations will also  


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SLP Corner: Promises from a Speech Pathologist

by Melanie Feller, M.A., CCC-SLP


I will not say "use your words."
There are lots of ways to communicate.

I will not tell you to have quiet hands, a quiet mouth, or a quiet body.
Please feel free to move them all as you feel necessary.

I will not speak about you as though you are not there.


Read the Rest of This Beautiful, Original Poem on our Blog

Worth Repeating: "Blind Rage" in Children on the Autism Spectrum

[Source:  My Aspergers Child]


Some children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism are known for their "explosive" and "out-of-control" behavior. This is referred to as "blind rage." A blind rage is "blind" in the sense that the affected child may not be totally aware of his or her behavior during the rage episode.  It's a feeling of intense and growing anger that is associated with the fight-or-flight response, but should not be confused with temper tantrums or meltdowns. During a tantrum, the child is aware of his or her behavior and motives, whereas rage occurs in a semi-conscious state. Meltdowns are driven 

Also Worth Repeating: Two New Children's Books for Halloween Reviewed in the New York Times - 'Crankenstien' and 'Zombelina'

[Source:  The New York Times]

For parents, the scariest thing about Halloween is the lurking question: When kids choose their Halloween costumes, are they choosing their alter egos - or revealing their true selves? In two new picture books, "Crankenstein," written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat, and "Zombelina," by Kristyn Crow with pictures by Molly Idle, kids really are monsters and zombies - and not just on Oct. 31.


Crankenstein is the grumpiest kid ever. "Have you seen Crankenstein?" Berger writes. "Oh, you would totally know if you had. You would say, Good morning!! How are you? Crankenstein would say, MEHHRRRR!" The text of this book is simple but effective: 


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