October 11, 2019
Issue 29, Volume 12
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • Tone of Voice and Teenagers
  • Study Finds Gaps In Medicaid Waivers
  • Disney World Disability Lawsuit Gets Feb 2020 Trial Date
  • Trump Signs Autism Act
  • CTE Risk, Severity Increases with Years Playing American Football
  • Gene Therapy for DMD Safely Preserves Muscle Function
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job! Case Manager-LBS1 Special Education Teacher
  • Hot, New Job! 2019/20 School-Based SLP - San Jose, CA
  • Hot, New Job!  School-Based SLP - Portsmouth, VA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Books About Pumpkins
  • App of the Week:  Make a Zombie
  • Halloween Articulation Game
  • Fall Theme Activities for Speech
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner: Touch, Feel and Sort Halloween Friends
  • Career Corner: Interview Question - Why Do You Want to Work for our School District?
  • SLP Corner: Improving Prosody in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Join? Why?
  • Adaptation Corner: Modification Ideas of Playground Play for Children
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Tone of Voice and Teenagers
[Source: Medical News Today]

For children, a parent's tone of voice can make all the difference to their emotions and responses. A recent study found that teens are far less likely to respond to their mother if she uses a "controlling" tone of voice.

The study, which Dr. Netta Weinstein of Cardiff University led, involved more than 1,000 people aged 14-15 years.

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Study Finds Gaps In Medicaid Waivers
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

The services provided through Medicaid waivers to children with the most severe disabilities vary wildly from state to state, researchers say, leaving many families to pick up the pieces.
Just 1 percent of children are considered medically complex, but spending on care for this group through Medicaid waivers tops $48 billion annually. However, a new analysis looking at 142 waivers from 45 states finds significant differences in how this money is spent.

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Disney World Disability Lawsuit Gets Feb 2020 Trial Date
[Source: Orlando Sentinel]

After a five-year court battle, a federal lawsuit demanding that people with autism go the front of the line at Disney World rides is going to trial in February, a judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Anne Conway set a four-day, non-jury trial in Orlando to start Feb. 18, according to court documents filed last month.

Trump Signs Autism Act
[Source: Disability Scoop]

With little time to spare, President Donald Trump approved an extension of the nation's primary autism law, authorizing $1.8 billion in spending on the developmental disorder in the coming years.
Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support, or Autism CARES, Act, late Monday. Without action, the prior incarnation of the legislation was set to expire at the end of September.

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CTE Risk, Severity Increases with Years Playing American Football
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

The risk and severity of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) increases with the number of years playing American football according to a new study that appears online in Annals of Neurology. These findings reaffirm the relationship between playing tackle football and CTE, and for the first time quantify the strength of that relationship.

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Gene Therapy for DMD Safely Preserves Muscle Function
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

A gene therapy being developed at Penn Medicine to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) successfully and safely stopped the severe muscle deterioration associated with the rare, genetic disease in both small and large animal models, according to a first-of-its-kind study from Penn Medicine researchers. The findings, published online today in Nature Medicine, puts the field within 

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We are seeking a Case Manager-LBS1 Special Education teacher to work in an elementary setting from now until April 2020 in the vicinity of Bolingbrook, IL!  If you are looking to work in a great environment with a younger population and you have Case Management skills, apply today!

*  You will begin work as soon as possible
*  You will work until April 2020 filling a leave of absence
*  You will work with an all elementary population
*  You will need to schedule and facilitate IEP and eligibility conferences
*  You will need some previous Case management skills or be familiar with the duties of

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Are you wanting a position in gorgeous San Jose, California? We need a fantastic Speech-Language Pathologist to start as soon as possible. You will work 20 minutes from downtown San Jose

*  One full-time Speech-Language Pathologist needed to start as soon as possible and work for the remainder of the school year
*  SLP will work 7.5 Hours per Day, ideally Monday through Thursday or Monday through Friday

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Would you consider a short term SLP contract In a waterfront community? Great opportunity for a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Portsmouth, VA area to cover for a maternity leave from now until February 2020. This old Virginia seaport city thrives on its rejuvenation, inviting people from all over the world to call it home.

*  Short term contract SLP position from now until February 2020
*  Speech-language pathologist will work 37.5 hours per week: 7.5 hours per day.
*  The caseload will be with preschoolers and elementary students
*  Team-oriented, Supportive Staff

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Books About Pumpkins
[Source:  Pre-K Pages]

Fall is a great time to read about pumpkins. Pumpkins connect with a farm or harvest theme, can connect with Halloween, and can even lead to talking about Thanksgiving. Here are some favorite books about pumpkins to build background knowledge and encourage literacy skills in the process.

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App of the Week: Make a Zombie
[Source: TeachHub]

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!"

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Halloween Articulation Game
Source: Various/Unknown - We found several variations of this game on the web without any author attribution]

Fold an orange piece of paper into nine squares. Choose words from the speech sounds the child is working on. (See the list below for ideas.) Print one word in each square. Then number the corner of each square 1-2-3-4. Place a small piece of Halloween candy (M&M, Skittles, candy corn, etc.) on each square.

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Fall Theme Activities for Speech
[Source: Crazy Speech World]

This week in speech, we had a fall theme since we are now "officially" in the season...I use this loosely because it is 90 degrees around here and flip flops and shorts are still in full swing ��  Nevertheless, I busted out some fun activities to get us in the mood!  Here is what we did....

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OT Corner:  Touch, Feel and Sort Halloween Friends
[Source: Miss Mancy's Blog]

Halloween is a great time to push children's sensory boundaries! There are so many gooey, gross activities you can do with them. I like to start with something simple that may feel a little odd to some children but definitely works on their tactile discrimination skills. This means they use their fingers to find their way around.

Interview Question:   Why Do You Want to Work for our School District?
Why do you want to work for our school district?

Here is a great question that definitely requires your advance preparation for each individual interview.   In general, you can answer most questions the same way throughout your job search.   Not so, this one, because every district is different.  Your ability to give a specific answer tailored to the particular district will show that you really ARE interested, and didn't just throw your a handful of your resumes at a wall to see what would stick. 

SLP Corner: Improving Prosody in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
By: Sarah M. Gee, MS, CCC-SLP

What is prosody?

When it comes to childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), many therapists are stumped. Even after helping a child find some words, there can be other problems including grammar delays and underdeveloped prosody. Prosody is loosely defined as the melody of speech. That melody is made up of several components: volume, rate, pitch, intonation, stress patterns, and general speech flow.

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Join? Why?
Editor's Note:  This article was written by an SLP, but is relevant and important for all pediatric therapists and clinical professionals!   Get Connected!

by Annie Doyle, CCC-SLP

I will admit it, for many years I was not a member in my local state speech and language association. When we first moved to New Hampshire I joined in an effort to connect with other speechies.  I had moved from New Jersey, and NJSLHA was very active.  The membership was strong and a bevy of professional development opportunities were offered.  New Hampshire just seemed...a little slower to me.  After several years I allowed my membership to lapse and I noticed no difference.  I became one of the many who uttered the words, "What has the organization done for me?"  I did my job, connected with only a few SLPs in our SAU, and saved $60.00 per year (yes only $60.00).

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Adaptation Corner:  Modification Ideas of Playground Play for Children
[Source: Growing Hands-On Kids]

Playgrounds are usually a very popular activity among younger and school age children. My daughter always asks to go to the park and she loves checking out new playgrounds in the area. For some children however, playing on a typical playground can be challenging because of special needs, sensory processing concerns or developmental delays. I am teaming up with some therapy bloggers today to discuss playgrounds and I will be sharing some modifications of playground play and equipment for children.

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