February 1, 2013
Weekly Edition 
Issue 4, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
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Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.  Have a great weekend!
 
News Items:
 
  • Type Of Anesthetic Used, Number Of Exposures And Age Contribute To Risk Of Inflammation, Cognitive Deficits  
  • Stimulator Device Offers Treatment Option for Children With Incontinence   
  • On Japan's School Lunch Menu: A Healthy Meal, Made from Scratch
  • Inflammation During Pregnancy Linked To Autism Risk
  • The Tweet & Greets Are Up! Meet the #SLPeeps That Attended ASHA 2012
  • Disabled Students Must be Given Sports, Says Education Dept.   
  • Obesity May Increase Risk of Multiple Sclerosis in Children and Teens
  • Long-Delayed School Snack Rules to Come Soon: Vilsack
  • Governors Tackling Early-Childhood Education in Budget Proposals 

Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Product / Site Review of the Week: TheRhythmTree.com
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: Valentine's Day Therapy Ideas and Treats 
  • Therapy Resources of the Week: Two Great Resources for Free Social Stories
  • App of the Week: BrainPop Junior Movie of the Week

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Beware Scams Targeting Private Therapy Providers
  • SLP Corner: Empower Your Families
  • OT/PT Corner: Effective Service Coordination for Students with Acquired Brain Injury or ABI in School  
  • Worth Repeating: 7 Common Myths of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Also Worth Repeating: The Motherlode of Organization
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Effects of Anesthesia in the News: Type Of Anesthetic Used, Number Of Exposures And Age Contribute To Risk Of Inflammation, Cognitive Deficits  

[Source:  Medical News Daily]

 

Several studies have found evidence that children who undergo repeated surgical operations with general anesthesia before the age of 4 may be at an increased risk for learning disabilities. In the March issue of Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report an animal study indicating that several factors - age, the specific anesthetic agent used and the number of doses - combine to induce impairments in learning and memory accompanied by the inflammation of brain tissue. An

Incontinence Treatment in the News:  Stimulator Device Offers Treatment Option for Children With Incontinence

[Source:  Science Daily]

 

Incontinence is typically a condition associated with adults; however, many children also struggle with incontinence - bladder, bowel or both. In order to help these children, doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital have turned to a device, typically used in adult patients, to help manage children with chronic incontinence.

 

The sacral nerve stimulator is a surgically implanted device that helps regulate the bowel muscles and/or urethral (bladder) sphincter to control fecal and urine flow. The implantation of the device and ongoing medical management address the communication problem between the brain and the nerves

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Pediatric World News:  On Japan's School Lunch Menu: A Healthy Meal, Made from Scratch

Thanks Again Loren Shlaes of Pediatric OT Blog for this thought provoking article.  Ah to dream of this here in the States.

[Source:  The Washington Post]

By Chico Harlan

 

In Japan, school lunch means a regular meal, not one that harms your health. The food is grown locally and almost never frozen. There's no mystery in front of the meat. From time to time, parents even call up with an unusual question: Can they get the recipes?"Parents hear their kids talking about what they had for lunch," said Tatsuji Shino, the principal at Umejima Elementary School in Tokyo, "and kids ask them to re-create the meals at home."Japan takes

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Autism in the News: Inflammation During Pregnancy Linked To Autism Risk

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Maternal inflammation during early pregnancy may be related to an increased risk of autism in children, according to new findings supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found this in children of mothers with elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), a well-established marker of systemic inflammation.

 

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#SLPeeps in the News:  The Tweet & Greets Are Up! Meet the #SLPeeps That Attended ASHA 2012   

The Tweet & Greets that the #SLPeeps recorded at ASHA 2012 are finally up!  Special thanks to Ahmed in our office who painstakingly uploaded each and every one of them during the past month.  Sorry for the delay.  We had some technical problems getting them all up but we did it!

 

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Disability Policy in the News:  Disabled Students Must be Given Sports, Says Education Dept.  

[Source:  NBC News]

 

By Tracy Connor

 

The feds are ordering schools across the country to make "reasonable" changes to sports programs so that disabled students can play - or else create separate teams for them.

The new guidance from the Education Department issued Friday was hailed by advocates for the disabled but denounced by a conservative think-tank that said it could cost big bucks for cash-strapped schools.

 

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Pediatric MS in the News:  Obesity May Increase Risk of Multiple Sclerosis in Children and Teens  

[Source: Science Daily.com]

 

Being obese may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in children and teenage girls, according to new research published in the January 30, 2013, online issue of Neurology�, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

 

"Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled," said study author Annette Langer-Gould, MD, PhD, with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation in Pasadena and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "In our study, the risk of pediatric MS was highest among moderately and extremely obese teenage girls, suggesting that the rate of pediatric MS cases is likely to increase as the childhood obesity

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Education Policy in the News:  Long-Delayed School Snack Rules to Come Soon: Vilsack   

[Source:  Reuters]

 

After more than a year's delay, American schools will soon see new U.S. government rules targeting the kinds of snacks sold to students, a move nutritionists say could play an important role in fighting childhood obesity.

 

Anxious schools have waited more than a year to find out how sales of potato chips, candy bars, sodas and similar treats to students will be restricted. These rules on food sold outside traditional cafeteria meals are a key part of the first major overhaul on school food in more than three decades.


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Early Intervention in the News:  Governors Tackling Early-Childhood Education in Budget Proposals    

[Source:  Education Week, Early Years Blog]

 

By Christina Samuels

Governors around the country are outlining their priorities for the next budget year, and for several of those states, early-childhood education is at or near the top of the list.

It's "unprecedented" to see this level of activity in the states, said Kris Perry, the new executive director of the First Five Years Fund, in a conversation she and I had last week. "I personally couldn't be happier to see states stepping up individually."

Deval L. Patrick, the Democratic governor of Massachusetts, may have put forward one of the most extensive plans: In his Jan. 16 budget address, he called for spending nearly $57

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Product / Site Review of the Week:  TheRhythmTree.com    

By: Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L

As an OT, I'm always looking for different ideas and techniques to add to my therapy "toolbox," and I recently discovered an amazing music therapy website that provides a ton of wonderful tips, suggestions, and videos! Ryan Judd, Board Certified Music Therapist, created TheRhythmTree.com and he recently began offering a wonderful DVD kit that includes a variety of songs, 3 sets of instruments, and a guidebook with song lyrics.

 

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Pinterest Pinboard of the Week:  Valentine's Day Therapy Ideas and Treats    

Are Your Kiddos Excited about Valentine's Day already?   Well, worry not about having enough themed activities to keep them busy!

Please enjoy the great big Valentine's Day Therapy Activities and Treats Pinterest Pinboard we have compiled, now in year two, with 493 pins and counting!

 

Check out this Pinboard Through a Link our Blog

Therapy Resources of the Week:  Two Great Resources for Free Social Stories   

Thank you One Place for Special Needs for featuring their "Complete Guide to Social Stories" in their weekly newsletter.

"We've scoured the Internet to come up with the most complete list of free social stories covering everything from behavior to toilet training. We also have included stories showing sequential processing, the steps for what to expect in a variety of activities. Some are text only and others include pics. Please rate these resources on our site so others can find the best stories first."

PediaStaff also has a tremendous collection of social stories on our Pinterest "Social Stories Pinboard."  Recent additions include over 30 free social stories culled from the Teachers Pay Teachers site.

 

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App of the Week:  BrainPop Junior Movie of the Week   

[Source:  Apps for Homeschooling]

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week is a truly unique app in that it covers a great width and breadth of common knowledge-based topics in the early grades through high interest animated shorts.  Each week a free Movie of the Week becomes available to anyone who has the app installed.  This short educational movie is chosen from one of the hundreds available from BrainPOP Jr. and made free for one

Learn More About this App on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Beware Scams Targeting Private Therapy Providers

by Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP

 

Internet scams targeting Physical, Speech, Behavior, and Occupational Therapists are on the rise. Last year, I received 3 different scams via email.

 

Initially, I was shocked that I, along with other Therapists across the United States and Canada, were being targeted for our specific services. After the shock subsided, I realized that it made perfect sense. We, as Therapists, are ideal targets. We have big hearts, want to see people improve, and we can be ...well, there is no easy way to put this, a little on the verbose side. We

 

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SLP Corner: Empower Your Families

by Carrie Clark, MA CCC-SLP

 

I have always noticed that the children on my caseload with the most involved and devoted families make the fastest progress.  These are the parents who are always asking for homework and talking about the little milestones they saw at home over the weekend.  They work with their children at home to improve their speech and language skills and will readily attempt any activities I give them.  I love these families!  Unfortunately, they seem to be few and far between.  I often find myself thinking "Man, if all of my families worked this hard on speech at home, my job would be a lot easier!"  I know that for some of our families, this is just never going to happen.  They have too

 

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OT/PT Corner: Effective Service Coordination for Students with Acquired Brain Injury or ABI in School     

Katherine A. Kimes, Ed.D., CBIS

Changes in a student's physical well-being, cognition, emotional and psychosocial behaviors after a traumatic (TBI) or acquired brain injury  (ABI) can stigmatize the child in school. Therefore, it is important to address all these areas within the education system through effective service coordination.  The key to successful in-school service coordination is to help provide an enriching learning environment.

 

The foundation that fosters effective service coordination 
Three essential factors need to be working in conjunction to establish the foundation for the successful coordination of in-school services and supports. It is important that these factors work together in order for service coordination to be effective and sustainable.  The building blocks of 

 

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Worth Repeating: 7 Common Myths of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

[Source:  Special Education Advisor.com]

By Melanie Feller, M.A., CCC-SLP

 

Proper diagnosis of a language concern is crucial to effective and appropriate treatment. Childhood apraxia of speech (aka developmental apraxia of speech/dyspraxia/verbal apraxia) is frequently both over, and under-diagnosed.  Ineffective and inefficient treatment can result.

Introduction:


Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a difficulty coordinating and planning out the production of sounds.  It is a disorder of motor planning. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but can't get his or her mouth to do what the brain wants.

 

Specific signs of CAS include, but are not limited to:

Limited babbling/sentence production: In younger children, they may not babble much and

Also Worth Repeating: The Motherlode of Organization

[Source:  ASHAsphere]

Reprinted with express permission as the article appeared on ASHAsphere

by Karen Dickson, MA, CCC-SLP

I was talking recently to another SLP and of course we were exchanging ideas about how to get organized at the beginning of the year. So I thought I'd share my tried-and-true system with you. It has taken me several years to get to this point, and it will likely continue to evolve.

  

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