May 30, 2014
Issue 22 Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday last weekend.  Please enjoy our slightly abbreviated newsletter this shortened week.  
 
News Items:
  • ADHD and Sensory Processing
  • Researchers to Study Whether Mobile Phones Affect Teenage Brains
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: (And a Great Chuckle to Close Out BHSM)
  • Brain's Visual System Also Processes Sound
  • Classroom Clutter a Distraction to Students?
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: EI in Dallas!
  • PediaStaff Interview Question of the Week:  Challenges
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Book of the Week:  Mouth With a Mind of Its Own
  • SLP Activity of the Week: Trash Talk! 
  • Featured Free App and a Review;  Soundable 

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  AAC and Personal Identity: Who Makes the Choice?
  • OT Corner: A Pediatric Occupational Therapist Makes the Case for Nature Therapy
  • SLP Corner: Seven Lessons for Newly-Minted SLPs
  • Worth Repeating: Instead of Framing 'Failure' As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words? 
  • Also Worth Repeating: What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
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ADHD and SPD in the News:  ADHD and Sensory Processing

[Source:  Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics  via Your Therapy Source]

Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics published research on whether 20 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at greater risk than 27 children without ADHD for problems with sensory processing.  In addition they investigated whether certain sensory systems were more closely associated with the core symptoms of ADHD, specifically inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity.

 

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The "Teenage Brain" in the News: Researchers to Study Whether Mobile Phones Affect Teenage Brains

[Source: Reuters]

 

British researchers are launching the largest study in the world to investigate whether using mobile phones and other wireless gadgets might affect children's brain development.

 

The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones, or SCAMP, project will focus on cognitive functions such as memory and attention, which continue to develop into adolescence - just the age when teenagers start to own and use personal phones.

 

While there is no convincing evidence that radio waves from mobile phones affect health, to date most scientific research has focused on adults and the potential risk of brain cancers.

 

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Feel Good Story of the Week:  (And a Great Chuckle to Close Out BHSM)  

Thank You to Melanie Coseo of the School-Based Speech and Language Therapy Group on Facebook for giving us permission to share this wonderful photo and story!   As you might guess, this post has picked up 806 likes on Facebook so far.   We all should have such amazing friends!

 

Take a Look (and Be Sure to Smile) on our Blog

Sensory Processing in the News:  Brain's Visual System Also Processes Sound 

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

New research finds that the visual cortex - a part of the brain that receives and processes information from the eyes - also processes sound information, which can create visual imagery.

 

Led by Lars Muckli, a professor in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow in the UK, the team reports its findings in the journal Current Biology.

 

The authors suggest processing auditory information enables the human visual system to predict incoming information, thus giving us a survival advantage, as Prof. Muckli explains:

 

"Sounds create visual imagery, mental images, and automatic projections. So, for example, if you are in a street and you hear the sound of an approaching motorbike, you expect to see a motorbike coming around the corner. If it turned out to be a horse, you'd be very surprised."

 
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Attention in the News:  Classroom Clutter a Distraction to Students?   

Editor's Note:  Small sample size, but definitely worth further study.  Phooey!

 

[Source:  Psych Central]

 

Elementary school classrooms often include a mosaic of art and educational material cluttering the room, covering walls and sometimes even glazing the ceiling.

 

But new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that too much of a good thing may end up disrupting attention and learning in young children.

 

Psychological researchers Dr. Anna V. Fisher, Karrie E. Godwin and Dr. Howard Seltman looked at whether classroom displays affected children's ability to maintain focus during instruction and to learn the lesson content. 


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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  EI in Dallas!  

Congratulations to Sherry P., on her part-time position through PediaStaff providing early intervention speech and language services to children in Dallas, Texas.

Sherry will be working as part of an interdisciplinary team serving kids with a wide variety of diagnoses including birth defects, sensory integration, feeding, swallowing, TBI and so on. This client is one of the largest non-profit organizations serving the DFW metroplex.

PediaStaff Interview Question of the Week:  Challenges  

Here is a sample interview question that you should think about before your next interview.    We recommend keeping a journal where you can write out the answers to questions like this, so that, when it is time for your next job search, you have a 'go-to book' of questions and answers - in your own words - that you can review before you go in for an interview!

 

"Describe a significant challenge you faced in your professional life and how you over came the obstacles to accomplish it anyway?"


Read the Question and Access our Interview Guide on Our Blog

Book of the Week:  Mouth with a Mind of Its Own  

Many times as a speech language pathologist I have worked with children who are very difficult to understand.  I have even acted as an interpreter for testing with one kiddo so I could help his teacher understand his responses. When they are little some of the sound errors are cute and we may smile and know that they will outgrow it just as fast as their clothes size changes.

Maybe you have worked with a child who had difficulty with consonant clusters for /r/ or /s/ and the substitutions can be interesting at times. Hence the title of this blog posting. I have had a few who used /f/ for /tr/ which caused a few gasps from grandparents or other relatives. Those are times I counsel parents and teachers on how to "interpret" and react. It is also a time to remind parents to let grandma know that he/she really is saying "truck."

 

Learn More About this Book on our Blog

SLP Activity of the Week:  Trash Talk  

Thank you to Nanette Cote of the Speech 2 Me blog (and @speech2me on Instagram) for posting her photo (left) of this great activity created by our mutual friend and crazy speech girl, Jenn Alcorn of Crazy Speech World! 

We would like to share with you Jenn's original post that she made about "Trash Talk" back in 2012.

 

Learn About this Fun Activity on our Blog

Featured Free App and a Review:  Soundable  

by Katie Millican, CFY-SLP

If you're currently in an SLP undergraduate or graduate program, Soundable  is your new  "Rosetta Stone´┐Ż" for learning phonetics. I distinctly remember meeting in empty rooms with my undergrad friends taking turns yelling out words, then seeing who could phonetically spell it out the quickest. If only we had this app back then. Sure, you could practice workbooks or beg a friend to study for hours in the library - BORING! Read the rest of this review, download the app, go about your business, and let's 

 

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: AAC and Personal Identity: Who Makes the Choice?

by Lucas Steuber, MA-T, MS SLP/CF in collaboration with other contributors. 

Before we start in earnest, I want you to look at the image to the right. This is the Patient Operated Selector Mechanism, or POSM for short. It was arguably the first augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) device, and it was designed in 1960 by Reg Malig, a research chemist who just happened to be visiting a hospital in the United Kingdom and noticed that individuals unable to speak had no way to communicate other than ringing a bell. He created the sip/puff interface, which was a way for people who could breathe on their own to scan and select along a typewriter keyboard. This foundational work essentially created the field of alternative communication - and while a lot has changed since then in terms of technology, a lot has stayed the same.

 

When we first thought about writing a piece on Alternative and Augmentative Communication, our first inclination was to write something about the variety of devices and access methods available on the market, the strengths and weaknesses of text vs. various icon setsrecent research regarding color groupings in eye gaze devices, the history of AAC in terms of technological development or in terms of legislation, culture, assessment, and intervention, or even the recent, exciting explosion of do-it-yourself assistive technology, a movement with which we are intimately involved.


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OT Corner: A Pediatric Occupational Therapist Makes the Case for Nature Therapy

by Angela Hanscom, OTR/L

When I tell people I'm a pediatric occupational therapist and that I run nature programming, a look of confusion often crosses their face. "Huh?" they say. Or, "You're a special needs camp?" Or, "I don't get it. You're going to do occupational therapy with our children?"

 

From the beginning, I quickly realized that the concept of  TimberNook is "out-of-the-box" thinking for many people. Some don't get it at first. The concept is totally foreign to them. Typically, when people think of occupational therapy, they automatically think of children with special needs. I've used my skills as an occupational therapist in an unconventional manner. I view nature as the ultimate sensory experience for all children and a necessary form of prevention for sensory dysfunction.


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SLP Corner: Seven Lessons for Newly-Minted SLPs

[Source:  ASHAsphere] 

 

by Pamela Wiley

 

It's graduation season and I can't help but notice all of the brand new speech-language pathologists coming out of graduate programs across the country. What's more is that I can't help but be so happy for them! Here's why: It seems as if it was just yesterday that I was a free spirited sophomore who decided to take a random class in phonetics. Little did I know this class would influence my life's work. The class was taught by a young Ph.D., Gloria Weddington, who helped to focus me and, much to my mother's delight, give me a purpose.

 

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Worth Repeating: Instead of Framing 'Failure' As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words?

[Source:  Mind Shift]  

 

By Rolin Moe

 

In recent months, authors, school districts, and big thinkers have promoted failure as a valuable experience for young people, specifically students. The premise behind this argument could be valuable, as evidence exists showing students do best when they have space to wrestle and struggle when engaged in trial and error, design-based or problem-based learning. These research-defined terms and approaches have a long and successful history in educational practice and outcomes. 

Also Worth Repeating: What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

[Source: North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
 
When deciding the best therapeutic intervention for your child, what type of treatment approach do you choose? Despite your willingness to try out mental health treatment, be cautious as not all service providers practice the same as they operate under different prisms of thought and philosophy. You may have received a recommendation for a cognitive behavioral approach for symptom reduction and have no clue how this differentiates from other modes of treatment.

 

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