March 27, 2015
Issue 12, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!  
News Items:
  • AFO's and Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Finding a New Test for Children with Concussions
  • Physical Symmetry Linked to Faster Reactions, Study Shows
  • Movie Featuring Actor With Down Syndrome Set For Wide Release
  • Study Probes Brain Networks in Anorexia
  • Autistic and Non-Autistic Brain Differences Isolated for First Time
Hot Jobs 
  • PediaStaff Placement of the Week: SLP in Delaware!
  • Hot Job: Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - Portland, OR
  • Hot Job! Contract Pediatric Outpatient COTA - Ozark, AL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Book Review: The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide
  • Spring Break/Easter Visual Support Templates and Tips
  • App Review: iDo Hygiene App
  • Fine Motor Activity of the Week:  Simple Origami Butterfly

Articles and Special Features 

  • Autism Corner: Father Inspired After Child's Autism Improved by Course of Antibiotic
  • Career Corner: Should I become an SLP?
  • SLP Corner: 3 April Fool's Day Pranks To Play on Your Students in Speech Therapy
  • PT Corner: Upper and Lower Limb Reduction Defects
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  April Fool's Day!
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AFO's and Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

[Source:  Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation via Your Therapy Source]


The Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published a retrospective analysis on the effects of ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) on the gait of children with diplegic cerebral palsy.  Data was analyzed from 601 visits of 378 children with a diagnosis of diplegic cerebral palsy.  


The children either wore a solid AFO, hinged AFO or posterior leaf spring AFO design.  Each child had a three dimensional gait analysis when walking barefoot and with AFOs.  Data was recorded for Gait Deviation Index (GDI), ankle Gait Variable Score (GVS), knee GVS,
nondimensional (ND) speed, and ND step length.


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Finding a New Test for Children with Concussions

[Source:  Science Daily]


Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, are working to develop a much needed tool for helping diagnose concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries suffered by thousands of young Canadians - hockey and football players among them. Post-concussion symptoms can include physical ailments, emotional disturbances and sleep disruption. Objective methods for predicting how severely mild brain trauma can affect a young person's brain are sorely needed. The potential for harmful effects is especially real in the case of 


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Physical Symmetry Linked to Faster Reactions, Study Shows

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Children with more symmetrical hands have speedier mental responses than others, according to a study.


Children with balanced physical proportion on their left and right hands were able to react more quickly in mental tests. This was true even after accounting for age and gender differences, researchers found.


Researchers say the findings suggest a connection from an early age between bodily symmetry and mental performance.


Previous studies have already revealed a link between bodily symmetry and mental performance in old age, as men with more symmetrical faces are less likely to experience a slow down of brain power in later life.


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Movie Featuring Actor With Down Syndrome Set For Wide Release

[Source: Disability Scoop] 


A film starring a man with Down syndrome is set for a nationwide release this spring.

"Where Hope Grows" is expected to appear on about 300 screens across the country when it is released May 15.


Central to the story is a grocery-store worker named Produce, played by David DeSanctis who has Down syndrome.


In the film, Produce strikes up an unlikely friendship with a professional baseball player who was sent into early retirement after having panic attacks at the plate.


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Study Probes Brain Networks in Anorexia

[Source:  Psych Central]

New research, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, investigates the neurobiological mechanisms associated with the ability of individuals with anorexia (AN) to avoid food.

Investigators believe the knowledge of how anorexics are able to resist food may be applied to issues of obesity and over-eating.

In the study, Drs. Christina Wierenga, Walter Kaye, and colleagues discovered new insights on the brain mechanisms that may contribute to the disturbed eating patterns of anorexia.


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Autistic and Non-Autistic Brain Differences Isolated for First Time

[Source:  Medical News Today]


The methodology can potentially isolate the areas of the brain involved with other cognitive problems, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia.


The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have been isolated for the first time, following the development of a new methodology for analyzing MRI scans.


Developed by researchers at the University of Warwick, the methodology, called Brain-Wide Association Analysis (BWAS), is the first capable of creating panoramic views of the whole brain and provides scientists with an accurate 3D model to study.

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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  SLP in Delaware! 

Congratulations to Emily M., of New Jersey on her new position with PediaStaff's outpatient and early intervention client in Delaware.

She will be working in a community based setting treating kids with disabilities.  Speech and hearing therapy services provided will focus on enhancing or restoring limited or lost communicative skills or swallowing capabilities lost due to trauma, disease, aging or congenital abnormality.   Emily will be: 

  • Addressing disabilities in children, including articulation disorders, language delay and stuttering;
  • Providing care for communication disorders, stuttering and cognitive impairment;
  • Improving oral-motor, swallowing, and respiratory skills;
  • Providing augmentative and alternative communication systems to individuals who cannot rely on speech as a means of communication.

Congratulations, Emily!!

Hot Job: Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - Portland, OR

PediaStaff is seeking a full time Speech-Language Pathologist for the bustling Greater Portland area.  What greater reward than helping a child during his/her first few years of life?  You will be assigned a caseload of children ages birth to 5.  Your role will be to work collaboratively with parents and other caregivers to incorporate intervention strategies into the child's daily routines through education, training, and support. 

The end goal will be to foster the growth and developmental potential for each child. The work is done in home and community based settings.  This position offers lots of scheduling flexibility with no two days looking the same. This is a contract position and we offer excellent pay based on your experience, plus benefits. 


Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Hot Job! Contract Pediatric Outpatient COTA - Ozark, AL  

Now hiring a contract COTA for a temporary position in South Alabama.  This is a fabulous opportunity to work in a variety of settings: Clinic, Early Intervention, and School.  Learn more about our spacious facility and providing quality pediatric care in a reputable organization by applying with us now.

Full Benefits including medical, dental, disability, paid time off, etc.  Temp housing if needed.


Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Book Review:  The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide  

A survival kit is typically full of many items to help a person withstand adverse or unusual conditions.

Many teenagers with Asperger's are continually trying to figure out how to exist in a predominantly neurotypical world.


Enter: An intriguing book titled:  The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide - Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger's Syndrome. 


Read the Rest of this Review on our Blog

Resources of Week:  Spring Visual Support Templates & Tips  

Being prepared for a week off of school and Easter events will help make your holiday less stressful. Here are a few visuals supports to make it a fun time for all, including: a Social Story for Spring Break with calendar pics, Easter Vocabulary pics, and a set of pics for Making Easter Eggs. Plus, an Easter holiday celebration social story with a picture card set.


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App Review:  iDo Hygiene App  

[Source:  OTs with Apps]

iDo Hygiene is a new app providing instruction, video and games to learn personal hygiene. Included is an option to create your own images in the 12 hygiene areas. Created by the Center for Educational Technology for individuals with cognitive impairment, autism and other special needs, it features the following 12 self-care tasks:


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Fine Motor Activity of the Week: Simple Origami Butterfly  

[Source: Red Ted Art]


Red Ted Art has some fantastic crafts.  Many of them are too hard for some of our clients, but others are perfect.   Simple Origami is one of the best activities out there.  Here is one that is perfect for spring fine motor and fantastic for following directions.


Watch the Video How to Make an Origami Butterfly Through a Link on our Blog

Autism Corner: Father Inspired After Antibiotics Helped Autism

[Source:  Medical News Today]

John Rodakis' son was prescribed a 10-day course of amoxicillin, one of the most frequently usedantibiotics in the US, and within just 4 days of commencing the treatment, changes were observed in his autism symptoms.

"[He] began making eye contact, which he had previously avoided; his speech, which was severely delayed, began to improve markedly; he became less 'rigid' in his insistence for sameness and routine; and he also displayed an uncharacteristic level of energy, which he had historically lacked," explains Rodakis.

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Career Corner: Should I become an SLP?

[Source:  The Bilinguistics Blog]


Here is an honest look as to why you might want or not want to become a speech pathologist.

Do you want to get a speech pathologist talking?  Ask them why they like their job.  The reasons abound as to why becoming a speech pathologist is a great idea and we are statistically one of the happiest professions.  Here are just a few reasons:

  • Good Pay
  • Good hours
  • Longevity
  • The ability to change directions in your career and remain a speech pathologist
  • The ability to contribute to a growing body of medical knowledge
  • Individual freedom

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SLP Corner: 3 April Fool's Day Pranks To Play in Speech Therapy

by Eric Raj, M.S. CCC-SLP 

Pop quiz: What's the name of the silly and mischievous holiday that's celebrated each year on April 1st? If you guessed April Fool's Day, give yourself a round of applause because you nailed it. Great job!


I can still remember how fun April Fool's Day was back when I was a child.


That day was the best. My elementary school teachers would always pull hilarious pranks on us students. These pranks were not malicious at all, far from it. They were tasteful and had the ability to make each and every youngster in the class laugh out loud. Ah, thinking about those wonderful April Fool's Day memories seriously causes me to smile ear to ear.


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PT Corner: Upper and Lower Limb Reduction Defects

[Source:  Beyond Basic Play]

Since Microsoft's Super Bowl commercial highlighted the life of a boy with congenital limb loss, I thought I would discuss the diagnosis here and share some resources for kiddos with limb loss.

Upper and lower limb reduction defects occur when a part of or the entire arm (upper limb) or leg (lower limb) of a fetus fails to form completely during pregnancy. The defect is referred to as a "limb reduction" because a limb is reduced from its normal size or is missing.

Pediatric Therapy Corner: April Fool's Day!

Editor's Note:  April Fool's Day can be annoying for educators, but it can facilitate lively classroom discussion.  Here are some ideas from Edutopia! 

[Source:  Edutopia] 

April Fool's Day has a long and illustrious history of pranks both large and small - so much so, that sometimes real news stories published on April 1st get written off as fake. For teachers and students, it can be a chance to blow off some steam. There's no denying that sometimes it can go too far - which probably makes more than a few educators glad when it falls on a weekend!

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