July 5, 2013
Weekly Edition 
Issue 20, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Holidays! 

I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July. 
Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering
 
News Items:
  • Early-Life Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Hyperactivity
  • Overeating Learned in Infancy, Study Suggests
  • 'Boys Will Be Boys' in U.S., but Not in Asia
  • Brain Dopamine Transporter Levels Increased By Long-term ADHD Treatment
  • In US, 20% Of Children Have A Mental Disorder
  • New Study Recommends Using Active Videogaming ('Exergaming') to Improve Children's Health
  • How Long Did Neandertals Breastfeed?
PediaStaff News and Resources
  • PediaStaff Shout Out of the Week:  Patrick Moon
  • PediaStaff Featured Jobs of the Week: SLPs for the "Gateway to the Shenandoah"  
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • OT Resource of the Week:  Pencil Grip 101 
  • OT Activity of the Week:  Water Drops on Wax Paper
  • Game Review for Speech and Language:  Scattergories - The Card Game
  • App Review of the Week: Story Wheel - Story Starter App

Articles and Special Features 

  • Focus on Bilingualism:  Free Resources for Working with Diverse Populations - Speech & Language Therapy (part 2 of 2) 
  • OT Corner:  Wearing Sensory Strategies
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: The Top 10 Tips For Purchasing An Adaptive Bike
  • Worth Repeating: The Teacher of Tomorrow - What makes a 21st Century Educator?
  • Also Worth Repeating: Are We Creating Readers or Scavengers?
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ADHD in the News: Early-Life Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Hyperactivity

[Source: Science Daily]

 

Early-life exposure to traffic-related air pollution was significantly associated with higher hyperactivity scores at age 7, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The research is detailed in a study being published Tuesday, May 21, in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

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Pediatric Eating Habits in the News:  Overeating Learned in Infancy, Study Suggests   

[Source: Science Daily]

 

In the long run, encouraging a baby to finish the last ounce in their bottle might be doing more harm than good. Though the calories soon burn off, a bad habit remains.

 

Brigham Young University sociology professors Ben Gibbs and Renata Forste found that clinical obesity at 24 months of age strongly traces back to infant feeding.

 

"If you are overweight at age two, it puts you on a trajectory where you are likely to be overweight into middle childhood and adolescence and as an adult," said Forste. "That's a big concern."

 

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Comparative Behavior in the News:  'Boys Will Be Boys' in U.S., but Not in Asia  

[Source: Science Daily]

A new study shows there is a gender gap when it comes to behavior and self-control in American young children - one that does not appear to exist in children in Asia.

 

In the United States, girls had higher levels of self-regulation than boys. Self-regulation is defined as children's ability to control their behavior and impulses, follow directions, and persist on a task. It has been linked to academic performance and college completion, in past studies by Oregon State

 

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ADHD in the News:  Brain Dopamine Transporter Levels Increased By Long-term ADHD Treatment  

[Source:  Science Daily]

Long-term treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with certain stimulant medications may alter the density of the dopamine transporter, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gene-Jack Wang and colleagues from Brookhaven National Laboratory and the intramural program at NIH.

 

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Pediatric Mental Health in the News:  In US, 20% Of Children Have A Mental Disorder   

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Nearly 20% of children in the United States suffer from a mental disorder, and the number has been increasing for over a decade, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

The report covered the topic of mental disorders among children aged 3 to 17 for the first time. The investigators found that childhood mental illnesses affect up to one in five children and cost close to $247 billion per year in medical expenses, juvenile justice, and special education.

 

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'Exergaming' in the News:  New Study Recommends Using Active Videogaming to Improve Children's Health    

[Source:  Science Daily]

 

Levels of physical inactivity and obesity are very high in children, with fewer than 50% of primary school-aged boys and fewer than 28% of girls meeting the minimum levels of physical activity required to maintain health. Exergaming, using active console video games that track player movement to control the game (e.g., Xbox-Kinect, Wii), has become popular, and may provide an alternative form of exercise to counteract sedentary behaviors. In a study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the effects of exergaming on children.


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Pediatric Anthropology in the News:  How Long Did Neandertals Breastfeed?     

[Source: ScienceMag.org]

 

Most child health experts agree that a minimum of 6 months of breastfeeding is essential for the welfare of growing babies, although how well such recommendations are carried out widely varies across the globe. Less is known about the breastfeeding habits of other primates-and much less still about those of prehistoric humans. A research team now reports a new technique for accurately detecting when babies were weaned, using chemical signatures in their teeth. The method was successfully applied to the tooth of a Neandertal child, raising the possibility that researchers could decipher the life histories of our  

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PediaStaff Shout Out of the Week:  Patrick Moon      

Editor's Note:  We just got the sweetest photo that we had to share with everyone!    

 

Patrick Moon is a bilingual PT that has been working for one of PediaStaff's school district clients in New Mexico for the past three years.   Our client would have kept him forever, except that Patrick is a missionary, and it is time for him to move on....to the island of East Timor between Indonesia and Australia!

   

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PediaStaff Featured Jobs of the Week:  SLPs for the "Gateway to the Shenandoah"       

Editor's Note:  We just got the sweetest photo that we had to share with everyone!    

 

Our client is a public school system located in the quad state area of the Eastern Panhandle in the state of WV.  Recognized as the fastest growing area in the state, it is known as the "Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley." The city is just 30 miles from Hagerstown, MD, and less than an hour's drive from Frederick, MD.  It offers a low cost of living in a family friendly, peaceful setting with quick and easy access to the larger cities of Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD.

 

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OT Resource of the Week:  Pencil Grip 101     

[Source:  The Anonymous OT] 

 

{If you aren't familiar with pencil grasps or the anatomy of the hand, you might want to check out my post, "When to Fix a Pencil Grasp" as an introduction.}

Suppose you have a child that can't hold a pencil correctly... what do you do? I see way too many people slap a grip on a pencil and declare, "Job done!". Yikes. There is actually much more to correcting a grasp than using a grip, but I'll get to that later. 

 

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OT Activity of the Week:  Water Drops on Wax Paper    

[Source:  Tot School]

Material:
  •     Wax paper.
  •     Permanent marker.
  •     Eye dropper (We found ours at Micheals, but you could also use an old Children's Tylenol bottle dropper.)
  •     Small bowl.
  •     Liquid water color or food coloring.
  •     A piece of blank paper.
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Game Review for Speech and Languge:  Scattergories - The Card Game   

[Source:  The Obfuscated Objective]

This week's game is Scattergories: The Card Game by Winning Move Games.

 

Variants/Expansions: None.

 

General Overview: Scattergories: The Card Game is a word-based party game for two or more players of age 8+. The game presents the players with two decks of cards - a category deck and a letter deck - and the top card of each deck is revealed to all players. The first player to slap the "I KNOW" card and provides something that starts with the letter and fits in the category gets to take either the category

 

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App Review of the Week:  Story Wheel - Story Starter App 

[Source:  The Speech2Me blog]

Like most SLP's out there, I have embraced using my iPad and educational apps both at home with my six year old and at work with several middle school clients. My favorite one for both age groups is, Story Wheel. I can't remember how I found it, but I know I was searching language apps, soon after getting my first iPad, when I stumbled upon this gem! Well, almost free! You get a couple story themes for free and

 

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Focus on Bilingualism: Free Resources for Working with Diverse Populations: Speech & Language Evaluations (part 2 of 2)

by Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP 

 

Understanding the influence of a second language on the development of communication has a huge impact on our caseload numbers and time we spend on evaluations.  Bilinguistics in Austin, Texas conducts hundreds of bilingual evaluations each school year and the following documents are at the heart of their referral and evaluation process.  All of these documents can be downloaded for free by clicking on the links on the blog post below.

 

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OT Corner: Wearing Sensory Strategies 

by Stacy Menz, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

Receiving proprioceptive input throughout the day is important for children who seek sensory input.  Sensory breaks are an important part of their day to assist with regulation so they can function in whatever situation they may be a part of.  That being said, it may not always be possible to get in the needed sensory break.  Here are some different options that may help them meet their sensory needs throughout the day:Hats: Tighter caps or hats can provide input to a child's head throughout the day. This is especially beneficial for prepping those kids that have difficulties tolerating hair cuts.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: The Top 10 Tips For Purchasing An Adaptive Bike

[Source:  Friendship Circle]

We all remember our first bike, in fact, it's one of the best parts about being a kid! Bikes give kids their own sense of freedom, pride and self assurance they just don't get in the same way in other areas. In addition to the fun, it's great socialization with friends, family and peers.

 

It goes without saying that kids with special needs are no different. In fact, an adaptive bike may even be more important as so many avenues available to other kids to socialize and exercise aren't as available for a children with limited mobility.


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Worth Repeating: The Teacher of Tomorrow - What makes a 21st Century Educator?

[Source:  Teachers with Apps]

Technology is only as good as the people who use it. Same as education is only as good as the people who teach. With rapid digital advances in personal computing and social networking, teachers need to adapt just as quickly to put these developments into good use in the classroom.
Technology makes the tools, but what are the general characteristics that make an effective educator for the 21st century?

Also Worth Repeating: Are We Creating Readers or Scavengers?

[Source: SmartBlog on Education]

by Fred Ende

 

I'm not a big fan of Seek & Finds. You know, the simple puzzles where you look at a word bank and then circle the word in a jumble of random letters and whatnot. It's not that I don't find them fun; it's just that they're pretty mindless. While I would agree that mindless activity may be necessary from time to time, we activate the lowest part of our cognitive being to complete these puzzles, focusing more on simple letter identification and pattern recognition than meaning and deep processing. Contrast that with crossword puzzles or logic exercises where we can almost feel our synapses firing and neurons carrying signals throughout our brains.

 
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