September 16, 2016
Issue 37, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

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News Items:
  • Bilingualism May Enhance Focus & Attention
  • New Wheelchair Lets You Cruise Through Town Standing
  • 'Born This Way' Scores Emmy Win
  • Surprisingly Deep Similarities Found Across Thousands of Languages
  • Impact of Trisomy 21 on Interferon Signaling
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 Supplements Improves Reading for Children
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: School Speech-Language Pathologist - Reisterstown, MD
  • Hot Job - School Occupational Therapist - Cleveland, OH
  • Hot Job!! Special Education Teacher - San Jose, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Speechie Freebie! IEP Quick Sheet
  • 12+ Free Fall-Themed Printables
  • Fine Motor Fun: With Paint Samples
  • Sensory Play: Spiced Citrus Playdough Recipe
Articles and Special Features 
  • Literacy Corner: The Woolly Wisdom in the 'Llama Llama' Books
  • Autism Corner:  Life Animated!  A Must See New Documentary!
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: 5 Steps to Increase Communication This School Year
  • SLP Corner: Syllables
  • School Psych Corner: 6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know
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Bilingualism May Enhance Focus & Attention
[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism suggests bilingual individuals have an enhanced ability to maintain attention and focus.

Researchers believe this improved attentional control is part of the "bilingual advantage," rather than a better-than-average inhibitory control.

Scientists have observed that bilinguals possess cognitive advantages over those who only speak one language, but the nature of the advantage was unclear.

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New Wheelchair Lets You Cruise Through Town Standing
[Source: Reuters]

Israeli technology start-up UPnRIDE Robotics is launching an innovative upright, self-stabilizing wheelchair at a medical conference in Germany next month and the company hopes the device will hit the market next year.

Before then, UPnRIDE needs to pass two clinical trials, one with the U.S. veteran association in New York, to help it get regulatory approval and ensure health insurance companies can assist customers with the hefty price tag.

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'Born This Way' Scores Emmy Win 
[Source: Disability Scoop]

A reality show following the lives of seven young adults with developmental disabilities has come out on top, winning an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program.

The A&E hit "Born This Way" took home the prize Sunday night at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Surprisingly Deep Similarities Found Across Thousands of Languages

[Source: Medical News Today]
A recent study, the largest of its type, looks set to unhinge a commonly held linguistic theory. According to the results, the sounds of the words we use are much less random than previously thought.
For more than a century, linguists have believed that the relationship between the sound of a word and its meaning is arbitrary.

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Impact of Trisomy 21 on Interferon Signaling
[Source:  Science Daily]

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has funded a landmark study led by scientist Dr. JoaquĆ­n Espinosa, Associate Director for Science at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. 

The results of the study were published online by eLife, an open-access life sciences and biomedical research journal targeted at the very high end and run by scientists including Nobel Laureate and Editor-in-Chief, Randy Schekman. The journal was established by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust.

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Omega-3 and Omega-6 Supplements Improves Reading for Children
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may improve reading skills of mainstream schoolchildren, according to a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Children with attention problems, in particular, may be helped in their reading with the addition of these fatty acids.

The study included 154 schoolchildren from western Sweden in grade 3, between nine and ten years old. The children took a computer-based test (known as the Logos test) that measured their reading skills in a variety of ways, including reading speed, ability to read nonsense words and vocabulary.

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We have a wonderful school position for a Speech-Language Pathologist for the 2016-2017 school year in the Reisterstown area. This is a full-time opportunity for 37.5 hours per week. This is a great location near Baltimore but away from the big city traffic!
*  Job is at two schools - 3 days Elementary, 2 days High School
*  Therapist will provide direct service as well as evaluations and re-evaluations.
*  Children have varied types of disabilities including Autism.
*  Therapist will report directly to the Director of Special Education.

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We have a wonderful position with a school district east of Cleveland, Ohio that is looking for an Occupational Therapist to work 30-40 hours per week, depending on therapist preference. The therapist would service students from elementary school to middle school with a broad range of disabilities for the 2016-2017 school year. We are ready to start interviewing now! We have had a therapist extend her contract three years in a row, but she is retiring after this year.

*  The therapist will engage and treat children from elementary to middle school
*  Therapist will service children at two school sites in close proximity to one another
*  Children serviced will have a broad range of disabilities

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Wonderful opportunity for a Special Education Teacher this 2016/2017 school year in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley. Wineries and Tech Companies make Silicon Valley the place to be:
*  SDC-Mild/Moderate High School Age
*  School Year is through end of May
*  7.5 Hours per Day; Monday-Friday
*  Enjoy an excellent school district with supportive team.
*  Excellent pay rate and benefits

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Speechie Freebie! IEP Quick Sheet  
[Source: Teach Speech 365 via Speechie Freebies]

It's time to get organized for the new school year. I know some of you have already been in school for awhile by now, but students start after Labor Day where I am. This year, I decided to create something more streamlined to take to my IEP meetings. I wanted to have all my information organized and in one place. 

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[Source:  The Jenny Evolution]

Welcome Fall! Let's continue the learning fun with more than 10 free Fall printables!
From homeschooling moms to classroom teachers, I've got you covered with free Fall printable activities and posters. This post contains affiliate links.

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Fine Motor Fun: Fun With Paint Samples
I have so many fun toys and gadgets, there's no shortage of things to do!  But some of their favorites seem to be the simplest.  Today was no exception!  They saw my big bag of paint sample strips and got right to work with scissors and hole punches.

We came up with lots of fun ways to use the supplies.  Here were some of our favorites:

1)  Punch out circles or other shapes from the colorful paper.  Write the child's name on a piece of paper and have him cover the lines of the letters with the punched out shapes.
2) Punch out a variety of shapes from different colored paint samples.  Have the child sort the punches by shape or color.

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[Source:  Childhood 101]

We love to make homemade play dough - it's a whole lot cheaper than its commercially produced counterpart and making your own also means that you can easily enhance the sensory nature of the dough by experimenting with different combinations of scents, textures, colours and other visual elements (for example, adding glitter or glow in the dark paint). The combination of spices and citrus used in this blend makes this dough an aromatic feast for the senses. My four year old really enjoyed grinding the cloves and combining them with the nutmeg and cinnamon in our mortar and pestle - in fact, she loves to measure out all of the ingredients and add them to the pot!

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Literacy Corner: The Woolly Wisdom in the 'Llama Llama' Books
[Source:  New York Times]

by Perri Klass, M.D.

When I walked into the pediatric clinic yesterday morning, I went to the shelves where the volunteer readers keep their books, and pulled out a battered - in the sense of well-read and well-loved - copy of "Llama Llama Mad at Mama." Like Anna Dewdney's other stories, this o ne is funny and recognizable, as the young llama is dragged off, much against his will, for an expedition to the (yes!) Shop-O-Rama. Sure enough, things turn boring: "Look at knees and stand in line, Llama Llama starts to whine."

Autism Corner: Life Animated! A Must See New Documentary

Owen Suskind's world came to a halt in 1993. The toddler stopped talking, showing affection and engaging in the world around him.

His parents Ron and Cornelia Suskind took him to a doctor and heard a shattering diagnosis: regressive autism.

"We just  froze," Ron Suskind told  "Nightline." "The doctor started to explain, 'OK, this is going to change your life. He may never get his speech back. Many of the kids don't.'"

Pediatric Tx Corner: 5 Steps to Increase Communication This Year
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

There are many members of the special education team such as students, parents, teachers, teachers assistants, administrators and related service providers. Occupational and physical therapists usually make up a small but important group of the special education team. Some team members, especially therapists, can have a varied caseload with students from different classrooms, grades and even schools which translates into working with many school staff members. This can make it very difficult to communicate effectively with all team members for each student. Each team member brings a different perspective on the student.

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SLP Corner: Syllables
[Source: Speech Blog UK]

This is part of a series of posts on phonological awareness (listening to sounds).  This is a really important skill when working on speech sounds.  You can read our other posts on auditory discrimination and rhyming.  Today I'm going to focus on identifying the number of syllables in a word.

Syllables are the parts or beats in a word.  So for example, sy-lla-ble has 3 syllables. Clapping out or identifying the syllables in a word can be really useful for lots of children, in particular:-
School Psych Corner: 6 Myths About Suicide Everyone Should Know

Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. - the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues.
As we've reported all week, schools play a key role, along with parents and medical professionals, in identifying children who may be at risk of suicide. And one of the biggest challenges: myths that can cloud their judgment.

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