January 26, 2017
Issue Number 4, Volume 11
It's All About the Choices!     

Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Study of Learning and Memory Problems Helps Young People Unlock Potential
  • Nutrients in First 1000 Days of Life Key for Neurodevelopment
  • Film Starring Actors with ASD Coming to the Big Screen
  • Songbirds May Hold the Secret to how Babies Learn to Speak
  • Study Finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Cost-Effective
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Hot, New Job: School-Based SLP and SLPA - Boston, MA
  • Hot, New Job: Early Intervention OT - Chicagoland, IL
  • Hot, New Job: School Nurse - Monroe, WA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • I Spy Exercise Movement and Visual Perceptions Freebie
  • Crayon Scratch Art
  • Product Review: Domino Rally Treasure Hunt
  • What is Treacher Collins Syndrome?
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: Othello - A Speech Strategy
  • OT Corner:  Teaching to Close Small Buttons
  • School Psych Corner: What are Cluster B Personality Disorder?
  • PT Corner: Using a Treadmill for Walking Quality
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  The Impact of ADHD on Stuttering Therapy
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Study of Learning and Memory Problems in OCD Helps Young People Unlock Potential
[Source:  Science Daily]

OCD in children and adolescents is a distressing condition, which is often chronic and persists into adulthood. Almost 90% of these young patients have problems at school, home, or socially; with difficulties doing homework and concentrating at school being the two most common problems. Children and adolescents are well set up for learning and, indeed, can quickly pick up new foreign languages, computing skills or motor tasks, such as riding a bike, much quicker than older adults. But if an adolescent is not learning well in school, they are likely to become stressed and anxious.

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Nutrients in First 1000 Days of Life Key For Neurodevelopment
[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, M.D., and Michael K. Georgieff, M.D., from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, address maternal prenatal nutrition and children's nutrition in the first two years of life (1,000 days) and its long-term impact.
The researchers note that nutritional status during this period may program child and adult health risks, including obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Calories are essential for fetal 

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Film Starring Actors With ASD Coming To The Big Screen
[Source:  Disability Scoop]

A feature film starring multiple people with autism is headed for a national release.
The distribution company Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to "Keep The Change," a romantic comedy focusing on the relationship that blossoms between David and Sarah, two young adults on the spectrum who meet at a support group.

The film will be featured at the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival before opening March 16 in New York. A national expansion will follow, Kino Lorber said.

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Songbirds May Hold the Secret to how Babies Learn to Speak
[Source: Science Daily]

The explanation for how people learn complex behaviors, such as speech, might be found in a new study of songbirds by scientists at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
"One hypothesis to explain speech development is that the sound of each word creates a memory, or template in the brain," says Sarah Bottjer, a professor of biological sciences and psychology at USC Dornsife College and an author of the study. "That template becomes the internal recording a baby uses, as its goal, to say the word."

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Study Finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Cost-Effective
[ Source: Medical X-Press]
Cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT) delivered in a primary care setting is a cost-effective way to treat adolescents with depression who decline or quickly stop using antidepressants, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

This work builds upon previous research, also published in Pediatrics, showing that CBT improved time to diagnostic recovery from major depression for teenagers who received CBT in their primary care clinic. Participants who received CBT learned how to modify their behaviors, challenge their unrealistic and negative beliefs, and think more positively.

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We are searching for a speech-language pathologist for a part-time contract assignment in a private school setting located about 25 minutes southeast of Boston. The therapist will work 3 days/week, up to 7 hours/day. This assignment begins as soon as possible and ends the first week of August.
In this position, you will have the opportunity to:

* Work with children ages 3-21 who face complex challenges and have unique learning needs
* Recognize the potential in these students through a personalized approach to special education

Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog
Early Intervention Speech Therapy Services are in high demand throughout the greater Chicago region of Illinois.  Are you looking to add some hours to your practice? Have you looked into becoming credentialed in EI or do you already hold that certification? We're here to tell you about a growing company with a huge heart...

* You'll have plenty of opportunity to work as much or as little as you'd like in your own backyard or in an area on your way to or from your current job.

* We offer competitive visit rates for both treatment and meeting time
* You'll receive tons of support via the many channels that are offered by this provider whose practice has spanned over 10 years in the area

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Are you looking for a School Nurse opportunity where you can work 1 to 1 with a student? We need a fabulous School Nurse (LPN) to contract 5 days per week for 7 hour days Monday through Thursday and 6 hour days on Fridays. This is for the remainder of school year 2017-2018.

* You will need to have experience working with children
* This is a 1:1 position working with a high school student
* This is a full-time position for 7 hours per day
* We offer excellent hourly rates based on your experience

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I Spy Exercise Movement and Visual Perceptions Freebie
[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Are you looking for a no-prep visual discrimination, visual motor, body awareness and exercise activity?  Here is a one-page black and white I Spy Exercise activity for you (download the freebie at the end of the post).

Print the activity and give to the child with crayons, markers or colored pencils including each color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).  Look for each cartoon character pictured at the bottom of the page.  Once you find it, color in the t-shirt the correct color and copy the exercise that the character is performing.

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Crayon Scratch Art
Hi everyone! Today I'm teaching you how to make this Crayon Scratch Art Project! This is a fun and easy introduction to scratch art. I first learned how to make this project back when I was in preschool, and now I get to share it with you! Here's what you'll need to get started!

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Product Review: Domino Rally Treasure Hunt
[Source: The Playful Otter]

Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, coordinated use of both hands, fine motor precision, executive functioning skills,process skills, play and leisure exploration and participation

In the box: 100 dominoes, shark, row boat, treasure chest, instruction book
I thought this was a game, but it is not as far as I can tell. It is an activity where you set up the dominoes and pieces for the shark, row boat, and treasure chest, then touch the first 

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What is Treacher Collins Syndrome?
[Source: Medical News Today]

Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare medical condition caused by a genetic mutation. It affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face and results in abnormalities in the head, face, and ears.

Other names for this syndrome are mandibulofacial dysostosis, Treacher Collins-Franceschetti syndrome, Franceschetti-Zwahlen-Klein syndrome, and zygoauromandibular dysplasia.

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SLP Corner: Othello:  A Speech Strategy
Editor's Note:  This post was posted here back a few years ago, but it is definitely worth repeating!! 

[Source:  Activity Tailor]

I love board games and Othello is one of those classic, perfect two player games. Do you remember this one? The board consists of 64 green felted squares and each player has 32 thick black and white disks that clack snugly into a space on each turn. The tactile aspect is hugely satisfying, in addition to encouraging fine motor skills.

OT Corner:  Teaching to Close Small Buttons
[Source: Recycling OT]

I have been teaching several children and adults to close large buttons using large button squares. These are simply 2 pieces of fabric -one with a button sewn on it and the other with a slit to button onto it.

Some of my clients are ready to work on  closing smaller buttons before tackling the ones on their clothes. So I  took some of my old blouses that are bit too tight on me and decided to donate them. I wrapped them over a couple of layers of cardboard to make them

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School Psych Corner: What are Cluster B Personality Disorders?
[Source: Medical News Today]

A person with a cluster B personality disorder may have trouble controlling their emotions and display seemingly irrational behaviors. If untreated, this may cause relationship problems. What are the different types and symptoms of cluster B personality disorders?

A personality disorder is a mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, behaves, and relates to other people. There are many types of personality disorders. To help with diagnosis, doctors organize them into different groups called clusters.

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PT Corner: Using a Treadmill for Walking Quality
[Source:  Starfish Therapies]

In last week's post we talked about weight shifting and trunk elongation to help walking quality and energy efficiency. This week we are going to look at using a treadmill.

For some kids who are working on walking quality and efficiency foot placement can be a big deal. How they take that first step can affect everything else that goes up the chain to the hips, the trunk, and the head. By using a treadmill you can slow down the speed so they have time to think about what they are doing and get in a lot of practice and repetition (remember: repeat, repeat, repeat...). We also added tape down the middle to help 
[Source: The Stuttering Foundation]

By: Joseph Donaher, Ph.D, The Center for Childhood Communication, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

This Article From the Stuttering Foundation's Summer 2009 newsletter and is reprinted with their express permission.

The role of genetic factors in the onset and maintenance of stuttering has received considerable attention. Multiple studies have shown that stuttering runs in families and that approximately 70% of the variance in liability to stutter can be accounted for through inheritable factors 1,2. The contribution of congenital factors and early neurological 

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