August 9, 2013 
Issue 25, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our newest newsletter!
News Items:
  • Hand Splints for Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Children's Exercise: Hour a Day 'Not Enough'
  • Connecting the Dots Between Handwriting and High Scores
  • Cholesterol Connection to Rett Syndrome
  • Fresh Fuel Reignites Asperger's Debate
  • Study Finds Attention Problems Not At Issue in Autism
  • Video Game Players Less Able to Control Impulsive Aggressive Behavior
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff is now on Instagram!
  • PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric Occupational Therapist - West of Indianapolis
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Product Review: Sommerfly Weighted Shoulder Wrap 
  • Resource of the Week: NYC Department of Education for Free Adapted Books!
  • OT Activity of the Week: Hedgehog Play Dough Game
  • App Review of the Week: Class Dojo

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: How to Avoid Power Struggles with Kids who are Picky Eaters    
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Five Resources for Social Narratives   
  • OT Corner: Back to School Tips from the Pocket Occupational Therapist 
  • Worth Repeating: PTSD in Children with Complex Medical Needs
  • Also Worth Repeating: The New ADHD
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CP Treatments in the News: Hand Splints for Children with Cerebral Palsy  

[Source: Developmental Medical Child Neurology via Your Therapy Source]


A systemic review was recently published on the effectiveness of hand splints for children with cerebral palsy.  Six studies met the inclusion criteria and all were only on children with cerebral palsy.  Five studies were on non functional hand splints and one study was on functional hand splints.  The results indicated the following:

  • in children with cerebral palsy, hand splints may have a small benefit for upper limb skills.
  • results were diminished after splint wearing stops.

Children's Exercise in the News:  Hour a Day 'Not Enough

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Current recommendations for children to exercise an hour every day are "insufficient" to protect them from heart and blood circulation problems later in life.


Children under 10 years of age need at least 80 minutes of physical activity a day to keep them healthy, including 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, conclude researchers publishing in the journal BMC Medicine.


This new research into the links between exercise in younger children and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adulthood is part of the European Commission-sponsored project known as IDEFICS (identification and prevention of dietary - and lifestyle - induced health effects in children and infants).


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Handwriting in the News:  Connecting the Dots Between Handwriting and High Scores

by Donna Krache, CNN


Penmanship. To grown-ups, the word conjures up memories of coarse sheets of paper with solid and dotted lines - and a pencil so big that you had to practically balance it on your shoulder to practice writing your letters.


For some of today's elementary school kids, there won't be any memories of penmanship class.  With classroom time at a premium and the common use of the keyboard, some school districts are abandoning handwriting as part of the curriculum.


But Dr. Laura Dinehart says not so fast.


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Rett Syndrome in the News: Cholesterol Connection to Rett Syndrome

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs found in millions of medicine cabinets, may hold the key to finding a treatment for Rett Syndrome, a severe autistic disorder that affects young girls.

The Connecticut-based Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) has sponsored work to identify a number of targetable genes that act on the Rett gene, MECP2 (methyl-CpG-binding protein 2), in mice. Results of the cholesterol metabolism in Rett syndrome study are published in the journal Nature Genetics.


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Aspergers Syndrome in the News:  Fresh Fuel Reignites Asperger's Debate   

[Source:  Live Science]


Children with Asperger's syndrome show patterns of brain connectivity distinct from those of children with autism, according to a new study. The findings suggest the two conditions, which are now in one category in the new psychiatry diagnostic manual, may be biologically different.


The researchers used electroencephalography (EEG) recordings to measure the amount of signaling occurring between brain areas in children. They had previously used this measure


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Autism Research in the News:  Study Finds Attention Problems Not At Issue in Autism  

[Source:  Psych Central]


Treatment, even the definition, of autism spectrum disorders remains a challenge for health care professionals.


Classically, autism is a marked by several fundamental features - impairments in social functioning, difficulty communicating, and a restriction of interests.


Despite significant research efforts, experts have been unable to pinpoint the underlying causes that might account for all three of these characteristics.


A new study adds to the complexity as investigators determine two key attentional abilities - moving attention fluidly and orienting to social information - do not account for the diversity of symptoms found in people with autism.

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Impulsive Behavior in the News:  Video Game Players Less Able to Control Impulsive Aggressive Behavior  

[Source:  Telegraph UK]


Researchers found video games boost visual attention, but reduce impulse control.

A person playing a first-person shooter video game, such as Halo or Unreal Tournament, must make decisions quickly. Researchers found that the fast-paced decision-making boosts the player's visual skills but comes at a cost, reducing their ability to inhibit impulsive behavior.


The reduction in what is called "proactive executive control" appears to be yet another way that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior, according to the researchers.

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PediaStaff Social Networking News:  PediaStaff is Now on Instagram!    

After a little bit of research, "PediaStaff" has decided to take the plunge to come and play with you all on Instagram!


As you know, there are lots of different learning styles.   Our readers are no exception.    So far, we've seen some pretty cool pictures of your therapy rooms, and your favorite materials.    We have some cool ideas of some things we could do on this growing social media platform, and the gears are definitely turning on how we might help you learn from one another by sharing your therapy related pictures.


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PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric Occupational Therapist - West of Indianapolis    

Our client is a private outpatient clinic practice located in the western suburbs of Indianapolis.  We are seeking an occupational therapist to treat children ages birth to 21 who display a wide variety of disabilities in clinic and home health settings.  The practice provides rehab therapy services in an outpatient clinic setting, schools, hippotherapy, and home based settings.  Ideal candidates will have a 


 Learn More About / Apply for This Job Through a Link our Blog

Product Review:  Sommerfly Weighted Shoulder Wrap 

by Anne Zachary, OTR/L

SommerflyTM  has an adorable weighted puppy shoulder wrap that can be used as an alternative to a weighted vest. I really like this as a deep pressure input option because it's more affordable than most weighted vests.

It has been hypothesized that deep pressure input is calming and it may also decrease sensory seeking behaviors. In my 20 years of practice as a pediatric OT, I have found this to be true. I frequently recommend weighted wraps, vests, and blankets to students with sensory needs.


Read the Rest of this App Review Through a Link our Blog

Resource of the Week:  NYC Department of Education for Free Adapted Books!    

[Source:  Autism Tank]

I don't know about you, but adapted books are one of my favorite activities to use in my classroom!  Some, I find online and others I have created myself.  These help students work on vocabulary as well as comprehension!  A few years ago, I found this site and printed off A TON of books to use in my classroom.  I stumbled upon it again the other day and thought it would be a great resource to share with you.  Especially, during the summer, when many of us are prepping for next year (or at least thinking about prepping...haha).


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OT Activity of the Week:  Hedgehog Play Dough Game  

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]


Purpose:  Encourage fine motor skills, visual motor skills and visual memory skills.


Materials: clay, toothpicks, permanent markers, pony beads and googly eyes


Preparation:  Step one:  Shape the clay into a hedgehog body (kind of like a light bulb).

Push the googly eyes into the narrow end.  Place the pony beads firmly into the clay.
There should be the same amount of pony beads as there are tooth picks.


Read the Rest of the Steps and How to Play Through a Link on our Blog

App of the Week:  Class Dojo  

Editor's Note:  Been hearing great things about this one also on Pinterest..

[Source:  Smart Apps for Special Needs]

Attention Teachers - This is a must have for going back to school!  It is a classroom management app that gives great reports to both teacher and to parents.

The user can set up different classes, with the students that are in each class, and it can be used it for small groups or for a whole class. Track positive and negative behaviors for different students through simple clicks!

Some things I love about this app:

  • Students love the avatars and are able to customize them.  Once a student customizes the avatar, they are even more excited for you to start the program up, so everyone can see their new avatar.
Read More About this App Through a Link on our Blog

SLP Corner: How to Avoid Power Struggles with Kids who are Picky Eaters

Very excited to see this interview with our friend Melanie Potock, CCC-SLP, of My Munch Bug, featured on!    




by Amy Morin


Mealtimes can be stressful for families with a child who is a picky eater. Trying to get kids to try new foods and eat a healthy diet can be a challenge that causes a lot of parents to feel frustrated and uncertain about what to do.


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Five Resources for Social Narratives

by Carol Zangari

Social Stories™ are a research-supported strategy for helping people to better understand situations and concepts by making these events and the expected behavior within the events more explicit. Initially developed by Carol Gray of The Gray Center, they have a specific structure with rules for development. Here's a quick overview.

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OT Corner: Back to School Tips from the Pocket Occupational Therapist    

Editor's Note: This would be a great article to share with the parents and guardians of your clients!


by Cara Koscinki MOT, OTR/L  

School already?!?!  Yes, it's that time of year. When I saw that first back to school commercial, the anxiety of preparing for school came upon me. I knew that the transition from shorts to pants, from casual dress to uniform, from free-time to structured learning was approaching quickly. It seemed as though I just transitioned the kids into summer activities and they were finally comfortable with the routine. No matter, school and end of summer arrives whether we (and our children) are ready or not. This is life-transitions are always approaching-some are easy while some aren't.  

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Worth Repeating: PTSD in Children with Complex Medical Needs

[Source:  Complex Child Magazine]

Most people know the definition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as it has become an unfortunate, common after-effect of war, terrorism and assault.  What many people don't know is that PTSD can occur in people who have had significant, complex medical issues. This is the case with my daughter Riley.  I wanted to share our experiences, because I believe that it's crucial to understand trauma from a child's perspective, and to increase awareness of the connection between trauma and children with complex medical issues   


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Also Worth Repeating: The New ADHD

[Source: ADDitude Magazine]  

What's new about attention deficit? A lot, according to Yale Professor Thomas Brown. You'll think differently about the condition once you get all the facts.


Findings from neuroscience, brain imaging, and clinical research have made the old understanding of ADHD as essentially a behavior disorder no longer tenable. It is being replaced by a new understanding of ADHD as a developmental impairment of the brain's self-management system, its executive functions.


This new paradigm can provide a useful way to put together many of the not-yet-integrated pieces of research on this puzzling syndrome, which causes some children and adults to have great difficulty in focusing and managing many aspects of their daily life while being able to 


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