December 19, 2014
Issue 50, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Hanukkah!    
Please enjoy our newsletter offering!
News Items:
  • How Brain uses Timing During Motor Activity Revealed by Birdsong Study
  • Effectiveness Of Cerebral Palsy Treatment Weighed
  • A Promise of Outstanding Occupational Therapy Care
  • Memory in Fragile X Strengthened by Multiple, Short Learning Sessions
  • Delay Cutting Umbilical Cord Two Minutes for Better Newborn Development
  • Preeclampsia During Pregnancy Raises Autism Risk
Hot Jobs, PediaStaff News and Career Tips
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • The Safe Lifting Portal - Therapy Resource of the Week
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Articulation Christmas Tree
  • Video App Breaks Down Complex Activities of Daily Living
  • Resource of the Week: Speech Book Shelf 

Articles and Special Features 

  • Focus on Bilingualism: Language Loss in English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • SLP Corner: Neurogenic Stuttering - Some Guidelines
  • OT Corner: Ouchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Ewey! - Ideas for Kids w/High Sensitivity to Clothing
  • Parents Share: Ideas for Speech Practice at Home 
  • Worth Repeating: Puberphonia - A Male with a Female Voice
  • School Psychology Corner:  School Psychology Corner: Is Anxiety Really a Gift?
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Timing Key During Motor Activity - Revealed by Birdsong Study

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Timing is key for brain cells controlling a complex motor activity like the singing of a bird, finds a new study published by PLOS Biology.

"You can learn much more about what a bird is singing by looking at the timing of neurons firing in its brain than by looking at the rate that they fire," says Sam Sober, a biologist at Emory University whose lab led the study. "Just a millisecond difference in the timing of a neuron's activity makes a difference in the sound that comes out of the bird's beak."

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Effectiveness Of Cerebral Palsy Treatment Weighed

[Source: Disability Scoop]


A child with cerebral palsy can have a surgery in which a muscle is disconnected from the front of the knee and reattached to the back of the leg.

The surgery could improve the child's mobility by correcting the way the muscles move. Or it could make the child even more likely to lose balance and fall while tripping.

Right now, there's no way to know for sure which children with cerebral palsy could be helped by the surgery, which is done fairly frequently. But, thanks to research by a University of Tennessee doctoral student, in a couple of years doctors may be able to predict which children would do well with the surgery and which ones would be better off without it.


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A Promise of Outstanding Occupational Therapy Care  

Editor's Note:  What a wonderful video!  What do you promise to do?

[Source: St. Louis University OT Department]


As the Class of 2015 Master of Occupational Therapy Students at Saint Louis University complete their coursework and get sent off to Level 2 Fieldwork, they made a promise to provide outstanding occupational therapy services to all their future clients. 


Watch This Wonderful Video Through a Link our Blog

Memory in Fragile X Strengthened by Multiple/Short Sessions

[Source:  Medical News Today] 


A learning technique that maximizes the brain's ability to make and store memories may help overcome cognitive issues seen in fragile X syndrome, a leading form of intellectual disability, according to UC Irvine neurobiologists.

Christine Gall, Gary Lynch and colleagues found that fragile X model mice trained in three short, repetitious episodes spaced one hour apart performed as well on memory tests as normal mice. These same fragile X rodents performed poorly on memory tests when trained in a single, prolonged session - which is a standard K-12 educational practice in the U.S.

"These results are dramatic and never seen before. Fragile X model mice trained using this method had memory scores equal to those of control animals," said Gall, professor of anatomy & neurobiology and neurobiology & behavior. "Our findings suggest an easily implemented, noninvasive strategy for treating an important component of the cognitive problems found in patients with fragile X syndrome."


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Delay Cutting Cord Two Minutes for Better Newborn Development 

[Source:  Science Daily]

A study conducted by University of Granada scientists (from the Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments) and from the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital (Granada) has demonstrated that delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord in newborns by two minutes leads to a better development of the baby during the first days of life.This multidisciplinary work, published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that the time in cutting the umbilical cord (also called umbilical cord clamping) influences the resistance to oxidative stress in newborns.


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Preeclampsia During Pregnancy Raises Autism Risk

[Source:  CBS News]

As autism rates continue to rise in the U.S., researchers are searching for reasons why. Even though children don't typically show signs of autism 
until a few years after birth, some of the most significant risk factors may actually be encountered in-utero.

A new study finds children born to mothers who had preeclampsia during pregnancy are as much as twice as likely to develop autism spectrum disorder. Preeclampsia is a complication during pregnancy in which a mother develops high blood pressure and often kidney damage. The symptoms can come on suddenly, typically late in her second trimester or early in the third. The condition, which affects approximately 5 to 8 percent of all pregnancies, can be fatal to a mother if left untreated.


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Hot Job:  Pediatric Outpatient OT - Huntsville, TX  

Our client has a need for a high energy, pediatric Occupational Therapist to work full time in their outpatient facility in Huntsville, TX.  Huntsville is just north of the most sought after Houston addresses.  It is an easy commute north of The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring and so on.   The area of Huntsville is quickly becoming another bedroom community of Houston.  It's a reasonable and easy commute from areas in and around Conroe.  If you're looking to get out of the hustle and bustle, head north! Real estate, educational facilities and shopping is growing fast along this corridor.


Our client recently moved into a brand new facility.  Referrals keep arriving.


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Hot Job: Bilingual School SLP - San Francisco, CA - CFs Welcome!  

We are seeking a Bilingual Spanish Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to work with the kiddos from K-8 grade for a school in San Francisco, California.  This full time position is to start as soon as possible and go through June, 2015 with the possibility for summer school.  

Qualifications: Must hold a Masters degree in Communication Sciences; a current state license (or eligible).  CFs with School Fieldwork will be considered.  A support team and supervision is available.  

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Hot Job:  School Based Contract OT - DuPage County, IL  

We are working with a school district in DuPage County who is in need of an OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST to work full time for the 2015 school year.  You will work between a few schools in close proximity in the Villa Park and Addison areas.    Caseload consists of one middle school and two high school with some transitional kids.   Contract rates commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable. 


Learn More About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Therapist Resource of the Week:  The Safe Lifting Portal  

[Source: The Safe Lifting Portal]


Did you know that physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other rehabilitation practitioners are just as susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries as RNs and patient caregivers?

The Safe Lifting Portal encourages Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists to practice safe patient handling at all times.


Check Out the Safe Lifting Portal Through a Link on our Blog

Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Articulation Christmas Tree  

Editor's Note:  This week's pin of the week is from a currently inactive blog.   I believe Speech Lady Liz is not currently working in pediatrics.  Regardless, this blog still has some fantastic ideas for school based speech and language clinicians.

[Source: Speech Lady Liz]

We made Christmas trees out of articulation words that are winter themed.  Colored the pictures green, added a star on top and these labels so parents knew what this activity was all about. 


Learn More About this Activity on our Blog

Featured App of the Week:  InPromptu for ADL Video Modeling  

[Source:  AdvanceWeb]

One of the best new research-based teaching aids is video modeling. It has been proven
to be effective with adults as well as children, whether they are learning a new skill, such as
a child with autism learning how to tie shoes, or the adult who has to re-learn skills that have been lost due to brain injury or stroke.

The InPromptu app allows the person to watch a series of video clips, each of which
shows a part of a skill. This allows a breakdown of complex and difficult skills into smaller
steps. As the user learns the skill, they can choose how many clips to watch or they can choose to watch the task in its entirety from beginning to end.


Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Resource of the Week:  Speech Book Shelf  

Here is a fantastic resource for SLPs, parents and teachers.  Speech Book Shelf is brought to you by the SLPs down under at Busy Bugs Kits.   They have grouped hundreds of well known picture books (like Dear Zoo, the Gruffalo, and the Hungry Caterpillar) into useful categories for speech development. They have book lists to supplement therapy activities by phoneme, by theme, sequencing books, 


Learn More About Speech Book Shelf on our Blog

Focus on Bilingualism: Language Loss in ELLs

By: Alejandro Brice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Roanne Brice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Initial data analysis in a study being conducted in Florida indicated that the majority of the students being studied were showing English dominance and less than proficient Spanish oral language skills. Hence, the following questions emerged. Are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade bilingual students experiencing language loss of their home language (L1) or is it that they have never fully developed their first language? It appears that the answer may be a combination of the above two 

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SLP Corner: Neurogenic Stuttering - Some Guidelines

By: Lawrence Molt, Ph.D., in collaboration with J. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D


Neurogenic stuttering is a type of fluency disorder in which a person has difficulty in producing speech in a normal, smooth fashion. Individuals with fluency disorders may have speech that sounds fragmented or halting, with frequent interruptions and difficulty producing words without effort or struggle. Neurogenic stuttering typically appears following some sort of injury or disease to the central nervous system i.e. the brain and spinal cord, including cortex, subcortex, cerebellar, and even the neural pathway regions. These injuries or diseases include:  

* Cerebrovascular accident (stroke), with or without aphasia
* Head trauma
* Ischemic attacks (temporary obstruction of blood flow in the Brain) 

* Tumors, cysts, and other neoplasms


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OT Corner:  Ideas for Kids with High Sensitivity to Clothing

By: Kam Howard

Editor's Note: This article is written more for parents than therapists, but we are featuring it this week as something you might like to reprint and give to the parents of your kiddos.


The dreaded morning routine

Tags are scratchy, shirt or jean seams "hurt," and awful sock seams feel like lumps and bumps in shoes. Who knew something as simple as getting dressed could throw a household's whole morning routine into a tale-spin ending with lots of tears, missed buses, and being late for school or work.


As a mom of a highly sensitive child, I had many of those dreaded mornings when my daughter was younger. I had no idea that there were other parents out there struggling with the same issues. I dealt with it the best I could, even if it meant taking off and putting


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Parents Share: Ideas for Speech Practice at Home

We thank CASANA for permission to reprint this wonderful resource here for our readers.


Over 200 parents were in attendance for the 2006 CASANA National Apraxia Parent Conference, in St. Paul, Minnesota. One very popular lecture session was "How To Help Your Child with Speech Practice At Home." Children with apraxia of speech need many, many practice opportunities for their speech to improve and become more intelligible. Below are ideas from many parents at the conference concerning how to engage children with apraxia to do that ever difficult task of practicing speech outside of the therapy room.

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Therapy Corner: Puberphonia - A Male with a Female Voice

By: Gal Levy, MS CCC-SLP


What is a normal voice change?

When a young man is reaching the age of 16 (with some teens it starts at the age of 13 or younger) his voice must have changed to become a more "manly" voice...dropping down the pitch to the male voice range of Tenor, Baritone or Bass.

Adam's apple will become evident as the system lowers anatomically, making his vocal cords longer and the tone they produce lower (coming down from the child's voice of around 400Hz to a man's voice around 100 Hz).

This is a normal outcome of the hormonal changes in the body during adulthood.


What is Puberphonia?

Some men do not go through this change and stay with their high-pitched voice, creating a "womanly" voice output ( around 200 Hz) for them, making social encounters very uneasy for them, as their voice is high pitched woman-like while their appearance and behavior is of a young male.

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School Psychology Corner:  Is Anxiety Really a Gift?

[Source:  Brain]


by Sherianna Boyle MEd, CAGS


Anxiety is most known as a "thinking" disorder which can be evidenced through symptoms such as chronic worrying. Science now shows that human beings have on average between 60,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day and according to author Joe Dispenza, roughly "70% of those thoughts are negative in nature." Negative thoughts create negative emotions which over time neurologically create redundant behaviors such as rushing, nervousness, preoccupation with the future as well as the past. How is it then, that anxiety could be a gift?

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