October 31, 2014
Issue 44, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Halloween!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Omega 3 Can Help Children with ADHD
  • Child-Directed Play Blends Kids with Autism into Group
  • Mental Practice Versus Physical Practice for Finger Opposition Skills in Children
  • Down Syndrome Study Reveals Clues to Genetics of Congenital Heart Defects
  • Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders
  • Neonatal Health News:  Poop Color Screening Could Prevent Infant Deaths
Hot Therapy Jobs
  • Pediatric Outpatient PT - Glenview, IL
  • Pediatric Outpatient Jobs Throughout Arkansas
  • Pediatric Therapy Positions in Huntsville, TX - SLP, OT & PT
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Share of the Week - Success!
  • School Nurse Resource of the Week: Super Nutrition Tracker
  • OT/PT Activity of the Week: Spider Web Scavenger Hunt for Halloween
  • Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Craft

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: What's Going On Inside the Brain of a Curious Child?
  • SLP Corner: Awareness of Vague Words
  • Professional Development Corner: Documentation - A Valuable Lesson
  • Autism Corner: For Children With Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care
  • PT Corner: Everyday Tips and Tricks for PTs to Share with Parents
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Omega 3 Can Help Children with ADHD

Editor's Note:  Hooray.  It looks like peer reviewed studies are catching up with all the anecdotal evidence for this one!

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD. These are the findings of a dissertation at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, which also indicates that a special cognitive training program can improve problem behavior in children with ADHD.

Between three to six percent of all school age children are estimated to have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is a disorder that entails a difficulty controlling impulses and temper, sitting still, waiting, or being attentive for more than short periods at a time. There are various kinds of ADHD where disturbances in attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity have varying degrees of prominence.


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Child-Directed Play Blends Kids with Autism into Group

[Source:  Psych Central]

Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents.

For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age kids challenging.

Research by Dr. Pamela Wolfberg, a professor of special education and communicative disorders at San Francisco State University, provides a solution by developing a different type of play group that focuses on collaborative rather than adult-directed activities.


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Mental Practice vs Physical Practice for Finger Opposition Skills

[Source:  Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport via Your Therapy Source]

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport published research on the effects of mental practice (MP) and physical practice (PP) on a finger opposition task among 36, nine to ten years old, children. The children were randomly assigned to either a MP group, PP group or no practice (NP) group. The MP and PP groups participated in a single session of training with the dominant trained hand. The MP group was trained by mentally rehearsing the movements, the PP group was trained by executing the movements, and the NP group had no training. The performance of three groups was evaluated under identical conditions before training, after 5 min, and at 4 days, 7 days, and 28 days after training. 


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Down Syndrome Study Reveals Clues to Genetics of Heart Defects 

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in humans, involving a third copy of all or part of chromosome 21. In addition to intellectual disability, individuals with Down syndrome have a high risk of congenital heart defects. However, not all people with Down syndrome have them - about half have structurally normal hearts.  

he risk of AVSD is higher in children with Down syndrome. An atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) means that the central region of the heart separating the atria from the ventricles has failed to form properly.


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Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders 

[Source:  Psych Central] 

A new study has found that sleep difficulties, especially problems with falling asleep, are very common among toddlers and preschoolers treated for psychiatric disorders.

These sleep difficulties are often underdiagnosed in children with behavioral and emotional issues, yet can greatly affect well-being, according to John Boekamp, Ph.D., clinical director of the Pediatric Partial Hospital Program (PPHP) at Bradley Hospital in Providence, R.I.  

"It is important for families to be aware of how important sleep is to the behavioral adjustment and well-being of young children," said Boekamp.


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Neonatal News: Poop Color Screening Could Prevent Infant Deaths  

[Source:  Medical Xpress]

Paying attention to the color of a newborn's poop can mean the difference between life and death for babies with the rare liver disorder biliary atresia-the leading cause of liver transplants in children. The disease is almost universally heralded by white or clay-colored stools but is often diagnosed with woeful delays.

Now, research from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center  reveals that a stool color screening card given to new parents and already proven to save lives and improve outcomes in Taiwan, could also mitigate the economic toll of the disease in the United States.


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Hot Job:  Pediatric Outpatient PT - Glenview, IL  

Providing quality pediatric therapy in an environment where teamwork and continuing education are paramount is the cornerstone of this premier outpatient facility in Glenview, IL.  

Our client seeks not just a Physical Therapist, but a therapist looking to build a practice, continue  their education for the betterment of the discipline and its recipients as well as a therapist interested in contributing to the field both in practice and publication.  Unlike most clinics, this management team encourages constant learning and giving back.  They are a  non profit organization specializing in pediatric therapy and provide opportunities to grow as a therapist each week by providing 2+ hours weekly to staff development.  


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Hot Jobs: Outpatient Therapy Positions Throughout Arkansas

PediaStaff is are actively recruiting for a couple of growing multi-facility clinics in Arkansas that provide year round services to children in day care and pediatric settings.   Several positions are available throughout the northeast and northwestern parts of the state.

More Hot Jobs:  Huntsville, TX - SLP, OT & PT  

PediaStaff has immediate openings for a full-time SLP, a full-time OT and a part-time PT to work in a thriving outpatient clinic in the vicinity of Huntsville, TX.

The gap is quickly closing between the bedroom communities of northern Houston and Huntsville!  Shopping, education, and real estate growth is alive and well in this area of Texas.  Our client sees a pediatric caseload in an outpatient setting for OT, PT and Speech.


Share of the Week: Success!  

Thanks NASP on Facebook for sharing this fantastic cartoon for our desks and bulletin boards!


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School Nurse Resource of the Week: Super Nutrition Tracker  

Thank You to the National Association of School Nurses on Facebook for the heads-up on this new, free resource for teachers.

SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students are now available! This series of four lesson plans is designed to help students grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker.  

Teachers can select from a variety of topics including selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts. 


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OT/PT Activity of the Week:  Spider Web Scavenger Hunt

[Source:  Hands on As We Grow]

With Halloween only days away, my kids are asking me every day how much longer until Halloween. We've been doing lots of fun activities around Halloween themes.

I really should have done a Halloween countdown! Next year...

Of course, we had to sneak in a Halloween scavenger hunt!

I had a hard time searching for ideas for a Halloween scavenger hunt to go on. All I found were hunts to find Halloween decorations in the neighborhood.


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Seasonal Activity of the Week:  Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Craft

Editor's Note:  Halloween will be over soon, but pumpkins are good all autumn long.  I love this craft for speech and language work!  Fantastic for following directions, sequencing, conversation and storytelling.   How else would you use it for therapy?

[Source:  Carrots are Orange]


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Peds Therapy Corner: Inside the Brain of a Curious Child?

[Source:  MindShift]

How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question.

So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion.

"I asked them: 'So what's moving? And why?'" Blackwell says. The students had a lot of ideas. Some thought the sun was moving, others, of course, knew that a sunset is the result of the earth spinning around on its axis.

Once she got the discussion going, the questions came rapid-fire. "My biggest challenge usually is trying to keep them patient," she says. "They just have so many burning questions."

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SLP Corner: Awareness of Vague Words

Editor's Note:  Have you discovered the blog Word Finding for Kids?  Do yourself a favor and check it out, starting with this article!

by Jan Schwanke CCC-SLP

If you are old enough to remember the original Test of Word Finding, you will recall that Diane German divided responders into 4 quadrants: fast and accurate, fast and inaccurate, slow and accurate, slow and inaccurate. The type of intervention we use will depend on the type of word finding difficulties an individual child experiences. Even though the TWF-2 (and now, the TWF-3) doesn't place children on the grid, looking at their errors in conversation can give us a lot of helpful information.


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Professional Development Corner: Documentation A Valuable Lesson

[Source:  The Speech and Language Connection]

If you had emergency surgery overnight and couldn't go back to work for several weeks, would another clinician be able to look at your notes and pick up where you left off? Will they read your goals/objectives and know exactly what you were planning to address?  If someone had to update your goals and objectives for you, would they be able to do so by looking at your notes?

Probably not.

As much as we are data driven, we don't always take the best data. Yes, we take some sort of data but how thorough is it? We have the date, time, and activity we did when we saw our client/student but what did you write after that?

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Autism Corner: Opening a Door to Dental Care

[Source:  The New York Times Well Blog]

Like many parents of children with autism, Nicole Brown feared she might never find a dentist willing and able to care for her daughter, Camryn Cunningham, now a lanky 13-year-old who uses words sparingly.

Finishing a basic cleaning was a colossal challenge, because Camryn was bewildered by the lights in her face and the odd noises from instruments like the saliva suctioner - not to mention how utterly unfamiliar everything was to a girl accustomed to routine. Sometimes she'd panic and bolt from the office.


PT Corner: Everyday Tips and Tricks for PTs to Share with Parents

by Natalie Lopez, DPT

One of the main issues that I am concerned with as a pediatric physical therapist, is how parents can continue to practice the skills that I work on during our physical therapy sessions.  I always emphasize to parents that though I may work with their child 1-3 hours a week, they must continue practicing throughout the week in order to help their child reach their goals.   I also don't like to overwhelm parents by giving them complicated activities that add to their busy days, so I try to come up with activities that they would encounter during a typical day. 


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