July 19, 2013
Weekly Edition 
Issue 22, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings!  Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • Sunny States and ADHD Rates
  • Very Preterm Babies Show Bonding Difficulties Despite Parental Sensitivity
  • The View Hires Anti-Vaxxer Jenny McCarthy
  • Inner Speech Speaks Volumes About the Brain
  • Know a Dad of Disability? Call for Essays!  
  • Feel Good Story of the Week:  Non-Verbal Child With Autism Sings "A Whole New World" 
  • Bilingual Children Have a Two-Tracked Mind
  • No Benefit Found from Oxytocin Treatment for Autism
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week:  Now Recruiting for School Psychologists - Yakima, Washington
  • PediaStaff Therapist Placement of the Week: Congratulations Kathryn Q, LPT! 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Video Resource of the Week: Effective Strategies for Students with Autism and ADHD 
  • OT Resource/Activities of the Week: 55 Ways to Make Handwriting Practice FUN for Kids
  • Product Review: Introducing Loopeez - A Shoe Tying Aid
  • SLP Idea of the Week: Why Speech Therapists Love to Play with Bubbles

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner:  What are You Doing? Using Verbs! 
  • OT Corner: Book Review: "I Hate to Write!" 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Visuals {Make It Easy & Accessible}
  • Worth Repeating: Concrete Thinking in Children with Asperger's and HFA
  • Also Worth Repeating: Early Intervention - An Occupational Therapist's Point of View
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ADHD in the News:  Sunny States and ADHD Rates

Editor's Note:  This is interesting.  Results could be nothing more than the fact that kids in sunny states get out to play more and aren't in front of the tube or bouncing off the walls.   In Florida, our kids are inside quite a bit though during the summer because its just too hot to play.  I would be interested to see happens when you normalize for number of hours spent outside on sunny vs. cloudy days.


[Source: Special Ed Post.com]


by Dr. Eugene Arnold


It's estimated that 13 million men, women and children in the United States fit the diagnosis for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD or ADD. A neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inappropriate degrees of inattentiveness, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity, ADHD is the most common mental health issue in children, with 5 to 8 percent of them affected.


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Preemies in the News: Very Preterm Babies Show Bonding Difficulties Despite Parental Sensitivity

[Source: Science Daily]


A new study suggests that some very preterm babies have trouble bonding with their care-givers due to neurological impairments and not to the way their parents interact with them.


University of Warwick researchers found that most very preterm and very low birthweight (VP/VLBW) infants were securely attached to their parents.


But they also found that VP/VLBW infants were at higher risk for what is termed 'disorganized attachment' - when a child shows conflicting behavior in their relationship with their parents.


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Vaccine Controversy in the News:  The View Hires Anti-Vaxxer Jenny McCarthy   

[Source: The LA Times]

Jenny McCarthy will officially be joining "The View" as co-host, Barbara Walters confirmed Monday on the ABC talk show.

"We love her because she's fun and uninhibited and opinionated enough to help us begin the latest chapter in 'The View' history," Walters said of McCarthy, who has made 17 appearances on the show, including eight as guest co-host.

Though she launched her own little-watched talk show on VH1 earlier this year, McCarthy has remained in the spotlight in recent years mostly due to her support for the discredited theory that childhood vaccines cause autism, which could prove more controversial than the heated political arguments that have come to define "The View" in recent years.


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"Internal Speech" in the News:  Inner Speech Speaks Volumes About the Brain 

[Source: Science Daily]


Whether you're reading the paper or thinking through your schedule for the day, chances are that you're hearing yourself speak even if you're not saying words out loud. This internal speech - the monologue you "hear" inside your head - is a ubiquitous but largely unexamined phenomenon. A new study looks at a possible brain mechanism that could explain how we hear this inner voice in the absence of actual sound.


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Know an Awesome Dad of Disability?:  Call for Essays!  

I got a call this week from Gary Dietz, who is writing a book about and for Dads with kids with disabilities.   He asked me to spread the word that he is looking for Dads who want to contribute essays about their experiences for consideration to be included in the book.  Moms and others (including professionals - like therapists!) are eligible to write as well.  The topics must be male oriented, however.  For example, a mom's essay could be about her husband.


Gary is paying stipends for those essays that appear in the book.  Here is a snippet from an email he sent me about the project:


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Feel Good Story of the Week:  Non-Verbal Child With Autism Sings "A Whole New World"   

[Source:  Autism Speaks]


by Kevin Croxton

A few weeks ago, I was teaching music to a special education elementary class, and  while I was playing viola, a nonverbal autistic 8-year-old boy named Isaac started humming the pitches I was playing. His aid informed me that I needed to hear something, and she pulled out her iPhone and played


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Bilingualism in the News:  Bilingual Children Have a Two-Tracked Mind    

[Source: Science Daily]


Adults learning a foreign language often need flash cards, tapes, and practice, practice, practice. Children, on the other hand, seem to pick up their native language out of thin air. The learning process is even more remarkable when two languages are involved.


In a study examining how bilingual children learn the two different sound systems of languages they are acquiring simultaneously, Ithaca College faculty member Skott Freedman has discovered insights that indicate children can learn two native languages as easily as they can learn one. 


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Autism Treatments in the News:  No Benefit Found from Oxytocin Treatment for Autism     

[Source: Science Daily]


The so-called trust hormone, oxytocin, may not improve the symptoms of children with autism, a large study led by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has found.


Professor Mark Dadds, of the UNSW School of Psychology, says previous research suggested that oxytocin - a hormone with powerful effects on brain activity linked to the formation of social bonds - could have benefits for children with the disorder.

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Featured Job of the Week:  Now Recruiting for School Psychologists - Yakima, Washington   

Would you like a sunny climate, year-round outdoor recreation, and a low cost of living?  Are you into snow sports, skiing, snowboarding?  From here you can be on the slopes in 30 minutes!  This valley is noted for agriculture, and is a great wine region.  I'm talking about Yakima, WA!


PediaStaff is searching for a contract School Psychologist to work full time starting in August 2013 through June 2014.  We offer excellent pay rates plus benefits including Anthem Blue Cross health care insurance.

Apply for this Job Through a Link on our Blog

PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Congratulations, Kathryn Q, LPT   

Congratulations are in order for Kathryn Q., licensed Physical Therapist who is relocating to the greater Houston area with the help of PediaStaff.


Kathryn will be working for our client in need of a full time pediatric PT to join their team. The clinic is home to multiple therapists that treat primarily adults. However, they work closely with a nearby pediatric clinic and act as that clinic's PT department.  The clinic also has an aquatic therapy pool and an updated therapy gym.


She will be working alongside another seasoned pediatric PT and will have very flexible hours.  Four tens if she likes!


Congratulations, Kathryn!   We are happy for you!

Video Resource of the Week:  Effective Strategies for Students with Autism and ADHD   

[Source:  SurferGirl Elisa (YouTube) via The Autism News]


This video briefly explains ASD & ADHD and a few strategies to effectively help these stuents in the mainstream classroom.


Watch this Vido on our Blog

OT Resource/Activities of the Week:  55 Ways to Make Handwriting Practice FUN for Kids   

[Source:  Mom 2 Posh Lil Divas]

During my 15+ years as an educator (wow, has it really been that long?!) I have had the privilege of teaching various grades from 3yr olds at the preschool thru 3rd grade. I've seen lots of bad handwriting habits in that time. Why? Many children feel that handwriting practice is a chore, an unwanted burden and something they dislike spending time on. With all the technology and electronic devices we have today, it almost seems like handwriting is becoming irrelevant. To me, it isn't.


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Product Review:  Introducing Loopeez - A Shoe Tying Aid 

[Source:  Embrace Your Chaos]


I was recently given the opportunity to try a new shoe tying aid.  Loopeez was created to help children learn to tie their shoes faster, easier, and with less frustration.  With my experience teaching many, many children how to tie their shoes, I have always found that it is the last few steps that is the hardest and most frustrating.  Children often loose their grip, get tangled up in their laces, or become confused when trying to create and cross over their loops to make their bow.


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SLP Idea of the Week:  Why Speech Therapists Love to Play with Bubbles  

[Child & Family Development]


Bubbles are a number one go-to therapy tool for many pediatric Speech Therapists. Why do we love them so much? Here are some of the many reasons.

  1. Bubbles are FUN for many different ages and levels of communication development.
  2. Bubbles are inexpensive and portable. Many children already play with bubbles at home, so the skills they learn while playing with them in therapy bridges between settings.
  3. Bubbles can be used to facilitate many different skills including:
    • Joint attention and eye contact. Build your child's understanding of cause-effect and watch for anticipation and changes in facial expressions by pausing before you blow the  
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SLP Corner: What are you Doing? Using Verbs!

Editor's Note:  Like many of the articles we feature here, this post was written for parents and caregivers but is also quite a useful resource for SLPs


[Source:  Speech Blog UK]


Verbs are the words that tell us what people are doing.  These words are important for younger children, particularly when they are starting to link words together.  A good range of verbs is also important for older children to help with literacy in school.  Here are some ideas to help develop verbs.


For younger children:-

To make sure that your child understands a range of verbs, try singing action songs like "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands, brush your hair" etc or "This is the way we drink our juice, wash our hands" etc (you can sing this to the tune of here we go round the mulberry bush).  When your child has practised the song with you, try stopping when you


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OT Corner: Book Review - "I Hate to Write"

Book Review by Barbara Smith OTR/L
Book Written by: Cheryl Boucher, MSEd, OTR/L and Kathy Oehler MS, CCC-SLP

As an occupational therapist with many years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum-including my own son, the title "I hate to Write" not only caught my eye.  I needed to find out what strategies the authors offered that would specifically address the unique needs of these students. The book's subtitle- "Tips for Helping Students with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards and Become Happy, Successful Writers" describes exactly what readers will learn!

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Visuals {Make It Easy & Accessible}

[Source: Autism Helper]

My biggest advice regarding the use of visuals for children with autism - MAKE IT EASY. Don't bother wasting your time making all these great visuals if you are never going to use them. And you are never going to use them if they aren't readily accessible. When's the last time you saw a child hitting another child but thought - wait, let me go over to my desk and get the no hitting visual while this child gets pummeled. Nope. You need them at your finger tips.

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Worth Repeating: Concrete Thinking in Children with Asperger's and HFA

[Source: My Aspergers Child]

Numerous case reports suggest that children with Asperger's (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) think concretely instead of abstractly. For example, when these children hear the word "dog," they may have a vivid, detailed image of their first pet dog, then the second pet dog, and so on. Conversely, neurotypical children (those not on the spectrum) are more likely to have an image of a generic or conceptual dog without much detailed imagery.

Also Worth Repeating: Early Intervention - An Occupational Therapists Point of View

[Source:  Special Education Advisor]

To correctly begin this article we have to start with, " ONCE UPON A TIME". You may new be sitting with a puzzled look on your face, but let me explain. Lets look at students A, B, and C:

Student A is a 15 year old student who's teacher is ready to fail him because of his poor handwriting.


ONCE UPON A TIME.......when the same student was 4, he was unable to keep his alphabet aligned on his wide ruled paper nor was he able to complete simple mazes. His visual motor integrational skills were not addressed when he was young and is now a hindrance to his progress.


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