October 3, 2014
Issue 40, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering.   Have a great weekend!
News Items:
  • Study Points to Neural Basis for Social Deficits in ADHD Kids
  • The Brains of Children with ADHD do not Recognize Angry Expression
  • Peanut Allergy: Could Pulsed Light Remove Allergens From Whole Peanuts?
  • The Association Between Empathy, Neurohormones and Aggression
  • Feel Good Story of the Week:  X Factor's Most Inspiring Singer This Season
  • Feel Good Story #2: Lachlan's first hearing aids aged 7 weeks old
  • Improving Babies' Language Skills Before They're Even Old Enough to Speak 
PediaStaff News
  • Placement of the Week: SLP in San Antonio, TX
  • Featured Supervisory Position of the Week:  BCBA Supervisor, West Covina, CA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • SLP Freebie of the Week: Spooky Speech
  • Book Review: Just Breathe - When Teachers Practice Mindfulness
  • OT/PT Activity of the Week: Giant Balloon Toss
  • School Nurse / SLP Communications Resource for Dental Health Month

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Clinician's Corner: Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids' Brains?
  • Therapy Tech Corner: Apple Releases iOS 8 with Major Accessibility Improvements
  • Language Corner: Developing Language Skills for Children with Asperger's & HFA
  • Career Corner/ Job Search Tip of the Week: Templates at the Ready
  • OT Corner: Vision Skills - Can You See Them?
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Study Points to Neural Basis for Social Deficits in ADHD Kids

[Source:  Psych Central]

New research finds evidence of differences in brain function in kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that may underlie problems recognizing emotion in facial expressions.

Children with ADHD frequently exhibit inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These behaviors may explain why they are often excluded from peer activities, according to researchers led by Ryusuke Kakigi, M.D., Ph.D., of Japan's National Institutes of Natural Sciences.


The researchers measured changing blood flow in the brain - called hemodynamics - to uncover the neural basis for the recognition of facial expression; they found differences between children with ADHD and typically developing children. 

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The Brains of Kids with ADHD Do Not Recognize Angry Expression

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior in children with ADHD can result in social problems and they tend to be excluded from peer activities. They have been found to have impaired recognition of emotional expression from other faces.

The research group of Professor Ryusuke Kakigi of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with Professor Masami K. Yamaguchi and Assistant Professor Hiroko Ichikawa of Chuo University first identified the characteristics of facial expression recognition of children with ADHD by measuring hemodynamic response in the brain and showed the possibility that the neural basis for the recognition of facial expression is different from that of typically developing children.


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Peanut Allergy: Could Pulsed Light Remove Allergen From Peanuts? 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Around 1.9 million people in the US are allergic to peanuts, exposing them to dangerous reactions such as anaphylaxis. But a scientist from the University of Florida has been experimenting with pulsed light to inactivate allergenic proteins in peanuts, potentially protecting individuals with peanut allergies.

Researchers used pulsed light technology to inactivate allergenic proteins in whole peanuts. Could this make peanuts safer for those with allergies?

Researchers used pulsed light technology to inactivate allergenic proteins in whole peanuts. Could this make peanuts safer for those with allergies? 


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The Association Between Empathy, Neurohormones and Aggression 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Empathy is typically seen as eliciting warmth and compassion - a generally positive state that makes people do good things to others. However, empathy may also motivate aggression on behalf of the vulnerable other. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined whether assessed or elicited empathy would lead to situation-specific aggression on behalf of another person, and to explore the potential role of two neurohormones in explaining a connection between empathy and aggression. The study is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


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X Factor's Most Inspiring Singer This Season 

[Source:  People Magazine]

Getting a good critique from Simon Cowell is rare - but X Factor contestant Rion Paige is no stranger to defying the odds. 

Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that caused a curving of the joints in her wrist, Paige, 13, has grown up always knowing she is different. 

"It was hard for me, as a little kid, to see other kids holding microphones and able to move around when we used to go to karaoke places, and I would have to have my mom hold the microphone," Paige, whose first name is pronounced "Ryan," tells PEOPLE. 


Read the Rest of this Article and Watch this Incredibly Talented Young Lady Perform on our Blog

Lachlan's First Hearing Aids Aged 7 Weeks Old 

Editor's Note:  Is it ok to have two feel good stories in one week?   This is beautiful!! 


Our beautiful son Lachlan was diagnosed as having moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears. When he was 7 weeks old he received his first hearing aids. His reaction when they were turned on was truly amazing. We cried from happiness. 


Watch this Video on our Blog

Improving Babies' Language Skills Before They Can Speak 

[Source:  Science Daily]


In  the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds "might" be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new Rutgers research.

The study by April Benasich and colleagues of Rutgers University-Newark is published in the October 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The researchers found that when 4-


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PediaStaff Placement of the Week:  SLP in San Antonio, TX  

Congratulations to Andrea S, SLP.   Andrea will be working for PediaStaff's school-based client in San Antonio.   She is actually a rehire!  She worked for them for several years some years back and is going back for another go round!   It's always so great to hear that a therapist was so happy with her assignment that she wants to go back for seconds.  

Congrats, Andrea!

Featured Supervisory Job of Week: BCBA Supervisor, California 

Our client is a private, evidence-based behavioral and speech practice helping children overcome challenges related to autism spectrum disorders.  We are seeking a BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA) Supervisor in the San Gabriel Valley, California.
Team Leader Responsibilities: Training:  developing and conducting clinical training programs for the clinical team. Clinical Compliance:  Ensuring clinical compliance and treatment integrity standards are met. Entrepreneurial/Organizational Development:  Launching new contracts, service lines in existing markets or service locations in new regions Research:  Participating in research projects and related 

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SLP Freebie of the Week:  Spooky Speech  

[Source Speechie Freebies]

With Halloween right around the corner, speech is getting a little bit spooky!  This great freebie is ready for your speech sessions for elementary and secondary students.

Included in this free product are 7 word lists targeting 11 phonemes.  These word lists can be printed for rapid practice, use in other articulation exercises, use with the included activities, or used for language and other activities as appropriate.


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Book Review:  Just Breathe - When Teachers Practice Mindfulness  

[Source:  Edutopia]

Once in a while, a resource comes along that is so invaluable to our work as educators that I have to share it with you. Meena Srinivasan's new book Teach, Breathe, Learn:  Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom, is such a resource. It speaks to a yearning I hear across our country: a desire to teach and work in a way that is anchored in joy, emerging from compassion, and that is more humane and slower than the way we work now.

What Meena honestly and graciously offers in this easy-to-read book is a roadmap for this desire. She introduces a variety of mindfulness practices and then offers a wealth of resources for how to integrate these into our lives and classrooms. Anyone interested in implementing mindfulness in schools must read this book.


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OT/PT Activity of the Week: Giant Balloon Toss:  Giant Balloon Toss 

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

Here is a simple, new way to play balloon volleyball.  Just blow up a bunch of balloons and put them in a clear, plastic bag.  Starting tossing the giant bag of balloons.  The balloon bag allows for a large, very slow moving target to help children who may be just learning how to catch.

Try playing a game of balloon volleyball.  Try laying on your back and hitting the giant balloon bag with your feet to add in some core strengthening.  See what games your child can create with the big bag of balloons.


Watch a Video of the Giant Balloon Toss in Action Through a Link on our Blog

School Nurse / SLP Resource: for Dental Health Month  

Editor's Note:  SLPs:  How well do you know the School Nurses at your school and district.  This would be a wonderful gift to give to your school nurse, as a reaching out/getting to know you better offering!  The more we collaborate, the better it is for the children!


October is National Dental Health Month! To help children with disabilities and their families with dental hygiene needs, our friends at n2y would like to GIVE these materials to anyone and everyone!

These pages are completely FREE for printing, posting on your website, blogging, distributing via listserv or emailing etc. Use and share!  Download through links below or by clicking on the images


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Pediatric Clinicians Corner: Could Bilingual Ed Mold Kids' Brains?

[Source: Mind Shift]

For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite. Researchers now believe that when people learn another language, they develop cognitive advantages that improve their attention, self-control and ability to deal with conflicting information.

Today the benefits of bilingualism are being put to the test in schools all across Utah.

Arrowhead Elementary is just one of the more than 100 public schools in the state that have launched language immersion programs in the past five years. At Arrowhead, that language is Mandarin. Other schools across Utah have created programs in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.


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Tech Corner: Apple Releases iOS 8 with Major Accessibility Upgrades

[Source:  the Assistive Technology Blog]

Today, Apple released iOS 8 the latest software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The new software, which is available for free, includes many new features and enhancements, including new accessibility features and tools that will allow developers to make the next generation of apps. Apple has not stood still in terms accessibility and as a result, iOS 8 is truly the most accessible and inclusive iOSversion to date.

Some of the most exciting new accessibility features are included in iOS are ready to use right after updating. These features are developed by Apple, and most are found under Settings > General > Accessibility.


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Language Corner: Developing Skills for Kids with Aspergers & HFA

[Source:  My Asperger's Child]

"Do children with Asperger Syndrome (high functioning) tend to have problems with speech and language? How can parents tell if their child has problems in this area, and what type of interventions are recommended?"

Language seems to develop on time in kids with Asperger's (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA), but words, while formulated according to the rules, seem to lack functional effectiveness, because they most often are used to express immediate needs or to expound on the youngster's favorite subjects.


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Career Corner/Job Search Tip: Templates at the Ready

by Heidi Kay

Does this sound familiar?

"The thing I hate most about job searching is having to customize my resume and cover letter every time I see a new position that interests me.  I'm working and in grad school, and I just don't have time to sit down and re-do my information for every job.   It's such a drag!"


At PediaStaff, we hear this often.  We almost always ask our therapy applicants to tailor their resume to fit the position for which we will present them, and very rarely does our candidate jump for joy at the prospect.   It is no secret, that a personalized response to each and every position will result in a far greater number of interview opportunities for you.   Employers want to know why you want to work for their district, clinic or hospital; why you want to work in their setting; and why you want to work with their particular population of kids.

OT Corner: Vision Skills - Can You See Them?

by Katherine Collmer, OTR/L


The next time you are sitting among a group of children, take a look around and see if you can pick out those who have a vision problem.  Now, setting aside eyesight, as it is only one of the 17 visual skills we use each day, don't count those wearing glasses.  They are obviously living with a visual issue.  But, what about the others?

You may be surprised to learn that about 25% of children are experiencing a vision problem, with 11.5% of teenagers living with an undetected or untreated vision issue.   But, when you surveyed the group of children, were you able to tell which of them needed help?  Don't feel badly.  I wouldn't be able to pick them out that easily either.  Vision skills can be "invisible" and difficult to detect.  But, if you have just a small bit of information, you can uncover the behaviors 

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