December 24, 2015
Issue 50, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and a very Merry Christmas to you!

Please enjoy our abbreviated newsletter!  We will be off next week but will have a new issue for you January 8th!  
News Items:
  • Study: Childhood Concussions Impair Brain Function
  • Brain Differences in Premature Babies who Later Develop Autism
  • Understanding Social Impairments in Autism
  • Body Awareness Develops Throughout Childhood
Hot Jobs 
  • Featured Jobs! School Based SLPs in Washington State
  • Featured Job! Outpatient Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - Decatur, GA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Great Sensory Activity / Treat for the Holidays! - Ziploc Fudge!
  • Oh Christmas Tree - Revisited 
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: 10 Sensory Winter / Christmas Activities
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner: 7 Weird Websites That Will Get Your Speech Therapy Students Talking
  • OT Corner: Foundations for Visual Perception (Activity ideas)
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Managing Circle Time
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Study: Childhood Concussions Impair Brain Function
[Source: Medical News Today]
A new study finds that pre-adolescent children who have sustained sports-related concussions have impaired brain function two years following injury.
The results are published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Over a million brain injuries are treated annually in the U.S. While organized sports at all levels have implemented safety protocols for preventing and treating head injuries, most pediatric concussions still result from athletic activities.

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Brain Differences in Premature Babies who Later Develop Autism
[Source:  Science Daily]

Extremely premature babies run a much higher risk of developing autism in later childhood, and even during the neonate period differences are seen in the brains of those who do. This according to a new study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. The findings, which are published in the journalCerebral Cortex, suggest that environmental factors can lead to autism.
Extremely preterm neonates survive at increasingly early gestation periods thanks to the advances made in intensive care in the past decades. However, babies born more than 13 weeks prematurely run a serious risk of brain damage, autism, ADHD and learning difficulties. They are exposed to numerous stress factors during a period critical to brain development, and it is possible that this plays a key part in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Understanding Social Impairments in Autism
[Source:  Medical X Press]

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich together with colleagues in Cologne and Z├╝rich have used mathematical models to explain differences in social behaviour associated with autistic personality traits. They show that autistic traits do not - as previously thought - stop the individual from "reading" social cues, but instead affect how social information is used in making decisions. This new understanding provides a new basis for future research that will improve therapies for people with autism.

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Body Awareness Develops Throughout Childhood
[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology  published research on the development of multisensory body representation and awareness in older children (10-13 years old) using the "the rubber hand illusion".   Previous research indicated that younger children (ages 4-9 years old) represent the position of their own hand in external space by relying more on looking at the hand, and less on proprioceptive input when compared to adults. The current study used the rubber hand illusion to determine if 10-13 year olds balance visual and proprioceptive inputs at an adult maturity level. Following the illusion, the participants had to point, with eyes closed, to the perceived position of their hand.

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Featured Job of the Week:  School Based SLPs in Washington State
School based SLP contracts with excellent pay!   PediaStaff has both full time and part time contracts in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties. Excellent pay rates from $40/hr to $50/hr based on experience. Benefits too. Bonus for some locations. CF is available!

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Featured Job of the Week:  OP Pediatric SLP - Decatur, GA
We are hiring a full time Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for a clinic position in an evidence-based practice in the Atlanta area of Decatur. Come join the team in this multidisciplinary practice. The Pay is commensurate with your level of experience and paid as an independent contractor.  This is an Independent Contractor rate pay per visit.  A full caseload exists currently, so full time is possible at this time.  Qualifications: Must hold a Masters Degree in Communication and Speech Disorders, a current state license 

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Great Sensory Activity / Treat for the Holidays! - Ziploc Fudge!
Editor's Note:   Here is a terrific activity for following directions, sensory, and hand strengthening!  Not to mention easy and yummy!!

Ziploc Fudge in a baggie is one of my favorite treats to make because it is just what it sounds like - fudge made in a ziplock baggie!

My son loves to help make it. He's an expert at squishing all the ingredients together to create this creamy fudge.

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SLP Seasonal Activity:  Oh Christmas Tree - Revisited
[Source: Speechie Freebies]
Need something quick for the next few days before Christmas? I have just the thing for you. Head over to my blog to read about it.

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Pinterest Pin of the Week: 10 Sensory Winter / Christmas Activities 
Here is a blog post of sensory holiday activities that was extremely popular on our Pinterest boards last week.   Please enjoy "Sensory Christmas Crafts & Activities:"


I've always felt that the best way to celebrate any holiday or season is with crafts!
Easter and spring have egg and flower crafts, autumn has natural crafts with colorful leaves and pokey pine cones, but winter and Christmas is the best time for crafts that engage all the senses.
During the holidays we are baking, decorating and spending time with family and friends.
Learn More About These Activities Through our Blog 
SLP Corner: 7 Weird Websites To Get Your Speech Students Talking
[Source:  Erik X Raj]
The Internet is amazing. It contains a massive amount of valuable content that we all can consume and it also allows the opportunity for all of us to digitally connect with each other. So cool! But you know what else? In addition to the Internet being awesome, it's also kinda . . . weird.
Wouldn't you agree with me? It's weird, right?

I'm sure I can't be the only person on this planet who has stumbled across something weird while surfing on the Internet. From silly beard pictures to silly man baby pictures (yes, man
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OT Corner:  Foundations for Visual Perception (Activity ideas)
By: Melanie Lambert OTR/L
A.M. Skeffington, an American optometrist known to some as "the father of behavioral optometry", believed that vision cannot be separated from the total individual nor from any of the sensory systems because it is integrated into all human performance. His model describes how visual processes mesh with auditory input, proprioception, kinesthesia and body sense. Visual perception is, therefore, not obtained from vision alone. It comes from combining visual skills with all other sensory modalities, including the vestibular and proprioceptive systems.

Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Managing Circle Time
By: Loren Shlaes, OTR
Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique

Circle time can be extra challenging for children who have a hard time in school. Sitting on the floor with backs unsupported is very difficult for low tone kids.
There should be a variety of sitting options for circle time. Since no one wants to be singled out, I suggest that there be a few chairs around the perimeter of the circle at the beginning of the school year. The teacher can invite the children to try both sitting in them and sitting on the floor, and then deciding which they prefer. Eventually, the children who need them will go on using the chairs, and the rest of the children will choose the floor, and no one will notice or care who sits where because they have all tried all of the options and made their choices. If this is truly not possible, then having the child sit with his back against a solid surface, like the wall, is the best choice. Or perhaps a few floor chairs could be kept in a cubby and made available.

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