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March 16, 2012
Issue 9, Volume 5
It's All About the Choices!     
Happy Friday! 

Hope everyone is well and enjoying a taste of Spring.    

A special thanks to Jenna at Speech Room News for her great post on how to use Pinterest photo boards for therapy.   Very flattered that she used our boards as her examples!  

Here is our weekly newsletter offering for you: 

News Items: 
  • Shortages of ADHD Drugs Felt in Classrooms 
  • Potential Role of Parents' Work Exposures in Autism Risk Examined:Possible Link Between Some Work Exposures and Risk for Offspring 
  • Study Pinpoints Effects of Different Doses of an ADHD Drug; Finds Higher Doses May Harm Learning 
  • Self-Centered Kids? Blame Their Immature Brains  
  • 'Grave Concerns' About Popular Bumbo Baby Seat 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Therapy Resource of the Week:  AllSpecialEd.com 
  • Therapy Idea/Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Egg Bowl or Garland 
  • App Review:  Make Dice
  • Book Review:  Children's Songs for Therapy 
Discussion Group Topics 
  • Pinterest Discussion Round-Up: What are Your Favorite Online Resources? 
  • New Pin for Discussion:  An Educator Needs our Help on How to Teach 'Social Rules'

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: Grammar Resource from 2 Gals Talk About Speech Therapy
  • OT Corner:  The Ten Commandments of Parents with Kids on the Autism Spectrum 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Turning Pinterest Boards Into a Therapy Activity
  • Meet PediaStaff:  Ruth Sigel 
  • Worth Repeating: Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children
  • Also Worth Repeating: Book Review - More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom            
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ADHD in the News:  Shortages of ADHD Drugs Felt in Classrooms


[Source:  Education Week]

As a shortage of the stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues into its second year, educators, doctors, and parents of children with the disorder have been struggling to manage the effects of an unpredictable drug supply on children's behavior and performance in the classroom.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, estimates that more than 7.5 percent-or 5.4 million-of the nation's school-age children have ADHD. The condition is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity-behavior that can interfere with learning.

Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link on our Blog 

Environmental Risks in the News: Potential Role of Parents' Work Exposures in Autism Risk Examined

[Science Daily.com]  

Could parental exposure to solvents at work be linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their children? According to an exploratory study by Erin McCanlies, a research epidemiologist from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and colleagues, such exposures could play a role, but more research would be needed to confirm an association.


Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog
ADHD in the News:  Study Pinpoints Effects of Different Doses of an ADHD Drug; Finds Higher Doses May Harm Learning

[Source: Science Daily.com]


New research with monkeys sheds light on how the drug methylphenidate may affect learning and memory in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  

The results parallel a 1977 finding that a low dose of the drug boosted cognitive performance of children with ADHD, but a higher dose that reduced their hyperactivity also impaired their performance on a memory test.


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Developmental Neurology in the News: Self-Centered Kids? Blame Their Immature Brains
[Source:  Science Daily]

A new study suggests that age-associated improvements in the ability to consider the preferences of others are linked with maturation of a brain region involved in self control. The findings, published by Cell Press in the March 8 issue of the journal Neuron, may help to explain why young children often struggle to control selfish impulses, even when they know better, and could impact educational strategies designed to promote successful social behavior.

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Baby Safety in the News: 'Grave Concerns' About Popular Bumbo Baby Seat
Editor's Note:  A few weeks ago a blog post about the Bumbo Seat was making the rounds on Pinterest.   This article from the Baltimore Sun examines the controversy surrounding the safety of the seat, which the manufacturer insists is perfectly safe "when used correctly."

[Source:  The Baltimore Sun]


Needing a moment to prepare a snack, nanny Teri Deel set her 3-month-old charge in a Bumbo Baby Seat on the kitchen floor nearby.


Suddenly the 20-pound boy arched his back, lurched out of the round plastic seat and struck his head on a rattle. The fall fractured his skull and led to bleeding around the brain, according to a lawsuit filed

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Therapist Resource of the Week: AllSpecialEd.com

AllSpecialEd is a online learning community where professionals and families can come together to share personal experiences, post tips and resources, ask questions, explore the latest in evidence-based research, and collaboratively problem solve current issues in special education.  

The site was just launched by two SLPs about a month and a half ago and is growing everyday.  They have key members of the special education community (Boston College, Penn State, Southern CT State University and more!) already participating.


Read More About this Resource Through a Link on our Blog
Therapy Idea/Pinterest Pin of the Week: Yarn Easter Egg Bowl or Garland 
I just love crafty people!   We pinned this blog post from Crafty Endeavor via Mom 2 Psh Lil Divas the other day and it already has 228 repins.  Definitely the pin of the week! What a great looking, easy craft.  Make a garland, or a bowl full!

See This Easy Easter / Spring Activity on our Blog
App Review : Make Dice

by:  Jenna Rayburn of TherapyApp411 and Speech Room News


I downloaded a new app perfect for speech therapy this week. It's called Make Dice.


It's a cheap app that you can use with all your groups! It was 99 cents when I purchased this app and I've already used it enough to make it worth it! 


The app does just what it sounds like. Let's you write on the sides of a die and then just press a button or shake the ipad to roll them. You can make dice for anything! A few ways I've already used it:  


Read the Rest of this App Review on our Blog

Book Review: Children's Songs for Therapy
Book Title:  Children's Songs for Therapy
By:  Rachel See Smith, MA, MT-BC
Review By: Jena H. Casbon

Music therapy has long been proven to be extremely beneficial for children with a variety of special needs. If you're looking for an all-inclusive songbook, complete with music, lyrics and activities to motivate your kiddos and give you some new ideas, look no further. I've got the perfect new resource for you.


Read the Rest of this Book Review on our Blog

New Pinterest Pin for Discussion An Educator Needs our Help on How to Teach 'Social Rules'

The neat thing about building the  PediaStaff Pinterest site, as well as our LinkedIN Pediatric Therapy Group, is that we are, with increasing regularity, fielding all kinds of interesting inquiries from educators and parents looking for help from this great network of clinicians that has gathered in social media.  

This week I got an email from a para-educator who, after finding us on Pinterest, wanted to know what resources we might have on helping high school students who have difficulty with social rules.  In our initial chat, she was looking for social stories on tattling (of which I found a few and put them in Pinterest as well).   We continued our conversation via email for another round, and  I would like to share some of it with you so that perhaps we might be able to help her.   Perhaps our readers can suggest some resources we don't already have on our Social Skills board.    Here is the relevant text from her email:


Read the Educator's Email and Contribute to the Conversation on our Blog
SLP Corner: Grammar Resource from 2 Gals Talk About Speech Therapy
By: Leah Musgrave and Dean Trout

I am starting to question if I can legitimately refer to our blog as a "Monday" blog, since I haven't been writing them until Wednesday lately?  Retirement does change ones life and reduce those feelings of "it's got to be done NOW!"  Monday or Wednesday, it doesn't really matter does it, so long as we share some useful information with you.  Right?


Today you are in for a real treat.  We are sharing with you a resource from Dr. Larry Rider, a retired Communicative Disorders professor from University of Redlands, California.  I have to interject here that I have personally "talked" with him via email and he seems to be a very delightful person. He appears to be one you could share a cup of coffee with, and just chat.  Our sincere thanks to you, Dr. Rider, for allowing us to share in your knowledge.


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Occupational Therapy Corner: The Ten Commandments of Parents with Kids on the Autism Spectrum
by Mari Nosal


Reprinted with permission of the author and Enabled Kids as it appeared on their blog  


1)      Thou shall not avoid my family when you see us in a public place. Autism is not a communicable disease. It is merely a way of life. You will not catch it by being my friend. Hang out with me and my family and learn about us. Once you understand our challenges it will be self-evident that we have hopes, dreams, and feelings. We love our children just as much as you love yours. Who knows, you might grow to accept us if you give us a chance.


2)      Thou shall not judge my family. If my child is having a meltdown and seems inconsolable, do not assume I am an incompetent parent. You cannot always judge a book by its cover. Do not tell me that my child is spoiled. Ask me why I cannot control him, or tell me that my child needs to be punished. He is already punished enough by remarks from people who assume they know what is best for my family, even when they do not even know us. I am attempting to be a good parent. Your negative remarks hurt me greatly. Your positive remarks give me the internal  


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Turning Pinterest Boards Into a Therapy Activity

by:  Jenna Rayburn


Editor's Note:  How flattering to open up our blog feed to see that Jenna from Speech Room News had designed a great way to use the photos boards we have been making on Pinterest with an inexpensive iPad app!     Thank you so much, Jenna for your creativity and vision so that these photos, and any pinboard of images on Pinterest can be made portable and used in therapy!  

The app I used is called Tapikeo and available at this time for $2.99 in the app store. Tapikeo allows you create your own audio-enabled picture books, storyboards, audio flashcards, and more using a versatile grid style layout. Check it out for yourself in the itunes store here.


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Meet PediaStaff: Ruth Sigel - Special Assistant to the Management Team  

Ruth started working with PediaStaff, Inc. from its start, before that she worked for PediaStaff of FL, LLC and Kay Concepts, Inc.


Before turning to the Recruiting Industry, Ruth had careers as a Biochemist, full time Mother, and Software Engineer. She has degrees in Biology/Chemistry and Computer Science. She "retired" from Software Engineering, (after 20 years) right after 9/11 to spend more time with her family and rapidly found herself needing something else to do. Kay Concepts, Inc. offered her something new and different and she has used and continues to use her organization skills, research abilities, breadth of knowledge, and computer skills where ever needed as a "jack of all trades" for PediaStaff.

Read More About Ruth on our Blog

Worth Repeating - Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children
Thanks to our #SLPeep @abrc_SLP for tweeting this article

[Source:  ASHA]


by Teri James Bellis, PhD, CCC-A


In recent years, there has been a dramatic upsurge in professional and public awareness of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), also referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). Unfortunately, this increase in awareness has resulted in a plethora of misconceptions and misinformation, as well as confusion regarding just what is (and isn't) an APD, how APD is diagnosed, and methods of managing and treating the disorder. The term auditory processing often is used loosely by individuals in many different settings to mean many different things, and the label APD has been applied (often incorrectly) to a wide variety of difficulties and disorders.


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Also Worth Repeating - Book Review - More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom
Thanks to the Coffee Klatch for letting us know about this book!

by Beth Aune OTR/L, Beth Burt and Peter Gennaro 

Small but mighty! Good things come in small packages! With only 110 pages, More Behavior Solutions IN and BEYOND the Inclusive Classroom by Beth Aune OTR/L, Beth Burt and Peter Gennaro packs a whole lot of punch with their effective solutions to behavior problems!  This book, just out October 2011, is a companion for their first Bestseller! 

Teachers, homeschoolers and all educational professionals know that inappropriate behavior within all areas of the school, not only in the classroom, must be addressed immediately so the child in question and classmates may go on and have a productive day. Inclusive classrooms are found in most school districts; therefore, this book has new ways of doing things to accommodate children with special needs in the general education classrooms and surrounding areas.

Read the Rest of this Review Through a Link on our Blog
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