May 13, 2016
Issue 20, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • Virginia First-Grader With No Hands Wins National Handwriting Contest
  • Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering Or Exploitive?
  • Could Swaddling Babies for Sleep Raise Risk of SIDS?
  • Mouse Model of Autism Offers Insights to Human Patients, Potential Drug Targets
  • Clinical Trial Underway for Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Teens with Down Syndrome
PediaStaff News and Hot Jobs 
  • Outpatient Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist/SLP Job - Salisbury, MD
  • Contract Special Education Teacher - Chicago, IL
  • Hot Job! ESY Contract School Occupational Therapist - Plainfield, IL
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • It's Better Hearing and Speech Month! Ideas to Recognize It
  • Nature Matching Game
  • Spring Garden Fine Motor Sensory Activity
  • Free Positional Words Activity
Articles and Special Features 
  • School Psych Corner: Why Teen Mental Health Matters
  • SLP Corner: SLP Scope of Practice
  • Special Ed Corner: Student Led IEP Meetings
  • Bilingual Corner: The Case for the Multilingual Classroom: Starting Early
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Resources for Children's Mental Health Month
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VA First-Grader With No Hands Wins National Handwriting Contest
[Source: NPR]
Seven-year-old Anaya Ellick, who was born with no hands and does not use prostheses, recently won a national penmanship contest.
Holding the pencil between her wrists, the first-grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va., formed neat, careful letters, earning her the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship. The award is one of several that the educational company  Zaner-Bloser gives out every year.

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Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering Or Exploitive?
[Source: Disability Scoop]
WASHINGTON - Disability activists are split over New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's first statewide ad, which features her son who has a disability.
Hassan, a Democrat who is locked in a contentious U.S. Senate race with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, describes how her son's diagnosis with cerebral palsy was one of the main reasons she entered public service.

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Could Swaddling Babies for Sleep Raise Risk of SIDS?
[Source:  Medical News Today]
Swaddling is a traditional practice of wrapping babies tightly from the neck downward in a sheet or thin cloth. The custom is intended to promote sleep by making infants feel secure and calm. However, an analysis of published research questions whether this practice might be linked to a raised risk for sudden infant death syndrome.

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Mouse Model of Autism Offers Insights to Human Patients, Potential Drugs
[Source:  Science Daily]

A new mouse model of a genetically-linked type of autism reveals more about the role of genes in the disorder and the underlying brain changes associated with autism's social and learning problems.
Scientists at Duke Health who developed the new model also discovered that targeting a brain receptor in mice with this type of autism could ease repetitive behaviors and improve learning in some animals.

Clinical Trial Underway for Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Teens w/DS 
[Source: Science Daily]

An FDA-approved clinical trial is underway at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to evaluate the use of a hypoglossal nerve stimulator - a technology currently available to adults with severe  obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that stimulates the upper airway to facilitate breathing during sleep - in a select group of adolescent patients with Down syndrome and OSA. 

A case report on the first patient in the trial - whose implantation on April 8th, 2015, represented the first time the technology has been used in a pediatric patient in the United States - has been published in the May issue of Pediatrics. The clinical trial will now be expanded to include four additional sites in the U.S.

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Featured Job of the Week:  OP Pediatric SLP Job - Salisbury, MD
We are searching for a Speech-Language Pathologist for a pediatric outpatient clinic in the Salisbury, MD area. The perfect candidate will enjoy a healthy pace with a positive work environment, and the opportunity to be a part of an interdisciplinary team. New grads welcome. Bilingual a plus but not required.There are three speech-language pathologists on staff, each with over 10 years' experience. Great mentorship for a new grad.  Each therapist has a different area of expertise - feeding, AAC, Hanen, etc.  Flexible scheduling.

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Featured Job of the Week:  Contract SpEd Teacher - Chicago, IL
We are working with a charter school in the city of Chicago who is in need of a full time Special Education Teacher for a caseload of approximately 15-20 students.  These kiddos are in kindergarten through 4th grade and the position is at one location.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:15AM - 3:35PM for the 2016-2017 school year.  Compensation is dependent on experience.
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Featured Job of the Week:  ESY Contract School OT - Plainfield, IL
Are you interested in a part time position?  We are working with a private therapeutic day school who is in need of an occupational therapist to work ESY in the vicinity of Plainfield.  The children range anywhere between the ages of 5-21.
The position will also be available for the 2016-2017 SY 6-9 hours/wk but it is possible that by the time school starts, the position will have grown to accommodate additional hours.|
Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.
It's Better Hearing and Speech Month! Ideas to Recognize It
The following are suggested activities to raise awareness about communication disorders and your services during Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). Read about how your ASHA colleagues have recognized BHSM in the Share Your Stories section of the ASHA Website.  

Activity of the Week:  Nature Matching Game
[Source: Pre-K Pages]
It's Spring!  All around us, nature is beginning to awaken from the winter months. Spring is the perfect time to play outside more often and for longer periods of time. Kids love exploring nature; in spring they can find flowers, leaves, and all kinds of things beginning to grow.

Making a game using things found in nature can also add to the fun!

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Fine Motor Sensory Activity:  Spring Garden
[Source:  Hands On As We Grow]
This invitation is a simple garden fine motor activity that uses a transfer motion and also strengthens hand eye coordination.
Simple fine motor activities that combine a seasonal sensory element are an engaging and wonderful opportunity for toddlers to develop their basic skills while exploring their senses at the same time.
I love planning activities within our home around the seasons and with spring in full bloom, I knew that this simple garden themed fine motor activity invitation would draw the interest of my three year old (hello, can we say dirt?!).

SLP Activity of the Week:  Free Positional Words Activity  
[Source:  The Measured Mom]
It's the final week of the K-2 Math Activities series with Playdough to Plato and This Reading Mama!  This week our theme is Geometry.
When I thought about creating a geometry game for kindergarten, I decided to focus on positional words rather than shapes.  Here's a list of positional words that kids should understand:

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School Psych Corner:  Why Teen Mental Health Matters
[Source Care 2]

May is Mental Health Month - an opportunity to talk about a variety of mental health issues and break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. But one issue commonly gets left out of the mental health conversation: teen and adolescent health.

It's a particularly important topic, given that one in 5 teens has what the Office of Adolescent Health describes as a "diagnosable mental condition."  As a chronic health condition, mental illness often onsets in people's teens - sometimes even before age 14. Thus, understanding that mental illness is a very real issue for teens - and learning to recognize the signs - is absolutely critical to improve mental health care in the United States.

SLP Corner: SLP Scope of Practice
[Source:  Advance Healthcare Network]

By Valerie Neff Newitt

"The field of speech-language pathology has always had an incredible amount of diversity but has seen further expansion in recent years," said Jennifer R. Beers, MS, CCC/SLP, a speech-language pathologist with Bayada Home Health Care, Rutland, Vt.

Special Ed Corner: Student Led IEP Meetings
[Source:  Smarter]
The concept of student led IEP meetings is growing momentum. There has been a growing discussion about including students and allowing them to lead the development of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). While it seems sensible enough to include the student in his or her own IEP development, it has not become a routine practice nationwide. In review of the literature, it appears that the benefits do outweigh the barriers impeding this practice.

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Bilingual Corner: The Case for the Multilingual Classroom
[Source:  International Literacy Association]
The ability to speak multiple languages is a coveted skill in today's economy. The goal is to create a learning environment that promotes language acquisition while making the curriculum accessible to everyone. For policymakers and educators worldwide, the question is how to foster that environment in an era of tight budgets, diverse priorities, and political sensitivities.
Pediatric Tx Corner:  Resources for Children's Mental Health Month
Editor's Note:  It's Mental Health Month!  We found this excellent collection of resources on the APA - this is a go-to checklist perfect for all therapy clinicians and educators!
[Source:  American Psychological Association]

Below are a collection of APA resources on children's mental health and issues that affect children.
Anger Management Resources
  • Helping children express anger 
  • Teaching by example 
  • What to do when you are angry 
  • What makes children angry
  • What parents can do when children are angry and fight
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