February 12, 2016
Issue 6, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday

Please enjoy our current issue of our newsletter.
 
News Items:
  • Study Suggests More Effective Speech Therapy Approach for Children with Down Syndrome
  • Movement Scaling, Handwriting and ADHD
  • Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity
  • In Autism, There Are Social Benefits of Being a Girl
  • Babies Already Have a Grasp of the Physics of Liquids
  • Semantically Speaking: Does Meaning Structure Unite Languages?
  • Prelinguistic Infants Can Categorize Colors
     
Hot Jobs and PediaStaff News
  • Hot Job Opportunity - Part Time School Based OT, Phoenix, AZ
  • Making A Difference- Janell Marino of PediaStaff
  • Hot Job
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Weaving Hearts
  • Activity of the Week: Syllable Matching Tray
  • Speechie Freebie! - Speech Snow Globe Craftivity
Articles and Special Features 
  • SLP Corner Follow the Three Es to Eating
  • OT Corner: Calm Down with Friends
  • Sped Corner: Is Special Education Paperwork Really a Problem?
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Study Suggests More Effective Speech Tx Approach for Kids with DS
[Source: Medical X Press]
 
Study suggests more effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome
A new study indicates that children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients.

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Movement Scaling, Handwriting and ADHD
[Source:  Journal of Attention Disorders via Your Therapy Source]
 
Journal of Attention Disorders published research on 14 boys with ADHD and 14 typically developing boys ages 7-15 years old.  Each child was assessed while writing a 10 mm and 40 mm cursive letter
'l'.  The results indicated the following:
  1. the boys with ADHD were unable to maintain their writing accurately at 40 mm, falling short by several millimeters whereas this was not seen in the boys without ADHD.
     
  2. the boys with ADHD also had slightly faster and more fluent writing than the typically developing boys.
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Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity
[Source:  Science Daily]
 
The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mayo Clinic researchers led the multi-site study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
 
Although various studies propose a connection between childhood ADHD and obesity, "this is the first population-based longitudinal study to examine the association between ADHD and development of 

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In Autism, There Are Social Benefits of Being a Girl
[Source:  Science Daily]
 
infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a Yale School of Medicine study - the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences in at-risk infants.

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Babies Already Have a Grasp of the Physics of Liquids
[Source:  Medical News Today]
 
We are born with a basic grasp of physics, just enough not to be surprised when we interact with objects. Scientists discovered this in the past two decades. What they did not know yet was that, as early as five months of age, this "na├»ve" physics also extends to liquids and materials that do not behave like solids (for example, sand), as demonstrated by a new study just published in Psychological Science.

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Semantically Speaking: Does Meaning Structure Unite Languages?  
[Source:  Science Daily]

Using a new methodology that measures how closely words' meanings are related within and between languages, an international team of researchers has revealed that for many universal concepts, the world's languages feature a common structure of semantic relatedness.

"Before this work, little was known about how to measure [a culture's sense of] the semantic nearness between concepts," says co-author and Santa Fe Institute Professor Tanmoy Bhattacharya. "For example, are the concepts of sun and moon close to each other, as they are both bright blobs in the sky? How about sand and sea, as they occur close by? Which of these pairs is the closer? How do we know?"

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Prelinguistic Infants Can Categorize Colors
[Source:  Medical News Today]
 
A joint group of researchers from Chuo University, Japan Women's University and Tohoku University has revealed that infants aged between 5 and 7 months hold the representation of color categories in their brain, even before the acquisition of language.
 
This study is published in the online journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.
 
A long-held theory called Sapir-Wharf hypothesis claims that languages define our perceptions. This theory is widely accepted in various fields of study including psychology, linguistics and anthropology. Color perception is also considered to be subject to this theory, since colors are called by their names in daily communications.
 
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We have a fantastic job opening for an Occupational Therapist in a Phoenix area school district for the remainder of the school year. We need someone to start as soon as possible running through the end of May. The therapist will work with elementary-aged students at a couple of school sites. This position is three days per week. School experience required.

Qualifications: Must hold appropriate Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.

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Making A Difference- Janell Marino of PediaStaff  
by Keith Adams, PediaStaff Partner and VP of Recruiting
 
As one of the members of the PediaStaff management team I have a good view of how the members of our company do their job on a daily basis. However, due to virtual nature of our company I really did not know what our team did on their time off... and I would hear bits and pieces of stories that made me realize that I wanted to know more. What I found is that each of us has the ability to make a difference in the communities around us or by working with organizations on a international level. Opportunities and needs are always in front of us...do we see them?

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OT Activity of the Week:  Weaving Hearts
[Source:  Teaching Mama]
 
It's important for children to have a lot of time to work on fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are the actions that are performed in the small muscles in the hands, fingers and wrists. Your child practices using fine motor skills when holding a pencil, using a pair of scissors or lacing their shoes. Today's fine motor skill is weaving hearts.
 
Learn More About this Activity Through a Link on our Blog
Activity of the Week: Syllable Matching Tray
[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]
 
I have gotten a lot of questions over the years about what's the MOST important exercise for teaching a child to read, and there really isn't ONE, reading is a whole buffet of things that come together. If there is one thing for parents to do it is to read to your kids, after that there are many other little things to work on in fun ways. In my book Raising A Rock-Star Reader my co-author and I share 75 things parents can do to help support their child, 

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Speechie Freebie! -  Speech Snow Globe Craftivity
Included in this packet is a color and black and white version of the snow globe. I found the snow globe clipart  from Teacher's Clipart store on store on TpT. It is purposely left as a simple template so you can use it for just about any goal you are targeting.

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SLP Corner:  Follow the Three Es to Eating
by Melanie Potock, CCC-SLP

Whether a child participates in  feeding treatment or parents simply ask advice on how to encourage their kids to try new foods, offering manageable tips is where I like to start. For every child, I ask parents to follow my three Es: Expose, Explore, Expand.

Expose!
Parents often report that they no longer put new foods on a child's plate because: "What's the point? He won't eat it anyway." The point is exposing kids to a variety of foods, especially those enjoyed at the family table. Some children may require a preferred food as their main course, but  including a small portion-1 tablespoon-of at least one other 

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OT Corner:  Calm Down with Friends
[Source:  All 4 My Child]

Fidget toys are supposed to help kids who... well, fidget a lot. True confession: I find them often more distracting to the child, other children and adults than helpful. One day our group kids entered the room in a loud, active whirlwind. Although they often enter this way, this particular day they were not able to hear the adult voices and were literally bouncing off the walls, the chairs and tables. In an act of desperation, I brought out my bag of fidget toys.


Sped Corner: Is Special Education Paperwork Really a Problem?
[Source:  Education Week]
 
When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was reauthorized back in 2004, the U.S. Department of Education offered some relief to states that said they were drowning in paperwork.
One pilot program allows states to create individualized education programs, or IEPs, for students that cover three school years, instead of one. A second pilot program allows states to identify areas where they can cut back on paperwork and request a waiver from the department.


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