June 7, 2013
Weekly Edition 
Issue 17, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Happy Friday! 

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!

News Items:
 
  • Developmental Outcomes In Children With Autism Predicted By Early Brain Responses To Words
  • Family Let Down After Fragile X Trial Halted
  • Computer-Based ADHD Assessment Being Trialled In UK Prisons For The First Time
  • Identifying Pediatric Patients At High Risk Of Stroke Or Brain Hemorrhage
  • 'Back to Sleep' Does Not Affect Baby's Ability to Roll
  • Nearly One-Third of Children With Autism Also Have ADHD
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: A kid with Down Syndrome in a TV commercial = Progress!

 

PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week: SLP for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan 
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: Meet Hillary!
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Books for Picky Eaters from the New York Times
  • Website Resource of the Week: We Do Listen Animated Books about Social Cognition and Skills
  • Therapy Craftivity of the Week:  Clothes Hanger for Dad  
  • Pinned on Pinterest, Tested in Therapy: Corn Cob Holders for Fine Motor Practice 

Articles and Special Features 

  • PT Corner: Let's Talk About School-Based Physical Therapy 
  • SLP Corner: What are Phonological Processes?
  • OT Corner: Scissor Skills - Not So "Cut and Dry"
  • Worth Repeating: The Bottom line on 'Learning Styles'
  • Also Worth Repeating: Life on the Drawing Board
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Autism in the News:  Developmental Outcomes In Children With Autism Predicted By Early Brain Responses To Words

[Source: Medical News Today]

The pattern of brain responses to words in 2-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder predicted the youngsters' linguistic, cognitive and adaptive skills at ages 4 and 6, according to a new study.

 

The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, are among the first to demonstrate that a brain marker can predict future abilities in children with autism.


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Fragile X in the News: Family Let Down After Fragile X Trial Halted

[Source: Disability Scoop]

 

After seeing dramatic improvements while participating in a drug trial, one family is unsure what the future holds for their boy with fragile X syndrome now that the trial has been canceled. Logan Kisamore, 9, went from speaking just a few words to having a vocabulary of 150 to 200 while taking a new medication as part of a drug trial conducted by Seaside Therapuetics. He also started to form

 


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ADHD in the News:  Computer-Based ADHD Assessment Being Trialled In UK Prisons For The First Time   

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Researchers hope that more accurate diagnosis and assessment can lead to improved inmate behavior and reduce offenses

A new ADHD tool is being investigated in the UK prison population for the first time. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London are using the computer-based QbTest; an objective test to assist in the accurate diagnosis of ADHD in young adult inmates. QbTest is the first system that has been cleared by both the FDA and European authorities to be used in children and adults.

 

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Pediatric Stroke in the News:  Identifying Pediatric Patients At High Risk Of Stroke Or Brain Hemorrhage 

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Measuring blood flow in the brain may be an easy, noninvasive way to predict stroke or hemorrhage in children receiving cardiac or respiratory support through a machine called ECMO, according to a new study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Early detection would allow physicians to alter treatment and take steps to prevent these complications - the leading cause of death for patients on ECMO.

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'Back to Sleep' in the News:  'Back to Sleep' Does Not Affect Baby's Ability to Roll   

[Source:  Science Daily]

Baby, keep on rolling. A campaign to put babies to bed on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome has not impaired infants' rolling abilities, according to University of Alberta research.

 

Johanna Darrah, a professor of physical therapy in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, says infants

 

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Autism and ADHD in the News:  Nearly One-Third of Children With Autism Also Have ADHD    

[Source: Science Daily]

 

In a study of the co-occurrence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in early school-age children (four to eight years old), researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that nearly one-third of children with ASD also have clinically significant ADHD symptoms.


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Feel Good Story of the Week: A Kid With Down Syndrome in a TV Commercial = Progress!     

[Source: Love That Max]

In the last few years, I've seen a handful of kids with special needs in ads (including a Girl Scouts catalog). But I've never seen a TV commercial with a child who has special needs until recently, when a reader told me about one. This Care.com commercial features a bunch of cute kids including Carter

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PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week:  The Upper Peninsula of Michigan!   

PediaStaff anticipates the need for a full time contract SLP in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Your caseload would likely range from K-12.  Typical needs include articulation, phonology, receptive and expressive language, social/pragmatic communication related to autism, fluency and assistive technology for communication.

 

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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Meet Hillary!  

Meet Hillary - a bilingual speech-language pathologist who will be contracting for PediaStaff at a school district client in Texas this coming (2013-2014) school year.

 

She will be working in a pre-K facility as well as an elementary school doing bilingual evaluations and treatment.   She will also travel to other schools in the district doing bilingual evals as necessary.

�Felicitaciones, se�orita!  �Estamos tan feliz por ti!

Book Reviews:  Books for Picky Eaters from the New York Times   

[Source:  New York Times]

 

by Pamela Paul

 

Children often have a baffling relationship with food. One child is terrified of cheese; another will eat nothing but. One 4-year-old's beloved slice of watermelon tastes like soap to his 7-year-old sister. Two new picture books celebrate the love, the dislike and the occasional fear inspired by two of (most) children's favorite foods: watermelon and lollipops. 

 

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Website Resource of the Week:  We Do Listen Animated Books about Social Cognition and Skills   

[Source: Speech Techie]

 

by Sean Sweeney, CCC-SLP

 

The We Do Listen Foundation has produced some great books that are available both as hardcovers and free animated versions on their website.  The stories feature Harold B. Wigglebottom, who often commits a series of social errors and learns through them- thus providing a good context for teaching story grammar.

 

In particular, "Harold B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen" is a helpful additional context for teaching Whole Body Listening (a term originally created by Suzanne Truesdale and also discussed in Nita Everly's Can You Listen With Your Eyes and Kristen Wilson and Elizabeth Sautter's Whole Body  


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Therapy Craftivity of the Week:  Clothes Hanger for Dad  

Editor's Note:  Just adorable and so great for hand strengthening, fine motor, scissor skills, visual motor and of course a big smile from Dad!  Instead of stickers, speech- language objectives could be added to this work for following directions,  expressing feelings" and more.

[Source: Motherhood on a Dime]

 

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OT Idea of the Week:  Pinned on Pinterest, Testing in Therapy: Corn Cob Holders for Fine Motor Practice   

[Source:  The Anonymous OT]

I first heard of this idea at a conference, and made the mental note to give it a try. However, time passes and you simply forget... until Pinterest reminds you, of course: Corn Cob Holders for Fine Motor Practice.

 

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Physical Therapy Corner: Let's Talk About School Based Physical Therapy

By Kathryn R. Biel, PT, DPT

 

I am a physical therapist.  It often surprises people when I tell them that I work in a school district (a large, urban one, to be exact).  I usually get the follow-up question of, "doing what?" Many people do not understand the role of physical therapists in the educational system.  Those who have led a sheltered life surrounded only by typically developing children think that I must be there to work with children who are injured playing sports.  Many parents of the preschool set know

 

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SLP Corner: What are Phonological Processes?

by Heidi Hanks

We've talked a lot about helping kids with articulation disorders here on Mommy Speech Therapy. I've shared my Articulation Screener to help you identify the sounds kids are saying in error as well as an Articulation Goal Tracker to help select the sounds that need to be targeted and keep track of progress. But what if your child has so many sound errors you don't know where to start,

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OT Corner: Scissor Skills - Not So "Cut and Dry"

by Margaret Rice, Your Therapy Source

Learning to cut with scissors is a very complex task. Think of all the control required to actually open and close scissors. You many think just the wrist, hand and fingers does the job but in reality it is almost your entire body working to cut the paper. You need to have appropriate posture (back stable, feet on floor and hips in neutral). Shoulders and arms need to be stable to allow the hands to work. The muscles in the fingers need to work in isolation. The eyes need to look at

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Worth Repeating: The Bottom line on 'Learning Styles'

[Source:  The Washington Post]

By Valerie Strauss

University of Virginia Professor Daniel Willingham is well known in ed circles for applying cognitive science to K-16 education.  One topic to which he has written and returned  is the notion of different "learning styles" and whether there is any real evidence for them. In 2009, for example, he

Also Worth Repeating: Life on the Drawing Board


[Source: Bloom]

Stephie Coveart is an original.

 

The 21-year-old has autism but is a social butterfly.

 

She can't read, write, do math or tell time.  

But the joy that bounces from her drawings of cats and dogs-each coloured in bright, bold markers, floating on white space and with quirky facial expressions-has attracted the attention of artists and animators.

 

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