March 6, 2015
Issue 9, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday! 

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter!
News Items:
  • Toronto Mom Carries Sign to Alert Strangers About Son's Autism
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin D May Control Brain Serotonin
  • New Genetic Syndrome Found
  • Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis
  • Air Pollution Linked to Slower Cognitive Development in Children
  • Infants' Gut Bacteria Linked to Food Sensitization
Hot Jobs 
  • Placement of the Week: Special Educator in Oregon!
  • Pediatric Outpatient Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Richardson, TX
  • School and Home Based Therapists - All Disciplines, Throughout New Mexico
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • OT Resource of the Week: Fun, Free, Pencil Grip Video
  • Language Activity of the Week: Duplo Rhyming Game
  • Book: Sensory Processing Challenges - Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens
  • Speech Freebie of the Week: St. Patrick's Day: Capture the Gold Game

Articles and Special Features 

  • Autism Corner: News Anchor Ditches CNN to Create Clothing Line for Kids with Autism
  • OT Corner:  Handwriting Tips for Older Students - Posters!
  • Peds Therapy Corner: What? Why? and How? to Use Rubrics for School-Based Therapy
  • SLP Corner: The Complementary Role of Therapist and Mother 
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Toronto Mom Carries Sign to Alert Strangers About Son's Autism

[Source: Toronto Star]

Attention all subway passengers. Farida Peters wants you to know that if she had time, she'd stop and explain.

She would apologize and tell you she's doing the best she can on the crowded train. That she's not a bad mother who doesn't care about manners, and that when her son gets agitated and unruly, it isn't his fault.

If she had time. Which she doesn't. Because she's too busy trying to avert a meltdown. She's busy reassuring her little boy that he'll be okay even though there are no seats for him to sit on today, handing him his yellow toy car, promising him an M&M if he can keep it together for just a few more stops, softly urging him not to make that high-pitched screeching noise.


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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin D May Control Brain Serotonin 

[Source: Medical News Today]

Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper published in FASEB Journal by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute CHORI), serotonin is explained as the possible missing link tying together why vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.


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New Genetic Syndrome Found 

[Source:  Science Daily] 


Analyzing a puzzling multi-system disorder in three children, genetic experts have identified a new syndrome, shedding light on key biological processes during human development. The research also provides important information to help caregivers manage the disorder, and may offer clues to eventually treating it.

"This syndrome illuminates a very important pathway in early human development - a sort of master switch that controls many other genes," said study leader Ian D. Krantz, M.D., co-director of the Individualized Medical Genetics Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Krantz, a medical geneticist, is an attending physician in CHOP's comprehensive human genetics program.


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Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis

[Source:  Psych Central]

Children with dyslexia must be diagnosed early and given treatment as soon as possible, say experts. The current state of dyslexia research and treatment are discussed by Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., and Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, in a seminar article in the Lancet.

They explain that dyslexia involves slow and inaccurate word recognition, although comprehension is normal. Those affected do not tend to have intellectual impairments or sensory problems.


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Air Pollution Linked to Slower Cognitive Development in Children
[Source:  Science Daily]

Attendance at schools exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is linked to slower cognitive development among 7-10-year-old children in Barcelona, according to a study published by Jordi Sunyer and colleagues from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Spain, published in this week's PLOS Medicine.


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Infants' Gut Bacteria Linked to Food Sensitization

[Source:  Medical News Today]

A recent study reveals new clues on how changes to the mix of bacteria in the gut of young babies may offer a way to predict the future development of food allergy or asthma.

Researchers suggest patterns of gut bacteria in young babies may serve as biomarkers of future disease.

The finding is the work of researchers from the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba in Canada and is published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy.


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Therapy Placement of the Week:  Special Educator in Oregon! 

Congratulations Eden, M., on your new Special Education position in North West Oregon.

Eden will work with a caseload of about 20 students in a Life Skills Resource Room.  In addition to managing the caseload, she will coordinate evaluations with a school psychologist and provide small group instruction in a special education classroom setting. 

Great Job, Eden!

Hot Job: Pediatric Outpatient BCBA - Richardson, TX

One of our long time clients would like to start up a BCBA program at her clinic.  This pediatric outpatient clinic is therapist owned and growing!  They seek a BCBA to join their team at their Richardson office.  Full time hours are typically from 9:00AM - 6:00PM.

They see a variety of diagnoses and have state of the art equipment and materials.   For full time employees they offer 8 major holidays, two weeks vacation, continuing ed and travel allowance as well as licensure reimbursement.   Individual insurance plans are also available.

Therapists work for this clinic because they love what they do and they love their work environment. 


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Featured Jobs:  Pediatric Therapists -All Disciplines, Throughout NM


PediaStaff is now hiring Pediatric Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists,  Physical Therapists, SLPAs, COTAs and PTAs in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico for school-based and home-based early intervention settings.


Are you interested in providing early intervention services in the natural environment?  Come to New Mexico.  We have choices!  Our first priority is birth to three.   Mixed caseloads in school and EI. The positions are predominately southern NM. But contact us. We are expanding!!


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OT Resource of the Week:  Fun, Free, Pencil Grip Video  

Thank you, Ingrid King for sending us this complimentary video off of her new "Songs and Games for Fantastic Fingers" product.


Fantastic Fingers, is a fine motor school readiness resource that OTs, parents and teachers can use with children ages 4-6 years.  It consists of 100 activities and 100 worksheets along with songs and videos.   


Very nice work!


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Language Activity of the Week:  Duplo Rhyming Game

[Source;  No Time for Flash Cards]

This Duplo rhyming game is fantastic because you can make a bunch or just a few and it gives you another way to use these awesome blocks even if your kids insist they are too bog for them now. Rhyming is an important building block for reading and a fun one to work on with kids if you only have a few minutes. This only takes a couple of minutes to put together and while I used stickers if you have a talent for drawing you could draw the images too. Do not worry about using permanent markers on Duplo, I'll show you a trick at the end of the post to get it all off when you want to. Check out all the fun we had with these simple Duplo rhyming game.


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Book Review:  New Book By Lindsey Biel! 

Book by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L;   Review by:  Tamara Hill, MS


For many of us, large department stores like Macy's can lead to sensory overload. We walk in and are assaulted by bright lights, crowds, noisy customers, colors everywhere, and the smell of very strong perfume. For me, personally, I know that if I stay too long I can begin to feel trapped, frustrated, or overwhelmed. You might also feel this way when trying to find the dairy section in a newly reorganized supermarket, or during the honking of rush hour traffic.


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Speech Freebie of Week: St. Patrick's Day: Capture the Gold Game

[Source:  Speech 2 U via Speechie Freebies]

I wrote about my valentine day blow dart game on my blog last month.  My clients had such a good time with this activity, that I made up a FREEBIE version for St. Patrick's Day that I am really excited to share with you.  

You will need straws, some Q-tips and the leprechaun targets.  Students take turns putting a cotton swab in the straw and shooting it at the leprechauns in an attempt to win the pot of gold.  A great way to get a lot of repetitions in a session.  Want to get your copy?  


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Autism Corner: Anchor Quits to Create Clothing for Kids w/Autism

[Source:  The Observer]

A study found that mothers of kids with autism have stress levels comparable to those of combat soldiers.

The mental strain stems from both the constant feeling that "anything can happen" and the frustrations associated with the seemingly simple day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted. One such activity that the majority of people can't even fathom to be so difficult is getting dressed. And we're not talking about choosing the perfect outfit; we mean physically putting on clothes-a task that takes 30 minutes or more for many with low-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is a daily struggle for 21 million Americans with various disabilities.


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OT Corner: Handwriting Tips for Older Students - Posters

by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

One summer, I came across a remarkable fourth-grade student who desperately wanted to increase her speed with cursive.  We'll call her Mary.  When I assessed her handwriting skills, I discovered that her letter formations were superb, but she certainly attained that perfection at the expense of speed.  We spent the summer building that skill and we were both thrilled with her progress.

But, the next summer, her parents came to me with their concern that, although she could produce legible and speedy handwriting, she was unable to construct a book report independently.  It was evident to me that my work had not ended with handwriting skills.  Functionality depended upon her ability to convey her knowledge 

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Peds Corner: What, Why & How to Use Rubrics for School Therapy

by:  Margaret Rice, Your Therapy Source


What are rubrics

Rubrics are an excellent tool for school based therapists to utilize throughout the school year for ongoing assessment of a student's skills.  A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. A skill is broken down into different components and a numerical value is given to each component. The performance is then scored by totaling the sum of the numerical values.


Why should school based therapists use rubrics?


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SLP Corner: The Complementary Role of Therapist and Mother

[Source:  ASHAsphere]

by Ana Paula Mumy


I was a speech language pathologist for seven years before I became a mother. I love our field and the chances I get to bring positive change to the lives of children and their families. As a parent, being an SLP helps me be more attuned to my children's developmental milestones.


My professional skills also allow me to provide my children rich language input, particularly because they are growing up in a bilingual home. I consciously employed language strategies such as narration, expansions and recasts in our everyday interactions. So now, when my 6-year-old daughter says, "Mommy, I made an observation about rainbows today," or when my 4 

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