December 11, 2015
Issue 47, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  Happy Chanukkah to our Jewish friends!  Please enjoy our weekly newsletter.
News Items:
  • Discovery of X-Linked Intellectual Disability Syndrome Aided by Web Tools
  • Delayed Clamping of Umbilical Cord May Be Better for Preemies
  • Activities for Daily Living and Children with DCD
  • Chomsky Was Right!  We Have 'Grammar' in our Heads
  • Study Finds Big Jump in ADHD Diagnosis Among US Kids
  • Visual-motor Connectivity Disruption and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hot Jobs & PediaStaff News
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • 10 Tips to Teach Children Self Help Skills
  • SLP Resource of Week! Gifts of Gab! 70 Freebies for December
  • Autism Resources! December Freebies via The Autism Helper
  • Seasonal Apps to Share! Gingerbread Fun 2015
Articles and Special Features 
  • Autism Corner: Holiday Tips for Parents of Children on the Spectrum
  • OT Corner: Fun DIY Activities for Visual Perceptual Skills
  • PT Corner:  The Saga (Torticollis) Continues...
  • SLP Corner:  No More Mumbling - How to Improve Mumbling
  • School Nurse's Corner:  Nurse-Led School-Based Child Obesity Prevention
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Discovery of Intellectual Disability Syndrome Aided by Web Tools
[Source: Science Daily]

It's a genetic detective story with a distinct 21st-century flavor. A geneticist from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in the United States has used powerful internet and social media tools to find doctors and researchers in nine U.S. states and eight other nations to help him confirm, document and describe in precise clinical detail a new genetic syndrome in young boys that he first came across five years ago.

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Delayed Clamping of Umbilical Cord May Be Better for Preemies
[Source:  Medical X Press]

Delayed clamping of a preterm infant's umbilical cord leads to better motor function development, a new study suggests.
"If you can wait 45 seconds before clamping the cord, and that delay has a chance of improving your baby's motor function, wouldn't you make that choice to delay?" researcher Debra Erickson-Owens, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Rhode Island, said in a university news release.

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Activities for Daily Living and Children with DCD
[Source:  Physical Therapy via Your Therapy Source]

Physical Therapy published research on the differences between 25 children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and 25 of their peers with typical development for activities of daily living (ADL) performance, learning, and participation, and the predictive values of these aspects.

All of the children's parents completed the DCD Daily-Q. The DCD Daily-Q is a 23 item questionnaire regarding a child's ability to complete fine motor activities, self-care and self-maintenance skills and gross motor playing activities.  It includes tasks such as buttering a sandwich,

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Chomsky Was Right! We Have 'Grammar' in our Heads
[Source:  Science Daily]
A team of neuroscientists has found new support for MIT linguist Noam Chomsky's decades-old theory that we possess an "internal grammar" that allows us to comprehend even nonsensical phrases.

"One of the foundational elements of Chomsky's work is that we have a grammar in our head, which underlies our processing of language," explains David Poeppel, the study's senior researcher and a professor in New York University's Department of Psychology. "Our neurophysiological findings support this theory: we make sense of strings of words because our brains combine words into constituents in a hierarchical manner-a process that reflects an 'internal grammar' mechanism."
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Study Finds Big Jump in ADHD Diagnosis Among US Kids
[Source: Psych Central]
A new study finds a 43 percent increase in diagnoses of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among U.S. children and teens between 2003 and 2011.
In 2011, 12 percent of children and teens were diagnosed with ADHD; some 5.8 million U.S. children carry the diagnosis of ADHD which can cause inattention and behavioral difficulties.
Sean D. Cleary, Ph.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) George Washington University said the analysis was performed on a large national study based on parental reports.
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Visual-motor Connectivity Disruption and Autism Spectrum Disorder
[Source:  Biological Psychiatry via Your Therapy Source]
Biological Psychiatry published research comparing resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging scans from 100 8- to 12-year-old children of which 50 had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The results were analyzed and functional connectivity was estimated between visual and motor systems. Brain-behavior relationships were evaluated by regressing functional connectivity measures with social deficit severity, imitation, and gesture performance scores.  The following results were found:

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Did You Know that PediaStaff is a Certified Women's Owned Biz
Yep.  That is right.  PediaStaff has just completed the re certification process with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.  WBENC's world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.

A special thank you goes out to Brenda Adams, our CFO for all the hard work and documentation that goes into this process each year.
We have some wonderful opportunities for School Psychologists about thirty minutes north of Tucson for the 2015-2016 school year. We have two high school level openings, one elementary school opening and one preschool opening. These positions are all just at one school, with the exception of the elementary level position, which is at two schools. We are able to consider new graduates, as we have some veteran School Psychologists who are able to mentor.

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We are looking to hire a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for a Clinic in Laguna Hills working with mostly the autistic population of children.  The position is full time 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The salary listed above is a range and depends on your level of experience.  Benefits Include and are not limited to:  Training, CEUs, Medical, Dental, Vision, PTO, 401K, etc.

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[Source: Your Therapy Source]
Here are 10 tips to help teach children to be independent with self help skills and everyday routines:
1.  Make sure you have time to give the child your undivided attention when you are first teaching a new skill or routine.  Likewise, make sure that the child is paying attention when learning the skill.  Minimize distractions and create a quiet environment at first.
2.  Break down the skill into simple steps.  Give specific directions on how to complete each step.  For example with washing hands break the skill into several steps: wet hands, put soap on hands, rub hands together and wash for 20-30 seconds, rinse hands, dry hands and turn off water.

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SLP Resource of Week! Gifts of Gab! 70 Freebies for December  
[Activity Tailor]
I try to buy Christmas gifts as the inspiration strikes and I have a shelf in our guest room where I hide those goodies.  It's such a relief when Thanksgiving rolls around and I realize I'm not starting from scratch!

To make your job easier (and give you time to focus on the things that matter most....or to finish your shopping), over 70 SLP elves have compiled an e-book of FREEBIES that will last you all month and then some!

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[Source: The Autism Helper]

It's barely scratching the surface of December and I've already got the loads of Christmas presents I need to buy on my brain. This is the time of year where we could really use a few freebies! Check out this stellar list of TpT freebies organized by level.

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Seasonal Apps to Share! Gingerbread Fun 2015
[Source: Technology Rocks]
Wish your kids could decorate  gingerbread houses or cookies without all the prep and mess and clean up?  They can! Below are several fun online gingerbread decorating sites and other fun gingerbread man online activities!

The Gingerbread Man Storyboarder  is a great way for students to re-tell or re-write a story, creating a sequence of scenes. They can select backgrounds, add characters and props, change the position and size of characters, add text in the form of captions, speech, and thought bubbles or write the story narrative below the scene on the timeline.

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Autism Corner: Holiday Tips for Parents of Children on the Spectrum
[Source:  Best Practice Autism]
The holiday season can be a stressful time of year for everyone, especially for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The sights and sounds of the holidays can be stressful and over-stimulating. There are many changes in routine, family events, parties, and vacations that need to be planned. Sometimes the stress of these changes can become overwhelming and the joy and happiness of the holidays might be lost. Here are some helpful tips to lessen your child's anxiety and increase your family's enjoyment of the holiday season: 
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OT Corner:  Fun DIY Activities for Visual Perceptual Skills
[Source:  Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips]

Sponges are one of my favorite "pediatric occupational therapy" items in my therapy bag!  There are so many therapeutic activities for basic kitchen sponges!  Simply cut the sponges into blocks or shapes of various sizes and watch any child enjoy making creations. Take a variety of brightly colored sponges, and create a stack in a particular sequence of colors/shape and then have the child re-create the stack.

PT Corner:  The Saga (Torticollis) Continues...
[Source:  Heartspace PT]

by Shelley Mannell, PT, C/NDT
Unfortunately in pediatrics the saga is the continued increase in the number of children referred for torticollis. The numbers are so high that the APTA has a set of clinical guidelines for its management (1).
We have observed that this phenomenon correlates with the "Back to Sleep" campaign, which further correlates with the rise of baby equipment (that is all a variation of the supine/back-lying position). I've talked about various aspects of torticollis before  here, here and  here.  As therapists we continue to work hard at promoting tummy time . But we should realize that the world order has changed - today's babies are not ever going to come close to the 20 hours per day babies used to spend in tummy time prior to the 1994 Back to Sleep campaign (2) - it's time to advance our practice.

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SLP Corner: How to Improve Mumbling
[Source: Speech Room News]
Preschool and Elementary students often have all the expected speech sounds in their sound inventory but still can't be understood. For lack of a better description they are just mumbling! They have reduced intelligibility in conversational speech and that can have a big impact on their success in the classroom. I've worked with quite a few mumblers over the years and thought I'd put all the strategies I use in one place.
School Nurse's Corner:   Nurse-Led Child Obesity Prevention
[Source: Sage Publications]

School-based childhood obesity prevention programs have grown in response to reductions in child physical activity (PA), increased sedentariness, poor diet, and soaring child obesity rates. Multiple systematic reviews indicate school-based obesity prevention/treatment interventions are effective, yet few studies have examined the school nurse role in obesity interventions. Building on a previous study, this study examines a refined health messaging (Let's Go 5-2-1-0) program delivered to fourth and fifth graders (n = 72) by a school nurse with reinforcement on-site health 

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