July 22, 2016
Issue 29, Volume 9
It's All About the Choices!     
News Items:
  • 'Master Regulator' Gene (Tied to Autism Disorders) Stimulates Other Genes in Early Brain Development
  • How to Talk to Children About Terror Attacks
  • How Music Class Can Spark Language Development
  • Fast Food Could Make Children Perform Worse in School
  • Derby the Dog Can Run Now, Thanks to 3-D Printing
  • Neural Markers May Predict Childhood Generosity
Hot Jobs, PediaStaff News and Career Tips
  • Hot Job: Outpatient Pediatric SLP - Sycamore  IL
  • Hot Job: Outpatient Clinic PT - Huntsville, TX
  • Hot Job! School Speech-Language Pathologist - Kent, WA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • SLP Resource of the Week:   A List of Children's Books that Focus on Language Goals  
  • Book of the Week:  Children's Speech Sound Disorders
  • Resource of the Week: The School Mental Health Project
Articles and Special Features 
  • OT Corner:  The Interpretation of Handwriting
  • Focus on Bilingualism: Three Common Myths Debunked by an SLP
  • Special Ed Corner:  What is Down Syndrome?
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Benefits of Co-Treatment Sessions 
  • Career Corner:  Choosing the Best Setting and Terms for You
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Master Regulator Gene Stimulates Others in Early Development

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Chemical modifications to DNA's packaging - known as epigenetic changes - can activate or repress genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and early brain development, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.


Biochemists from NYU Langone Medical Center found that these epigenetic changes in mice and laboratory experiments remove the blocking mechanism of a protein complex long known for gene suppression, and transitions the complex to a gene activating role instead.

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How to Talk to Children About Terror Attacks
[Source:  ABC News]
With terror attacks hitting multiple countries, from the U.S. to Turkey to Iraq and now France again, the news has been full of horrific images that can be especially upsetting and frightening to children. Thursday's attack in Nice, France, which killed at least 84 people, with multiple children among the dead and wounded, may be particularly stressful to children and parents alike.
Experts say that the way parents discuss frightening news events can be key in reassuring scared children so they don't feel terrorized.

Robin Gurwich, a psychologist at Duke University who is part of the American Psychological Association Disaster Resource Network, American Red Cross and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, said the key to avoiding trauma was to turn off graphic images and video.

How Music Class Can Spark Language Development

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Music training has well-known benefits for the developing brain, especially for at-risk children. But youngsters who sit passively in a music class may be missing out, according to new Northwestern University research.


In a study designed to test whether the level of engagement matters, researchers found that children who regularly attended music classes and actively participated showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers after two years.

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Fast Food Could Make Children Perform Worse in School

[Source:  Time Magazine]

New study shows that kids who eat the most fast food have lower test scores in science, math and reading.

A new study shows that children who regularly eat fast food don't perform as well as their fellow students in school.

"Research has been focused on how children's food consumption contributes to the child-obesity epidemic," Kelly Purtell of Ohio State University, who led the study, told the Telegraph. "Our findings provide evidence that eating fast food is linked to another problem: poorer academic outcomes."


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Derby the Dog Can Run Now, Thanks to 3-D Printing

[Source:  Care2.com]

Derby the dog was born disabled, with deformed front legs that severely restricted his mobility. When Tara Anderson met Derby, rather than just pity him, she decided to do something about the situation. Her first idea was to get him a set of wheels with a kind of cart/harness, but that didn't turn out so great, in good part because the setup couldn't replicate the real motions involved in running. This lead to Idea 2.0: Having access to 3D modelling software and 3D printing equipment allowed Tara and her coworkers to make custom prosthetics that... Well, you have to see for yourself.


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Neural Markers May Predict Childhood Generosity

[Source:  Psych Central]

Researchers have discovered certain neural markers that can predict childhood generosity.

These neural markers appear to be linked to the child's observation of another's prosocial (or antisocial) behaviors. Their findings are published online in the journal Current Biology.

For the study, neuroscientists at the University of Chicago wanted to find out how young children's brains evaluate whether or not to share something with others out of generosity. In this study, generosity was used as a proxy for moral behavior.


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Maternity leave position available at the end of August for a Speech-Language Pathologist!
*  Maternity leave
*  9 weeks
*  part time/15 hours/wk
*  Caseload consists of kiddos ages birth-21
*  May include a mix of clinic and home health

We are working with a client near the Huntsville area who is need of a Physical Therapist to join their team on a full time basis.

*  The clinic treats children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses and focuses on developmental delays and children with autism.
*  Caseload consists of a 60/40 split of pediatric and adults
*  4 days/wk from 8-6PM (36 hours).  You can add half a day on Friday for 40 hours/wk
*  They see Medicaid families as well as private pay.
*  Electronic medical record system, notes are 24 hours completion.
*  Laptops are provided to clinicians.

This is a great location in South King County - convenient from either south Seattle or from Tacoma. We have a couple of SLP contract openings starting early September and running through the end of June for the full 2016-2017 school year..  These positions are 8 hours/day, 5 days/week.  You'll enjoy working in their collaborative SLP team.

*  Therapist will work with kiddos from elementary through high school aged at multiple school sites in 
    close proximity to one another.
*  Diagnoses seen will range from mild to more severe.
*  Therapist will report to the Director of Special Education

SLP Resource of the Week:  Books with Language Focus

This week's Therapist Resource of the Week comes from Judith Kuster's Wonderful website at Minnesota State University


Please click through to see: A Great List of Children's Books that Focus on Language Goals, compiled by Dr. Bonnie Lund of Minnesota State University


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Book of the Week:  Children's Speech Sound Disorders

Caroline Bowen's Children's Speech Sound Disorders has been welcomed by experienced and novice clinicians, clinical educators, and students in the field of speech-language pathology/speech and language therapy for its practical, clinical focus.

Drawing on the evidence base where possible, and making important theory to practice links overt, Bowen enhances her comprehensive account of assessment and clinical management of children with protracted or problematic 

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Resource of the Week:  The School Mental Health Project  

The School Mental Health Project (SMHP) was created in 1986 to pursue theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions. To these ends, SMHP works closely with school districts, local and state agencies, special initiatives, and organizations and colleagues across the country. In 1995 the project established its national Center for Mental Health in Schools as part of the federal mental health in schools program. 


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OT Corner: The Interpretation of Handwriting

By: Liora Laufer CEO and Founder, Callirobics

I met "Matthew" in a self-paced class that was part of a dropout prevention program in our local high school. The teachers in that program have noticed that there is a correlation between handwriting and behavior. They were intrigued by the subject and invited me to give a presentation to the class and to work with interested students in improving their handwriting.


I chose Matthew's handwriting samples for this article because at first look, his handwriting (sample 1) other than being very small seems to be quite ordinary. However, looking at the three most important components in handwriting (space, movement and form), we find it is more complex than we thought.


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Focus on Bilingualism: Three Common Myths of Debunked

By: Ellen Stubbe Kester


Is bilingualism bad for kids? Do bilinguals learn to talk later than monolinguals? Are bilinguals less intelligible and less intelligent than monolinguals? There are numerous myths about bilingualism. I will address three of them here.



People who code-switch (mix two languages) have a language deficit and do not know either language well.


Code-switching is used for a number of reasons but does not necessarily indicate a language deficit. Sometimes bilinguals code-switch for emphasis or to express a term that has a slightly different meaning. A colleague gave the example of "pie de manzana" versus "apple pie." Though translation equivalents, these were two different things to her. One was 


Special Ed Corner: What is Down Syndrome?

[Source:  The National Down Syndrome Society]


In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes.  Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes.  Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are 

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Peds Therapy Corner Benefits of Co-Treatment Sessions

By: Kelli Ellenbaum, MS CCC-SLP

There are endless benefits to co-treatment therapy sessions with the pediatric population. Co-treatments are sessions conducted with 2 or more therapists/disciplines to maximize therapeutic collaboration. At Red Door Pediatric Therapy, co-treatments are performed when therapeutic goals are similar or complimentary. The benefits can be meaningful and increase functional gains.

In pediatric therapy, there is often a hierarchy of skill acquisition. For example, in order to take a successful bite of food from a fork (OT), one must be able to complete lip closure(ST). This hierarchy lends itself nicely to co-treat sessions, as multiple goals can be targeted cohesively with the same functional activity. In order to best explain specific benefits for children, here are two examples of co-treatment sessions.

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Career Corner: Choosing the Best Setting and Terms for You

Editor's Note: This document is part of the "PediaStaff Career Guide."  Visit our blog to see the entire booklet.


I want to do pediatric therapy. What kind of choices do I have? What kind of placement and staffing does PediaStaff do?

PediaStaff excels and specializes in the placement and staffing of pediatric and school-based (also called education-based) occupational, speech-language pathologists (speech therapists), physical therapists, and school psychologists. Pediatric and School Based placements are all we do. Our clients are school districts, general hospitals, children's hospitals, early intervention providers and pediatric outpatient and rehab facilities. Our clients hire travelers, contract therapists and direct hire employees from us. Sometimes our candidates start out as contractors and then convert to direct.

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