November 8, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
Happy Friday!  

We are looking forward to seeing you all at ASHA!  Please stop by our booth #1622 to learn more about the great career opportunities PediaStaff can show you in pediatrics.  Oh and don't forget while you are there to pick up your free Toobaloo an Toobaloo Hands-Free Headset while supplies last! 
News Items:
  • Discovery at UNC Points to Possible Environmental Cause of Autism
  • Genetic Connection Between Autism and Language Impairment, Also in Areas of Social Skills and Repetitive Behaviors
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: A Boy's Life With Cerebral Palsy, Revealed in Tumblr 'Aaronverse'
  • Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants
  • Poor Motor Performance Linked to Poor Academic Skills
  • Infant Brains Tuned to Observation of Other People's Actions


PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: Ohio!
  • Going to ASHA in Chicago? Come Meet PediaStaff for Great Jobs, Social Media Learning & More!
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • OT Activities of the Week: 10 Fine and Visual Motor Activities Using Paper Clips
  • Academic Resource of the Week:  Interactive Brain Map
  • App Gone Free:  SoundWorld+
  • Instagram Seasonal Activity of the Week: Gobble, Gobble Prepositions Bingo

Articles and Special Features 

  • OT Corner: The OTR/COTA Relationship
  • SLP Corner: To Market, To Market 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Making an Impression - Fall Fun with Playdough
  • Worth Repeating: Stuttering - Are We There Yet?
  • Also Worth Repeating: Students With Disabilities and the Common Core: Challenges, Opportunities
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Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Autism Research in the News:  Discovery at UNC Points to Possible Environmental Cause of Autism

[Source:  News via TherapyFunZone]

Researchers at UNC School of Medicine have discovered a potential environmental cause of autism in a type of chemotherapy drug, and they are beginning to investigate the effects of other non-chemo drugs that work by a similar mechanism.


Professors Mark Zylka and Benjamin Philpot made the discovery while studying a drug that's effective against cancer, but also shows potential as a treatment for a genetic disease called Angelman syndrome. In the process, they made some new observations that seem to point to a cause of autism. "That's science," says Zylka. "You're trying to do something and you find something else."


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More Autism Research in the News: Genetic Connection Between Autism and Language Impairment, Also in Areas of Social Skills and Repetitive Behaviors

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Lorenzo Miodus-Santini an 11-year-old sixth-grader from Princeton, who was diagnosed with autism at only 13 months old, was never a big talker. As an infant he didn't babble or coo. When he was a toddler beginning to speak, he would learn one word but forget another.


His older brother, Christian, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, shared some similar characteristics - difficulty with reading, processing words and speaking clearly. Doctors said he had language impairments but did not have autism.

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Feel Good Story of the Week:  A Boy's Life With Cerebral Palsy, Revealed in Tumblr 'Aaronverse'  

[Source:  The New York Times, City Room blog via Loren Shlaes, the PediatricOT] 


Hidden in Tumblr's bottomless trove of illustrated quotations, posts debunking falsely attributed illustrated quotations, pornography and obsessively composed photos of huckleberry muffins, is a blog written by a twelve-year-old from the Bronx named Aaron Philip.


The earnest voice of his Tumblr blog, Aaronverse, caught the attention of Tumblr's 27-year-old chief executive, David Karp. In June, Mr. Karp met with the young blogger at the company's office in the Flatiron district for an hour and a half, to talk about his blog and his life with cerebral palsy.


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Even More Autism Research in the News:  Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants 

[Source:  Science Daily] 


Eye contact during early infancy may be a key to early identification of autism, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. Published this week in the journal Nature, the study reveals the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed -- a steady decline in attention to others' eyes within the first two to six months of life.


"Autism isn't usually diagnosed until after age 2, when delays in a child's social behavior and language 


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The Motor - Academic Link in the News: Poor Motor Performance Linked to Poor Academic Skills

[Source:  Medicine and Science in Sports Education via Your Therapy Source]

Looking for research to justify school based physical or occupational therapy services during the early school years? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise published research on 174 Finnish children grades 1-3 that investigated the relationship between cardiovascular fitness, motor skills and reading/arithmetic skills.


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Infant Perception in the News:  Infant Brains Tuned to Observation of Other People's Actions  

[Source:  Medical News Today] 


Infant brains are surprisingly sensitive to other people's movements, according to new research published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, by Joni Saby and colleagues at Temple University and the University of Washington.


When adults see other humans making movements with specific body parts, the parts of their brains devoted to moving those body parts also become activated. While watching someone moving their hand, the part of your cortex devoted to moving your own hand also becomes active. There are various developmental and evolutionary theories as to why this might be the case, one of which being that it 


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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Ohio!  

Congratulations to Elizabeth M., SLP, on her new part-time position with PediaStaff's school-based client near Columbus Ohio. This position really helps our client out of a bind for the rest if the 2013-2014 school year, has a very flexible schedule, and serves children in grades K-8.

Going to ASHA in Chicago?:  Come Meet PediaStaff for Great Jobs, Social Media Learning & More!  

ASHA is next week - November 14-16th at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

PediaStaff has 30 feet of booth space this year, so there will be plenty of room to get to know us, even if it's crowded.  Our recruiting staff and Career Center teams will all be in attendance, so you can come meet chat with our staff in one on one!   Please stop by at Booth #1622 in the main exhibit hall.


As usual, we will have Toobaloo fluency devices, as well as an exciting new product for you to take home, free while supplies last - Toobaloo hands-free headsets (see picture at right). 


Read More About PediaStaff at ASHA on our Blog

OT Activities of the Week:  10 Fine and Visual Motor Activities Using Paper Clips  

[Source:  Your Therapy Source] 
Here are 10 simple and easy fine motor and visual motor activities using paper clips.  You can  


Watch the Vdeo on Your Therapy Source Through a Link on our Blog

Academic Resource of the Week:  Interactive Brain Map  

[Source:  All Kinds of Minds]


Click below to visit our blog and explore OpenColleges's interactive Brain Map. Filled with facts about the brain as well as strategies for leveraging those brain features to take ownership over learning. Enjoy.


Access this Resource Through a Link on our Blog

App Review:  'App Gone Free': SoundWorld+  

'We have been keeping our eyes on Apps that have gone free for a limited time.   Today I discovered SoundWorld+, an extremely simple but intriguing app with promise for both pediatric OT and speech therapy application.   

There are over 260 sounds in the app.  They are divided into categories: animals, birds, a variety of vehicles, musical instruments, insects, household items, Additional sounds include ocean waves, a thunderstorm, doorbells, tools, and the noise of lively urban streets.


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Instagram Activity of the Week:  Gobble, Gobble Preposition Bingo  

Here's an activity that was a big hit when I posted it to Instagram earlier this week! After all, you can't go wrong with Ruth's materials on Chapel Hill Snippets!


Download this Activity Through a Link on our Blog

OT Corner: The OTR/COTA Relationship

Editor's Note:  This article was written for parents and guardians of children receiving OT services. The author makes some excellent observations of what reality can sometimes look like. Worth remembering that it never should be about our egos, but rather what is best for the kiddos!!


by the Anonymous OT


When your child receives occupational therapy, their therapist could either be an Occupational Therapist (OTR) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).


First, I would direct you to review my post: "A Who's Who of Occupational Therapy" so that you get a firm idea of the exact differences between these two therapists as far as credentials and job expectations. 


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SLP Corner: To Market, To Market

by:  Kim Lewis, MA CCC-SLP


One of the toughest decisions when you go into practice for yourself is figuring out where/how to market your services.  Because what's the point of having the best therapy technique possible, if no one knows how to find you?  It's also an issue for those looking to pick up just one or two private clients with the hopes of expanding one day in the future.

You can try offering free screenings (I've had somewhat limited success with this, at least in the short term, but it did help establish relationships that helped a great deal later).  You can leave cards at pediatrician's offices and preschools/daycares.


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Making an Impression - Fall Fun with Playdough

[Source: The Inspired Treehouse]

I love playing with playdough with my kids at home and at school because there are millions of ways to make it new and exciting, just by adding novel objects or presenting it in a different way.  I love the way other bloggers bring seasonal and natural objects into playdough play, like the Fall Play Dough Invitation to Playfrom Fantastic Fun and Learning.  One afternoon, I was playing with playdough with my boys and we happened to have a basket of mini pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, and other fall-themed objects out on the table for decoration.  Since my little guys LOVE to use the rolling pin to flatten out their playdough, but HATE waiting their turn to use said rolling pin, it wasn't long before the gourds, pinecones, pumpkins and every other fall-themed object they could get their hands on became rolling pins themselves!


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Worth Repeating: Stuttering - Are We There Yet?

[Source:  The Stuttering Source]


Both parents and speech therapists alike find themselves struggling to decide when therapy is complete for someone who stutters.  Therapy for a child who has difficulty saying their "r"s  has a distinct beginning and end (i.e. when a child meets criterion for 90% accuracy in conversation), however, stuttering is much more variable, by nature.  In fact, once a child reaches the age of 8, it is much more likely that their stuttering is going to persist, in some form.  Does this mean that therapy will continue forever?? The idea of therapy continuing indefinitely is daunting to both the therapist who has to continue to think of new and exciting activities and the parent who has to 

Worth Repeating: Students With Disabilities and the Common Core: Challenges, Opportunities

[Source: Education Week] 


Education Week published this week a special report on the Common Core State Standards, and how their implementation in all but four states are affecting special student populations-students with disabilities, gifted students, and English-language learners. I encourage you to read (and comment on!) my stories on read-aloud accommodations and common core tests, how the common-core test developers plan to allow assistive technology on the tests, and the challenges surrounding the development of standards-based individualized education programs aligned to the 

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