September 26, 2014
Issue 39, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Here is our weekly newsletter!  Enjoy!
News Items:
  • Babies Learn Words Differently As They Age, Researcher Finds
  • Down Syndrome Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer's
  • Love Cariboo? Sign a Petition Asking Hasbro to Produce it Again
  • Brain Differences in Autistic Males with Early Language Delay
  • Early Predictors of Autism - Self Regulation and Sleep Patterns
  • Researchers Decode the Foot Position's Role in Maintaining Balance
PediaStaff News
  • Job of the Week: Pediatric PT, Tulsa, OK
  • Another Hot Job:  Pediatric Outpatient SLP - Salisbury, MD
  • Interview Question of the Week: Have You Ever Had to Advocate for Services for a Child?
Therapy Activities, Tips, Resources, Etc.
  • Special Ed / School Nursing Idea of the Week: Make "Sneezy"
  • On the Lighter Side of Behavior
  • Ideas of the Week: 15 Fabulous Fall Tree Crafts
  • Pinboard of the Week! Halloween Themed Therapy Activities on Pinterest

Articles and Special Features 

  • Clinicians Corner: Yes, Siri! Voice to Text makes Therapy Note Documentation a Smooth Experience!
  • SLP Corner: How to Listen So That Your Toddler Can Talk
  • OT Corner: Therapy Carryover in the Home: Issues and Barriers
  • Behavior Corner:  Can ADHD Mask Sensory Processing Challenges?
  • Deaf Educator / SLI Corner: An Overview of K-12 Educational Interpreting
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Babies Learn Words Differently As They Age, Researcher Finds  

Research has shown that most 18-month-olds learn an average of two to five new words a day; however, little is known about how children process information to learn new words as they move through the preschool years. In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher has found that toddlers learn words differently as they age, and a limit exists as to how many words they can learn each day. These findings could help parents enhance their children's vocabularies and assist speech-language professionals in developing and refining interventions to help children with language delays. 


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Down Syndrome Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer's 

[Source:  Psych Central]


New research suggests the quest to understand the mechanism by which Alzheimer's disease impacts memory and cognition may be more complicated than previously understood.

University of Wisconsin researchers, including lead study author Sigan Hartley, Ph.D., and Brad Christian, Ph.D., looked at the role of the brain protein amyloid-beta in adults living with Down syndrome, a genetic condition that leaves people more susceptible to developing Alzheimer's.


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Love Cariboo? Sign a Petition Asking Hasbro to Produce it Again 

by Kelly Hungaski

It is difficult to find speech and language games which allow Speech Language Pathologists to target multiple repetitions within a single activity which also are very simple to play.  Cariboo is a popular game for children with articulation disorders as well as neurological disorders such as Autism spectrum disorders.  The use of variable reinforcement as well as a larger reinforcement at the end of the game makes it almost the "perfect" therapy game.  Approximately 5-8% of the population is considered to have some sort of speech or language impairment. 


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Brain Differences in Autistic Males with Early Language Delay

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Language delay in early childhood can herald autism spectrum disorder. Now, a new study has discovered that such a language delay leaves a "signature" in the brain, through differences in brain volume.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge in the UK, publish their findings in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Lead author Dr. Meng-Chuan Lai, of the Cambridge Autism Research Centre, says:

"Although people with autism share many features, they also have a number of key differences. Language development and ability is one major source of variation within autism. This new study will help us understand the substantial variety within the umbrella category of 'autism spectrum.'"


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Early Predictors of Autism - Self Regulation and Sleep Patterns

[Source:  The Journal of Early Intervention via Your Therapy Source]

The Journal of Early Intervention published research on identifying early predictors prior to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at 4 years of age. Data was analyzed on 100 children comparing children with ASD to children with other disabilities and children who were typically developing.

The results indicated the following:

1. limited unique characteristics (e.g., self-regulation and sleep patterns) at the 9-month time point were identified.

2. a majority of the differences in communication and language, mental/cognitive function, motor function, social interaction, and self-regulation were identified at the 2-year time point.


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Researchers Decode the Foot Position's Role in Maintaining Balance  

[Source:  Medical News Today] 


Researchers at The Ohio State University have gained new insight into how the body moves when we're walking. They learned everything they needed to know by watching people walk naturally on a treadmill.

In normal walking, humans place their foot at slightly different positions on each step. To the untrained eye, this step-to-step variation in foot position just looks random and noisy. But in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers describe a mathematical model that can explain over 80 percent of this apparent randomness in the location of a person's next step, based only on tiny variations in the movement of that person's pelvis.


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Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric PT, Tulsa, OK  

Physical Therapist needed to work in a "therapist-owned" clinic setting the the Tulsa, OK area! 

Here's the details Work a flexible schedule where you determine the number on your caseload Client obtains referrals and lines up your schedule for you...NO marketing required Positive multidisciplinary team of a family not just co-workers You are paid for the work you do...and very competitively! Solid support from team membersIf you are interested, have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy, have an OK OT License (or eligible)....then we need to talk! 

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Another Hot Job of the Week:  Peds Outpatient SLP - Salisbury, MD

PediaStaff is searching for a dedicated speech therapist who is awesome in treating kids with disabilities. Our outpatient rehabilitation therapy services are comprehensive and individualized to meet each client's needs, family-oriented to meet each family members concerns, outcome-oriented with a goal of enhanced independence, and cost-effective benefiting from public support.

Speech and hearing therapy services focus on enhancing or restoring limited or lost communicative skills or swallowing capabilities lost due to trauma, disease, aging or congenital abnormality. Our licensed speech therapists incorporate the use of special facilitory techniques, augmentative and

Interview Question of the Week:  Ever Had to Advocate for Services?

Here is a great interview question for you experienced pediatric therapists in schools:

Tell me about a situation where you needed to advocate for therapy or special education services for a child at your school.  What did you say?  What was the result?

Next time you have a few minutes, why don't you jot down a good answer in your Career Journal?

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Special Ed/School Nursing Idea of the Week:  "Make Sneezy"  

[Source:  The Tutor House]

I will never forget my first year of teaching.  After being quite healthy for such a long period of time,  nothing could have prepared me for that first year of colds and stomach viruses.  Take a moment and imagine if you will, I was teaching in an autism preschool.  I came home all winter long with boogies wiped on my sleeve and pants...and no-they were not mine!

A super long time ago, I made a spray bottle with a face attached to it so that it would look like a kid was sneezing on someone when I pulled the trigger.  It was simple to make and lots of fun!  I had forgotten all about it until the other day in the church nursery. 


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On the Lighter Side: Of Behavior  

Funny meme that seems quite appropriate for many of our pediatric therapy and special education clinicians!


Have a Giggle on our Blog

Ideas of the Week: 5 Fabulous Fall Tree Crafts  

[Source:  I Heart Crafty Things]

Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons...the cool, crisp air, the fun activities and holidays and all the beautiful red, orange and yellow colors! Fall Tree Crafts are among my favorite this time of year and I wanted to put together a resource of some great fall tree crafts for kids. I hope you find some inspiration!


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Pinboard of the Week: Halloween Themed Therapy on Pinterest  

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and I believe I am hardly alone!    I just realized how much everyone loves it, when I noticed just how many great pins we have for you in our Halloween Themed Activities and Treats board.  We are up to 762 pins! 

Take Your Time and and grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte because you will need a while to peruse all the great language, sensory, fine and gross motor activities, sequencing, social stories and more.


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Clinician's Corner: Voice 2 Text Makes Note Documentation Smooth

by Ruth Morgan, CCC-SLP

Many of you have newer iPhones.  I have an iPad Air.  I have shaved valuable time off of my therapy session documentation by dictating my notes into the iPad.  My colleagues who have iPhones do the same. Handwriting is going by the wayside!  I have terrible handwriting, but when I type or dictate, my notes are detailed and organized (and Medicaid compliant).

How do we set up notes for dication?  First, make sure Siri is enabled on your iPad or iPhone.

1.  Create Google forms for each student. Google forms can have specific questions geared to your students' IEPs. I also have a place on each form for a synopsis of the therapy session.

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SLP Corner: How to Listen So That Your Toddler Can Talk

Editor's Note:  Written for parents and guardians, this is a nice post worth sharing

[Source:  Child Development Club]


This is not the post I thought I was going to write. I set out to write about sneaky tricks to encourage talking (temptation tasks, turn taking, adding language: it was going to be a masterpiece), but as the introduction section became two, and then three, and then four, and then five paragraphs long, I realized that perhaps I was getting ahead of myself. Before you start encouraging talking, you have to learn to listen. This is how.


Follow Your Child's Lead 

Many of us have a secret, perhaps deeply buried agenda when interacting with a child. Though this may sound sinister, I suspect that you will recognize yourself in this simple example. You sit on the floor to play with your child (first of all, good job on that). You see the shape sorter and 


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OT Corner: Therapy Carryover in the Home - Issues and Barriers

by the Anonymous OT, OTR/L

The copies run through the machine, one after another, using paper, toner, and a few spare moments I found before my first client. I'm printing out handwriting practice sheets as homework, but can't help wondering... am I wasting my time?

I used to assume that people followed all of my instructions back in my idealistic "I can fix everything" phase of practice, fresh off the grad school wagon.  But it doesn't take long to spot a parent that brushes you off, expecting the change to happen in your time together with their child, not at home.


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Behavior Corner: Can ADHD Mask Sensory Processing Challenges?

[Source:  My Special Needs Network]


On the NIMH website you will read that "ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity)."

Because September is ADHD awareness month, I wanted to highlight how sometimes sensory processing challenges may also co-exist with ADHD.

Joe, a bright second grader, who had been diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten, was still having challenges, despite daily medication for ADHD (Focalin: to increase attention and decrease restlessness). Joe had an IEP with special school programs to address the ADHD.

Deaf Ed / SLI Corner: An Overview of K-12 Educational Interpreting

[Source:  Deaf]

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) Standard Practice Paper (SPP) provides a framework of basic, respectable standards for RID members' professional work and conduct with consumers. This paper also provides specific information about the practice setting. This document is intended to raise awareness, educate, guide and encourage sound basic methods of professional practice. 

The SPP should be considered by members in arriving at an appropriate course of action with respect to their practice and professional conduct. It is hoped that the standards will promote commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the practice of interpreting and be used for public distribution and advocacy.


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