February 8, 2013
Weekly Edition 
Issue 5, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Please Enjoy our Weekly Newsletter!

Our thoughts and prayers are going out to our friends in the Northeast about to get socked by the blizzard.  Please stay safe and be careful out there. 

 
News Items:
  • Epilepsy Drug Linked To Increased Risk Of Autism
  • Researcher Uncovers Potential Cause, Biomarker for Autism and Proposes Study to Investigate Theory
  • Outcomes of Cartilage Tympanoplasty in the Pediatric Population
  • Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research
  • Can Breakfast Make Kids Smarter?
  • Guidance on Athletics and Special Ed. Students Draws Sharply Split Response
  • Developmental Delay Alert: Is Mountain Living Dangerous To Your Baby's Brain?
  • Experimental Gene Therapy Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Offers Hope for Youngster 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week:  DIY Adapted Door Knob
  • SLP Resource of the Week: The Speechie Freebies Blog   
  • App Site of the Week: (Or Maybe Even the Year) - The Friendship Circle App Review
  • Fine Motor Activity of the Week: Marshmellow Painted Snowman

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: So, You Have a Child with a Hearing Loss on your Caseload
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  Addressing Appropriate Touch
  • OT Corner: I'm Loving These Toys for OT
  • Worth Repeating: Incorporating Balance into Your Child's Before-School Routine
  • Also Worth Repeating: Childhood Apraxia of Speech - Reading Help 
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Autism Research in the News: Epilepsy Drug Linked To Increased Risk Of Autism

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Children born to mothers who took the antiepileptic drug sodium valproate during pregnancy are at significantly increased risk of autism and other neruodevelopmental disorders.

 

The finding came from new research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

The research involved kids born to 528 pregnant women in England between 2000 and 2004. Fifty percent (243) of the moms had epilepsy, only 34 of those women did not take antiepileptic drugs while

 

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Autism Research in the News:  Researcher Uncovers Potential Cause, Biomarker for Autism and Proposes Study to Investigate Theory  

[Source: Science Daily]

A New York-based physician-researcher from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, best known for his research into fertility and twinning, has uncovered a potential connection between autism and a specific growth protein that could eventually be used as a way to predict an infant's propensity to later develop the disease.

 

The protein, called insulin-like growth factor (IGF), is especially involved in the normal growth and  

  

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Treatments for Hearing Loss in the News:  Outcomes of Cartilage Tympanoplasty in the Pediatric Population   

[Source: Science Daily]

 

Cartilage tympanoplasty can be performed successfully in 95 percent of young children when appropriate conditions exist, according to a study in the February 2013 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

 

"Pediatric tympanoplasty is a frequently performed procedure with varying reported success rates ranging between 35 percent and 94 percent. In general, tympanic membrane repair success in children is often perceived as lagging behind what is typically achieved in adults having similar underlying risk  

 

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Autism Research in the News:  Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research    

[Source NPR.org]

 

Research on autism is being hobbled by a shortage of brain tissue.  The brain tissue comes from people with autism who have died, and it has allowed researchers to make key discoveries about how the disorder affects brain development.

 

But there's not nearly enough tissue because most potential donors aren't identified, and their family members are never approached about the possibility of donation. The shortage has been especially bad

 


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Good Nutrition in the News:  Can Breakfast Make Kids Smarter?    

[Source:  Science Daily.com]

 

New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that children who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had significantly higher full scale, verbal, and performance IQ test scores. In one of the first studies to examine IQ and breakfast consumption, researchers examined data from 1,269 children six years old in China, where breakfast is highly valued, and

 

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Public Policy in the News:  Guidance on Athletics and Special Ed. Students Draws Sharply Split Response

[Source: Education Week]

By Christina A. Samuels

 

A document from the U.S. Department of Education intended to clarify schools' responsibility to make sure students with disabilities have access to extracurricular sports has drawn sharply different opinions. Disability-rights advocates welcome the guidance, while critics say federal officials are pushing requirements that could place new financial burdens on districts.

 

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Brain Development in the News:  Developmental Delay Alert: Is Mountain Living Dangerous To Your Baby's Brain?

[Source:  Speech Buddies.com]

For children who are born and live in high altitude regions, researchers have discovered a link between extreme altitudes and developmental delays. This may lead to an increased need for speech therapy techniques and practitioners in the affected areas. The study, by Dr. George Wehby, Professor of Health Management and Policy at University of Ohio, analyzed the developmental health of over 2,100 South American children looking for neurodevelopmental issues. The findings were staggering.

 

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DMD in the News:  Experimental Gene Therapy Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Offers Hope for Youngsters

[Source:  Science Daily]

Jacob Rutt is a bright 11-year-old who likes to draw detailed maps in his spare time. But the budding geographer has a hard time with physical skills most children take for granted - running and climbing trees are beyond him, and even walking can be difficult. He was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy known as Duchenne when he was two years old.

 

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Pinterest Pin of the Week:  DIY Adapted Door Knob

What a great idea!  No wonder it lead last week for most repins from our Pinterest board to yours!  Thank you to Able Studios for posting this great idea that is going viral on Pinterest.  Thank You to Your Therapy Source for posting it on their Pinterest board where we saw it!

 

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SLP Resource of the Week:  The Speechie Freebies Blog  

Here is a great (and brand new resource) we want to tell you about!  Speechie Freebies is a collaborative blog, created and managed by Jessica Chase over at Consonantly Speaking.  The blog is quite similar to Classroom Freebies in that it offers fun, colorful and free printable games, worksheets and activities - in this case created by Speech-Language Pathologists for Speech-Language Pathologists.    So far there are 10 bloggers contributing to the site, but the site indicates that other blog owners are welcome to apply to become collaborators as well.

 

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App Site of the Week:  The Friendship Circle App Review    

'With over a thousand apps now available to help individuals with special needs it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives you the ability to find the perfect special needs app for your child.

 

Learn About This Great Directory on our Blog

Fine Motor Activity of the Week:  Marshmallow Painted Snowman 

[Source:  The Childcareland Blog]

Our marshmallow snowmen turned out super cute and the children really enjoyed working with the marshmallows.  We dipped large marshmallows in white paint and pressed the marshmallows up and down (like sponge or stencil painting) on a dark sheet of construction paper to form the snowman's body.

 

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SLP Corner: So, You Have a Child with a Hearing Loss on your Caseload

by Lynn A. Wood, MA CCC Aud, LCLS Cert AVT Audiologist, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist

This article was originally featured on Speech Room News and is featured here with their permission.

The terms deaf or hard of hearing cover a wide range of conditions and all affect a child's listening ability and interfere with their language, social and educational development.The number of children in neighborhood preschools and auditory-oral private schools is ever increasing. Many of these students will need support from SLPs to succeed in mainstream classrooms.

 

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Addressing Appropriate Touch

by Christine Roach 

 

Thank you to Christine Roach of Autism Mom's Grattitude List for sharing her blog post with PediaStaff.  Some EXCELLENT tips and resources here including social stories!

 

As an autism mom, I'm grateful for resources out there to address the serious subject of appropriate and inappropriate touch.  I'm not talking about the healthy exploration that every kid goes through, discovering different parts of their bodies, but I'm talking about explaining appropriate touch by others.  This is one of those things that so many parents of non-verbal children are afraid of.  What if someone does something inappropriate to my child, and they don't have the language to tell me.  What if they don't understand my wording, especially because social boundaries are so hard for children with autism.
So, I have put together some resources that I will be using to explain all of this to my kids in a way that they could better understand.

 

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OT Corner: I'm Loving These Toys for OT    

by Abby Brayton, MS.  OTR/L  

I recently stopped into a little store in my neighborhood that sells fun and quirky gifts, toys, paper products, and home decor items. While I was there I restrained myself and did not buy everything in sight, but I did manage to come up with an OT wishlist

 

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Worth Repeating: Incorporating Balance into Your Child's Before-School Routine

[Source:  North Shore Pediatric Therapy]

Balance, like many things, will only get better with practice and through challenging the balance systems. However, it can be hard to find time after school to work on balance activities when kids already have mountains of homework to keep up with. It can also be difficult to make balance exercises fun and enjoyable for kids.

Also Worth Repeating: Childhood Apraxia of Speech - Reading Help

[Source:  Special Education Advisor]

Reading is a fundamental skill needed for academic success.  In today's world, strong literacy skills are essential.  Children who struggle in reading tend to experience extreme difficulties in all content areas, as every subject in school requires reading proficiency.  When children are then faced with further struggles such as speech production and receptive and expressive language difficulties, the effects can be even more detrimental. 

 

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