August 23, 2013
Issue 27, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
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News Items: 
  • Oxytocin May Make the Brain Take Notice of Faces in Autism
  • Researchers Create Device to Aid Parents of Children with Autism With Toilet Training
  • The Will to Win Forms at the Age of Four
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: With Facebook Support, Teen With Down Syndrome Lands Photo Shoot
  • 'Wait and see' for Preschoolers Who Stutter Not Best Approach
  • Next-Generation Cochlear Implants on the Horizon
  • Inspiration to Start Your School Year: Do You Believe in Me?
  • Preschoolers Given Choice Increase Their Sharing Behavior
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: Congratulations, Jeannine D. 
  • Featured Job of the Week:  Contract School SLP - Columbia River, OR 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Bubblewrap Paintbrushes
  • Speech-Language Game Review: Word A Round
  • App Review of the Week: Conversation TherAppy App for Expressive Language Skills
  • Therapy Idea of the Week: Articulation Twister

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Autism in the Schools: 5 Team Tips
  • Physical Therapy Corner: 'Lazy' Feet
  • SLP Corner: Strategies and Exercises for Word Finding
  • Worth Repeating: Historical Roots of Occupational Therapy: Introduction to a Series
  • Video Worth Repeating: Using Comic Books to Support Writing
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Autism Treatments in the News:  Oxytocin May Make the Brain Take Notice of Faces in Autism

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Difficulty in registering and responding to the facial expressions of other people is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Relatedly, functional imaging studies have shown that individuals with ASD display altered brain activations when processing facial images.

 

The hormone oxytocin plays a vital role in the social interactions of both animals and humans. In fact, multiple studies conducted with healthy volunteers have provided evidence for beneficial effects of oxytocin in terms of increased trust, improved emotion recognition, and preference for social stimuli.

 

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Technology in the News: Researchers Create Device to Aid Parents of Children with Autism With Toilet Training

[Source: The Autism News]

 

Proper bathroom habits, which most people take for granted, are an important quality-of-life issue for many children with autism and their families. A new device developed at the University of Rochester is showing promise of reducing the time and effort required to toilet-train children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

 

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Psycho-Social Development in the News:  The Will to Win Forms at the Age of Four   

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

New research suggests children don't understand competitive behavior until around the age of four.

A team of researchers from the University of Warwick and University of Salzburg found most children under 4 did not have a developed understanding of other people's perspectives - specifically, of the fact that what someone intentionally does depends on their take on the situation.

 

Johannes Roessler, from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and his co-authors Beate Priewasser and Josef Perner from the Department of Psychology at the University of Salzburg, tested 71 children aged between 3 and 5 years old.  


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Feel Good Story of the Week:  With Facebook Support, Teen With Down Syndrome Lands Photo Shoot  

Within days, a teen with Down syndrome has accrued more than 10,000 likes on Facebook and now she's getting the star treatment from her favorite clothing chain.

Retailer Wet Seal is bringing Karrie Brown, who has Down syndrome, to California for a photo shoot after the St. Louis-area teen garnered over 10,000 Facebook likes within days. (Facebook)

An aspiring model, Karrie Brown started a Facebook page earlier this month in the hopes of gaining the attention of the clothing retailer Wet Seal.


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Stuttering in the News:  'Wait and see' for Preschoolers Who Stutter Not Best Approach 

[Source:  Medical News Today]

The majority of preschool children who stutter will grow out of it, but a wait-and-see approach can harm those who ultimately don't recover and set them back academically and socially, say Purdue University speech experts.

 

"The recovery rate is high, about 50 percent for 4- and 5-year olds who stutter, and so it is often suggested to wait and see, but that is not always the best approach. Early intervention is critical for those children who will not grow out of stuttering," says Bridget Walsh, a research scientist and speech-language pathologist with the Purdue Stuttering Project. "We want children to be successful communicators from the start. The longer a child stutters

 

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Cochlear Implants in the News:  Next-Generation Cochlear Implants on the Horizon   

[Source:  Medical News Today]

A healthy ear is much better at detecting and transmitting sound than even the most advanced hearing aid. But now researchers reporting in the Biophysical Journal, a Cell Press publication, have uncovered new insights into how the ear - in particular, the cochlea - processes and amplifies sound. The findings could be used for the development of better devices to improve hearing.


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Inspiration to Start Your School Year:  Do You Believe in Me?    

This video has been going around the internet for a few years now, but it is a great message for any teacher - especially a teacher who works with disadvantaged or special needs children - to start his or her new school year.  If you haven't seen it, you are in for a treat.

 

Watch this 9 year old student, Dalton Sherman, grab the attention of 20,000 adults and hold them in the palm of his hand in 2008.   Contrary to popular myth, the speech was not written by Dalton, but his delivery continues to inspire teachers none-the-less.


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Pediatric Psycho-Social Development in the News:  Preschoolers Given Choice Increase Their Sharing Behavior     

[Source: Medical News Today]

 

Getting kids to share their toys is a never-ending battle, and compelling them to do so never seems to help. New research suggests that allowing children to make a choice to sacrifice their own toys in order to share with someone else makes them share more in the future. The new findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

 

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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Congratulations to Jeannine D!   

Congratulations to Jeannine D., on her new position as a school-based SLP for the 2013/2014 school year with a PediaStaff client in Ohio.   She will be working in a part-time for a charter school serving children from K-8th grade.

 

Have a great school year, Jeannine!!

Featured Job of the Week:  Contract School SLP - Columbia River, OR   

PediaStaff has an outstanding full-time contract available for an SLP to work with K-2 and 6-8.

  • Located on the beautiful Columbia River near the Oregon coast
  • Local job at 2 schools, no long drives
  • Caseload is about 60-65 and includes 2.5 days/wk licensed SLPA support
  • You'll be part of a great team that embraces contract staff
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Pinterest Pin of the Week:  Bubblewrap Paintbrushes   

Big interest in this pin over the weekend.   Inexpensive and fun!

 

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Speech-Language Game Review:  Word A Round   

[Source: Speechy Musings]

When Thinkfun asked if I would be willing to review a game of theirs, I jumped on board. They sent Word A Round which is SUCH fun game. I'll show you more about it below!

The packaging is really small, which is SO nice for SLPs. It kind of reminds me of the game Spot It! and the size of that container. When you open it, you can see the circular cards inside.

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App Review of the Week:  Conversation TherAppy App for Expressive Language Skills   

'by Ryan Knoblauch

I've sifted through hundreds of apps since iPads have come out.  Sometimes it's my son figuring out his way through the labyrinth of the the App Store or me procrastinating something that I'm supposed to be doing by surfing through an app finder.  Then, every once in awhile, I get lucky and come across something that is pretty cool.  Tactus Therapy Solutions has created one of the most thorough therapy apps yet-Conversation Therappy

 

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Therapy Idea of the Week: Articulation Twister  

[Source:  Speech Language Pirates]

 

Today, I laid out the Twister mat on the floor and grabbed a random Super Duper artic deck (/ch/).  We put one card on each circle on the Twister board.

 

Then, I spun the spinner and gave them a 2 step direction with a lot of qualifiers to pick up a card.  For example, "Use your right hand to pick up a card from a blue circle."  FYI - I didn't have them pick up cards with their feet.  If it landed on left/right foot, I just said hand.  


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Autism in the Schools: 5 Team Tips

by Kristine of Listen, Speak, Play as featured on Playing with Words 365

Recent findings show that 1/88 children will be affected by Autism.

Special Education is about about providing support and services for one curriculum - the general education curriculum. Special Education consists of supports and services, it is not a place. All students should learn in the general education enviroment to the greatest extent possible. There are no easy answers, but I would like to outline some collaboritive strategies to help teachers, therapists, parents, etc. when working with students with Autism in the schools.

 

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Physical Therapy Corner: 'Lazy' Feet

by Stacy Menz, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

One of the things I love being a pediatric physical therapist is when my friends ask me questions about their kids.  I'm sure many may think that's odd but I love that it challenges me to think and problem solve.  Added to the challenge is that often, my friends live no where near me so I'm getting their descriptions of what their child is or isn't doing or I'm getting videos of their kids.  I'm not sure how we ever lived without technology!

 

A recent question was about running.  My friend noticed that sometimes her son ran 'fast' and other times he ran slow and awkward.  I had her send me some videos and while I may not know exactly what is causing the challenges with her son, I was able to relate it to some things we've seen with kids in the past.


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SLP Corner: Strategies and Exercises for Word Finding  

by Andrea Anderson, MS CCC-SLP

 

We've all had moments where the word we were thinking of was "on the tip of our tongue".  Students with seizure disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other neurological impairments often have difficulty with word finding. Here are a few strategies and exercises parents and teachers can do with their students.

 

Naming Categories: Give three or four items belonging to the same category and then have the person with word finding difficulty try to identify the category. You can then reverse this naming 

 

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Worth Repeating: Historical Roots of Occupational Therapy: Introduction to a Series

[Source: ABC Therapeutics]

 

I have been sitting on some historical source material for quite some time.  I have been studying the material extensively, trying to decide the best way to share the information, and at times just putting it all aside out of frustration.

 

When students learn about the founding of the occupational therapy profession they tend to read simple information in textbooks and it is somewhat devoid of context.  History without context provides opportunity for misinterpretation, and this is something that I believe is important to try to avoid.


Video Worth Repeating: Using Comic Books to Support Writing

[Source:  All Kinds of Minds] Super heroes are all around us. In the movies, on TV, on T-shirts, on lunch boxes, and of course in comic books.  While you may think of the stereotypical comic book character from the Simpsons, these visual narratives can offer young readers a new approach to learning. On this episode of the Mind Matters Show, Dr. Craig Pohlman talks to Dr. Pat O'Conner about how comic books can be used to support writing. (Check out part 1 on comic books

 

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