January 9, 2014
Issue 1, Volume 8
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy New Year to All!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!
News Items:
  • New Laws Boost Concussion Treatment
  • High Blood Sugar in Young Kids with Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Brain Changes
  • Feds: IDEA Still Applies When Students Incarcerated
  • Study Identifies Part of Brain Key to Controlling Attention
  • New Tools for Blind Students to Learn to Think Like Scientists
  • Human Speech's Surprising Influence on Young Infants
Hot Jobs 
  • Hot Job: School Based BCBA - Cambridge, MA
  • New Grad Job of the Week: PT Needed in Fayetteville, AR
  • Hot Job: Pediatric OT, Tulsa, OK
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Q-Tip Painted Snowflakes
  • Book Review: Difference or Disorder
  • Pediatric Therapy Activity of the Week:  Icicle Craft for Kids
  • SLP Freebie of the Week: Pack of Pronouns - Winter & Valentine's Day Edition!

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: This is Hyperlexia
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner Too: School Based Therapy Resolutions for 2015
  • SLP Corner: Our Shared (Mis)understanding of Autism
  • PT Corner: Ground Control
  • School Psych Corner: Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs
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New Laws Boost Concussion Treatments

[Source:  Psych Central]

New laws have resulted in a large increase in the treatment of concussion-related injuries for student athletes, according to a new study in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Over the past decade, concerns about concussion injuries and media coverage of them have skyrocketed, researchers at the University of Michigan noted. Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws regulating concussion treatment - the first laws written to address a specific injury, the researchers note.


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Hyperglycemia in Some Kids w/ Diabetes Linked to Brain Changes

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Investigators have found that young children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes. A new study, published in Diabetes, now available ahead of print, suggests that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to the developing brain. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"Our results show the potential vulnerability of young developing brains to abnormally elevated glucose levels, even when the diabetes duration has been relatively brief," said Nelly Mauras, MD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and lead author of the study.



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Feds: IDEA Still Applies When Students Incarcerated

[Source:  Disability Scoop]


Kids with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education complete with academics, therapies and other supports even if they're locked up, federal officials say.


In new guidance, the Obama administration is reminding states and local agencies that students do not relinquish their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act if they are incarcerated.

"The fact that a student has been charged with or convicted of a crime does not diminish his or her substantive rights or the procedural safeguards and remedies provided under 


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Study Identifies Part of Brain Key to Controlling Attention 

[Source:  Medical News Today] 


A team from McGill University in Canada have reported that a network of neurons located in the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) work together to filter visual information to enable focus while ignoring distractions.

Their work, published in Neuron, could have huge implications for people with neurological disease such as ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia, in which attentional focus is dysfunctional.


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New Tools for Blind Students to Learn to Think Like Scientists

[Source: Science Daily]

Education for the blind has lagged because science classrooms predominantly rely on visually-based materials. However, innovative new toolboxes on evolutionary biology, set to be released next year, may revolutionize science education for more than 60,000 blind K-12 students, allowing them to collect data through their fingertips and incorporate their findings into a scientific framework. "This work is important because it helps teach students to think like scientists, aiming to instill in these students enthusiasm for lifelong learning," explains Dr. Colleen Farmer of the University of Utah, the leader of the project.


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Human Speech's Surprising Influence on Young Infants

[Source:  Science Daily]


America's preoccupation with the "word gap"- the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school achievement and income later in life - has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a rise in educational initiatives aiming to narrow the achievement gap by teaching young children more words.

In a forthcoming article titled "Listen Up! Speech Is for Thinking During Infancy," to be published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Northwestern University psychologist Sandra Waxman and New York University's Athena Vouloumanos broaden the scope of this issue by assessing the impact of human speech on infant cognition in the first year of life.


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Hot Job:  School Based BCBA - Cambridge, MA  

Our client is a school district located west of Cambridge, MA, and they are looking for a BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA) to start as soon as possible  The position is full time, 35 hours a week working mainly with autistic students. It will run through the end of June 2015.

The BCBA will work with students, staff and parents to develop behavior plans and monitor progress, as well as be present at IEP meetings. Candidates must have experience with functional behavior assessments and developing behavior plans, as well as classroom experience. 

New Grad Job of the Week:  PT Needed in Fayetteville, AR  

Pediatric Physical Therapist needed to work with an energetic team in the Fayetteville, AR area.  If you are interested in working with a pediatric caseload (primarily age 3-6) and also doing Orthopedic work...then this is your next career challenge! 

Come join a "team-approach" to working with the kids of the area utilizing Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology in a team setting to accomplish goals.  This "direct-hire" job opportunity will keep you motivated and growing....but will also afford you the opportunity to live in one of the best locations in the U.S.  

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Hot Job: Pediatric OT, Tulsa, OK

Our client is a provider of pediatric therapy services to the children of the Tulsa, OK area.   Come work with a multidisciplinary team of professionals providing the highest quality services possible in a clinic, home health, daycare, and Head Start setting.  

Your weekly schedule would have some variety....working 2 days per week on your own caseload with another 2 days per week doing evaluations and supervisory duties.  Your caseload would consist of about 25 to 30 hour-visits per week depending on your scheduling.  This equates to about a 40 hour week.


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Fine Motor Activity of the week: Q-Tip Painted Snowflakes

[Source: No Time for Flashcards]

This is a simple winter craft that I have planned for my class of two and three year olds. I often test out my lesson plans on my 4 year old and today when she asked what I was going to do with my class I told her we were going to make Q-tip painted snowflake crafts and she asked if she could make one too. Of course! Since she is older she glued her paper strips down herself and if you are going to do this activity one on one with a toddler I would encourage them to do it too. For my class I glued them down and they will focus on painting.


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Book Review:  Difference or Disorder 

by Gina Glover, CCC- SLP

As a monolingual Speech-Language Pathologist, I often have to research languages that I need to assess or treat with an interpreter when there is no trained bilingual SLP available. This book has the phonemic systems, language patterns and cultural information all in one place for several languages we commonly encounter which will save me hours of research. I can't tell you how much I appreciate having so much in one easy to read and easy to understand book. This will be a valuable tool for me as an SLP and I recommend it to other SLPs, especially those who are monolingual like me. I particularly enjoyed the personal narrative or "Home Corner" as you call it where individuals share their personal experience.


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Pediatric Therapy Activity of the Week: Icicle Craft for Kids  

Editor's Note:  Perfect for correct speech trials and fine motor!

[Source:  Hands on as We Grow]

We've finally had a good snow here in Iowa and I feel like I can finally get into winter crafts and activities. It was hard to get in the Christmas spirit over the holidays without there being at least a dusting of snow!

After we took down the Christmas tree, our front window looked a little bare. We decided to decorate it for winter with a super cute icicle craft the boys had fun making. And shh. I snuck in a little learningtoo.

It's been a long time since we've done a button craft. And they're always a favorite. It's hard to go wrong with them, buttons make everything incredibly cute.

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SLP Freebie:  Pack of Pronouns - Winter & Valentine's Day Edition!  

[Source: Speechie Freebies]

Happy 2015! It's a cool 60* here in Florida so we are all excited to finally bust out our scarves and boots! This chilly weather has motivated me to get some winter themed activities created and into my speech room! Pronouns seem to be a difficult concept for some students, where visuals are always so helpful. So, I decided to create another edition to add to my Pack of Pronoun series! 

This free packet includes 20 picture cards (with a winter & Valentine's Day theme) that can be used to target he/him/she/her/they/them.


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: This is Hyperlexia

[Source:  And Next Comes L]

My son has hyperlexia and hypernumeracy.

You've likely never heard of those.

Either did I until November 6, 2014. But, like me, you have probably broken down those words into pieces and figured out their meanings accordingly. So I took the first logical step when given an unfamiliar diganosis: I googled it. Here I am, after months of wait lists, with some unfamiliar diagnoses, typing those two words into Google only to hit another roadblock. There is practically nothing - yes, nothing - for me to read on the topic beyond the basic definition. Especially on the topic of hypernumeracy (there are currently 63 search results in Google on this particular topic). How disappointing is that?

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Pediatric Therapy Corner Too: School-Based Therapy Resolutions

by Margaret Rice, Your Therapy Source

Here are some suggestions for school based therapy resolutions:

1. Realistic Home/Classroom Programs - I will make every effort to provide parents and teachers with activities that are easy to carry out in the home or classroom.

2. Take the time to observe - I will take the time to just observe. I will document observations in the classroom or home in writing or with photographs. It is very difficult to determine needs if you do not have an idea of baseline issues.


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SLP Corner: Our Shared (Mis)understanding of Autism

by Lucas Steuber, CC-SLP

A few days ago I was speaking with Sue, the mother of an eight-year-old boy on the Autism Spectrum. I asked her to tell me some of the most ridiculous things that have been said to her, and asked of her, about her child. I asked the same question of a few of the other parents I work with. Here are some of the results:

"I want to include him in my ADHD play group but he's just too easily distracted."
"Why don't you teach him to listen?"
"Your kid just needs more discipline. I think you should take some parenting classes."
"Autism isn't a real thing, he's just quirky."
"Your son just didn't want to behave today."
"We need to get these kids in the water." (What?)
"We should just spank them."
After an outburst at an airport: "You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

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PT Corner: : Ground Control

by Shelley Mannel, PT, C/NDT  

Any rocket needs a great deal of force to push off the surface of the earth.  And when I think about the spectrum of my clinical practice, all my kids with movement challenges have difficulty has difficulty accomplishing this same task.  They are like a rocket without enough fuel - they have difficulty pushing off the surface in any position.  We call this a generating a ground reaction force.  And without this force, compensations will be required to keep from crashing back to earth.  In sitting, I see my clients collapsed into a slumped posture, holding their head up with their hands, wrapping their feet around the legs of the desk, constantly changing position 

School Psych Corner: Is Emotional Learning As Important As ABCs?

[Source: Mind Shift]

By Maanvi Singh, NPR 

Thomas O'Donnell's kindergarten kids are all hopped up to read about Twiggle the anthropomorphic Turtle.


"Who can tell me why Twiggle here is sad," O'Donnell asks his class at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore.

"Because he doesn't have no friends," a student pipes up.

And how do people look when they're sad? 

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