April 18, 2014
Issue 16, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Holidays

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter and your spring holidays, whichever one (or both) you are celebrating!
News Items:
  • Confirmation of the Neurobiological Origin of Attention-Deficit Disorder
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: Visually Impaired Kids Hunt for "Audible Easter Eggs"
  • Teens More Likely to Attempt Suicide Following Concussion
  • Biomarkers Enable Screening for Autism at 9 Months
  • Modeling the Cellular Basis of Memory  
  • 'I Spy' Used to Show Spoken Language Helps Direct Children's Eyes 
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: Therapeutic Day School, IL
  • PediaStaff Professional Development Tip: Get Yourself "Out There"
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Book Review: Dads of Disability  
  • App of the Week: Charades Articulation - Brand New & Free
  • Seasonal Activity of the Week: Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Autism
  • Another Seasonal Idea of the Week: Speech and Language Garden

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: Literature Review - Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises
  • Occupational Therapy Corner:  AOTA From the Trenches by Abby Brayton-Chung
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  A Better Way to Say Sorry
  • Worth Repeating: Autism and Drumming
  • Also Worth Repeating: 11 Things Never to Say to Parents of a Child with Autism
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ADHD in the News: Confirmation of the Neurobiological Origin of Attention-Deficit Disorder

[Source:  Medical News Today]


A study, carried out on mice, has just confirmed the neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood. Researchers from CNRS, the University of Strasbourg and INSERM1 have identified a cerebral structure, the superior colliculus, where hyperstimulation causes behavior modifications similar to those of some patients who suffer from ADD. Their work also shows noradrenaline accumulation in the affected area, shedding light on this chemical mediator having a role in attention disorders. These results are published in the journal Brain Structure and Function.


Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog

Feel Good Story of the Week:  Visually Impaired Kids Hunt for "Audible Easter Eggs"  

Editor's Note:  Thanks to Keith Adams, PediaStaff partner for sharing this article.  How wonderful!


[Source:  WJHG.com Panama City]


Most of us take something as simple as hunting Easter eggs for granted.


But not children who are visually impaired.


Founder April Cao says, "too often I think those children sit on the sidelines and don't have the opportunity to participate in something that really is just a family tradition whether it's a backyard barbecue, a community event."


Hung and April Cao are founders of a non profit organization called "Audible Eggs" for the visually impaired.


Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link our Blog

Traumatic Brain Injury in the News:  Teens More Likely to Attempt Suicide Following Concussion 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


New research from Canada finds that teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as concussion, at some point in their lives are twice as likely to be victims of school bullying or cyberbullying. They are also nearly three times as likely to attempt suicide or be threatened with a weapon at school compared to peers who have never suffered such an injury.


Lead author Gabriela Ilie, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellow at St. Michael's Hospital, also in Toronto, says not only are adolescents who have suffered traumatic brain injury more likely to be victims of bullying, they are also more likely to:


Read the Rest of this Article Through a Link our Blog

Autism Screening in the News:  Biomarkers Enable Screening for Autism at 9 Months

[Source:  Psych Central]


New research suggests measurement of two biomarkers can help physicians and diagnosticians identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) early in the developmental process.


Detection of ASD is often a waiting game as a child is evaluated according to their accomplishments of developmental milestones. Typically, this has meant that most children are diagnosed with ASD around the age of four, although some have been identified as early as two years of age.


Researchers, including a team from Children's National Health System, identified head circumference and head tilting reflex as two reliable biomarkers in the identification of ASD in children that are between nine and 12 months of age.


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Memory Research in the News:  Modeling the Cellular Basis of Memory 

[Source:  Psych Central]


Researchers at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains the cellular mechanisms responsible for retaining select memories a few hours after an event.


This new paradigm enables a more complete picture of how memory works and can inform research into disorders liked Parkinson's, Alzheimer's,post-traumatic stress, and learning disabilities.


"Previous models of memory were based on fast activity patterns," said Terry Sejnowski, Ph.D., holder of Salk's Francis Crick Chair and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.


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Cognition and Language in the News:  'I Spy' Used to Show Spoken Language Helps Direct Children's Eyes

[Source:  Science Daily]

Children spot objects more quickly when prompted by words than if they are only prompted by images, cognitive scientists have demonstrated.  Spoken language taps into children's cognitive system, enhancing their ability to learn and to navigate cluttered environments. As such the study opens up new avenues for research into the way language might shape the course of developmental disabilities such as ADHD, difficulties with school, and other attention-related problems.


In a new study, Indiana University cognitive scientists Catarina Vales and Linda Smith demonstrate that children spot objects more quickly when prompted by words than if they are only prompted by images.


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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Therapeutic Day School - Greater Chicago, IL  

Congratulations to Prerna B., on her new full-time, direct hire occupational therapy position through PediaStaff! Prerna will be working at a therapeutic day school in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Compassion is the key in this position, as she will be working with a children with a range of abilities from high functioning to non-verbal/low functioning on the autism spectrum. Prerna will finish out this school year, come back for a summer school session and then have a break before school starts back in the fall.


Interested in working here? We have additional OT positions available at this school! Email the PediaStaff Career Center at contactus@pediastaff.com, or you can call at 866-733-4278.

Positions are available on a contract, full-time or part-time direct hire basis.

PediaStaff Professional Development Tip:  Get Yourself "Out There"  

Back in the day (I really do hate that expression!), the only way a less experienced therapy clinician could share his or her thoughts and ideas on therapy technique, research or anything else, was to complete a peer reviewed study for a journal or get chosen for a poster presentation at ASHA.


With the explosion of the internet, there are a myriad of opportunities to share your experiences, either through starting your own blog, writing guest blog articles for any one of the wonderful SLP, OT, School Psych and PT blogs out there, or even blogging through photos of activities that you have created and shared on sites like Instagram.

Read More on our Blog

Book Review:  Dads of Disability  

Editor's Note:  The author of this book, Gary Dietz, is generously offering a discount on his book to all PediaStaff readers.


Book:  Dads of Disability; Collected and Edited by Gary Dietz; Additional Editing by Beth Gallob
Poetry selected by Marly Youmans 


Review by: Jackie Olson  


Dads of Disability takes the reader inside the hearts and minds of men.  While so much love shines through each page, it is not sappy.   These men are brave, some are angry, they are fighting, and sometimes they break down.  The common thread is a raw and vulnerable honesty, the men do not hold back and their truth is appreciated.

A plethora of special needs are showcased including PKU, Autism, Schizophrenia, Sensory Processing Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and Behavior Disorders, and ODD, which is informative, but not in the typical fashion.   Instead of reading about symptoms, the reader is drawn into the lives of these families and the learning is insidious rather than explained.  There is keen insight throughout.   


Read the Rest of this Book Review on our Blog

App of the Week:  App of the Week: Charades Articulation - Brand New & Free for a Week!  

App and Article below by Eric Raj, CCC-SLP


I'm going to let you in on a little secret of mine, I adore the game of charades. It's a timeless game that has the ability to turn any uneventful get-together into an action-packed party! So, that's exactly why the game of charades has found its way into my speech therapy room on more than one occasion (err, hundreds of occasions, to be a bit more truthful!). It can turn any uneventful speech therapy session into an action-packed speech therapy party!


Read the Rest of this Blog Post and Download this App Through our Blog

Seasonal Activity of the Week:  Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Autism  

Thanks to the people at Therapics for reaching out to us to share this free activity!   It is great way to teach prepositions whilst helping a child with language challenges participate in the Easter fun.    


It would make a nice carryover activity to send home with your students/clients over the holiday weekend.


[Source:  Therapics]


Download this Activity Through a Link on our Blog

Another Seasonal Idea of the Week:  Speech and Language Garden  

[Source:  Bright Ideas SLP] 
This week I am working on a Speech & Language Garden... aka flowers on my bulletin board. It's so easy and provides many data collection opportunities. 
Here's how it's done: You simply cut out circles for the middle of the flowers.. I went with yellow for a daisy theme. Next, freehand cut some petal shapes in the color of your choosing. Like so...


Read the Rest of this Post (with Images) on the Bright Ideas SLP Blog

SLP Corner: Literature Review - Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOMEs)

Editor's Note:  This past week, we reprinted an blog post by Samantha Weatherford regarding EI Strategies .   An OT reader of ours commented that she was not familiar with the evidence that has been collected as of late regarding the ineffectiveness of NSOMEs (non-speech oral motor exercises) in the treatment of phonological and articulation disorders.   In our search for literature to share with this reader we re-discovered this page.

[Source: Speech-Language-Therapy.com]

Read this Literature Review Through a Link on our Blog

OT Corner: AOTA From the Trenches by Abby Brayton-Chung

by Abby Brayton-Chung, OTR/L

Wow! What an experience. The 94th Annual AOTA Conference held in Baltimore was buzzing with energy and excitement for the profession of occupational therapy. As a first time conference attendee, there was so much I wanted to see and do! Today I'm sharing some of my conference experience highlights.


Educational Sessions - The AOTA Annual Conference is a great opportunity to attend a variety of educational sessions and earn CEUs. I focused on attending sessions geared toward pediatrics, 


Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: A Better Way to Say Sorry

Editor's Note:  Thank You to Mellisa Essenburg of the SLPeeps Facebook Group for sharing this excellent article


[Source:  Cupacocoa.com]



"Say sorry to your brother."    


"But he's the one who-"    


"Say it!" you insist, an edge of warning in your voice.    


He huffs, rolls his eyes to the side and says flatly, "Sorry." 


Read the Rest of This Article on our Blog

Worth Repeating: Autism and Drumming

Editor's Note: One of our LinkedIn followers, Jorge Ochoa, OTR/L called our attention to an article he wrote for the Autism Notebook.  Thanks Jorge for letting us know about  it!

[Source:  The Autism Notebook]  

Many children with autism seem to have an innate natural rhythm. Does your child tap, flap or beat on whatever is in his field of reach?   Do his beats shift with his mood?  Is he comforted by simple patterns in his environment?  If the answer is "yes," then maybe it's time to consider participating in a drum circle.

Also Worth Repeating: 11 Things Never to Say to Parents of a Child with Autism (and 11 Things You Should)

[Source:  Today.com]

We know they mean well. Or at least we hope they do. All of the family, friends, co-workers and even strangers who approach parents of children on the autism spectrum with words that really should never have left their mouths in the first place. Words that often unintentionally hurt or upset family members who are affected by autism.


So, in the spirit of National Autism Awareness Month, some of my friends and clients who have children on the autism spectrum decided to brainstorm a list of statements they wish people would and wouldn't say.


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