May 31, 2013
Monthly Edition 
Issue 5, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings and Happy Friday! 

Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!

News Items:
  • 'Redshirting' in Kindergarten Still Subject to Debate
  • Autologous Cord Blood Successfully Treats Pediatric Cerebral Palsy
  • C-Section Babies At High Risk Of Obesity
  • Pediatricians: "Check Young Kids for Motor Delays"
  • SAP Looks to Recruit People with Autism as Programmers 
  • Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy Benefit Long-Term From Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Down Syndrome Neurons Grown From Stem Cells Show Signature Problems
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources 
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Meet Monica!  
  • PediaStaff Jobs of the Week:  Early Intervention SLPs, OTs and PTs in North Carolina  
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • App of the Week: Multiple Meaning Library
  • Pinterest Pins of the Week: Huge Collection of TpT Freebies for Spelling, Writing, Grammar and Reading
  • Sensory Activity of the Week: Scented Sand Paint
  • Speech Therapy Activity of the Week:  Speech Color by Numbers

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  The Disorder Formerly Known As Asperger's
  • OT Corner:  Handwriting is a Complex Language 
  • SLP Corner: How Arts and Crafts Help Develop Language in Young Children
  • Worth Repeating: Treating Speech Problems in Children with Autism
  • Also Worth Repeating: Secrets of the ADHD Brain
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School Readiness in the News:  'Redshirting' in Kindergarten Still Subject to Debate

[Source:  ABC News]

 

by Dina Abou Salem

 

More parents are putting off a child's kindergarten entry so he or she will be a little older than the classmates. It's a phenomenon known as redshirting.

 

"The reasons parents choose to redshirt their child vary, depending on the child's emotional, social and academic readiness to join school," Dana Vela, president of Sunrise Preschools, in Arizona, said in an interview with ABCNews.com.

 

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Cerebral Palsy in the News: Autologous Cord Blood Successfully Treats Pediatric Cerebral Palsy

[Source: Medical News Today]

 

Bochum's medics have succeeded in treating cerebral palsy with autologous cord blood. Following a cardiac arrest with severe brain damage, a 2.5 year old boy had been in a persistent vegetative state - with minimal chances of survival. Just two months after treatment with the cord blood containing stem cells, the symptoms improved significantly; over the following months, the child learned to speak simple sentences and to move. "Our findings, along with those from a Korean study, dispel the long-held doubts  

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Childhood Obesity in the News:  C-Section Babies At High Risk Of Obesity   

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Babies who are born through Cesarean section (c-section) are much more likely to become obese when they grow up compared to babies who are delivered vaginally, reveals a new study carried out in the U.K which included more than 10,000 children.

 

Around 33% of births in the U.S. are cesarean births, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the rate of c-sections is rising.

 

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AAP Recommendations in the News:  "Check Young Kids for Motor Delays"  

[Source:  Reuter's Health]

 

Doctors should regularly screen babies and young children for delays in motor skill development - including trouble sitting, standing and speaking - at well-child visits, pediatricians said today.

In a clinical report, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) panel said diagnosing and treating those problems early on may ultimately improve kids' outlook and help families gain additional support.

 

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Autism in the News:  SAP Looks to Recruit People with Autism as Programmers  

[Source:  Reuters]

 

German software company SAP is looking to recruit people with autism as programmers and product testers, drawing on skills that can include a close attention to detail and an ability to solve complex problems.

 

SAP has asked start-up Danish recruitment company Specialisterne to help it find, train and manage employees diagnosed with the disability.

 

"They bring a special set of skills to the table, which fits with SAP," said a spokesman for the company, which has already hired people with autism in India and Ireland.

 

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Cerebral Palsy in the News:  Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy Benefit Long-Term From Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy   

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure used to treat spasticity in some children with spastic cerebral palsy. This procedure appears to be effective, but for how long? Researchers from Montreal, Quebec, Canada,* set out to find the answer to this question by studying data from the McGill University Rhizotomy Database on 102 pediatric patients with long-term follow-up. The researchers found that, in the majority of children with spastic cerebral palsy, the benefits of SDR last throughout

 

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Down Syndrome in the News:  Down Syndrome Neurons Grown From Stem Cells Show Signature Problems    

[Source:  Medical News Today]

 

Down syndrome, the most common genetic form of intellectual disability, results from an extra copy of one chromosome. Although people with Down syndrome experience intellectual difficulties and other problems, scientists have had trouble identifying why that extra chromosome causes such widespread effects.


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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Meet Monica!   

Meet Monica - an energetic physical therapist who has just accepted TWO positions through PediaStaff as an itinerant school-based clinician in parts of rural Alaska.  She will be working for two separate school districts and will fly from village to village as some of these villages have no roads and are not accessible except by plane!    Cool assignment, Monica!  Stay Warm!

PediaStaff Jobs of the Week:  Early Intervention SLPs, OT and PT in North Carolina    

Did you know that PediaStaff has lots of great EI positions nationwide??

Our client is seeking Pediatric SLPs, Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapists to provide evaluation and assessment with an emphasis on the development of an individualized functional communication system.  Among the diagnoses are autism and dysphagia. You will work closely with

 

App of the week:  Multiple Meaning Library   

[Source:  Apps for Children with Special Needs]

The Multiple Meanings Library was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students ages 5-15 who struggle with oral and written comprehension of words with multiple meanings.

The Multiple Meanings Library can be used for students with:

- Receptive/expressive language disorders
- Word-finding problems
- Learning disorders
- Autism
- Specific language -learning disorders, etc.

 

 Read the Rest of this App Review Through a Link on our Blog

Pinterest Pins of the Week:  Huge Collection of TpT Freebies for Spelling, Writing, Grammar and Reading   

Here is a treasure trove of free worksheets and resources by Teachers Pay Teachers
bloggers posted to huge Pinterest boards just for freebies in each of these areas.  We had hundreds of repins on these last week!  If you don't have a TpT account you will have to make one, but it's free.

 Access These Great Pinboards Through a Link on our Blog

Sensory Activity of the Week:  Scented Sand Paint   

[Source:  Play Create Explore]

'I made some grape scented sand paint during our Purple Themed Week, in the Color of the Week Exploration Series. It was kind of a happy accident in which the ingredients were all just kind of sitting right beside each other and I decided to mix them together. We were just going to finger paint with purple paint, then I had the Kool-aid out from a few of our other activities from Purple Week so I mixed that in with the paint, and then I saw that our purple sand sensory bin was close by so I grabbed

 Get the Recipe for Scented Sand Paint Through a Link on our Blog

Speech Therapy Activity of the Week:  Speech Color by Numbers 

by Alissa Holloway, MS CCC-SLP

I am really excited about this post.  I have spent the last year or so working on this program and I finally get to share it.  This is a program that can be used as homework for all of your speech and language kids.  I love it because it is streamlined and simple, but also can be individualized to fit every child's needs.  There are 36 color by number pictures.  This should give you one picture a week for the entire school year (September through May).  The pictures match the calendar (i.e. holidays, seasons, etc,).  Basically, you send home one

 Download and Read More About this Activity on our Blog

Pediatric Therapy Corner: The Disorder Formerly Known As Asperger's

[Source:  ABC.au]

The latest Diagnostic and Statisticians Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) collapses Aspgerger's Syndrome and autism, along with other disorders, into one diagnosis - Autism Spectrum Disorder. 'Aspies' may feel like a little piece of themselves falling away, says Katharine Annear, but she believes a name change in a book doesn't change who they are.


OT Corner: Handwriting is a Complex Language

by Katherine Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

 

Language is defined a "communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures or written symbols."  This system includes rules such as words and sentences and is shared by a specific group of people or a nation.  Language allows us to tell others what we know, ask questions about things we don't understand and to make our needs known.  Language is a living component of our lives.  We learn it, develop it, hone it and expand on it.  It is complex.  And it comes in many forms.

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SLP Corner: How Arts and Crafts Help Develop Language in Young Children

by Kimberly Scanlon, MA CCC-SLP

I love doing simple arts and crafts projects with my toddler and preschool aged clients. I prefer the ones that:

 

1. Aren't too messy
2. Don't require too many materials

 

In my experience as a speech language pathologist, the easier and cleaner the activity, I more time I have to focus on language and speech and less on setting up and cleaning up. Also, I have

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Worth Repeating: Treating Speech Problems in Children with Autism

[Source: Specialism.com]

by Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP

 

Children on the autism spectrum frequently have speech and language disorders with related attention and sensory processing problems. This combination of factors makes speech development and learning particularly complex.

 

Speech and Sensory Systems 
Speech is one of the most refined fine-motor functions in the body. Several sensory systems need to work together for speech to develop and progress. These include the auditory (listening), visual (looking), tactile (touch), and proprioceptive (inner awareness in the muscles and joints) systems.

Also Worth Repeating: Secrets of the ADHD Brain


[Source: ADDitude Magazine]

ADHD is a confusing, contradictory, inconsistent, and frustrating condition. It is overwhelming to people who live with it every day. The diagnostic criteria that have been used for the last 40 years leave many people wondering whether they have the condition or not. Diagnosticians have long lists of symptoms to sort through and check off. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has 18 criteria, and other symptom lists cite as many as 100 traits.

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