March 14, 2014
Issue 11, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy St. Patrick's Day

Be safe out there this weekend if you plan to participate in the revelry!  Please enjoy a more academic moment with this week's newsletter
News Items:
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: Harlem Globetrotters Recruits Boy with Down Syndrome
  • Research on a Collaborative Fine Motor Program
  • Higher Levels of Omega 3 Tied to Better Sleep in Kids
  • Collaborative Therapy in the News: A Team Approach to Autism Diagnosis and Care
  • Wishing to be Another Gender: Links to ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Structure Stores Memories By Time
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Placement of the Week: Speaking of Connecticut!
  • Upcoming Events:  AOTA 2014: Baltimore, Maryland
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Insta-REgram of the Week: Shamrock Under 'Glass'
  • Book Feature: Zones of Regulation
  • Four Apps for Articulation Practice by Erik X. Raj
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: April Fool's Day as Learning!

Articles and Special Features 

  • Career Corner: So You Have a Job Interview...Now What?
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Toy Talk- Toy Trains
  • SLP Corner: Articulation Carryover Techniques - 3 Posts by Play on Words
  • Worth Repeating: 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
  • Also Worth Repeating: Reaching My Son With Autism Through Disney
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Feel Good Story of the Week:  Harlem Globetrotters Recruits Boy with Down Syndrome

[Source: Good Morning America]


Scoring a three-pointer is a big deal.  Imagine hitting four of them in the final two minutes of a game. Kevin Grow has Down Syndrome.  That game made him an internet sensation. Last night, it also made him a Harlem Globetrotter.


More than 1 million people have viewed this YouTube clip of Kevin Grow. A high school basketball player with Down Syndrome. He made four three-point shots in the final two minutes of a game.


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Fine Motor Research in the News: Research on a Collaborative Fine Motor Program

[Source: Your Therapy Source]


Ingrid King, OT, has written research on a collaborative fine motor program for 5 year old children in New Zealand.  A two phased mixed method design was utilized with 19 students in a 5 year old classroom (none of the students were receiving occupational therapy nor had a diagnosis).  

To measure changes in fine motor skills a group pre- and post-test was performed.  A five year follow up study was completed to determine the teacher's perceptions.  The intervention consisted of a fine motor program for the entire class led by the occupational therapist (which were then repeated by the teaching staff) one time per week for 8 weeks.  Following the first 8 weeks, an additional fine motor program was completed for 12 weeks for only 6 of the students.


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Nutrition in the News:  Higher Levels of Omega 3 Tied to Better Sleep in Kids  

[Source: Psych Central]


In a new Oxford study, children who took omega-3 DHA supplements for 16 weeks started sleeping nearly an hour longer each night and had fewer waking episodes.


The two-phased study analyzed thesleep of 362 healthy UK school children (ages seven to nine) in relation to their blood levels of omega-3 and omega-6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA).

The child participants were not chosen for sleep problems, but rather because they were struggling readers at a mainstream primary school. Previous research has shown an association between poor sleep and low blood omega-3 LC-PUFA in infants and in children and adults with behavior or learning difficulties.


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Collaborative Therapy in the News:  A Team Approach to Autism Diagnosis and Care  

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Improving diagnosis and treatment for individuals with autism has been the focus of a growing body of research. New information from these studies led the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to revise key parameters for evaluating and treating autism. Researchers led by Yale Child Study Center director Fred Volkmar, M.D., have published the new practice parameters in the Feb. issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

"Early diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders means treatments will be introduced that lead to more positive outcomes for children," said Volkmar the Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine.


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Gender Research in the News:  Wishing to be Another Gender: Links to ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Children and teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder or those who have attention deficit and hyperactivity problems are much more likely to wish to be another gender. So says John Strang of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, USA, leader of the first study to compare the occurrence of such gender identity issues among children and adolescents with and without specific neurodevelopmental disorders. The paper is published in Springer's journalArchives of Sexual Behavior.


Children between 6 and 18 years old were part of the study. They either had no neurodevelopmental disorder, or they were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a medical neurodevelopmental disorder such as epilepsy, orneurofibromatosis. The wish to be the other gender, known as gender variance, was assessed with the Child Behavior Checklist, one of the most commonly used behavioral report inventories for children and adolescents.

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Memory Research in the News:  Brain Structure Stores Memories By Time    

[Source: Psych Central]


New research shows that the part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories by their 'temporal context' - what happened before and what came after.


"We need to remember not just what happened, but when," said Liang-Tien (Frank) Hsieh, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience and first author on the study,

For the study, Hsieh and Charan Ranganath, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Neuroscience, looked for hippocampus activity linked to particular memories.

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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Speaking of Connecticut!  

Congratulations to Laura R., on her new SLP position with PediaStaff's private pediatric therapy client in Connecticut.    They offer speech, occupational, and physical therapy to children and adolescents ages birth to 21 in clinic, early intervention, and school settings in central CT.   Laura will be working in an school-based setting as a full-time employee through the end of the school year.   There is a strong likelihood that her contract will extend into next school year.   Wonderful company, competitive salary and great benefits!

Upcoming Events:  AOTA 2014: Baltimore, Maryland!  

In three weeks, PediaStaff will hit the waterfront to join thousands of Occupational Therapists at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association National Confernence and Expo,   April 3-6.  It promises to be a great show in a beautiful venue! 


This year, AOTA hopes you won't miss a beat and has created a  Conference App to help you choose from almost 900 educational sessions.  It looks like a great tool!


Make sure when you plan your schedule, you leave time to visit PediaStaff's Booth #837.   We have a super special giveaway this year that we are very excited about - the  "PediaStaff OT Thumball," created exclusively in a joint effort between Answers in Motion and PediaStaff - solely for the AOTA 2014 Convention.


Read More About AOTA and the PediaStaff Thumballs on our Blog

Insta-REgram of the Week:  Shamrock Under Glass  

Editor's Note:  My favorite part of Instagram is seeing all the great ideas contributed through classroom and clinic photos by therapy clinicians all over the world.   These are regular working therapists that don't necessarily have the the time to share their ideas daily in a blog, but who have great, share-worthy ideas nonetheless.   Here is one we saw last week that we had to "regram" and share with you here on our blog!


Check out This Cute Idea on our Blog

Book Feature:  The Zones of Regulation  

[Source:  Amazon] 


Book by Leah Kuypers, MA, OT, Autism Specialist


The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum's learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called "zones," with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students' understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others' facial 


Read More About this Book on Our Blog

Apps of the Week:  Four Apps for Articulation Practice by Erik X. Raj  

[Source:  Teachers with Apps]


Review by Nanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP


Oh happy day! I am one, lucky speech pathologist because I have been testing out not one, but FOUR apps by the dynamic Erik X. Raj.   Both my school and private clients have been pretty fortunate too and many keep bugging me to break out my iPad. Like Erik's other app: I Dare You Articulation,  the four apps in this review target /s, z, r, l, sh, ch, th/. Let's take a look at the new gems on my iPad.


First up is the recently released: Secret Mission Articulation, a favorite among many. The most entertaining aspect of this app is the robot-like voice that states your secret mission message. This game plays like hangman, except you have unlimited opportunities to guess the letters in the secret message answer, which incidentally includes the target sound in the word position that you establish. My trigger happy friends quickly learned that their guesses were limitless, so many just hit all the alphabet letters without spending any time trying to guess the answer. This did not bode well for me, so I made up a rule that only ten letters could be selected when trying to guess the answer, and they 


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Pinterest Pinboard of the Week:  April Fool's Day as Learning!  

April Fool's Day can be a great day for learning opportunities.   Great conversation can be enabled by discussing things that don't appear as they seem.  It can even parlay into a discussion about the difference between a harmless prank on a day like this, versus the kind of prank that is bullying.


Over the past couple of years we have collected a variety of family and kid friendly ideas for April Fool's Day that don't have to make anyone cry or feel stupid.   Check out our Pinboard just for April Fool's Day Ideas.  I especially like the idea of using idioms!


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Career Corner: So You Have a Job Interview...Now What?

by Maureen Wilson, M.S. CCC-SLP of the Speech Bubble Blog

Congratulations! You've graduated, or are about to, and you have scheduled a job interview. I remember being excited and nervous when I scheduled my first interview.  It was my first real, big girl job interview...but I didn't really know what to expect. What questions would they ask? Should I ask questions? What was I going to wear ?!  With interview season approaching I thought I would offer some tips I have learned over the years being both the interviewer and interviewee.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Toy Talk - Toy Trains

by Natalie Lopez, DPT

I was inspired to write this post because one of my patients has a number of toy trains and toy train accessories that I have managed to incorporate into our treatment sessions.

Why do I love toy trains?

  1. It's a toy with a lot of pieces (which I love for doing practicing any gross motor skill!)
  2. They can be connected to each other which is a spin off of stacking blocks and a little easier if you're doing a balancing task
  3. They can be a universal toy for both boys and girls

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SLP Corner: Articulation Carryover Techniques - 3 Posts by Play on Words

by Sherry Artemenko, MA CCC-SLP


I promised to blog my way through Pam Marshalla's book 'Carryover Techniques in Articulation and Phonological Therapy' and I am ready to tackle self monitoring.  

I realize as I work through this excellent resource, that after over 35 years of working with kids, I still feel confident on the specialized steps in teaching sounds but am appreciating being reminded of the critical steps to achieve the final stage of articulation therapy which is carryover. Somehow I feel sort of "finished" when a child can easily produce his target sounds in all positions of a word in sentences and even structured conversation. Some kids easily step over into using their new sounds daily while others need a step by step process to listen, monitor and correct their errors.


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Worth Repeating: 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

Editor's Note:  Thank You to Michel Verdonck on the OT4OT Facebook Group for sharing this article.


[Source:  Huffington Post]


The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-

Also Worth Repeating: Reaching My Son With Autism Through Disney

Editor's Note:  This absolutely beautiful article is going viral.  A must read!


[Source:  New York Times Magazine]


In our first year in Washington, our son disappeared.

Just shy of his 3rd birthday, an engaged, chatty child, full of typical speech - "I love you," "Where are my Ninja Turtles?" "Let's get ice cream!" - fell silent. He cried, inconsolably. Didn't sleep. Wouldn't make eye contact. His only word was "juice."


I had just started a job as The Wall Street Journal's national affairs reporter. My wife, Cornelia, a former journalist, was home with him - a new story every day, a new horror. He could barely use a sippy cup, though he'd long ago graduated to a big-boy cup. He wove about like someone walking with his eyes shut. "It doesn't make sense," I'd say at night. "You don't grow backward." Had he been injured somehow when he was out of our sight, banged his head, swallowed something poisonous? It was like searching for clues to a kidnapping.


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