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May 18, 2012
Issue 16, Volume 5
It's All About the Choices!     
Happy Friday, and Happy Summertime to those of you already out for the year!  

We have a special welcome to 'The Speech Dudes,' who we are featuring as our guest speech language columnist this week for SLP Corner.   So glad to have you guys on board! 

Here is our newsletter offering for this week! 
News Items: 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • App Review of the Week: LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker  
  • OT Therapy Idea of the Week as Seen on Pinterest: Ping Pong Ball Match
  • Autism Resource of the Week: Squag.com 
  • App Review: Speech-EZ�Apraxia Picture Sound Cards

Articles and Special Features 

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PediaStaff (and Friends) in the News:  Pinterest Article in the ASHA Leader

Editor's Note:  We were very flattered to find out this weekend that our Pinterest boards were featured in the ASHA Leader.   Thank You Kellie Rowden-Racette & Maggie McGary for your great article on how SLPs are using Pinterest to find great ideas and resources for their 'therapy bags.'


[Source: ASHA Leader]


When speech-language pathologist Jenna Rayburn was in graduate school at The Ohio State University, she was charged with treating and engaging children as part of a literacy internship.


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 An Open Letter from SPDF's Lucy Jane Miller: : Last Chance to Influence the DSM Decision

[Source:  SPD Foundation]


The last chance for inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the DSM-5 has arrived.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has announced the third and final opportunity for public feedback.


The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is coordinating a final comment campaign to show the APA there is widespread, informed support for the inclusion of SPD in the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), to be published in 2013.


The deadline for commenting is JUNE 15, so please help us promote recognition of SPD by submitting a comment on the APA website even if you have done so in the past.


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The Great Bike Giveaway: Voting Phase Has Begun 

Back in April we told you about a great contest sponsored by Friendship Circle that will put adaptive bikes into the homes of 18 children with special needs.


Well, the voting phase of the contest has started and everyone can participate!


Over 150 people submitted an entry explaining why they need an adaptive bike. Please take a minute to check out these entries. They are emotional and inspiring glimpses into to the lives of some very special children.


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Language Development in the News: Playful Games Promote Reading Development  

Short but intense training sessions in the form of structured language games from the age of four can stimulate children's early language development and may also make it easier for children to learn to read. This is found in a current research project at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Previous research has shown that children's reading development can be stimulated with structured and playful language games from the age of six. In a current three-year study, researchers at the University of Gothenburg are exploring the effects of having children as young as four participate in such games.


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Feel Good Story of the Week: Boy With Cerebral Palsy, Defies Odds by Walking into His Returning Soldier Dad's Arms
Editor's Note:  This one might be the 'feel good story' of the year in my book!I

When Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney, 31, returned home from Afghanistan to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina last December, he was taken aside and escorted into a gymnasium where his wife and five children waited.


There across the basketball court was his 6-year-old son, Michael, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Doctors told Jeremy and his wife, Melissa, 30, that Michael would never walk.


Read the Rest of This Article And Watch a Video Through a Link on our Blog
Going Social: Follow our Senior Staffing Consultant, Vicki Hill on Twitter and LinkedIN

Have you worked with Vicki Hill here at PediaStaff?   Chances are if you are a client, client prospect or a therapist applicant with us, and either live in or are looking for opportunities in either California or the Southeast, then you have been in touch with Vicki.


Well, we are excited to announce that Vicki is jumping into social media and is the first of the PediaStaff recruiting team to join us on Twitter.  (In fact, all our staffing consultants will be joining the fun eventually, but I am training them one at a time.)


Connect with Vicki on our Blog
Play with a Kiddo! Love 'Draw Something Free?'  Team up with OT for Kids and Help a Kiddo! 

What a great idea!  The folks at OT for Kids in Rockville Maryland are using the super-fun  (and highly addictive) free game Draw Something for OT practice!


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App Review of the Week: LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker

by Deb Tomarakos


If you follow my blog, then you know that I think LEGOs are great for speech/language development and for use in therapy. I previously have discussed the LEGO web site and you can find that post here. Today, I want to talk about LEGOs newest app, the LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker.


I have to start by telling you my 9 year old son loves this app. When I showed it to him and asked him if he wanted to make a movie, he ran up to his room and was back in 2 seconds with some LEGO men and a LEGO scene in hand. He was excited before he even knew what


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OT Idea of the Week: Ping Pong Ball Match 
Here is one I absolutely love!   I stumbled on it on Pinterest.   It was originally posted to a new blog called the OTs Bag.  It's a visual discrimination/following directions activity called "Ping Pong Ball Match."   Kristin Clewell is the blogger.   She doesn't seem to be posting regularly, but I hope she goes back to it if all her ideas are like this one.  Let's bombard her site with visits to let her know she has great ideas!


 Check Out This Great Activity Through a Link on our Blog
Autism Resource of the Week: Squag.com

I just discovered this website through Twitter.  The name of the website is Squag and it is a social platform for children with autism.  It looks quite promising, so I thought I would share it as a resource with you.  It is not free, but it might be something worth recommending to parents as there is a 14-day free-trial.

What is Squag?  (From their website:) "Squag is a a curated social space for kids with autism (and other learning differences) to build ideas about themselves.  Our goal is to facilitate the opportunity for organic relationships; driven by kids, supported by parents. What could be better?"

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Another App Review: Speech-EZ�Apraxia Picture Sound Cards

Editor's Note:  We were contacted this week by Sharon Gretz at CASANA/Apraxia Kids, who was very excited to see this review about an iPad app for children with apraxia of speech.   We thought you would be excited about it too, so we got permission to reprint it, and here it is as it appeared on the iMums app review blog.   


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Physical Therapy Corner: Torticollis: Addressing the Full Body to Treat the Neck

By: Dr. Joni Redlich, DPT, PCS


The child in utero is curled up tight to fit in such a tight space.  If a baby's neck is tilted, it is visually obvious to the parent and pediatrician.  If they have asymmetry elsewhere the observations may be more subtle.  It may be harder to put one arm in the onesie, the child may prefer to play with toys on one side, or the child may crawl with one leg dragging behind.  Rather than treat the obvious asymmetry, which is the teeny tiny neck in an infant, it can be more effective to identify and treat larger asymmetries in the body, allowing the neck the opportunity to come into alignment on its own.  Common asymmetries seen are the upper body preferring to twist to the left, the baby in sitting shifted onto the right butt cheek, and the right arm having difficulty going into the shirt sleeve.


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Occupational Therapy Corner: Advice From the OT, Part 6: Identifying and Helping Students with Sensory Integration Issues

Editor's Note:  Last over the past few weeks.  week we have been reprinting a series by PediaStaff columnist Loren Shlaes, OTR/L, being featured on Rachel Lynette's prominent general education blog, Minds in Bloom.  Here is her sixth installment:  Identifying and Helping Students with Sensory Integration Issues


by Loren Shlaes, OTR/L


This is the last post in the series and I want to thank Rachel and her fantastic website, Minds in Bloom, for giving me the opportunity to share what occupational therapy has to offer the children who are struggling in their classrooms. Thanks also to Heidi at Pediastaff, who suggested the collaboration.  


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SLP Corner: Stop with the "Little Words" Grab-Bag in AAC
by:  One of The Speech Dudes (Dude #1)

I have a proverbial bee in my bonnet today related to the sloppy way that some folks seem to think that designing an AAC system is just a matter of (a) collecting a list of words, (b) adding a set of pictures, and (c) sticking them on pages. This is errant nonsense, positively dangerous, and, after over 30 years of living in a world where AAC systems have been in operation, a sad indictment of how little we appear to have learned. Is that strong enough for yah?

The number of popular press articles that have erupted in the past year or so about how the iPad can be magically used to provide "voices for the voiceless" is staggering. What's more staggering is that you'd think nothing had ever been done prior to the iPad - as if Steve Jobs

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Meet PediaStaff: Shelli Katz, Sr. Staffing Consultant 

S helli is in her sixth year as a pediatric therapy recruiter. She has been with PediaStaff, Inc. since the company was founded in 2006 and prior to that was a Sr. Consultant for both PediaStaff of FL, LLC and Kay Concepts.


Prior to her tenure as a staffing consultant, Shelli had a satisfying career as a marketing coordinator in the high end retail industry.  She holds a degree in Business with a major in marketing from the University of Florida. 

 Read More About Shelli on our Blog

Worth Repeating - Why Do Kids with Autism Do That?
[Source:  The Autism Blog at Seattle Childrens]

by  Lynn Vigo, MSW, LICSW


When my kids were young, my son Justin was quite curious about the many odd mannerisms his sister with autism demonstrated. We welcomed his questions as well as those from his curious neighborhood friends who we were determined to include in our friendly and oh-so-unconventional home. I did my parental best to offer up ideas as to why she does what she does, and thankfully

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Also Worth Repeating - 65 Years of Helping People Who Stutter
Please enjoy this EXCELLENT full color document produced by the Stuttering Foundation in honor of their 65th year.   Includes the history of the foundation, public awareness breakthroughs, research and more.


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