July 18, 2014
Issue 29, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

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News Items:
  • Study IDs Teens Prone to Emotional Problems After Concussion
  • Oldest Case of Down Syndrome Discovered in 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton
  • Coaching Parents on Toddler Talk to Address Low-Income Word Gap
  • Months Before Their First Words, Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics
  • SLPs Rejoice! Weird Al Supports Proper Grammar!
  • ADHD and Handwriting 
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Interview Question: Strength that is Also a Weakness 
  • Hot Job of the Week:  School-Based SLPs - Close to DC
  • More Hot Jobs - in Southern California
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Fine Motor Freebie of the Week: Printable Summer Inspired Sewing Cards
  • List of Apps for Working with Children Who are Hearing Impaired
  • Instagram Post of the Week:  Articulators Craft!
  • Sensory Activities of the Week:  Fun with Ice and Water 

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  ADHD Behavior Management - Teach Them How
  • SLP Corner:  Summertime Speechie "Homework" That Walks Right Out the Clinic's Door
  • Mental Health OT Corner: Coping with Hearing Voices
  • Worth Repeating:  That's Not Autism: It's Simply a Brainy, Introverted Boy
  • Also Worth Repeating: Dose Frequency for Effective Speech Therapy
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Study IDs Teens Prone to Emotional Problems After Concussion

[Source:  Psych Central]

A new study has found that after a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to have emotional symptoms such as anxiety.


"While most people recover from a concussion within a week, a number of factors affect people's recovery, and studies have shown that teenage athletes may take up to seven to 10 days longer to recover than older athletes," said study authors Lisa M. Koehl, M.S., and Dong (Dan) Y. Han, Psy.D., of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.


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Oldest Case of Down Syndrome Discovered in 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton

[ABC News]


A 1,500-year-old skeleton has shed new light on how ancient civilizations viewed those with genetic disorders. French researchers have found the oldest confirmed case of Down syndrome after uncovering the skeleton of a child with the genetic disorder.

A case study published in the International Journal of Pathology showed pictures of the skeleton buried near a church in Chalon-sur-Sa´┐Żne in eastern France. The skeleton featured a broad skull with flattened base and thinner skull bones, all telltale signs of Down syndrome


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Coaching Parents on Toddler Talk to Address Low-Income Word Gap  

[Source: PBS News Hour via Reading Rockets]


JUDY WOODRUFF: Now: closing the education and language gap for kids from low-income families.

Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program trying to tackle the problem by talking more to toddlers.


JOHN TULENKO: In Providence, Rhode Island, 2.5-year-old Nylasia Jordan is part of a closely watched experiment in language development. To boost the number of words she hears, under her shirt she's been wearing a small electronic word counter.


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Before First Words, Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics 

[Source:  Science Daily]


Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages until about 8 months of age when their brains start to focus only on the sounds they hear around them. It's been unclear how this transition occurs, but social interactions and caregivers' use of exaggerated "parentese" style of speech seem to help.


University of Washington research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech.

The study, published July 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that baby brains start laying down the groundwork of how to form words long before they actually begin to speak, and this may affect the developmental transition.


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SLPs Rejoice! Weird Al Supports Proper Grammar!  

Oh my goodness!  I have been laughing at Weird Al songs since I was a teenager, this is one of his best.    Take a few minutes to enjoy this new Grammar Nerd parody of Blurred Lines.  He even mentions the concepts of figurative language and irony! 


Watch this Hilariously Relevant Video on our Blog

ADHD and Handwriting in the News 

[Source:  Journal of Attention Disorders via Your Therapy Source]  


Journal of Attention Disorders published research on kinematically characterizing the handwriting of 14 boys with ADHD-combined type and 14 typically developing boys. The boys wrote a series of four cursive letter 'l's using a graphics tablet and a stylus.  


The results indicated the following:
1. Children with ADHD-CT had more inconsistent writing size than did TD controls.
2. ADHD-CT symptom severity, specifically inattention, predicted poorer handwriting outcomes.

The researchers concluded that children with ADHD-CT display subtle handwriting differences and exhibit handwriting impairments in a manner dependent on symptom severity.


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Interview Question of the Week:  Strength That is a Weakness  

Here is another interview question to chew on. Write down your answer to this one and other questions for easy review the next time you have an interview or have to present yourself for a promotion or advancement.


"Sometimes a personality trait can be both a strength and a weakness. For example, confidence can sometimes spill into cockiness. Give me an example of a trait that you possess that is both a strength and also a weakness for you"

Hot Jobs of the Week:  School-Based SLPs - Close to DC!  

Our client is a school district located approximately 30 miles south of the Washington D.C. metro area. We are searching for a Speech Language Pathologist who will enjoy working with either elementary aged students or middle/high school students.


We have two positions available. Common diagnoses include autism spectrum disorders, LD, MR, CP, etc. Inclusion is desired, but some pull out is used as well. The majority of the caseloads are students with language and/or articulation impairments. Some travel between schools may be required, although the schools are a short distance apart. In addition to treatments, you'll do some evals and standardized testing for new kids needing IEP's.

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More Hot Jobs:  OT and PT in Southern California!  

Our client in Southern Los Angeles County is seeking a school experienced Occupational Therapist.   


This is a great school district and we've had a very experienced team in place for several years.   We have a growth position at this time to come along side this "dream team" of therapists.  If you've wanted to be a part of the Pediastaff team and Southern LA county is a desired geography for you, we'd love to hear from you!  Applicants will be interviewed next week, so please don't delay!


This client also has part-time (2 days a week) position for a school-based PT with some availability.


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Fine Motor Freebie: Printable Summer Inspired Sewing Cards  

A fun set of three little sewing cards your children will love...... all the while being an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills and improving hand-eye coordination and concentration.  

A quick download, paper punch, thread and a kid-safe needle is all it takes for elemental age children to enjoy this fun activity. They make for a great 'take-along' activity for family holidays and road trips too.


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Apps of the Week: For Children Who are Hearing Impaired  

Editor's Note:  Thank You 'Paths to Literacy.org' for alerting me to this excellent list of apps related to hearing, speech work, and sign language.  This list may be helpful to anyone working with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, including Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), teachers, interveners, and family members. 


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Instagram Post of the Week:  Articulators Craft!  

'Thanks again, @talkintime for this fantastic idea that was extremely well received on Instagram!  

Increase oral awareness with this fun articulators-craft!    


Help kiddos learn the different parts of their mouths by teaching them about their tongues, top/bottom teeth, and lips. Include a toothette to allow your little ones to "wake up" their articulators today!


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Sensory Activities of the Week:  Fun with Ice and Water  

[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]


It's hot here ( for us that means it's in the low 80s) and  all I want to do when it gets warm is cool off with some fun ice and water activities. I don't have to convince my kids that these are going to be fun, they are in their bathing suits as soon as I have suggested it! Here are some of our favorite ice and water activities for kids that we have fun with every summer. I should also say that most of these ideas do not use a huge amount of water for those wanting to be mindful of waste.


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Pediatric Therapy Corner: ADHD Behavior Management 

[Source: Special Education Advisor]

By Diane Dempster, MHSA, CPC, ACC  


This is a common refrain at our house - sound familiar?  


"Son, you look like you've lost focus. What do you need to do to get back on task?"  


Wouldn't it be great if your son's behavior management was his responsibility, not yours?


Recently, my sons answer made me laugh with pride, "I need a motivator!" he said with a huge smile on his face. He quickly created an incentive for himself (something to do with ice-cream I think) and finished his homework in record speed.  


Motivation is a powerful tool for behavior management. We know that the ADHD brain needs to be motivated in order to maintain focus. It is powerful when our kids begin to understand the concept and create tools to help themselves.

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SLP Corner: Summertime Speechie "Homework" 

by Natasha Haftel, CCC-SLP

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a big believer that a pediatric speech-language therapist's role is to teach the families of our young clients to take communication strategies out of the clinic room and to spread the "speechie" love across all of the child's environments. You also probably know that therapy homework can be overwhelming and "yet another thing to do" at the end of most parents' already busy days. The truth is - speech therapy "homework" really doesn't have to be work at all. It doesn't require that parents earn a degree is ct time for speech therapy to walk itself right out the clinic's door and join in on all the fun!

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Mental Health OT Corner: Coping with Hearing Voices

by John Pagano, PhD, OTR/L


Hearing voices that others don't perceive is a challenging difficulty for a small but significant number of children, adolescents, and adults. While some people who hear voices do not experience functional problems, many do.  Medications help some but not all people who have functional difficulties involving hearing voices, but do not always eliminate the problem. In addition unlike cardiac disease, people who hear voices also have to deal with being discriminated against and uncomfortable discussing their experiences, something medication does not address.


My experience of working with children, adolescents, and adults with functional problems related to hearing voices got me to research non-medication interventions that could help. While little non-


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Worth Repeating: That's Not Autism, That's...

Editor's Note:  Thank You to Ann Purcell Best of the School-Based Speech and Language Therapy Group on Facebook for the link to this excerpt.  Diagnosis is never an easy answer. What do YOU think of this article.

by Enrico Gnaulati PhD

I have followed William in my therapy practice for close to a decade. His story is a prime example of the type of brainy, mentally gifted, single-minded, willful boys who often are falsely diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when they are assessed as young children. This unfortunate occurrence is partly due to defining autism as a "spectrum disorder," incorporating mild and severe cases of problematic social communication and interaction, as well as restricted interests 

Worth Repeating: Dose Frequency for Effective Speech Therapy

[Source:  Developmental Phonological Disorders]
I am writing to address a specific question that has come up: in order to be effective when treating an "articulation disorder" how many trials should the SLP elicit from the client per treatment session? This is an important question and it is surprising that so little research attention has been directed at uncovering the answer. This is a question about what Warren, Fey and Yoder (2007) refer to as "dose: number of properly implemented teaching episodes per session". We could be talking about the number of presentations of a model or perceptual responses by the child when conducting an "input oriented intervention" but in this blog I will restrict my comments


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