August 15, 2014
Issue 33, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday

Hope you are all enjoying your last weeks of summer.   Here is our weekly newsletter offering. 
News Items:
  • Depression in Young Adolescence Can be Prevented by Physical Fitness
  • School Psychologist Inspiration for Your Office or Coffee Cup
  • Similar Brain Deficits Impact ADHD, Addiction, Conduct Disorder
  • Concussions From Top-of-Head Impact 'More Severe' 
  • 'Love Hormone' Not Responsible For Autism, Study Finds
  • Involuntary Eye Movement an Indication for ADHD Diagnosis
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Placement of the Week: PT Renewal in Oregon Schools!
  • PediaStaff Job of the Week: Sign Language Interpreter, New Mexico
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Resource of the Week: 61 Photos for Figurative Language
  • Book Review: Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do
  • Back to School Mini Book from Speechie Freebies 
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week - Bus Collage for Back to School
  • Resource of the Week: Baby Sign Language Dictionary

Articles and Special Features 

  • School Psych Corner: Confessions of a Depressed Comic
  • SLP Corner: Bring a Guitar to Speech Therapy for a Rockin Good Time
  • Special Educator Corner: Skills and Deficits Associated with HFA Students
  • Worth Repeating: How Play Wires Kids' Brains For Social and Academic Success
  • Also Worth Repeating:  Using Comic Strips in Speech Intervention
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Depression in Adolescence Can be Prevented by Physical Fitness

Editor's Note:  Pretty much a "No Duh" study for therapists and other pediatric clinicians, but yet more evidence for the rest of the world on the importance of school and community based physical education for young people.


[Source:  Medical News Today]


hysically fit sixth-graders - especially girls - are less likely to report feeling depressed when they reach seventh grade, according to a study presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.


Even when researchers considered existing symptoms of depression and weight, sixth-grade girls who performed better on a cardiorespiratory fitness test were less likely to feel depressed when they were surveyed again in seventh grade. There was a smaller but similar effect on boys' depression, according to the findings presented by Camilo Ruggero, PhD, of the University of North Texas.


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School Psychologist Inspiration -  Be Kind...

Thank you to Toby Mac for this beautiful sentiment and graphic that is sadly too appropriate today.

Attention School Psychologists:  This is fantastic photo/message for a coffee mug or to frame on your desk at school.  


See this Lovely Graphic Suitable for Framing on our Blog

Similar Brain Deficits Impact ADHD, Addiction, Conduct Disorders  

[Source:  Psych Central]


Emerging research has discovered that many common behavioral problems stem from the same neurocognitive deficits.


The finding suggests that disorders may be detected, and cared for early in the spectrum of care by focusing on a few critical behaviors.


Investigators from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre traced the origins of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse, and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same neurological deficits - which in turn explains why they often occur together.


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Concussions From Top-of-Head Impact 'More Severe' 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


As we head into the start of the new school year, many young people will begin signing up for the football team. Though team sports are a great way for kids to boost their self-esteem and increase physical activity, there are certain risks involved with contact sports, including concussions. Now, a recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics investigates how the location of impact could affect concussion severity.


Prior to this study, published in the journal Pediatrics, very little research had focused on how location of impact on the head could yield different concussion outcomes.


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'Love Hormone' Not Responsible For Autism, Study Finds 

[Source:  Disability Scoop]

While some children with autism may benefit from taking oxytocin, low levels of the so-called "love hormone" do not appear responsible for causing the developmental disorder, researchers say.

In the largest study yet to look at oxytocin levels in children with and without autism, researchers found that kids on the spectrum are no more likely to have low, medium or high amounts as compared to their siblings or those without autism in their families


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Involuntary Eye Movement an Indication for ADHD Diagnosis  

[Source:  Science Daily]


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed - and misdiagnosed - behavioral disorder in children in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, there are currently no reliable physiological markers to diagnose ADHD. Doctors generally diagnose the disorder by recording a medical and social history of the patient and the family, discussing possible symptoms and observing the patient's behavior. But an incorrect evaluation can lead to overmedication with Ritalin (methylphenidate), which has parents everywhere concerned.


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Placement of the Week: PT Renewal in Oregon Schools  

Congratulations to Tracy C., Licensed Physical Therapist on her contract renewal with one of PediaStaff's school-based clients in the Greater Portland, Oregon area.     It's always great when they ask you to come back!

Job of the Week: Sign Language Interpreter, New Mexico  

Our client is a public school in Northern New Mexico.  We are seeking a school experienced Sign Language Interpreter for the SY14/15.


Qualifications: Must be nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) plus a valid New Mexico license OR hold a provisional license in accordance with the state of New Mexico licensure law.

Pay is between $25-35.00/hour based on your level of relevant experience and your taxable status.  If you meet the qualifications for per diem, some portion of your pay will be non-taxed to assist in housing. 


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Resource of the Week: 61 Photos for Figurative Language  

Here is a great collection of photographs (actually contest entries) that demonstrate popular "literalisms. I am a loss to remember who recommended this site.  If you put it on social media on one of the speechie forums, please stand up and accept our thanks.   


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Book Review: Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do  

[Source:  Twin Sisters Speech and Language Therapy]


The author of the book that we are reviewing today is, Mirla G. Raz.  She is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working as a clinician for over 40 years. She has said, "I have been keenly aware of the significant role parents play in the progress of their children during therapy.  When parents understand their child's disorder and commit to doing their part to help their child, their child's progress is positively affected. When it comes to helping the preschool child who stutters, the assistance of the parents is paramount." This advice is an example of why she wrote the book, Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do, and her 40 years of personal experience helps to illustrate why we feel that she has the background and knowledge to do so.

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Freebie Time:  Back to School Mini Book from Speechie Freebies  

Are you familiar with Speechie Freebies?  Well, if not, the beginning of the school year is the perfect time to start following them!   Here is a new freebie that could be a great first day of school activity.


[Source: Speechie Freebies]


The smell of new crayons is in the air and that can only mean one's time for school to start! This foldable mini book will provide you with an activity to get to know your new students and re-connect with your old ones.


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Pinterest Pin of the Week: Bus Collage for Back to School  

Paper Tearing, Gluing (Hand Strengthening) Scissor Skills (cutting out wheels) and Handwriting fine motor skills all get work with this adorable bus collage printable.


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Resource of the Week: Baby Sign Language Dictionary  

Thank You to Smart Apps for Special Needs for referring us to this free, online Baby Sign Language Dictionary


Access the Baby Sign Dictionary Through a Link on Our Blog

School Psych Corner: Confessions of a Depressed Comic

Feeling so profoundly saddened today about Robin Williams, I thought I would  take a moment in this forum to talk about how we might use this tragic loss to help us remember to look into the heart of the class clown at our schools.   People are talking all over the news about comedians and how many of them hide their pain behind laughter.


I found this TedTalk that seems exceptionally relevant to the conversation:

Watch this Ted Talk, "Confessions of a Depressed Comic" on our Blog

SLP Corner: Bring a Guitar to Speech for a Rockin Good Time

by Erik Raj

By any chance, do you play a musical instrument? And don't worry, I'm not asking you if you're a pro at your particular instrument. All I'm wondering is if you play a little bit. If you do, that's VERY cool because I have another question for you. Do you actually own the given instrument that you play a little bit? If your answer is yes, then you simply MUST give the following speech therapy idea a shot because it has the potential to cause a ROCKIN' good time within your speech therapy room.

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Special Educator Corner: Skills and Deficits Associated with HFA

Editor's Note:  It is important to note that children who are not diagnosed with HFA, but who have been diagnosed with severe ADD/ADHD may have very similar skills and deficits as the described below for the child with HFA.


[Source:  My Aspergers Child]

"I am an elementary school teacher. I have a student diagnosed with high functioning autism this year (5th grade). What are some of the positive attributes associated with this disorder that I can capitalize on? And what are some of the autism-related challenges that I will need to be aware of?"


Children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) definitely have certain skills, for example

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How Play Wires Kids' Brains For Social and Academic Success

[Source:  Mindshift]


by Jon Hamilton


When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.


"The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain, says Sergio Pellis,  a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. "And without play experience, those neurons aren't changed," he says.


It is those changes in the prefrontal cortex during childhood that help wire up the brain's executive control center, which has a critical role in regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems, Pellis says. So play, he adds, is what prepares a young brain for life, love and even schoolwork.


Using Comic Strips in Speech Intervention

[Source:  ASHAsphere]

by Rebecca Eisenberg

For the past couple of years, I have used Carol Gray's materials extensively during my work with adults with developmental disabilities. Creating comic strip conversations has been extremely helpful in facilitating conversation, resolving social issues between peers, taking turns in conversation and providing different social scenarios within various contexts.

Since I have worked in creating my own comic strip conversations with my clients for some time now, I decided to experiment using the comics section in the newspaper. My clients are motivated by the local newspaper for many reasons. They enjoy browsing through current events, looking at the pictures in the sports section and reading the comics.


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