September 27, 2013
Issue 32, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
          
Greetings!

Happy Friday.  Please enjoy our weekly newsletter offering!
 
News/Research Items:
  • Some Parts of Memory Still Developing Deep Into Childhood
  • Identifying Trauma Risk in Small Children Early After an Accident
  • Most Painful Days of Your Life School Desks and Chronic Back Pain
  • A New Drug Target for Batten Disease
  • Yawning Not Contagious for Children with Autism
  • Responsive Interactions Key to Toddlers' Ability to Learn Language
  • Bone Hormone Influences Brain Development and Cognition
PediaStaff News
  • What's Your Favorite Fall / Harvest Therapy Activity? Share it with Everyone! 
  • PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week: School Based OT - Washington, DC 
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Activity of the Week:  Sticky Tongue Frog Craftivity - Great for Oral Motor 
  • App Review of the Week: Social Adventures
  • Collaborative Book Review: Schuyler's Monster 
  • On the Sweeter Side: A Perfect Illustration!

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: SLPs Needed for Survey - How Do You Use Twitter?
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Developing a Child's Artistic Skills in Art Therapy
  • OT Corner:   Making Sense out of Sensory Integration 
  • Worth Repeating: Why Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech Requires Careful Assessment
  • Also Worth Repeating: Encouraging Parents to Seek Help For Stuttering - Going With Your Gut
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Memory Development in the News:  Some Parts of Memory Still Developing Deep Into Childhood

[Source:  Science Daily]

 

A new study provides evidence that one important part of memory undergoes substantial development even after the age of 7.

 

Researchers found that episodic memory - the ability to remember not only what happened, but where and when - takes longer to develop than often assumed.

 

That means young children may have no problem with remembering certain simple events or facts. But in some cases, they may have difficulty placing them in the right place, time or context.

 

Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog

Pediatric PTSD in the News: Identifying Trauma Risk in Small Children Early After an Accident

[Source: Science Daily]

 

Small children also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders after a serious accident. With the aid of a new test, children with an increased risk can already be identified in the space of a few days. The test devised by scientists from the University of Zurich and the University Children's Hospital Zurich helps to treat traumatized small children at an early stage.

 

Accidents also traumatize small children. Around one in ten children still suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder a year after a road accident or burn injury, reliving aspects of the traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks or nightmares. In doing so, young children

 

 Read the Rest of This Article Through a Link on our Blog

Pediatric Back Pain in the News:  Most Painful Days of Your Life School Desks and Chronic Back Pain   

[Source: Science Daily]

 

Undersize school chairs, low desks and overweight backpacks are contributing to chronic back pain in adolescents, according to a study from researchers in Portugal to be published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics.

 

Ana Assun��o and colleagues in the Biomechanics and Functional Morphology Laboratory, at the University of Lisbon, carried out a cross-sectional study of 138 twelve to fifteen-year olds of differing maturity to examine the effect of a mismatch between school furniture dimensions, the weight of their school bags and the student's anthropometric characteristics.

 

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Batten Disease in the News:  A New Drug Target for Batten Disease  

[Source: Medical News Today]

 

An antioxidant drug that alleviates cell death and extends lifespan in a mouse model of Batten disease - a devastating childhood neurodegenerative disorder - is reported online this week in Nature Neuroscience. These results indicate that drugs with similar properties can potentially be used to treat the disease, as well as other diseases caused by comparable deficiencies.


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Social Yawning and Autism:  Yawning Not Contagious for Children with Autism  

[Source: Scientific American]

 

Boredom, tiredness, hunger and stress can all set off a yawn. People can even 'catch' a bout of yawning when they see or hear another person in the throes of the involuntary gesture, a phenomenon known as social yawning.

 

Researchers speculate that this shared behavior is a form of empathy that strengthens the bonds of a group: One drowsy person's yawn that triggers others to do the same could lead to a unanimous call

 

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Language Development in the News:  Responsive Interactions Key to Toddlers' Ability to Learn Language   

[Source:  Science Daily]

Young children readily learn words from their parents, grandparents, and child care providers in live conversations, but learning from video has proven more difficult. A new study questioned why and found that it's the responsiveness of the interactions that's key: When we respond to children in timely and meaningful ways, they learn - even when that response comes from a screen.

The study, by researchers at the University of Washington, Temple University, and the University of Delaware, appears in the journal Child Development.

 

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Language Development in the News:  Bone Hormone Influences Brain Development and Cognition    

[Source:  Science Daily

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have found that the skeleton, acting through the bone-derived hormone osteocalcin, exerts a powerful influence on prenatal brain development and cognitive functions such as learning, memory, anxiety, and depression in adult mice. Findings from the mouse study could lead to new approaches to the prevention and treatment of neurologic disorders. The study was published today in the online edition of Cell.

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PediaStaff Therapy Photo Share:  What's Your Favorite Fall / Harvest Therapy Activity? Share it with Everyone!   

We had such a great response to our "My Therapy Space" Photo Share that we thought we would continue with some seasonal activity shares.   First one we are going to run is for Fall / Harvest activities.   Do you have a favorite fall or harvest themed activity that you enjoy with your clients / kiddos this time of year?  Examples could be favorite fall or harvest themed books, activities, recipes (which are after all great following directions activities), and crafts.  How can you participate?

 Learn More About the "#FaveFallTx" Therapy Share on our Blog

PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week:  School Based OT - Washington, DC   

Did you know that PediaStaff also offers part-time opportunities?

Our client is a clinic in the DC area that is looking for an Occupational Therapist to start immediately servicing children for 8-10 hours a week in DC area schools. The therapist would be servicing a diverse student population, and pediatric experience is required.  This is a direct-hire opportunity.

Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable.


Activity of the Week:  Sticky Tongue Frog Craftivity - Great for Oral-Motor!  

[Source:  Kids Activities Blog]

 

My daughter and I were reading about frogs and she thought the idea of their sticky tongue was really funny.  She ran and found a blow out party favor and showed me how the frog's tongue pops out to catch flies.  And so this silly frog craft was born.

 

See Photos and Learn More About this Craftivity on our Blog

App Review of the Week:  Social Adventures   

by Debra L. Kerner M.S. CCC/SLP

 

This app is designed for parents, speech-language pathologists and others who work with social skill groups for ages 3-10. While the authors originally designed the app for those ages, I feel this app could easily be used for older children and teens with some slight modification to the lessons they already have in place. This social skills app is more for groups and classes rather than individuals or very small groups. This app can be used not only for students who struggle with social skills, but also for regular

 

 Read the Rest of this App Review on our Blog

Collaborative Book Review:  Schuyler's Monster 

by Kristin Cummings and  The SLP Book Club

 

I am so glad that Schuyler's Monster was chosen for July's book for the SLP Book Club! This is a book that I have already passed on to friends and parents to read. Schuyler's Monster is a father's story about his journey with his daughter. Schuyler (pronounced Skyler) was 18 months old when her pediatrician became concerned about her communication development. After many tests and doctor's appointments, Schuyler was finally diagnosed with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (an extremely rare

 

 Read the Rest of this Book Review on our Blog

On the Sweeter Side:  A Perfect Illustration  

 

This is wonderful!  If you ever wanted a single illustration that could show your colleagues how a child with autism might think differently about certain things - and be 'spot on' in his own way - this would be it!

 

This photo appeared on the social media site Reddit with the following title:  "2nd Graders homework. My friend's (awesome) 6 yr old son is autistic and takes instructions literally"   It has received over 5000 "upvotes" so far on Reddit and over 1000 likes on our blog!  Where is the "Love" button?


   Look at this Great Photo on our Blog

SLP Corner: SLPs Needed For Survey - How Do You Use Twitter?

by Audrey Taylor Klingersmith

 

Hi SLPeeps and SLP2Bs! A group of us are conducting some preliminary research via survey about how SLPs and SLP students are using Twitter professionally and academically. If you use Twitter at all (even infrequently), we'd love to get your feedback. It's a pretty quick 14-question survey.

 

The results will be presented, in conjunction with an expert panel discussion, at the 2013 ASHA Convention on Thursday, November 14th, 3pm-4pm (Session #1090). Presentors and panel members are as follows: Tanya Coyle, Dr. Lisa Durant-Jones, Dr. Brian Goldstein, Mary Huston, and Aubrey Klingensmith, Thank you for your participation!


 Take Part in this Survey on Survey Monkey

Pediatric Therapy Corner: Developing a Child's Artistic Skills in Art Therapy

By: Pamela Ullmann, ATR-BC, LCAT

Art Therapy as opposed to Art Education generally emphasizes process over the finished art product.  We as art therapists are not instructors in artistic skills, but rather facilitators of artistic media to help clients express themselves and project internal issues in order to gain self awareness and insight.

However, recent sessions with a client has put a new light on this for me. I found myself "teaching" more during these past few sessions  because of the child's own request to gain artistic knowledge. I found that ultimately this led to an amazing therapeutic connection as well

 

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OT Corner: Making Sense out of Sensory Integration

[Source: Fab Strategies Blog]

After 30 years as an occupational therapist treating sensory integration difficulties to improve functional skills in children and adolescents, I still find understanding and explaining sensory integration disorders challenging.  Clearly describing and explaining sensory integration disorders promotes sensory integration intervention.  This blog post provides a basic understanding of sensory integration disorders as a foundation for my next several blog posts, which will discuss how specific Sensory Processing Disorders affect mental health and describe sensory integration intervention strategies.

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Worth Repeating: Why Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech Requires Careful Assessment

[Source:  ASHAsphere]

by Tatyana Elleseff

 

Recently I got one of those phone calls that speech-language pathologists often dread. It went something like this:

 

Parent: Hi. I am looking for a speech therapist who uses PROMPT [Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets] to treat my son's childhood apraxia of speech. Are you PROMPT-certified?

 

Me: I am PROMPT-trained and I do treat motor speech disorders but perhaps you can first tell me a little bit about your child? What is his age? What type of speech difficulties does he have? Who diagnosed him and recommended the treatment?

Also Worth Repeating: Encouraging Parents to Seek Help For Stuttering - Going With Your Gut


[Source:  The Stuttering Foundation]

by Voon Pang When I read headlines that say "One in Ten Children Stutter, But It's No Big Deal" or "Study: Preschoolers' Stuttering Not Harmful," I tend to think of the implications they have for the time constrained parent or doctor. We all live in a world where lives have become busier, social media is part of the norm and we get to access new information quicker than ever before. I believe

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