December 6, 2013
Issue 42, Volume 6
It's All About the Choices!     
Happy December!  
I hope it is warm enough where you are!  I probably shouldn't tell you what it's like here in Florida where the PediaStaff Newsletter is produced.

Alas, if it is cold where you are, grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy our newsletter offering for the week.  
News Items:
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week: Connecticut!
  • PediaStaff Job of the Week: Pediatric Outpatient Speech-Language Pathologist - Fredericksburg, VA
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • Therapy Gift Idea of the Week: Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center
  • Book Review of the Week: Joshy Finds His Voice
  • Speech-Language Activity of the Week: Blackout Poetry 
  • Seasonal (Interdisciplinary) Activity of the Week: SOUND-Flakes!

Articles and Special Features 

  • Focus on Bilingualism & Multiculturalism: Encountering Different Cultures in the Workplace
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Walking the Line Between SLP and Friend/Family
  • SLP Corner: Recognizing FASD-Related Speech and Language Deficits in Internationally Adopted Children
  • Worth Repeating: Holiday Craft Ideas for Your Child with Fine Motor Impairment
  • Also Worth Repeating: How Elf on the Shelf is Helping My Son With Autism
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Have a great weekend and Take Care!

Heidi Kay and the PediaStaff Team

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Vocabulary Development in the News: Study Shows Toddlers Learn Words for Nonsolids Better When Getting Messy in a Highchair

Editor's Note:  Thank You Pamela Mandell of Speak Eazy Apps and the #SLPeeps on Facebook and Twitter for sharing this very interesting research!!  


[Source: University of Iowa] 


Attention, parents: The messier your child gets while playing with food in the high chair, the more he or she is learning.

Researchers at the University of Iowa studied how 16-month-old children learn words for nonsolid objects, from oatmeal to glue. Previous research has shown that toddlers learn more readily about solid objects because they can easily identify them due to their unchanging size and shape. But oozy, gooey, runny stuff? Not so much.


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Autism Treatments in the News:  Brain Function in Children with Autism Improved by a Single Spray of Oxytocin  

[Source:  Medical News Today]


A single dose of the hormone oxytocin, delivered via nasal spray, has been shown to enhance brain activity while processing social information in children with autism spectrum disorders, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This is the first study to evaluate the impact of oxytocin on brain function in children with autism spectrum disorders," said first author Ilanit Gordon, a Yale Child Study Center postdoctoral fellow, whose colleagues on the study included senior author Kevin Pelphrey, the Harris Professor in the Child Study Center, and director of the Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience at Yale.


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Stroke Rehab in the News:  Motor Skills Improved After Stroke by Novel Rehabilitation Device

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Using a novel stroke rehabilitation device that converts an individual's thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living. Results of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).


"Each year, nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the United States, and 50 percent 


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The Importance of Maternal Bonding in the News:  Brain Changes Seen in Children Whose Bond With Their Mother Was Disrupted Early in Life 

[Source:  Medical News Today]


Children who experience profound neglect have been found to be more prone to a behavior known as "indiscriminate friendliness," characterized by an inappropriate willingness to approach adults, including strangers.


UCLA researchers are now reporting some of the first evidence from human studies suggesting that this behavior is rooted in brain adaptations associated with early-life experiences. The findings appear in the peer-reviewed journal Biological Psychiatry.


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Autism Funding in the News:  Concerns Raised About Overlapping Autism Research 

[Source: Disability Scoop]


Most federally-funded autism research is "potentially duplicative," according to a new government report that finds coordination and oversight lacking.


No less than 12 federal agencies allocated $1.4 billion for autism research, awareness projects, trainings and other related activities between 2008 and 2012. In many cases, however, the efforts of these agencies may have overlapped.


In a report released this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 84 percent of autism research projects during the four-year period had the potential to be redundant.


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Brain Development in the News:  Depression in Pregnant Mothers May Alter the Pattern of Brain Development in Their Babies  

[Source:  Science Daily]


Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies.Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. 


These children also display alterations in the amygdala, a brain structure important for the regulation of emotion and stress. However, prior work in this area has assessed children years after birth, which means that the timing of these alterations has remained unidentified.


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PediaStaff Therapy Placement of the Week:  Connecticut!  

Congratulations to Shelley L, of Connecticut on her part-time school-based speech-language pathology position through PediaStaff!   She will work 12-18 hours per week for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year supporting 2 SLPs with their caseload at one school site.  Some support is needed in the preschool program, but the rest of the position will be working with children from kindergarten to 2nd grade


Great job, Shelley!

PediaStaff Featured Job of the Week:  Pediatric Outpatient Speech-Language Pathologist - Fredericksburg, VA  

Our client is an outpatient clinic in the Fredericksburg area, and they are looking for a part-time Speech Language Pathologist, with a possibility to build up to full-time hours. The therapist would be working mainly with pediatrics, but  possibly with a few adults as well. They need someone to start as soon as possible. Please call today to learn more about this great opportunity!  

Qualifications: Must hold a Masters degree in Communication Sciences; a current state license (or eligible) if applicable. Some experience working with children on the autism spectrum is preferred.


Learn About / Apply for This Job on our Blog

Therapy Gift Idea of the Week:  Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center  

Laura Campagna on the Pediatric Occupational Therapy group on FB mentioned this as a good holiday gift for therapy.  After learning more about it, we agree! Called the Crayola Dry-Erase Activity Center, it has a clear dry erase front and you can slip any page inside either for handwriting practice, maze work, or any worksheet.  It comes with worksheets too.  The product is usually between $15 and $20 but is often on sale.  (At this writing it is $11.24 on Amazon.)  The only negatives I have heard is that not all dry erase markers work well with it and that you should stick with the Crayola ones.  Also, that the dry 


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Book Review of the Week:  Joshy Finds His Voice  

Editor's Note:  I was reading through my Twitter feed when I found this review of "Joshy Finds his Voice" (book by Cynthia Pelmen), submitted by internationally respected speech-language pathologist, Dr. Caroline Bowen.    It is an self-published e-book too, and a bargain at $1.50!



"Joshy Finds His Voice" is the elegantly written story of a boy with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) told from three viewpoints: Joshy's, his mother's and his speech-language therapist's (speech-language pathologist's). It is written by an SLT and is full of insights. It is recommended for any SLP/SLT who works with children and their families, current students in communication sciences and disorders, and prospective students


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Speech-Language Activity of the Week:  Blackout Poetry  

by Heidi Kay


Just before the holiday, I was looking at the profile of one of our new Instagram followers and noticed that he was in fact a poet who specialized in a form called "Blackout Poetry,"  where you use a page of text (most commonly from a newspaper) and black out the words to form poems that are both meaningful and also visually appealing.


Anyway, the second I looked at these, I thought that they would make a great activity for middle school and high school speech-language students!  All you need is a box of markers and a couple of 


Learn More About This Activity and See Examples on our Blog

Seasonal (Interdisciplinary) Activity of the Week:  SOUND-Flakes!  


Editor's Note:   As you know, we are really getting "into" Instagram for its ability to "paint a thousand words" with just a single image.   This morning I was browsing the PediaStaff Instagram feed and saw this gem.  I messaged Amy through her post and asked her if we might feature it as an "activity of the week."   She agreed, and now you have it - SOUND-flakes!


by Amy Tirado, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD


The past couple of weeks, I have been working on phonemic awareness with my middle school students in order to strengthen their decoding and spelling skills.  This week as a review, I had students create snowflakes following some simple directions (a great activity to also help work on OT skills).  Once they created their snowflakes, students were instructed to generate words containing different letter-sound correspondences such as; consonants, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, short/long vowels, r- & 


Learn More About This Activity and See Samples on our Blog

Focus on Bilingualism & Multiculturalism: Encountering Different Cultures in the Workplace

By Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP

I recently printed off a Thanksgiving Mad Lib page to try out with a couple of my clients.  I made the mistake of not reading it in its entirety before beginning the activity with one of them.  As we went along generating adjectives, nouns, and verbs to fill in the blanks, it became clear that the "typical" Thanksgiving meal experience was atypical to her.  The "cook and bake all day-gather around the table-enjoy food and fellowship" experience that is common to us was not at all a relatable scenario for this child.  Watching Thanksgiving Day Parades and football games on TV 

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: Walking the Line Between SLP and Friend/Family

Editor's Note:   While this article was written by an SLP for SLPs, we think it is highly relevant for all pediatric therapy clinicians.  


by Danielle Reed M.S., CCC-SLP

At some point in your career as an SLP, you will most likely have the above situation occur.  I'm sure it is akin to a nurse or doctor being asked about a friend or family member's health or a lawyer for their advice on a ticket somebody has been given.  It is a situation that I have personally been involved in twice with very different results.  There are some important things to keep in mind regarding your  professional opinion and friends/family.  I would like to thank my


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SLP Corner: Recognizing FASD-Related Speech and Language Deficits in Internationally Adopted Children

by Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP


Editor's Note: Readers interested in learning more about FASD are invited to read this article also by Tatyana Elleseff - FASD and Background History Collection: Asking the Right Questions


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a syndrome that causes great controversy. Rather than a clinical diagnosis, it is an umbrella term for the range of neurological, cognitive, developmental, behavioral, communicative, and social deficits that can occur due to maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy. A child with alcohol-related deficits will not receive a diagnosis of FASD, but rather will be diagnosed with one of the following: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS), Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND), Static Encephalopathy (SE), or Neurobehavioral Disorder (ND). 


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Worth Repeating: Holiday Craft Ideas for Your Child with Fine Motor Impairment

[Source:  The Complex Child] 

Kids love crafts, and your child with fine motor impairment is no different.  It is definitely possible to do crafts with your child, even if he has no use of his hands.  All it takes is a little ingenuity!

FIRST:  Get the right pair of scissors:    Some of you are thinking, "My child does not even have hands!  How can she use scissors?"  I can guarantee you that there is a pair of scissors that is 

Also Worth Repeating: How Elf on the Shelf is Helping My Son With Autism

This is a post in the weekly Autism Hopes series by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez, a mom who blogs over at Autism Wonderland.


I first learned about Elf on the Shelf last year.  I thought it was a cute idea, so I purchased one for my son, Norrin. I quickly realized that parents either loved it or loathed it. It's a pretty hot topic and there are some strong opinions out there. I've read brutal posts and comments about this little Elfand the parents who post their daily Elf pics all over social media. Before you get any ideas, here are a few things you should know about me as an Elf on the Shelf mom:


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