February 21, 2014
Issue 8, Volume 7
It's All About the Choices!     
Greetings and Happy Friday!

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News Items:
  • Action Video Games May Help People with Dyslexia Learn to Read
  • In the News: The Science Behind 'Brain Training'
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: Start-Up Opens Digital Door for Students with Autism
  • Frequent School Moves Can Increase the Risk of Psychotic Symptoms in Early Adolescence
  • An Important Role in Delayed Language Development Played by Gender and Genes
  • Protein's Role in Human Memory and Learning Deficiency Could Explain Learning Difficulties in Down Syndrome
  • The 3rd Annual Great Bike Giveaway - Special Bikes for Special Kids
PediaStaff News
  • PediaStaff News:  NASP 2014! We are Here!!
  • PediaStaff Placements of the Week:  Its a Big Time in Texas!
Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources
  • SLP Resource of the Week:  Word List Generator.net
  • Do You Like Free Lesson Plans? I Do, I Like Them, Sam I Am!
  • App Review of the Week: Vowel Viz
  • Jump Into Learning: Kinesthetic Learning Activities

Articles and Special Features 

  • Physical Therapy Corner: Straighten Up - Helpful Hints for Posture at School
  • School Psychology Corner: Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill
  • SLP Corner: What's in a Name? Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP for Short
  • Worth Repeating: Children with Apraxia and Reading, Writing, and Spelling Difficulties
  • Also Worth Repeating: Activities for The Sensory Diet
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Dyslexia in the News: Action Video Games May Help People with Dyslexia Learn to Read

[Source: Medical News Today]


In addition to their trouble with reading, people with dyslexia also have greater difficulty than typical readers do when it comes to managing competing sensory cues, according to a study reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The findings suggest that action video games might improve literacy skills in those with dyslexia, which represent five to ten percent of the population.


"Imagine you are having a conversation with someone when suddenly you hear your name uttered behind you," says Vanessa Harrar of the University of Oxford. "Your attention shifts from the person you are talking to - the visual - to the sound behind you. This is an example of a cross-sensory shift of attention. We found that shifting attention from visual to auditory stimuli is particularly difficult for people who have dyslexia compared to good readers."


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In the News:  The Science Behind 'Brain Training'  

Editor's Note:  Thank you to Sharon Gretz of CASANA for recommending this article


[Source:  The Atlantic Magazine]


Increasing fluid intelligence has proven beneficial for people diagnosed with ADHD, and selling memory improvement is a big business. Are the claims overheated?


In 2002, Torkel Klingberg, a psychologist at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, published a study involving 14 children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. All of the children were asked to spend a total of 10.5 hours, over five weeks, practicing computerized games that put demands on their working memory-their moment-by-moment attention and ability to juggle and analyze the objects of their attention.


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Feel Good Story of the Week:  Start-Up Opens Digital Door for Students with Autism 

[Source:  Philly.com]


By Kristen A. Graham


One of the hottest start-ups in the city sprang up in an unlikely place - a fourth-floor classroom at South Philadelphia High.


In between lesson plans and parent conferences, teacher Michele McKeone has attracted some major buzz, along with sizable grants from the University of Pennsylvania and the Milken Family Foundation, attention from national media, and a start-up-of-the-year prize at the Philadelphia Geek Awards.


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Pediatric Mental Health in the News:  Frequent School Moves Can Increase the Risk of Psychotic Symptoms in Early Adolescence 

[Source: Science Daily]


Researchers at Warwick Medical School have shown that frequently changing schools during childhood can increase the risk of psychotic symptoms in later years.  

The study, published in American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that school mobility during childhood heightens the risk of developing psychotic-like symptoms in early adolescence by up to 60%.


Suffering from psychotic-like symptoms at young age is strongly associated with mental health problems in adulthood, including psychotic disorders and suicide.


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Language Delay in the News:  An Important Role in Delayed Language Development Played by Gender and Genes

[Source:  Medical News Today] 


Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls, according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk.


"We show for the first time that reading and writing difficulties in the family can be the main reason why a child has a speech delay that first begins between three to five years of age," says Eivind Ystr�m, senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


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Down Syndrome Research in the News:  Protein's Role in Human Memory and Learning Deficiency Could Explain Learning Difficulties in Down Syndrome   

[Source:  Science Daily]


Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have identified the precise role of the protein, SNX27, in the pathway leading to memory and learning impairment. The study broadens the understanding of the brain's memory function and could be used to explain defects in the cognitive development of those with Down's syndrome. The newly established knowledge could potentially facilitate exploration of strategies to improve memory and learning abilities in Down's syndrome.


Down's syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the presence of an additional copy of chromosome 21. About one in eight hundred new-borns is diagnosed with Down's syndrome. It is a condition that leads to impairments in both cognitive ability and physical growth that range from mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Yet, there is still no treatment for it.


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The 3rd Annual Great Bike Giveaway:  Special Bikes for Special Kids    

[Source: Friendship Circle]


For the third consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Michaela Noam Kaplan Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. We are partnering with adaptive bike companies from around the United States to provide some of the best adaptive bikes to the children and young adults who need them most.


Providing adaptive bikes to children with special needs gives them more than just a good time and exercise. These bikes enable a child with special needs to feel like they belong. It gives them a sense of confidence, freedom, and pride that is so essential for all children.  Over the past two years we have thankfully found many willing partners who have helped make the dream of owning a special bike 


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PediaStaff News:  NASP 2014! We are Here!!

We are so excited to be at our very first NASP convention, right in our nation's capital.    Here are a few shots from our first day that represent some of the new friends we've made already!


If you are reading this before Friday at 3:00 and haven't already stopped by to see us in the convention hall, please do!  - Booth #111

PediaStaff Therapy Placements of the Week:  It's a Big Time in Texas

Our PediaStaff team enjoyed helping several applicants find work in Texas this week!  Congrats to: 

  • Sherri M, who had job offers from PediaStaff clients in multiple cities in Texas, and chose her favorite
  • Sarah G., who is moving to Texas from California to work for a PediaStaff client in Austin; and 
  • Sheri U, who had an offer and a new PT job within three days of calling PediaStaff!

And Kudos too, to our wonderful team of staffing consultants for the great state of Texas.  Come meet them in person next week, at TSHA!

SLP Resource of the Week:  WordListGenerator.net  

The Word List Generator Project has created a database of 2084 words that elementary school teachers can use to help students practice and build sounding out and word-form recognition skills. Learn more about the project and how you can help.


To generate a word list matching your students' instructional level, select parameters below-eg, to generate a list of CVC words beginning with continuous sounds, check the CVC checkbox and select "are continuous only" from the Initial sounds drop-down menu.


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Seasonal Freebies of the Week:  Do You Like Free Lesson Plans? I Do, I Like Them, Sam I Am!  

Do You Like Free Lesson Plans?  I Do, I Like Them, Sam I Am!  


Dr. Seuss's birthday is March 2nd!


Grab this mother-lode of FREE, colorful printable activities and lesson plans for plenty of classroom speech-language and occupational therapy fun from HomeSchoolShare.com!


Printables and Unit ideas are available for the following books:  

ABC, The Cat in the Hat, The Foot Book, Fox in Sox, One Fish Two Fish, The Sneetches, Ten Apples Up on Top, Wacky Wednesday, If I Ran the Zoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, Green Eggs and Ham
My Many Colored Days, Horton Hatches the Egg, and The Tooth Book


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App Review of the Week:  Vowel Viz  

Review by Mary Huston, CCC-SLP


Vowels, vowels, who has the vowels...


Also known as HOW can I get a good /r/ out of this kid?


I'm fairly sure /r/ is one of the most hated sounds to have to work on, simply because it can be so tricky and there are SO many variations. But, I'll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell anyone...I secretly like it. It's a challenge. I'd much rather have a kid with a severe sound-system disorder (read phono) than a simple artic issue. I know...I'm weird.  Even though I like a challenge, I'm always on the lookout for an app or some tool to help make it a bit easier for our kids. I mean, /r/ is challenging enough without prolonging it, right?  


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OT/PT Activities of the Week:  Jump Into Learning: Kinesthetic Learning Activities  

GREAT post with excellent ideas on how kids can learn Kinesthetically by doing !


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Physical Therapy Corner: Straighten Up - Helpful Hints for Posture at School

by Stacy Menz, DPT, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist 


It's at least halfway through the school year and a great time to think about posture!  More often than not, children tend to pay little attention to their posture while focusing on something else such as school work, television, or video games. Most commonly, you will see them slouching forward, leaning to one side, propping on one or both elbows, propping their head in their hands or even lying their head on the desk while writing or drawing. They may appear unaware of this  when corrected because unlike adults, most kids do not experience back and neck pain related to poor posture. It is also difficult to help them why good posture matters in order to prevent habits 


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School Psychology Corner: Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

[Source: Edutopia]

by Joe Hirsch, Educator

Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools? I know how you feel.


With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced with an endless cycle of memorize, drill, spit back and test, teachers have become the wardens of a new educational reality that pits the head against the heart. Even if educators manage to skate past the dizzying array of standards and value-added evaluations, they must still contend with this fundamental divide: academic rigor, with its unflinching emphasis on measurable success, seems strangely at odds with emotional intelligence, a souffl� of moods and feelings. Which leaves many to wonder - can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?

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SLP Corner: What's in a Name? Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP for Short

by Felicia Sison Conlan, M.S., CCC-SLP


Editor's Note:  This article originally appeared in the CSHA Newsletter.  It is reprinted here, with the express permission of CSHA and the author.


Speech-Language Pathologists agree that public awareness of the profession needs to improve. To raise public consciousness, a name is important. What Speech-Language Pathologists don't agree on is what they are called professionally. Plain and simple, not all Speech-Language Pathologists refer to themselves as Speech-Language Pathologists. In a recent online survey conducted by the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA), many Speech-Language Pathologists admit that when they introduce themselves, they adapt to social and work settings by using a variety of other work titles such as "Speech Therapist" or "Speech Teacher". This problem of inconsistency appears rampant and is affecting the public's understanding of the profession and scope of practice. In effect, the Speech-Language Pathologist title is not uniformly used which unwittingly affects marketing, branding and professionalism.

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Worth Repeating: Children with Apraxia and Reading, Writing, and Spelling Difficulties

[Source:  Apraxia-Kids]
By: Joy Stackhouse, Ph.D.

It is not the case that all children with a history of speech and language difficulties have associated literacy problems. However, school-age children whose speech difficulties persist beyond 5 years of age are most at risk for associated difficulties in reading, spelling and sometimes math.


Let us first consider the nature of persisting speech difficulties with reference to a simple psycho-linguistic model of speech processing.


This illustrates that we receive spoken information through the ear (input). The information is then processed as it goes up the left hand side of the model and is stored at the top in a word store (lexical representations). When we want to speak we can access stored information and programme it for speaking on the right hand side of the model (output). Some children 


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Also Worth Repeating: Activities for The Sensory Diet

By: Lindsey Biel OTR/L & Nancy Peske


Editor's Note:  This article was written primarily for parents and caregivers of children with Sensory Processing Disorder. We include it here as an excellent resource that therapists may share with the parents and guardians of the kiddos they treat with SPD.  

What is a sensory diet?


Just as your child needs food throughout the course of the day, his need for sensory input must also be met. A "sensory diet" (coined by OT Patricia Wilbarger) is a carefully designed, personalized activity plan that provides the sensory input a person needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day. Just as you may jiggle your knee or chew gum to stay awake or soak in a hot tub to unwind, children need to engage in stabilizing, focusing activities too. Infants, young children, teens, and adults with mild to severe sensory issues can all benefit from a personalized sensory diet.

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