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October 8, 2010
Issue 32, Volume 4
It's All About the Choices!

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News Items:
  • Senate Votes to Turn Down TV Ad Volume!
  • Rett Syndrome in the News: Life Threatening Breathing Disorder of Rett Syndrome Prevented
  • First Presidential Appointee with Autism Speaks Out
  • WSJ: How Handwriting Trains the Brain
  • HBO's 'Monica & David' to Premiere, Explores Marriage with Down Syndrome
  • New Device May Eliminate Surgery for Cleft Palates
  • Cigarette Smoke Linked To ADHD, Headaches And Stuttering In Children
  • Low Apgar Score at Birth Linked to Cerebral Palsy
Tips, Activities and Resources:
  • FREE trial of SAGE Journals Through October 15th!
  • The See & Learn Program
  • Leaf Animal OT Activity for Fall
Upcoming Events:
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference
  • Sensory Conference: Practical Use of Sensory Integration and its Application into Everyday Environments
Articles and Blogs
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: Obtaining Reimbursement for Stuttering Treatment
  • Guest Blog: How Yoga Helps with Sensory Integration
  • Guest Blog: SpongeBob Comes to Speech
  • Guest Blog: Down Syndrome: Behavioral Problems?
  • Worth Repeating: Getting Off to the Right Start: Ten Tips to Make Sure Your Child's IEP is Ready to Go on Day One.
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Hot School Based Job of the Week
School Based Speech Language Pathologist - Everett, WA

Setting: Public School

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Status: Full Time Contract for the balance of SY 2010/11

Desirable location north of Seattle! We're seeking an SLP to contract for School Year 2010/11. This is a full-time position and you'll be our second team member assigned to this client. The SLP currently on staff loves working here!
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Hearing Health in the News: Senate Votes To Turn Down Volume Of TV Ads
[Source: Huffington Post.com] -- WASHINGTON - Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt.
The House has passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the Nov. 2 election.

Ever since television caught on in the 1950s, the Federal Communication Commission has been getting complaints about blaring commercials. But the FCC concluded in 1984 there was no fair way to write regulations controlling the "apparent loudness" of commercials. So it hasn't been regulating them.

Read and Comment Through a Link on our Blog
Autism in the News: First Presidential Appointee with Autism Speaks Out
[Sources: NPR and Wired.com]

Ari Ne'eman is not your typical presidential appointee. He's one of the youngest at 22, and he's the first that is autistic. President Obama nominated him to the National Council on Disability. Interestingly the people who fought against his nomination are the people behind much of the public discussion about autism.

From wired.com's piece on Ne'eman: In March, the editor of an anti-vaccine website called The Age of Autism challenged Ne'eman's ability to serve the needs of more profoundly impaired autistic people. "Do the highest functioning with the community," wrote Kim Stagliano, "have a right to dictate the services and research that should be available for their less fortunate 'peers?' I don't think so."

Read and Comment on the Rest of this NPR Story and the Entire Wired.com Interview Through a Link on our Blog
Rett Syndrome in the News: Life Threatening Breathing Disorder of Rett Syndrome Prevented
[Source: ScienceDaily.com]

A group of researchers at the University of Bristol have sequestered the potentially fatal breath holding episodes associated with the autistic-spectrum disorder Rett syndrome.

Rett syndrome is a developmental disorder of the brain that affects around 1 in10,000 young girls. One of the worse clinical disorders is the intermittent episodes of breath holding, putting the patient at risk of asphyxiation and further brain damage. Other disorders include repetitive hand movements, digestive and bowel problems, seizures, learning disability with lack of verbal skills and social withdrawal, making it a thoroughly debilitating disease.

Read and Comment Through a Link on our Blog
Handwriting in the News: From the Wall Street Journal - How Handwriting Trains the Brain
Thank you to our friends at Your Therapy Source for the heads up on this article.

[Source: Wall Street Journal] -- By GWENDOLYN BOUNDS

Ask preschooler Zane Pike to write his name or the alphabet, then watch this 4-year-old's stubborn side kick in. He spurns practice at school and tosses aside workbooks at home. But Angie Pike, Zane's mom, persists, believing that handwriting is a building block to learning.

She's right. Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development.

Read and Comment on the Rest of this Article Through our Blog
Worth Watching: HBO's 'Monica & David' to Premiere, Explores Marriage with Down Syndrome
[Source: Newsweek]

Who among us can resist a tale of all-consuming true love? Within everyone there is a true romantic, a cellular understanding of how intoxicating, maddening, and life-affirming love can be. The courtship of Monica and David is that kind of love story. He met her in class and was instantly smitten. She rejected him at first because she had a boyfriend, but he persisted. Now they're married, and completely stuck on each other.

He calls her his Winnie the Pooh, and he's her Prince Charming. The rub, because all love stories come with one, is that both Monica and David have Down syndrome. Marriages between people with Down syndrome were unheard of in the mid-'80s, when the life expectancy for those with the disorder was 25. That age has risen to 60, and with it, the desire of those with Down syndrome for companionship.

Read and Comment on the Rest of this Article Through our Blog
Cleft Palate in the News: New Device May Eliminate Surgery for Cleft Palates
Source: CTV.ca]

Children who would otherwise endure numerous painful surgeries to repair a cleft palate may one day be able to rely on a new Canadian invention that can expand the upper jaw and smooth the lip -- no operation required.

About one in 700 babies is born with a cleft palate in North America, and most are treated successfully with a combination of surgery, dental work and speech therapy, among other treatments.

But patients often require a painful procedure that involves breaking and expanding the bones of the upper jaw and sewing them back together. This procedure can mean weeks of a patient living with his or her jaw wired shut.

Read the Rest of this Story Through a Link on our Blog
Environmental Factors in the News: Cigarette Smoke Linked To ADHD, Headaches And Stuttering In Children
[Source: Medical News Today]

Research to be presented at an international conference (Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health) in Sydney today (8 Oct) shows that children exposed to second-hand smoke have significantly higher rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), headaches and stuttering than those who are not exposed.

The US study asked about exposure to cigarette smoke at home among children aged four to 11 and adolescents aged 12 to 15, and also measured the cotinine levels in their blood (a measure of exposure to tobacco smoke). After controlling for socioeconomic factors and prenatal exposure, the study found children exposed to second-hand smoke had double the rate of ADHD (10.6% compared to 4.6%), almost double the rate of stuttering (6.3%% compared to 3.5%) and an increased rate of headaches (14.2% compared to 10.0%). Adolescents also had significantly higher rates of headaches (26.5% compared to 20.0%).

Read the Rest of this Story Through a Link on our Blog
Cerebral Palsy in the News: Low Apgar Score at Birth Linked to Cerebral Palsy
[Source: Science Daily.com]

A low Apgar score at birth is strongly associated with cerebral palsy in childhood, concludes a study from researchers in Norway published on the British Medical Journal website.

The Apgar score is a quick and simple way to assess a baby's condition at birth. The baby is assessed on five simple criteria (complexion, pulse rate, reaction when stimulated, muscle tone, and breathing) on a scale from zero to two. The five values are then summed up to obtain a score from zero to 10. Scores of 3 and below are generally regarded as critically low, 4 to 6 fairly low, and 7 to 10 generally normal.

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Feel Good Video of the Week: Player with Down Syndrome Scores Varsity Touchdown
[Source: King5.com] - SNOHOMISH, Wash. - By most accounts, Ike Ditzenberger is different.
The 17-year-old junior at Snohomish High School has Down Syndrome. He takes special classes during the day, but after school Ike is just like one of the guys.

He's a varsity football player. "He gives it 100 percent every time he's out there," says Head Coach Mark Perry. "On the sidelines, he likes to crack jokes, and sometimes he'll eat a cookie or two." The players embrace Ike as one of their own. Every night at practice, the team runs a special play. They call it the 'Ike Special'.

Watch this News Clip and the Actual Play on YouTube on our Blog
Therapist Resource of the Week: Free Trials of SAGE Journals through October 15th!
Thank you to Maggie Vance, PhD, MSc, CertMRCSLT of the University of Sheffield (http://www.shef.ac.uk/hcs/prospective_pg/lacic) for this great heads up:
SAGE journals are currently running a free trial to all their online journals, until the 15th October 2010.

This includes access to the journal Child Language Teaching and Therapy.
See: http://clt.sagepub.com/

You will need to register and then will also be able to access a range of other journals of potential interest: First Language, Autism, Communication Disorders Quarterly, Journal of Learning Disabilities, etc.
More Therapist Resources of the Week: See and Learn
See and Learn Language and Reading is a program of activities -- under development -- designed to help children who have Down syndrome learn to talk and read. It is based on research into the visual learning strengths of young children who have Down syndrome, and may also be useful for other children who may benefit from a visually-based approach to learning to talk.

See and Learn is developed and published by Down Syndrome Education International - a world-renowned leader in providing evidence-based information about the education and development of children and young people with Down syndrome.

Learn More about See and Learn on the Down Syndrome Education Website
Therapist Activity of the Week: Leaf Animal OT Activity for Fall
Thank You to our friends at Your Therapy Source for this week's Activity!

Directions: Cut out the leaf shapes. Using the completed leaf animal as a guide, glue the shapes on a blank piece of paper to create the animal. Optional: Go on a leaf hunt outdoors to find real leaves to create the leaf animals!

Check out this Activity on our Blog
Therapist Resource/CEU Opportunity: International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference
The THIRTEENTH International Stuttering Awareness Day online conference, "People Who Stutter: INSPIRE!" hosted by Judith Kuster, Emeritus Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato opened October 1, 2010, and can be found on the top of the Stuttering Home Page:


The online conference features several papers written by well-known professionals and consumers (people who stutter) from around the world. During the three weeks the conference is "live", from October 1-22, participants can read papers and interact with the presenters on easy-to-use threaded discussions attached to each paper.

Papers remain available online after the conference has ended and all past conferences are archived and available at http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/isadarchive/onlineconference.html

Read More About this Great Resource/CEU Opportunity on our Blog
Upcoming Events: Sensory Conference: Practical Use of Sensory Integration and its Application into Everyday Environments
When? Dec. 3, 2010; Where? Faculty House, Columbia University, New York City, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.); CEUs? Earn 6.5 contact hours; Cost: $200. Also, December 2 in Philadelphia. For More Information: Tel. 773-558-8043

An intermediate, one-day continuing education workshop for clinicians treating children with a sensory processing disorder (SPD).

Feature speaker: Britt Collins, M.S., OTR/L, Guest Speaker: Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, and Jackie Olson, parent of a child with a SPD, create the ultimate Occupational Therapy/parent combo team.

This educational event will present the latest research on sensory integration, the importance of movement in the home and school environments, how to create a tailored sensory experience for your child, tips on seeking funding for the child , and documentation skills needed.

Register at www.ot-advantage.com
Pediatric Therapy Corner - Obtaining Reimbursement for Stuttering Treatment
By: All material Copyright � 1991-2010 Stuttering Foundation of America, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders and Stuttering Foundation of America (1998; Revised 2010).

Reprinted with the express permission of the Stuttering Foundation of America as originally published on their website.

NB: This article is written for the parents of children who Stutter and related problems. We publish it here because we know that therapists like to give their client's caregivers as much information as possible.

Approximately three million children and adults in the U.S. stutter. This guide provides suggestions and resources for obtaining payment for the treatment of stuttering.

Will my health plan cover stuttering treatment?

Before contacting your health plan, review your policy for coverage looking for such terms as "speech therapy," "speech-language pathology," "physical therapy and other rehabilitation services," or "other medically necessary services or therapies." A phone call to the health plan can confirm your interpretation of coverage. Document the name of the person with whom you speak as well as dates and times.

Provide the health plan with information about the neurological basis of stuttering; the available evidence states that stuttering is a "disorder associated with left inferior frontal structural anomalies" (Brain, 2009) and that " adults with persistent stuttering ... (have) anatomical irregularities in the areas of the brain that control language and speech" (Neurology, July 24, 2001). Children who stutter demonstrate atypical brain anatomy as well (Neuroimage, February, 2008).

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Guest Bloggers This Week: Sensational HomeSchooling, Speech Therapy Ideas, and the Down Syndrome Centre
How Yoga Helps with Sensory Integration - By: Mira Binzen

When describing the benefits of yoga to children, I often tell them they are like a DJ and they have a DJ's mixing board full of dials and knobs. Yoga teaches them how to adjust the volume, change channels, or add some bass. Children with difficulty processing sensory input aren't easily able to access all these knobs and dials.

Students of all ages need a practice that is suited to their unique constitution, temperament, and interest. All children and adults at all levels of sensory functioning benefit from the strengthening, balancing, and toning effect yoga has on the nervous system. Scott M. Shannon, MD, recommends yoga in his book Please Don't Label My Child. He writes, "It provides structure and a commitment to wellness that kids who need grounding can easily latch onto. It's an empowering activity that suits kids well and that they can engage in for a lifetime."

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

SpongeBob Comes to Speech - By: Beck Wanca, M.S., CCC-SLP

Recently, while talking with a student about his favorite t.v. show, I noticed how many of the characters' names had his target speech sounds ("r" based sounds) in them. I also noticed that this quiet, hesitant student became excited and involved when we were discussing the show. I knew right then that I had to incorporate Spongebob Squarepants into our sessions.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Down Syndrome: Behavioral Problems? - By: Natan Gendelman

Simon, a two year old child with Down syndrome whom I was working with, sat down on the floor, but then decided to throw himself backwards. I prevented him from hitting himself, but I did allow him to lie down on the floor. Once he lay down on his back, he started to scream and cry. He looked at his parents, waiting for them to come and pick him up. I asked him what had happened, and explained that no one was going to help him; he would have to get up and walk on his own. He can walk; he knows how to get up. Therefore, there was no reason for him to look for help. At the beginning, Simon did not listen to me. However, after he saw that no one would pick him up, he calmed down, listened, and we were able to continue with our session. As a result, we experienced these incidents less and less frequently. After following the same philosophy at home, his parents reported close to none of his previous behavior, which had involved screaming and yelling while throwing himself on the floor.

Read the Rest of this Guest Post on our Blog

Worth Repeating - Getting Off To The Right Start: Ten Tips To Make Sure Your Child's IEP Is Ready To Go On Day One
[Source] Great Schools

NB: We thank Apraxia Kids for directing us to this article. It was written for parents but is an excellent resource for therapists to share with their kiddos.

Remember that IEP you so carefully crafted back in the spring for your child's new school year? Don't look now, but summer's almost over, and it's time to find that IEP, dust if off, and make sure that his team is ready to go on the first day of school.

Often parents find that the school is in fact not ready to implement the IEP on that first day, and they are told to "give us a few weeks to get things set up." That might be fine for some kids, but for others it might start their school year off on a bad note that takes even more time to recover from.

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