Mum’s the word: Maternal language Has Strong Effect on Children’s Social Skills

[Source:  Science Daily]


Psychologists at the University of York have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older.

Studying the effects of maternal mind-mindedness (the ability to ‘tune in’ to their young child’s thoughts and feelings), lead author Dr Elizabeth Kirk observed 40 mothers and their babies when they were 10, 12, 16, and 20 months old.

Keeping a record of parental language while a mother and her child played for 10 minutes, psychologists logged every time the mother made ‘mind related comments’ — inferences about their child’s thought processes through their behaviour (for example, if an infant had difficulty with opening a door on a toy car, they could be labelled as ‘frustrated’).

Revisiting 15 mother-child pairs when children reached 5 — 6 years old, the child’s Theory of Mind (ToM) or socio-cognitive ability was assessed. Using the ‘strange stories’ method, the level at which the child was able relate to others and understand another person’s thoughts was recorded.

The strange stories method involves reading a fictional vignette to the child which poses one of 12 social scenarios (contrary emotions, lies, white lies, persuasion, pretend, joke, forget, misunderstanding, double-bluff, figure of speech, appearance versus reality or sarcasm).

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Pediatric Tx Activities of the Week: Kids Activities on a Vertical Plane

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Welcome to another week of Fine Motor Fridays! Today I’m sharing a collection of kids activities on a vertical plane.   Recently I watched an EdWeb educational webinar about Fine Motor Skills by Marianne Gibbs of Write Out of the Box and found it so informative. In one part she was describing how kids today develop the muscles in their hands differently than kids did before the advent of video games and handheld electronics. One of the things she talked about was working on a vertical plane and how this helps strengthen so many muscles and get back on track with proper development.

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SLP Corner: Podcast – You Say Apraxia, I Say Dys…ok, fine- Apraxia!

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Join me today as I talk with Dr. Kathy Jakielski, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Augustana College, about the often puzzling disorder we all know and love- Apraxia! Specifically, we’ll be talking about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

We cover some interesting ground in this episode including: over-diagnosis, popular treatment methods, and more!

Listen to this Podcast on Conversations in Speech Pathology

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Special Olympics Underway In Los Angeles

[Source: Disability Scoop]


LOS ANGELES — Tens of thousands turned out Saturday for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The event got underway about 6:30 p.m. with stilt walkers and tumblers leading the parade of athletes into the noisy stadium. The delegation from Greece arrived first, as is traditionally the case in the Olympic Games.

President Barack Obama, via video, welcomed the participants and their fans. When Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer camp in her backyard 50 years ago, Obama said, no one knew how successful it would become.

First lady Michelle Obama was in attendance and made remarks toward the end of the ceremony.

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Ability to Manage Emotions Falls on a Spectrum

[Source:  Psych Central]


New research suggests emotional control is a normal challenge. Therefore, individuals experiencing an emotional instability diagnosis fall on the extreme of the normal population continuum.

That is, if you are at the far end of the spectrum then you will probably have trouble managing emotions.

The position explains the fact that we all vary in how often we become happy, sad, or angry, and also in how strongly these emotions are expressed. This variability is a part of our personality and can be seen as a positive aspect that increases diversity in society.

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