Study Suggests Pre School Treatment for Selective Mutism Yields Better Results



Editor’s Note: Thank You, Vera Joffe, PdD for this link!

[Source:  NIH via Vera Joffe]

Recently, the first prospective follow-up study conducted 1 year after the end of a cognitive behavioral treatment for children with SM was published (Oerbeck et al., 2015). Authors found that children who are treated in a younger age are more likely to show 100% success, i.e., they are more likely to not qualify for the diagnosis of Selective Mutism one year later:  78% of younger children (3 to 5 years old) did not qualify for the diagnosis of SM one year later at follow up, as compared to 33% older children (6–9 years of age) who did not qualify for the diagnosis.

The study also reported that some children still qualified for a diagnosis of Selective Mutism. They also stated that the severity of the symptoms affected the outcome of treatment and the symptoms one year later.

Read the Study on the NIH Website

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Activity of the Week: Patterning and Sequencing with Spiders

pattersspidersSource:  Pre-K Pages]

Making patterns with spiders is a seasonal and fun way to teach patterning!

I am always looking for fun things I can use as manipulatives for learning activities, so when I found spider rings in the dollar store I knew they would be perfect for a fun math activity.

While participating in this activity, children can explore what patterns are, how to complete a pattern, and how to make patterns of their own. The patterns can be as simple or complex as you would like and can be tailored to the specific needs of each child.

Learn More About this Activity on Pre-K

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Brain’s Face Recognition Ability Has “Special Status” Likely to be Heritable

pnas[Source:  Medical X-Press]

There is seemingly no cognitive load associated with the near-instantaneous recognition of individual faces. Indeed, facial recognition is so innate and so obviously critical to human social exchange that researchers have long hypothesized that this ability has a “special status” independent of general cognitive ability, and that it is likely to be a highly heritable trait.

Many cognitive abilities—including literacy, spatial reasoning, and mathematical ability—are correlated with general cognitive ability. These traits, along with general cognitive ability, are considered to be heritable and pleiotropic—that is, influenced by a set of common genes. Recent studies involving sets of twins have suggested that face recognition could be an exception to this rule.

For instance, individual differences in face recognition ability were found to be substantially heritable, and phenotypically unrelated to other memory functions, though the sample sizes were too small to establish direct correlations between traits and specific genes. But the strong indications that face recognition is unique, heritable, and unrelated to other cognitive abilities led two researchers at King’s College London to conduct a study, reported this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involving a cohort actually large enough to assess the degree to which cognitive abilities are influenced by the same genes.

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School Based Occupational Therapist – San Antonio, TX


We are actively recruiting for our preferred client in the San Antonio, Texas area is looking to for an Occupational Therapist to join their team of 60+ working full-time in the local schools.  Pediatric experience (school experience preferred) is required for this position.  You would be performing evaluations an doing supervisory work…supervising COTAs.  Great place to really make a difference with youngsters who need the support and mentorship of a professional with compassion.

This job opportunity will begin now and last until 6/3/16…with some home care visits over the summer if you like.  Your daily activity would be completing Evaluations with the students and supervising the COTAs activities.  Flexible schedule…with competitive pay.  You must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, have a valid Texas OT License.   For more details, call for a confidential interview!

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PT Corner: Teens and Concussion: More Than Meets the Eye

[Source:  Lash & Associates Blog]

by Phil Hossler, ATC


In today’s society, sports are more popular than probably ever imagined. Large numbers of athletes participate in a variety of youth, high school, collegiate, professional, and recreational sports. As sport becomes more of a fixture in the lives of Americans, the burden of responsibility falls on the shoulders of the various organizations, coaches, parents, clinicians, officials, and researchers to provide an environment that minimizes the risk of injury.(1) Kids can suffer concussions in sports but also in activities such as bike riding, skate boarding, recess, swimming, and backyard games.

A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. In the case of teens this is a double edged sword: brain tissue that is immature and developing should not suffer a “temporary dysfunction of normal brain function.” The co-occurrence of a maturing brain and brain injury can result in unforeseen future problems in mental functioning that cannot be predicted.

We all remember how emotionally and socially challenging the teen years can be. Add to that the addition of school, reading, video games, texting, and computer time. When a teen suffers a concussion, all of these activities must be examined and curtailed so as not to impede healing. This temporary change in lifestyle can put pressure and demands on family, school, relaxation, sports, and the teen’s “me” time.

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