Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

phone[Source:  Psych Central]

New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health.

It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen.

Researchers envision the day when those who are feeling depressed can open the app on their smartphone and simply talk about their day. That information is sent to your therapist, who can use the recording to monitor your depressive symptoms.

The research is part of an interdisciplinary initiative at the university to devise patient-focused mental health monitoring systems. Rather than relying solely on self-reports, the systems could monitor physical and psychological symptoms of mental illness on a regular basis and provide both patients and their mental health providers with feedback about their status.

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Motor Magic Activity

Here is a sample activity from Your Therapy Source’s book, Motor Magic, Turn Fine Motor Skills into Gross Motor Skills.
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Short, Fun Exercise Sessions Improve Class Behavior

[Source:  Psych Central]

jumpingA new Canadian study shows that brief bouts of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students.

Researchers found that a brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a “FUNterval,” for second grade and fourth grade students reduced off-task behaviors like fidgeting or inattentiveness in the classroom.

“While 20 minutes of daily physical activity (DPA) is required in Ontario primary schools, there is a need for innovative and accessible ways for teachers to meet this requirement,” said Dr. Brendon Gurd, lead researcher and professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University.

“Given the time crunch associated with the current school curriculum we thought that very brief physical activity breaks might be an interesting way to approach DPA. We were particularly interested in what effects a brief exercise bout might have in the classroom setting.”

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Hot Jobs! Early Childhood Education SLPs for Portland, OR!


PediaStaff is seeking a full time Speech-Language Pathologist for the bustling Greater Portland area. You will have the opportunity to work with children ages 3 to 5 in center based settings.  This job starts as soon as possible.  This is a contract position and we offer excellent pay from $38/hr to $48/hr based on your experience, plus benefits.

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Seasonal Activity of the Week: Cranberry Sensory Play

cranberryplay[Source:  Growing a Jeweled Rose]

This cranberry sensory activity was easy to set up and kept Jewel and Rosie engaged for quite a while.  They found so many ways to play and explore.

All you need for this activity is a bag of cranberries, a bin or container, and whatever kitchen gadgets you might have on hand.  We purchased our cranberries for under $2.  As far as gadgets I gave the girls scoopers, cups, a garlic press, a lemon squeeze, a potato masher, and a few bowls.  The girls began by simply exploring the berries

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