Pinterest Pin of the Week: Alphabet Match Fine Motor Activity

[Source: Teacher Resources for Parents]

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This activity is really easy to put together and is perfect for kids that are learning their letters. It is also a great way to work on fine motors skills.

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PediaStaff Placement of the Week: SLP in Southwestern Indiana

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Congratulations to Sierra S., SLP who has just landed a school-based speech and language position through PediaStaff in southwest Indiana. They had a need for an SLP for an elementary aged caseload to work from October until late May and Sierra fits the bill! The caseload includes general education, moderate to severe and transitional classes. One school location. Hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Great job, Sierra!


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Speech-Language Activity of the Week: Beginning Sound Letter Hunt

[Source: I Can Teach My Child]

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Little Brother and I are working on learning (and reinforcing) letter sounds.  I am also in the throes of learning how to juggle 3 kids…while nursing a newborn about 7-8 times each day.  Needless to say, activities these days must be SIMPLE and QUICK.  This beginning sound letter hunt met all the above criteria and Little Brother just happened to love it because it felt like a game!  :)  In addition to learning letter sounds, this is a great phonemic awareness activities for dissecting the sounds heard in words and identifying the onset (initial sound heard in a spoken word).

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Prenatal Exposure to SSRIs Associated with Autism and Developmental Delays in Boys

[Source:  Medical News Today]

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In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently prescribed treatment for depression, anxiety and other disorders, was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in boys. The study, published in the online edition of Pediatrics, analyzed data from large samples of ASD and DD cases, and population-based controls, where a uniform protocol was implemented to confirm ASD and DD diagnoses by trained clinicians using validated standardized instruments.

The study included 966 mother-child pairs from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study, a population-based case-control study based at the University of California at Davis’ MIND Institute. The researchers broke the data into three groups: Those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), those with developmental delays (DD) and those with typical development (TD). The children ranged in ages two to five. A majority of the children were boys – 82.5% in the ASD group were boys, 65.6% in the DD group were boys and 85.6% in the TD were boys. ” While the study included girls, the substantially stronger effect in boys alone suggests possible gender difference in the effect of prenatal SSRI exposure.

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School Psychology Corner: A ‘Thank You Letter’ to Families Affected by Autism

by Stephanie Foster Brown, Certified School Psychologist

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When I chose a career as a school psychologist, I knew I would work with many families affected by autism. But what I didn’t anticipate, was just how much I would learn from those exceptional parents and their children. The experience challenged me, as a professional, to always filter what I learned in my training through my heart. And as a mom, it has inspired me to parent with greater tenacity, perseverance, and patience. While I’m not sure words can capture my immense gratitude for what I’ve gained from our crossing of paths, I salute families affected by autism this month and always with sincerest thanks . . .

Thank you for teaching me how to advocate for my child . . .
I’ve watched you fight for your child in a way that only a parent could. With dogged strength, you’ve gone to bat for the things you knew your child needed. Someday, my little Continue reading


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