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With the four-day weekend coming up, there is no better time than the next couple of days to catch up on great movies you may have missed. If you’re a movie buff, you’re well aware that the list of Academy Award (or Oscar) nominations have just been announced. With 8 nominations, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” starring Bradley Cooper as man living with bipolar disorder, is the first film in 31 years to receive Oscar nominations in all four acting categories and the coveted “Best Picture” nom. Of course, for a movie to be great, it doesn’t need any awards. But for a film to spotlight disabilities in a respectful manner along with a compelling story, well, that deserves major kudos. This is why we’ve round up…

In one of the largest-ever studies of genetics and autism, researchers have identified 24 new gene variants associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The work also confirms that 31 variants previously linked to the developmental disorder may serve as useful genetic markers for identifying those with the condition. Understanding autism’s genetic roots is a critical step, experts say, because it can result in earlier diagnosis and behavioral intervention — which, ideally, can improve patient outcomes. The goal of the study was to track down genetic markers of autism, and to that end, the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia collaborated with scientists from the University of Utah and the biotechnology company Lineagen, Inc. In some autism patients, researchers found additional copy number variations (CNVs), which are missing or duplicated stretches of DNA. These CNVs are described as “high impact”: each has a strong ability to raise an individual’s risk for autism. Some of the methods parents use to help their children develop with autism is online speech therapy or telepractice. To learn more, read what fellow parents are saying about their child’s success with online speech therapy. Source: TIME Source: The Stir

ReadingRockets.org published an article by the Reach Out and Read Program about what parents can do to foster good reading habits in children with speech and language needs. Although children with speech and language needs may have difficulty communicating, whether with words or gestures, reading out loud to children and engaging them in the story can help strengthen communication skills. Reach Out and Read listed tips parents can use to help their children love books, regardless of their communication abilities, which are covered below. Discuss the story with your child Asking your child questions while reading a story promotes engagement, as well as dialogue. Ask your child to predict what he or she thinks will happen next or how he or she thinks the main character feels. This encourages your child to not only use his or her communication skills in a non-threatening environment, but to also think about abstract ideas. Make reading fun with word games Playing games is an easy way to help your child associate reading with fun, and is also a direct way to work on communication skills.  You can do this by starting a rhyming chain. Start out with lower-level words, like “cat,” and see…

Last June, Alexis Wineman was crowned Miss Montana becoming the first person on the autism spectrum to claim the title. This Saturday, January 12, Alexis will travel to Las Vegas to compete for the national Miss America crown. It was only 7 years ago, when Alexis was 11 years-old that she was diagnosed with autism. Rather than settling with her diagnosis, Alexis, with encouragement from her family, broke out of the mold and engaged in school activities. When Wineman joined the cheerleading squad, she ultimately became team captain and appeared with the squad in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now less than four months into her term as Miss Montana, Wineman and her mother have already put 7,000 miles on their car traversing the state to present her platform — “Normal is Just a Dryer Setting‚ Living with Autism” — at schools, hospitals, conferences and parades. “It’s amazing how people don’t accept other people just because they’re different. Being different is not something to look down on, but to be embraced,” Wineman said. “People need to understand. I want to talk to kids with autism too and share with them that it’s nothing to be ashamed of.” Make sure to tune…

Wow. We can’t believe it is the final day of our “12 Days of Speech” activities campaign. We hope you and your kids have had as much as fun we had. For the day 12 of our “12 Days of Speech”, it is only fitting that we wrap things up with this fun activity that will help your child bring our their inner-Beethoven.  Grade Level: K- 2nd Grade What You Need: 12 Days of Speech Song Sheet (Download here) *Parents, although the song sheet says “speech class” and “teacher”, don’t fret. Feel free to make your own by simply copying the document into word. How to Play: First choose which speech sounds (i.e. /s/, /r/, /l/, and /k/)  you want your child practice. Once you decide, you can either fill it in for your child or have them help fill in the sheet with you. For example, on the first day of speech class, my teacher gave to me, a robin in a red tree. Now it’s time for your child or student to recite each sentence. As your child recites each line, he or she will add another day’s items, plus the ones previously named. Have fun! Speech Therapy Site Spotlight: Speech Therapy Ideas Speech…

It’s day 11 of our “12 Days of Speech” activities campaign and the alien’s are coming! Help your child learn the differences and similarities between words while saving the world from an alien’s attack! Grade Levels: K-3rd Grade What You Need: Alien’s Attack! Card Deck (Download here) How to Play: There are 40 aliens coming down to earth. To stop them, stack the cards face down, then take turns with your child reciting the similarities and differences between the two words on the alien’s card. In the deck, make sure to hide some of the penalty cards. According to Jenn of Crazy Speech World, this always adds some pizzazz to the game. The one with the most cards wins! Have fun! Blogger Spotlight: Crazy Speech…

There are only 2 days left in our “12 Days of Speech” activities event! For Day 10, we have this fun activity from Practically Speeching that will have your kids singing along.  Grade Levels: Pre-K – 3rd Grades What You Need: Five Little Snowflakes Songbook  (Download here) How to Play: Step 1: Recite the entire “Five Little Snowflakes” song with your child. This will help he or she get comfortable and overcome any stage freight. “Five Little Snowflakes” Song One little snowflake with nothing to do. Along came another and Then there were two. Two little snowflakes laughing with me. Along came another, and Then there were three. Three little snowflakes looking for some more. Along came another, and Then there were four. Four little snowflakes dancing…

For the 1st day of 2013 and Day 9 (wow!) of our “12 Days of Speech” activities campaign, we have fun and easy game of minimal pairs! Grade Levels: Preschool What You Need: Minimal Pairs Game Sheet (Download here) How to Play:  For this minimal pairs game, have your child find the match to the word you (parent or SLP) say. Have fun!   Blogger Spotlight: Let’s Talk SLP The fantastic blogger behind “Let’s Talk SLP” is Brea who shares many ideas and activities that SLPs and parents will enjoy. Brea frequently gives away free activity downloads as “thank you” to her readers. Please check her out!   Remember we are on Day 9 of our “12 Days of Speech” campaign which means there are only a couple…

Even though it’s still snowing and hot cocoa weather is still strong, it is never to early to start a countdown for summer vacation. With this fun activity, you and your child can learn what to pack for the perfect trip while practicing /S/ sounds. Enjoy! Grade Levels: Pre-K – 3rd Grades What You Need: /S/ Clusters Sheet(Download here) How to Play: Have your child say each word emphasizing the /S/ sounds Once your child is comfortable, have her use each word in a sentence. Have fun! Blogger Spotlight: Live Speak Love Lisa M. Geary, MS, CCC-SLP runs the fantastic website, Live Speak Love, LLC and her blog is a fantastic read for parents and SLPs alike. She has everything from activities for young kids to insight in her work that many will find enjoyable and enlightening to read. Remember we are on Day 8 of our “12 Days of Speech” campaign which means there are more activities to come! Let us know what you think of these activities in the comments below.  Keep in the loop when new activities are shared on our blog by “LIKE”-ing us on Facebook and following us @PresenceLearn on twitter! Happy Holidays! Source: Live Speak Love  

We are halfway done with our “12 Days of Speech” activities event but there is more great speech therapy activities to come! Grade Levels: Pre-K – 5th Grades What You Need: Hungry Hippos Sheet (Download here) How to Play: Feed the hippos as you say the words on the fruit. Set the timer and see who can say the most words/feed their hippo in 30 seconds. Have fun! Blogger Spotlight: Busy Bee Speech Lauren of Busy Bee Speech is a school-based SLP and behind some fun speech therapy activities (like this one!). She is always looking for new ideas so make sure you keep up with her blog, Busy Bee Speech!   Source: Busy Bee Speech

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