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October 18, 2013 - Vol 9, Issue 42

 

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Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET to read and or download, as well as some of the most interesting articles that have happened this week in the field of special education. We hope you enjoy this publication.  Feel free to send us articles for this publication or let us know your thoughts about the WEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org.Have a great weekend.

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October 2013

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Parents: A Handout for Parents

 

All parents can relate to the many changes their kids go through as they grow up. But sometimes it's hard to tell if a child is just going through a "phase," or perhaps showing signs of something more serious. Recently, doctors have been diagnosing more children with bipolar disorder,1 sometimes called manic-depressive illness. But what does this illness really mean for a child? This issue of NASET's Q & A Corner is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. It is a guide for parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed with the illness.

 


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JAASEP Fall 2013
Research Based Journal in Special Education
Table of Contents
  • JAASEP Editorial Board of Reviewers
  • Responses to Positive versus Negative Interventions to Disruptive Classroom Behavior in a Student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Renee B. Brown

  • A Comparison of Two Curricular Models of Professional Development to Increase Teacher Repertoires for Instructing Students with Autism

Lisa Dille

  • The Effect of Hypnosis on the Academic Performance of Students with Learning Disabilities in School Examinations: A Single-Group Pretest-Posttest Experimental Study

Noel Kok Hwee Chia

  • Information Needs and Information Seeking Behavior of Teachers of Special Education in Shillong, India

Bikika Laloo and Jocica L. Buhril

  • Helping Preservice Special Educators Scaffold the Reflection Process

Elissa Wolfe Poel, Monica R. Brown, Luis-Vicente Reyes, and Cristóbal Rodríguez

  • Preparing Preservice Teachers to Address Bullying through Cartoon Lessons

Audrey C. Rule, Stephanie R. Logan, and Frank W. Kohler

  • Special Educator Evaluation: Cautions, Concerns and Considerations

Carrie Semmelroth, Evelyn Johnson, and Keith Allred

  • Working Together for Learning Together: Supporting Students and Teachers with Collaborative Instruction

Cynthia T. Shamberger and Marilyn Friend

  • General Education Teachers' Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders: Are They Still Being Overlooked and Underserved?

Roben Wallace Taylor and Ravic P. Ringlaben

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Revisiting Influencing Factors of SPED Teacher Attrition & Retention: A Review of the Literature

Raschelle Theoharis and Michael Fitzpatrick

  • Author Guidelines for Submission to JAASEP
  • Copyright and Reprint Rights of JAASEP
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Emergency Plans Lacking for Most with Disabilities

When disaster strikes, most people with disabilities are unprepared, leaving them vulnerable to injury and even death, a first-of-its-kind survey finds. Just 20 percent of the world's people with disabilities could evacuate immediately without difficulty in the event of a disaster, according to the global survey conducted by the United Nations. Some 6 percent said they would not be able to escape at all while the remainder indicated they could evacuate with varying degrees of difficulty. For the survey, 5,450 people with disabilities from 126 countries answered 22 questions about their plans in case of a disaster. Preliminary findings were released this week ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction on Sunday. To read more, click here

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Parents play a critical role in helping children navigate through school and achieve academic success. Here are some tips for parents, provided by U.S. Department of Education, about how to be involved in your child's school, be a partner with your child's teacher, and what to do if problems arise. To learn more, visit:  http://www.readingrockets.org/article/25720/

Early Puberty Tied to Higher Odds of Substance Use in Teens

Teens who began puberty at an early age are more likely to experiment with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana, researchers report. The study included nearly 6,500 boys and girls, aged 11 to 17, who were asked about their substance use in the past three months. The participants also completed a questionnaire designed to determine when they began puberty. The findings were published in the October issue of the journal Addiction. Puberty typically begins between the ages of 9 and 10, but wide variation exists in its onset and how long it takes to complete puberty. The results from the study participants were in line with national estimates of puberty onset. For example, girls report developing earlier than boys and nonwhites report developing earlier than whites. To read more, click here

Association Between Adolescents' Anxiety, Depressive Symptoms

The School of Nursing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Christian Family Service Centre (CFSC) have jointly conducted a large-scale study on the family life, physical and emotional health of high school students. Main ConteThe School of Nursing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Christian Family Service Centre (CFSC) have jointly conducted a large-scale study on the family life, physical and emotional health of high school students. The study, spanning over three years from 2011, found that 12% out of the 11,335 students interviewed have experienced moderate level of anxiety in the two weeks prior to the survey, and 5.7% experienced frequent severe anxiety in the same period of time. To read more, click here

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Smog, Stressed Mom May Raise Risk of Behavior Woes in Kids

Maternal stress and air pollution have each been pinpointed as possible contributors to behavior problems in childhood, but a new study suggests the harmful effects are magnified by exposure to both in the womb. The research doesn't prove that prenatal air pollution and maternal stress are responsible for increasing levels of misbehavior in kids. But the findings do suggest that policymakers should pay attention to both risk factors, said study author Frederica Perera, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, in New York City. Added Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental & behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park: "There's seemingly an interaction. They're bad enough alone, but put them together and they're worse." To read more, click here

TSA May Have Perfect Job For Those on the Spectrum

Think of the times when you've had to carry out a repetitive, boring task. Now recall how quickly your mind began to wander. That is a significant problem in many real-world jobs, and is a special challenge for Transportation Security Administration baggage screeners at airports, who have to look at hundreds of X-rayed bags, trying to pick out dangerous objects from jumbles of hair dryers, toiletries, socks and shoes. It may be, though, that one group is naturally better suited to this task - people with autism. To read more, click here

High Blood Pressure Common Among Overweight Kids

Overweight and obese children have a high risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed the health records of nearly 250,000 children, aged 6 to 17, in California, and found those who were overweight were twice as likely as normal-weight children to have high blood pressure (hypertension). The risk was four times higher in moderately obese children and teens, and 10 times higher in those who were extremely obese, according to the study, which was published Oct. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. To read more, click here

Too Much Online Health Info May Worsen Worriers' Anxiety

Going online to search for health information may not be a good idea for people who fear uncertainty, according to a new study. For these people, the false belief that they suffer from a serious disease (hypochondria) can worsen as they scour the Internet in an attempt to pinpoint symptoms, a Baylor University researcher found. "If I'm someone who doesn't like uncertainty, I may become more anxious, search further, monitor my body more, go to the doctor more frequently -- and the more you search, the more you consider the possibilities," Thomas Fergus, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, said in a university news release. To read more, click here

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Two Genes Linked to Increased Risk for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but identifying specific genes that increase a person's risk for these complex disorders has proved difficult. Now scientists from the University of Iowa and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered -- by studying the genetics of two families severely affected by eating disorders -- two gene mutations, one in each family, that are associated with increased risk of developing eating disorders. Moreover, the new study shows that the two genes interact in the same signaling pathway in the brain, and that the two mutations produce the same biological effect. The findings suggest that this pathway might represent a new target for understanding and potentially treating eating disorders. To read more, click here

TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.
Congratulations to: Nicole Manley, Lisa Reif, Karen Bornholm, Linda Barnes, Andrew Bailey, Olumide Akerele, Craig Pate, Pamela R. Downing-Hosten, Nicole Schaffer, Alexandra Pirard, John Picone, Natasha Veale, Mike Namian, Matt Wilfong, Harold V. Richmond, Prahbhjot Malhi, and Anne L. Grothaus
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: Daryl Hannah is the actress who recently spoke openly about her diagnosis of autism.
THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
What is the word that means "the act of thinking, knowing, or processing of information"?

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States Get Millions to Wean Kids Off SSI

Nearly a dozen states are getting a share of more than $200 million to help improve the long-term prospects of kids with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income. Demonstration projects in states across the country are being developed to offer coordinated services and supports for children receiving SSI benefits with an eye toward enhancing their education and employment prospects. Ultimately, the federal effort known as the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income, or PROMISE, initiative is designed to reduce the number of kids on SSI who continue to rely on such benefits as adults. To read more, click here

Link Between Car Crashes, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that motor vehicle crashes can be hazardous for pregnant women, especially if they are not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurs. Trauma is a leading cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Blunt abdominal trauma is of particular concern to a pregnant woman and her fetus since it can directly and indirectly harm fetal organs as well as shared maternal and fetal organ systems. Car crashes are responsible for most injuries requiring hospitalization during pregnancy; however, little is known about the relationship between auto accidents and specific fetal outcomes. To read more, click here

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Obamacare Should Help Those With Mental Health Issues, Advocates Say

As the nation's health-care law continues to roll out, people with mental health issues are discovering ways that the landmark legislation directly affects them. An estimated 32 million people will gain mental health or substance use disorder benefits, or both, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Much of this will stem from the requirement that small group and individual insurance plans offer coverage for mental health issues and substance abuse services. Most large insurance plans already include such coverage. To read more, click here

Study Finds Biomarker Differentiating the Inattentive, Combined Subtypes of ADHD

Using a common test of brain functioning, UC Davis researchers have found differences in the brains of adolescents with the inattentive and combined subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and teens who do not have the condition, suggesting that the test may offer a potential biomarker for differentiating the types of the disorder. The differences were observed in brain waves exhibited during electroencephalograms (EEGs) of teens with the inattentive and combined subtypes of the condition and typical adolescents, illustrating that these groups display distinct physiological profiles. The research is published online today in the journal Biological Psychiatry. To read more, click here

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Autism Researcher Among Nobel Prize Winners

One of three recipients of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is a neuroscientist whose research is shedding light on autism. Thomas Südhof of Stanford University will share this year's prize with fellow-American scientists James Rothman and Randy Schekman. The trio are being honored "for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells," the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said last week. The scientists - who conducted their work separately - will split the roughly $1.2 million prize for their research on how cells transport hormones and other important substances. To read more,click here

People With Type 1 Diabetes May Still Have Insulin-Producing Cells

Most people with type 1 diabetes still have active insulin-producing cells in their pancreas, a new study shows. The finding suggests it may be possible one day to preserve or replenish these cells. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's immune system destroys insulin-producing beta cells, and it was believed that all these cells were lost within a few years of developing the disease. But British researchers used new technology that enabled them to detect far lower levels of insulin than was previously possible. They tested 74 people with type 1 diabetes, and found that 73 percent of them had working beta cells that produced low levels of insulin, regardless of how long they'd had the disease. To read more, click here

Parents' Feeding Choices May Raise Baby's Risk for Celiac Disease

Delayed introduction of gluten to a baby's diet and breast-feeding longer than one year appear to increase the risk of celiac disease, researchers report. People with celiac disease have an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Over time, this abnormal response can damage the small intestine and restrict nourishment, affecting a child's growth and development. "Avoidance of gluten as long as possible does not seem to be advisable," said lead researcher Dr. Ketil Stordal, a researcher and consultant pediatrician at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. Late introduction of gluten -- after 6 months of age -- is associated with a higher risk of celiac disease, and breast-feeding does not reduce the risk, he added. To read more, click here

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Did You Know That....

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education released Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction. The document describes 27 nationally recognized standards on safe sleep in child care and early education settings. To learn more, visit:  http://nrckids.org/SPINOFF/SAFESLEEP/SafeSleep.html

A Nurse Who Lends an Ear May Ease Anxiety in Moms of Preemies

One-on-one talks with nurses help mothers of premature infants cope with feelings of anxiety, confusion and doubt, a new study reveals. "Having a prematurely born baby is like a nightmare for the mother," Lisa Segre, an assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, said in a university news release. "You're expecting to have a healthy baby, and suddenly you're left wondering whether he or she is going to live." Segre and a colleague investigated whether women with premature babies would benefit from having a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse sit with them and listen to their concerns and fears. To read more, click here

Controversial Treatment May Not Help MS Patients

A theory claiming that multiple sclerosis (MS) is caused by the narrowing of veins in the neck appears to be unfounded, Canadian researchers report. Called "chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency" (CCSVI), Dr. Paolo Zamboni, from the University of Ferrara, in Italy, first proposed the idea in 2009. It soon caught the attention of many MS sufferers in search of a cure. "He thought the main problem in MS could be the veins draining the brain and spinal cord; that these veins were blocked or congested," Dr. Anthony Traboulsee, lead researcher for the new study, said during a Tuesday morning press briefing. To read more, click here

Video of Self-Advocate Silenced by School Board Goes Viral

When a 14-year-old went before his local school board to take issue with the implementation of his individualized education program, he was rebuffed and now video of the incident is going viral. Christian Ranieri, a high school freshman with autism, attempted to voice his concerns to the Northport-East Northport Board of Education in Northport, N.Y. earlier this week. In a speech that Ranieri told Northpoint Patch he worked on for three hours, the teen spoke to the board about his experience with autism and said that his IEP was not being followed. Ranieri indicated that he was inappropriately disciplined and suspended because of his disability. To read more, click here

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Depression During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Psychiatric Trouble in Kids

Teens are more likely to experience depression at age 18 if their mothers were depressed during pregnancy, a new study finds. The analysis of data from more than 4,500 parents and their teen children in the United Kingdom also found that the risk of depression was higher among the children of mothers with low levels of education who had depression after giving birth -- postpartum depression. The study was published online Oct. 9 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. "The findings have important implications for the nature and timing of interventions aimed at preventing depression in the offspring of depressed mothers," study author Rebecca Pearson, of the University of Bristol, said in a journal news release. "In particular, the findings suggest that treating depression in pregnancy, irrespective of background, may be most effective." To read more, click here


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