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November 22, 2013 - Vol 9, Issue 46

 

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Dear NASET News,

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 atnews@naset.org. Have a great weekend.

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November 2013

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*             HI 7.00- Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma)

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Boys At Greater Risk For Premature Birth, Disability

Boys are more likely than girls to be born prematurely and have a higher risk of death or disability regardless of where they are born in the world, according to six global studies on newborns published Friday in the journal Pediatric Research. Premature birth accounts for one-third of the world's 2.9 million newborn deaths. It's the leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S. Girls have a biological survival advantage because they mature more rapidly in the womb, and their lungs and other organs may be more developed by the time they are born, according to the studies funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provide the first systematic estimates of disability in preterm babies. To read more, click here

What Happens When a Child With Autism Refuses Most Foods?

The life-threatening health problems that a 9-year-old boy with autism faced recently shed light on an issue that is rarely discussed. Many children with autism or other developmental disorders tend to eat an extremely narrow range of foods, and this may put them at risk for serious health problems, said Dr. Melody Duvall, lead author of the case report, which was published online Nov. 4 in the journal Pediatrics. What is it about autism that often makes children resistant to eating a normal and varied diet? One expert had some theories. To read more, click here

Could Mothers' Allergy Shots in Pregnancy Lower Kids' Risk?

Women who get allergy shots before or during pregnancy may lower the odds that their offspring will suffer from asthma, food allergies or eczema, a preliminary new study suggests. Reviewing anonymous surveys from 143 mothers who had received allergy shots -- also known as immunotherapy -- researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis found a 10 percent to 12 percent reduced rate of allergies among the women's children. "It was our hope that allergy shots would help, and I wasn't surprised," said study author Dr. Jay Lieberman, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the center. But, he added, "I wouldn't say this [research] is the end-all and be-all. We would love better data. This provides some background data to say this should be looked into further." To read more, click here

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Exercise in Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain, Study Says

Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research. The study involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that "at 10 days, the children have a more mature brain when their mothers exercised during the pregnancy," said study researcher Elise Labonte-LeMoyne, a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology at the University of Montreal. Other studies have found health benefits for newborns and older children whose mothers worked out during pregnancy, the researcher said. And while animal studies have shown that exercise during pregnancy alters the fetal brain, she believes this is the first study to look at exercise's effect on human brain development. To read more, click here

Noted Self-Advocate Cuts Ties With Autism Speaks

A prominent self-advocate is resigning from his post with Autism Speaks citing "destructive" public statements from the organization's leadership and their disinterest in his ideas. John Elder Robison says he has resigned from Autism Speaks' science and treatment advisory boards, which help review scientific proposals that the organization considers funding. In the role, he was one of, if not the only, individual with autism actively weighing in on decision-making at the group. Robison said he was prompted to resign after reading a commentary this week by Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright who wrote on the group's website about an "autism crisis" that she described as a "national emergency." To read more, click here

Can Meditation Help People with Paralysis Sync Their Brains to Computers?

Yoga and meditation may help people with paralysis learn how to link their brain with a computer, according to a new study. Systems that connect brains with computers are increasingly used to help patients with physical disabilities like paralysis. But the length of training has been a major obstacle to success, study lead author Bin He, director of the Center for Neuroengineering at the University of Minnesota, said in a Society for Neuroscience news release. "This research tells us that we can significantly cut this time with practices like yoga and meditation to make these tools more successful for more patients who need these devices," He said. To read more, click here

Urine Test May Spot Heart, Kidney Risk in Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

A simple urine test can help identify kids with type 1 diabetes who are at risk for heart and kidney disease and would benefit from early treatment to prevent these serious health problems, a new study suggests. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of young people with type 1 diabetes may have an increased risk of developing kidney disease, which also raises their risk of heart disease, researchers at the University of Cambridge, in England, said in a university news release. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that converts sugars and other food into energy for the body. To read more, click here

Teens May Have Less Impulse Control When Faced With Danger

Teens react more impulsively to danger than children or adults, which might explain why they're more likely to be involved in crimes, according to a new study. "Crimes are often committed in emotionally charged or threatening situations, which push all the wrong buttons for reasoned decision-making in the adolescent brain," lead author Kristina Caudle, of Weill Cornell Medical College, said in a Society for Neuroscience news release. "It's fascinating because, although the brains of young children are even less mature, children don't exhibit the same attraction to risky or criminal behaviors as do adolescents," Caudle said. 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: Janet Jones, Ida K. O'Leary, Rhonda Black, Olumide Akerele, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Gayle Hiester, Laurie Corcoran, Emily Mount, Wayne Buletza, Mike Namian, Ope-Oluwa Olubela, Jean Ann Zenker, and Marilyn Haile
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

What is the name for a "segregated vocational training and employment setting for people with disabilities"? Answer: Sheltered Workshop

THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
One of the leading causes of acquired blindness in children worldwide is a Vitamin A deficiency.  This disorder is ranked among the World Health Organization's top ten leading causes of death through disease in developing countries.  What is the name of this acquired blindness due to a Vitamin A deficiency?
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All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, November 25, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Shows Promise Against Eating Disorders

New research suggests that some patients with anorexia or bulimia who receive targeted, noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation may experience relief from their binge eating and purging behaviors. Doctors used a procedure called "repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation" on 20 patients with entrenched cases of anorexia or bulimia. The treatment prompted measurable symptom improvement among half of those in the group, and the finding raises hopes for an alternative way to battle tough-to-treat eating disorders. To read more, click here

After Failing Math, Student Alleges Disability Discrimination

A college student is suing her Montana school in federal court arguing that her disabilities prevent her from completing two math courses required to obtain a bachelor's degree. Hannah Valdez says that Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. should allow her to substitute two other courses for the math classes that are part of the general education requirements for her bachelor of arts degree. Valdez has Asperger's syndrome, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a math disability, according to her complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Despite multiple attempts, Valdez "cannot pass these math courses because of her mental disabilities," the complaint indicates. To read more, click here

U.S. Adults With Autism May Face Housing Crisis

Adults with autism face a shortage of housing and support services in the United States, according to a new survey. Within the next decade, at least 500,000 U.S. teens with autism will enter adulthood. Many will require access to the adult services system, which is already overburdened, the Autism Speaks survey found. "The results of the National Housing and Residential Supports Survey underscore the overwhelming need for more housing and residential support options and services," Lisa Goring, vice president of family services at Autism Speaks, said in a news release from the organization. To read more, click here

Very Early Preemies May Face Higher Risk of Future Eye Problem

Premature babies have an increased risk of retinal detachment later in life, according to a large new study. Retinal detachment can lead to vision loss and even blindness unless it is treated with surgery. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3 million people born in Sweden between 1973 and 2008. Those born at less than 37 weeks' gestation were divided into two groups: preemies born between 1973 and 1986, and preemies born between 1987 and 2008. In 1986, Sweden introduced a national screening program for the eye condition known as "retinopathy of prematurity." This condition causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina -- the back of the eye -- and can cause retinal detachment, according to background information in a news release from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To read more, click here

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Special Education Budget Cuts, Sequestration, Hurt America's Most Vulnerable Students

For American students with disabilities, class sizes are increasing, services are waning and providers are disappearing. More than half of parents who have children with disabilities and responded to a survey say their schools have altered special education services because of declining funding since last year -- in some cases, because of federal budget cuts known as sequestration, according to survey results released Thursday. Of the 52.7 percent of parents who indicated services for their children had changed, 29.5 percent said services decreased, 32.2 percent said class sizes grew, 27.4 percent reported service providers dropped, and 13.1 percent said budget cuts had led to a change in a student's placement. The survey results were compiled from answers provided by 1,065 respondents, including 1,007 parents, by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, a Washington-based advocacy group. To read more,click here

Play Promotes Emotional Healing in Children Battling Serious Illnesses

New research finds that chronically ill children celebrate a successful recovery. It's through their imaginative play with medically themed toys. Laura Nabors, an associate professor of human services in the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), will present new research on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 141st Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston. The project primarily focused on chronically ill children and their siblings who were staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. The children were provided with medically themed toys such as stethoscopes, miniature hospital beds, ambulances, doctors' bags and intravenous (IV) lines, as well as head and arm casts. To read more, click here

Thousands Rally Behind Worker With Asperger's

When a customer berated a supermarket employee with Asperger's syndrome for working too slowly, the story quickly went viral with tens-of-thousands coming to the worker's defense. Jamie Virkler, 43, took to Facebook over the weekend after her brother, Chris Tuttle, 28, came home from his job at a Clay, N.Y. Wegmans store upset that a customer yelled at him. Tuttle said he was helping out at the cash registers because the store was busy. When bagging a customer's groceries, Tuttle said the woman yelled at him for working too slow. Tuttle told The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard that he finished the job, smiled and thanked the woman for shopping at the store. To read more, click here

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Through an agreement with The American Academy of Special Education Professionals(AASEP), NASET members now have the opportunity to achieve AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) at a reduced fee.  AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) is a voluntary choice on the part of the candidate. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate a commitment to excellence to employers, peers, administrators, other professionals, and parents. From the standpoint of the Academy, board certification will demonstrate the highest professional competency in the area of special education. Board Certification in Special Educationestablishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.

 

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Bad Boys: Research Predicts Whether Boys Will Grow Out Of It Or Not

Using the high-tech tools of a new field called neurogenetics and a few simple questions for parents, a University of Michigan researcher is beginning to understand which boys are simply being boys and which may be headed for trouble. "When young children lie or cheat or steal, parents naturally wonder if they'll grow out of it," said Luke Hyde, a U-M psychologist who is studying the development and treatment of antisocial behavior. Hyde, a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research and assistant professor of psychology, is an expert on how genes, experience and the brain work together to heighten or reduce the risk that normal childhood transgressions will develop into full-blown conduct disorders in adolescence and early adulthood. To read more, click here

Exercise May Help Ease Depression in Teens: Study

Teens can suffer from depression like everyone else, but a small new study hints that exercise might help ease the condition. The British study included three boys and 10 girls with depression who were enrolled in trainer-led workouts three times a week for 12 weeks. The teens were also encouraged to exercise 30 minutes a day on the other days. According to the researchers, the workouts were linked to significant boosts in mood, with depression severity cut by 63 percent. Eighty-three percent of the teens who completed the exercise program were no longer as depressed by the end of the study, which was slated for presentation Saturday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. To read more, click here

ADA Ruling Puts Emergency Planners On Notice

A recent court ruling that New York City's emergency plans violate the Americans with Disabilities Act could have widespread implications for cities across the country. Last week, a federal judge ruled that New York is not adequately prepared to help its residents with disabilities in the event of a disaster, citing insufficient evacuation plans and shelters that are inaccessible, reports NPR. The ruling came in the first case of its kind to go to trial and followed last year's Superstorm Sandy when many of the city's residents with disabilities were left stranded. To read more, click here

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Early Childhood Educators Hold Key to Children's Communication Skills

Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have completed a new examination of peer-reviewed science that reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers. Earlier today, Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher published the FPG team's research-based recommendations online. "Early language and communication skills are crucial for children's success in school and beyond," said Gardner-Neblett, principal investigator for the FPG study. "Children who develop strong language and communication skills are more likely to arrive at school ready to learn and are more likely to have higher levels of achievement." To read more, click here

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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
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