Week in Review - May 6, 2016

National Association of Special Education Teachers

May 6, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 18



Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASET 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 REVIEWat news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.

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Table of Contents

Update from the U.S. Department of Education

NCWD: Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

A Review of Barriers to School Involvement for Parents of Students with Disabilities. By Celina Chocron, Florida International University

Buzz from the HUB

From JAASEP: Fostering Special Education Certification through Professional Development, Learning Communities and Mentorship

Parent Teacher Conference Handout


Respite Care -- Part III

Parents deciding to leave their child who has special needs in the care of someone else, either in or outside their home, may experience a variety of hesitations. They can have feelings of guilt, anxiety, even a sense of loss of control.

Jeanne Borfitz-Mescon (1988) suggests that a number of fears and concerns are common to parents in this situation: that the child may not get as much attention, or that the care may not be as good; that something may be missed; that the caretaker or staff may not be able to comfort their child, and that he or she might be left crying. The anxiety resulting from these very normal and real concerns or fears can in fact cause parents to believe that respite is just not worth it.

It is important that a parent becomes comfortable with his/her decision and develop the trust critical to maintaining the peace of mind necessary for relaxation and enjoyment. One way to accomplish this goal is to help parents begin to think about respite care and whether their family, and their child with special needs would benefit from it. The following suggestions may help.

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Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates

Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with autism or general developmental delay, compared to children in other parts of the state. However, the findings do not prove that aerial pesticides raise the risk of autism, stressed lead researcher Dr. Steven Hicks, a pediatrician at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey, Pa. Read More

 


Special Education Enrollment Rises

An increasing number of American students are reportedly utilizing special education services in the nation's public schools. The number of students ages 6 to 21 covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grew to 5.83 million in the fall of 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. By contrast, just three years earlier, that count was at 5.67 million, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data conducted by Education Week. A single state, New York, accounted for a third of the uptick, although it's unclear why, the publication found. Read More

 

Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

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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. Read More

More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study


The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral or conduct issues, speech and language problems, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. "These findings emphasize the importance of studying poverty and its impact on child health, as well as confirm the need for increased awareness to inform child health policy," said lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini, a resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Read More

 

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Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies


A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests. "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others," said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies out of those they victimize." In the study, researchers analyzed data from U.S. students aged 10 to 17. The investigators found that 43 percent of the children had experienced face-to-face bullying and 7 percent had been subjected to some form of cyberbullying through text messages, social media and other means. Read More

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.

THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:

What is the word that means "the rate and smoothness of reading, demonstrated by reading text quickly and accurately"?
If you know the answer, send an email to contactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, May 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

'Wandering' a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism


Discovering that a child with autism has wandered away from the safety of home would be a terrifying moment for any parent. Now, a new study reports that one-third of children on the autism spectrum engage in wandering behaviors. "Wandering places children with autism spectrum disorders at risk of serious injury or even death once they are away from adult supervision," study senior investigator Dr. Andrew Adesman said in a Northwell Health news release. Adesman is chief of developmental pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center (CCMC) of New York. Read More

 

Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care


A family's income may play a big role in the type of care a child with food allergies receives, a new study suggests. The researchers found that poorer families -- those making under $50,000 a year -- spent less on non-allergenic foods, medical specialists and important medications, such as lifesaving epinephrine injectors. As a result, "poor people may therefore be experiencing more food allergy reactions," said study co-author Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She's the director of the Program for Maternal and Child Health at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Read More

 

Type 2 Diabetes May Damage Hearing, Study Finds


Type 2 diabetes may raise the risk of hearing loss, say researchers who recommend hearing tests for patients with the blood sugar disease. The researchers reviewed prior studies examining the link between diabetes and hearing loss. However, further research is needed to confirm this connection, said the team at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City. An association between diabetes and hearing impairment in human subjects has been shown in many, but not all, studies," said Elizabeth Helzner, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. "Direct comparison of these studies is complicated due to a lack of consistency in defining hearing impairment and other factors," she said in a SUNY news release. Read More

 


Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

Preschoolers given higher levels of emotional support from moms, dads or other caregivers tend to have better emotional health during their childhood and teen years, a new study suggests. The researchers saw increased growth in a brain region known as the hippocampus in children who were highly supported at preschool age. The hippocampus is involved in emotion, learning and memory formation. Reductions in hippocampus volume have been linked with worse emotional health and unhealthy coping, the study authors said. "Support during the preschool period seems critical to healthy brain development, and healthy brain development is important for healthy emotional functioning," said study leader Dr. Joan Luby. She's a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. Read More

 

Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and tapping out the beats with their parents improved babies' processing of music patterns and speech sounds. "Actively participating in music may be another important experience that can influence infants' brain development and help them learn," said study lead author T. Christina Zhao. She's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle.Read More

 

Heavy Pot Use in Teen Years Linked to Shortened Life

Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compulsory military training in 1969-1970 and were followed until 2011. About 4,000 of the men died during the 42-year study period. Those who were heavy marijuana users in their late teens were 40 percent more likely to die by age 60 than those who never used the drug, the investigators found. But the study did not prove that early and heavy marijuana use led to an early death. The findings were published online April 22 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read More

 

Childhood Cancer Survivors Often Feel Older Than Their Years

Surviving a childhood cancer can take a toll on health, and new research shows that young adults who've been through the ordeal often feel aged before their time. "Our findings indicate survivors' accelerated aging, and also help us understand the health-related risks associated with having had cancer as a child," said study senior author Dr. Lisa Diller. She is chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. "What's encouraging is that the lower quality-of-life scores are associated with chronic disease after treatment, not with a history of pediatric cancer itself," Diller explained in a Dana-Farber news release. Read More

 


Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate

Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them -- it is important to understand the risk factors so that we can address them," said study leader Dr. Helen Bould.
Bould is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England. Read More

Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Weaker Bones: Study

Children who are allergic to cow's milk may have weaker bones than kids with other food allergies, a small study suggests. Cow's milk allergy is the most common childhood food allergy in the United States, affecting up to 3 percent of children, the researchers said. The main treatment is elimination of cow's milk and dairy products -- which are major sources of the calcium kids need to build strong bones. This new study detected low bone density in 6 percent of 52 children with a long-term milk allergy. Read More

 

Gene Therapy May Offer Hope for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

A new gene therapy shows preliminary promise against so-called "Bubble Boy" disease, researchers report. A small, early-stage trial assessed the safety and effectiveness of the gene therapy in five patients with Bubble Boy disease, formally known as severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). Previous bone marrow transplants had failed to correct their immune function. SCID is a severe, inherited disorder that affects males and occurs in 1 in every 50,000 to 100,000 live births. It is caused by a mutation in the IL2RG gene that leaves boys with little or no immune system protection, the researchers said.Read More

 

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New Test May Guide Cerebral Palsy Treatment Option

Kids with cerebral palsy often undergo aggressive surgeries to improve their movement, but now researchers say they have a better idea who is most likely to benefit from such procedures. A new study suggests that data derived from an electromyography, or EMG, - a common tool to monitor muscle activity - can be evaluated to determine whether surgery to lengthen tendons, rotate bones or transfer muscles to new locations is a good bet. "Only about 50 percent of children have significant improvement in their movement after these highly invasive surgeries," said Katherine Steele, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington and an author of the study published online in the journal Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.Read More

 

Autism Diagnosed at Younger Ages

Children are being diagnosed with autism at younger ages since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made changes to their diagnosis guidelines in 2007, a new study says. The AAP guidelines now advise doctors to screen all children for autism during well-child visits when children are 18 months and 24 months old. By screening all children, those who have the condition can receive early treatment, researchers said. To see if that change made a difference, researchers compared children diagnosed with autism between 2003 and 2012 at a center in New York City. Among children born before 2005, the average age of diagnosis was just under 4 years. The average age at diagnosis for kids born after 2005 was about 2.5 years, the study found. Read More

 

Judge Tosses Disability Access Suit Against Disney

In the first of dozens of similar cases, a federal judge has determined that Disney's disability access policy does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. U.S. District Judge Anne Conway ruled Thursday that a man known as A.L. in court papers was afforded access on par with other visitors to Disney's theme parks even if the accommodations were less generous than he had received in years past. "Plaintiff was given an opportunity to experience Magic Kingdom in a similar manner as guests that do not need accommodations," Conway wrote in her ruling. Read More

 

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