Week in Review - June 13, 2014

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June 13, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 24


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Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEWHere, 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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New This Week on NASET

NASET's Parent Teacher Conference Handout
June 2014

Occupational Therapy Terminology for Parents
With the role of the occupational therapist becoming much more evident on IEP's, this month's Parent Teacher Conference Handout provides parents with a glossary of terms commonly used by occupational therapists.
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Classroom Management Series
June 2014

"Lillian's Lessons"

This issue of NASET's
Classroom Management
series was written by Joan M. Fenske RN, MS, PhD. "Lillian's Lessons" is an original 3730-word manuscript describing the critical functions performed by a special education teacher. The essential role of the special education teacher provides not only the student but also the family with multiple lessons learned. In addition, all members of the student's interdisciplinary team as well as administrators and school board members learn how a special education curriculum educates all who participate. The first person narrative is used to enliven the premise of the material. All subjects covered are referenced within the body of the manuscript using American Psychological Style (APA) format. Individuals named are fictional and/or no longer alive thus no privacy issues pertain to activities portrayed.

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Hormone Levels in Womb Tied to Autism Risk in Boys: Study

Some boys with autism may have been exposed to slightly elevated levels of certain hormones in the womb, a new study suggests -- though it's not clear yet what the finding means. Researchers found that of 345 boys with and without autism, those with the disorder had somewhat higher levels of steroid hormones in stored samples of their amniotic fluid. Specifically, they had elevated levels of four sex hormones, including testosterone and progesterone, and the stress hormone cortisol. Experts said it's not yet clear what to make of the results, published online Tuesday inMolecular Psychiatry. And, it's important to note that the study doesn't prove that the elevated hormone levels caused autism, only that there appeared to be a connection between autism and higher levels of steroid hormones. To read more, click here

In Shift, Supreme Court Moves Away From 'Mental Retardation'

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling clarifying what constitutes intellectual disability also marked a major milestone in efforts to put an end to use of the term "mental retardation." For the first time ever, the nation's highest court used the term intellectual disability in its decision last week in a case known as Hall v. Florida. "Previous opinions of this court have employed the term 'mental retardation.' This opinion uses the term 'intellectual disability' to describe the identical phenomenon," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court's majority opinion. To read more, click here

Annual Special Education Law Symposium at Lehigh University

Lehigh University offers its annual Special Education Law Symposium from June 22 to 27, 2014 on its Bethlehem, PA campus. Featuring experienced attorney presenters from various states and balancing school and parent perspectives, the week-long symposium offers a choice of two tracks: 1) one that addresses the needs of experienced professionals who desire an in depth update by exploring current "hot topics," and 2) an alternate one that addresses the foundational needs of individuals new to special education laws, regulations, and case law. The featured keynote speakers will be Michael Yudin and Dr. Melody Musgrove, respectively the leaders of OSERS and OSEP in the U.S. Department of Education. The symposium separately includes an inaugural ALJ/IHO Institute exclusively for administrative law judges and impartial hearing officers. The symposium concludes with a National Case Law Update by Dr. Perry Zirkel.  Registration options are available on a daily basis or for the week, as are graduate and continuing education credit. For program topics, fees, and other information, visit the website: coe.lehigh.edu/law or email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson at specialedlaw@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5557 .

Among New Smokers, Teen Boys More Likely to Quit Than Girls: Study

Teen boys who recently started smoking are more likely to quit than teen girls. And, both boys and girls who are frightened by cigarette warning labels or play team sports are more likely to quit, new research shows. The study included 620 boys and girls in Montreal, aged 12 and 13, who had recently started smoking at least occasionally. Just over 40 percent of the teens said their parents smoked, nearly 90 percent had friends who smoked and about 80 percent said they often saw their teachers or other school staff smoking. Over the five-year study period, 40 percent of the teens quit smoking. Boys were 80 percent more likely to quit than girls, and older teens were 30 percent more likely to quit than younger ones, the investigators found. To read more, click here



Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

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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For Those With Autism, Hospitals May Be Ideal Training Ground

Like many young adults with autism, Jason Bathurst faces a rugged job market when he graduates from high school this week. But his chances got a boost this year because he traded his senior year in school for one at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. There, he crafted a resume and a PowerPoint presentation about himself. He learned elevator etiquette and how to stock supplies, transport people by wheelchair and make deliveries throughout the hospital. "Good morning, sir," the cheerful young Portsmouth man said last week as he made his way from room to room on the fourth floor at Maryview. "I'm going to put my name on your board, so you'll know who I am." To read more, click here

Boston Marathon Bombings Left Psychological Scars on Kids

Children who witnessed the bombings at the Boston Marathon were six times more likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those who didn't see the attack, new research shows. Two to six months after the April 2013 attack, 11 percent of surveyed parents who lived within 25 miles of the bombing and ensuing manhunt said their child showed PTSD symptoms, said study author Jonathan Comer, an associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Florida International University in Miami. That percentage roughly matches what was found among New York City children six months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, he said. To read more, click here

Woman Hit With Bill After Brother's Death At Institution

A New York woman who says her brother with intellectual disability was killed two years ago at a state institution where he lived is now being billed $11.67 million for the man's care. Shaniece Luke says she received an invoice from the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities for the care her brother, Rasheen Rose, received since August 2002. Rose, who had severe autism and was nonverbal, died in 2012 after he was physically restrained. A medical examiner determined that Rose's death was a homicide. To read more, click here

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More Evidence Links Poor Diet to Preterm Birth

Women with poor diets before pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely than women who have healthy diets, a new study from Australia confirms. "Preterm birth is a leading cause of infant disease and death and occurs in approximately one in 10 pregnancies globally." said lead author Dr. Jessica Grieger, a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute. "Anything we can do to better understand the conditions that lead to preterm birth will be important in helping to improve survival and long-term health outcomes for children." The research doesn't prove that poor eating habits directly cause preterm births, but it adds to evidence linking the two. To read more, click here

Neural Transplant Reduces Absence Epilepsy Seizures in Mice

The areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy have been pinpointed by research that also shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the disease by reducing seizure activity. Absence epilepsy primarily affects children. These seizures differ from "clonic-tonic" seizures in that they don't cause muscle spasms; rather, patients "zone out" or stare into space for a period of time, with no memory of the episode afterward. To read more, click here

1 of 8 U.S. Kids Mistreated Before Age 18, Study Finds

More than 12 percent of kids in the United States experience beatings, neglect or sexual or emotional abuse, according to a new study. "One in 8 American children, at some point between birth and their 18th birthday, will be maltreated," said study researcher Christopher Wildeman, associate professor of sociology at Yale University. Although the percentage of confirmed cases of abuse and neglect is lower than 25 years ago, it's higher than Wildeman had anticipated. "We compulsively checked our numbers when it came back as 12 percent," he said. The study, published online June 2 in JAMA Pediatrics, used information from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System Child File. The database contains only confirmed reports of maltreatment. To read more, click here

Comic Book Adds Character With Disability

In an effort to better reflect modern life, comic book mainstay Archie and his pals are set to get their first-ever friend with a disability, the series' creators say. Archie Comics said that a new character named Harper will join Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie in the fictional town of Riverdale beginning later this month. A cousin to series regular and posh socialite Veronica Lodge, Harper is described as a "spunky fashionista" with a "dynamic personality." Despite being depicted in a wheelchair, she does not let her disability define her, those behind the comic said in announcing the addition. To read more, click here

Taking Antipsychotic Drugs While Pregnant May Harm Newborns: Study

Although antipsychotic medications have not been shown to cause birth defects, new research suggests these drugs can have other harmful effects on babies. Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat a range of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. An Australian study found that babies born to women on these medications are more likely to spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or to need specialized care after birth. The researchers cautioned that health guidelines for the use of antipsychotic drugs during pregnancy should be clarified. To read more, click here

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One in Four Children with Leukemia not Taking Maintenance Medication, Study Shows

An estimated 25 percent of children in remission from acute lymphocytic leukemia are missing too many doses of an essential maintenance medication that minimizes their risk of relapse, according to a study. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells, is the most common form of childhood cancer. While more than 95 percent of children with ALL enter remission within a month of receiving initial cancer therapy, one in five will relapse. In order to remain cancer-free, children in remission must take a form of oral chemotherapy every day for two years. To read more, click here

Prenatal Maternal Stress Predicts Asthma and Autism Traits in 6 1/2-Year-Old Children

A new study finds a link between prenatal maternal stress and the development of symptoms of asthma and autism in children. Scientists have been studying women who were pregnant during the January 1998 Quebec ice storm since June of that year and observing effects of their stress on their children's development (Project Ice Storm). The team examined the degree to which the mothers' objective degree of hardship from the storm and their subjective degree of distress explained differences among the women's children in asthma-like symptoms and in autism-like traits. To read more, click here

Decoding How the Brain Miswires, Possibly Causing ADHD

Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark have shed light on why neurons in the brain's reward system can be miswired, potentially contributing to disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They say findings from their study, published online  in Neuron, may increase the understanding of underlying causes of ADHD, potentially facilitating the development of more individualized treatment strategies. The scientists looked at dopaminergic neurons, which regulate pleasure, motivation, reward, and cognition, and have been implicated in development of ADHD. To read more, click here




Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

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.


For more information on Board Certification in Special Education, click here

Background Checks For In-Home Care Workers Often Optional

In many states, there are no requirements that home health workers undergo any kind of background check before providing in-home care to individuals with disabilities, a new report finds. Ten states - Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming - lack any mandate for home health agencies to vet their workers against criminal databases before sending them out on the job, according to findings from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. To read more, click here

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Diabetes App Developed for Smartphone

An app for smartphones automatically calculates the carbohydrate content of a meal. The program called "GoCARB" enables diabetics to better plan their meals and to control their blood glucose easier. Approximately 366 million people worldwide -- and counting -- are affected by diabetes mellitus. According to estimates by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it shall be 500 million people worldwide by 2030. To read more, click here

Too-Clean Homes May Encourage Child Allergies, Asthma: Study

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but a home that's too clean can leave a newborn child vulnerable to allergies and asthma later in life, a new study reports. Infants are much less likely to suffer from allergies or wheezing if they are exposed to household bacteria and allergens from rodents, roaches and cats during their first year of life, the study found. The results stunned researchers, who had been following up on earlier studies that found an increased risk of asthma among inner-city dwellers exposed to high levels of roach, mouse and pet droppings and allergens. To read more, click here

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* RSP Teacher / K-8 Learning Center Program 1.0 FTE - To provide direct diagnostic and instructional services to students with disabilities in the core curriculum and to students who don't show adequate progress toward grade level goals; serve as an educational consultant to general education teachers. To learn more  - Click here


* School Supervisor - Therapeutic and academic school for behaviorally disabled students has a leadership position available for a School Supervisor. To learn more -Click here


* $125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers! - Featured in The New York Times and on 60 Minutes, TEP is the school that pays its experienced teachers a $125,000 salary to work on a team of master practitioners in an environment that values and develops teaching excellence. To learn more - Click here


* Preschool Head Teacher - The school enrolls 80 children each year ages 3-8. As a laboratory school, EPCS brings together teachers, students and families to learn about child development /education and observe children interacting with one another and with adults. It is a place to try new ideas, take risks and to grow as learners. To learn more - Click here


Food For Thought..........

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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