Week in Review - October 17, 2014

WEEK IN REVIEW

New NASET Publications and Articles of Interest in Special Education and Disabilities That Were Reported This Week

October 17, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 42


 

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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 at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.

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NASET's Q & A Corner #70
October 2014
Moving to a New Location-A Q & A for Parents

Moving to a new location can sure disrupt your life! For any family this can be a time of chaos. There is the adventure of newness but also a maddening confusion. For a family with a child who has special needs, the confusion can be particularly stressful. To avoid some of the less desirable "adventures," it may be a good idea to map out your strategy before you move. This is especially important regarding school and your child's special education needs. This issue of 
NASET's Q & A Corner
presents some questions you might ask yourself, preferably well in advance of your move. The answers given contain suggestions for helping your family make a smooth change from your child's present special education placement to the new one. These suggestions are derived from personal experience, contact with families who have met the "challenge," advice from administrators, and other authorities and research.


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JAASEP Fall 2014 Issue

Table of Contents:

Speech-Language Services in Public Schools: How Policy Ambiguity Regarding Eligibility Criteria Impacts Speech-Language Pathologists in a Litigious and Resource Constrained Environment
Are Parents Really Partners In Their Child's Education?

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors' Perceived Influences on the Secondary Transition Planning Process and Postsecondary Outcomes of Students with Disabilities

Gender Differences in Emotional or Behavioral Problems in Elementary School Students

African American Parental Beliefs About Resiliency: A Delphi Study

Blending Common Core Standards and Functional Skills in Thematic Units for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities

Effects of Peer Tutoring and Academic Self-Monitoring on the Mathematics Vocabulary Performance of Secondary Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Teaching Multiplication with Regrouping Using the Concrete-representational-abstract Sequence and the Strategic Instruction Model

Student and Teacher Perceptions of the Five Co-Teaching Models: A Pilot Study

Students with Disabilities' Perspectives of STEM Content and Careers

A Researcher's Story of Assessing Motor Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Impact of Video Modeling on Improving Social Skills in Children with Autism


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Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids

Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans -- known as bisphenol A, or BPA -- may increase a child's risk of breathing problems, researchers say. In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and their children, researchers found that each 10-fold increase of BPA in a mother's urine was associated with a 14 percent decrease in the child's breathing function at 4 years of age. In addition, a 10-fold increase in BPA at 16 weeks' gestation was associated with more than four times the likelihood of persistent wheezing at age 4, the study found. Persistent wheezing can be a sign of asthma. To read more, click here

Hearing Their Own Babble Helps Babies Learn to Speak: Study

Hearing themselves make speech-like sounds such as cooing and babbling is crucial to infants' speech and language development, a new study shows. The researchers also found that infants with major hearing loss who received cochlear implants to improve their hearing quickly reached the vocalization levels of infants with no hearing problems. "Hearing is a critical aspect of infants' motivation to make early sounds," study author Mary Fagan, an assistant professor in the department of communication science and disorders at the University of Missouri, said in a university news release. To read more, click here

Feds Delay Enforcement Of New Caregiver Pay Rule

The Obama administration says it will delay enforcement of a new rule granting federal minimum wage and overtime protections to in-home care workers who assist people with disabilities. The rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, mandates that most home care workers be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and qualify for time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours per week. However, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said this week that while the rule will take effect in January as planned, they will hold off on enforcing the requirements for six months. Subsequently, the Labor Department will "exercise its prosecutorial discretion" to determine whether to bring enforcement actions for the period between July and December 2015, the agency indicated. To read more, click here

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Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study

Although food allergies have garnered a lot of attention lately, a new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy. Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found. "Medications can be dangerous," said study researcher Dr. Elina Jerschow, director of the Drug Allergy Center at Montefiore Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. To read more,click here

Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say

Schools can play a crucial role in helping the 10 percent to 20 percent of children worldwide who would benefit from some form of mental health treatment, experts say. About 75 percent of adults who use mental health services had a diagnosable disorder before age 18, according to a new series on mental health interventions in schools published Oct. 7 in The Lancet Psychiatry. But in the United States and other wealthy nations, only one-quarter of children with a mental health problem get diagnosed or treated, and the percentage is much lower in poorer nations, the authors of the series said. "Mental illness often starts in adolescence but doesn't end in adolescence: it is a life-long disorder," Dr. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England and lead author of the series, said in a journal news release. To read more, click here

Parent Training Shows Promise For Kids With Autism

Monthly home visits to teach parents how to best work with their children with autism can go a long way toward improving kids' interactions, researchers say. Over the course of a year, children whose families received monthly three-hour visits from a specialist showed greater gains in attention and initiation skills as compared to other kids on the spectrum, according to findings published this month in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Parents who received the extra help were also more effectively able to engage with their child, the study found. 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: Mike Namian, Chaya Tabor, Olumide Akerele and Vera Sticker who knew the answer to last week's trivia question:  According to the latest research in special education law, have the number of special education-related due process hearings over the past 10 years increased, decreased or remained about the same?

ANSWER:  DECREASED (The number of due process hearings nationwide declined from over 7,000 during the 2004-2005 school year to 2,262 by the 2011-2012 academic year, according to a review released this month from the Government Accountability Office. The shift was largely due to "steep declines" in New York, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. - locations which accounted for over 80 percent of the nation's hearings - the report indicated. )

THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
FILL IN THE BLANK:  Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from _____ and ______, a new study shows. In all, 6.3 million children under 5 died in 2013, said researchers who examined the leading causes of death.

If you know the answer, send an email to contactus@naset.org
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Teens With Cerebral Palsy Report High Quality of Life in Survey

Teens with cerebral palsy are just as happy with their lives as teens without the physical disability, a new survey shows. Despite facing numerous challenges, young people with cerebral palsy report having better attitudes about key aspects of their lives than teens who do not have the neurological disorder that impairs movement and motor ability. The British researchers did find that high levels of pain, parental stress and a lack of social support can take a toll, however. The findings challenge "the widespread perception that adolescents with disabilities have unhappy, unfulfilled lives," wrote study author Allan Colver, a professor of community child health at Newcastle University in England. To read more, click here

Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse

Children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused, yet psychological abuse is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. "Given the prevalence of childhood psychological abuse and the severity of harm to young victims, it should be at the forefront of mental health and social service training," said study lead author Joseph Spinazzola, PhD, of The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, Massachusetts. The article appears in a special online issue of the APA journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. To read more, click here

Viral Infection May Trigger Childhood Diabetes In Utero

The incidence of type 1 childhood diabetes has been increasing rapidly worldwide. If blood sugar levels aren't well-controlled, juvenile diabetes can affect nearly every organ of a child's body. And while long-term complications of the disease develop gradually, they may become disabling and even life-threatening. The exact cause of juvenile diabetes has eluded scientists, but a new study from Tel Aviv University suggests a likely trigger before birth. In a recent paper published in Diabetic Medicine, Prof. Zvi Laron, Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Endocrinology at TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Research Unit at Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, and Head of the WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Diabetes in Youth, puts forth evidence that the autoimmune disease is initiated in utero. According to the research, conducted in collaboration with an international team of researchers, women who contract a viral infection during pregnancy transmit viruses to their genetically susceptible fetuses, sparking the development of type 1 diabetes. To read more, click here

Wanted: Special Education Teacher Expertise for Close Reading Book

Working on close reading with your students with IEPs? Or, have an opinion about how close reading strategies and the Common Core can be implemented with middle schoolers with IEPs? Samantha Cleaver is looking to learn from special education teachers who are working with middle-grade (grade 5-8) students on close reading for research for her book, Every Reader, a Close Reader, scheduled to be published in 2015. Please connect with Samantha via her email: samantha.cleaver@gmail.com or check out her website:   http://cleaveronreading.wordpress.com.

Teenage Girls Exposed to More Stressors that Increase Depression Risk

Adolescence is often a turbulent time, and it is marked by substantially increased rates of depressive symptoms, especially among girls. New research indicates that this gender difference may be the result of girls' greater exposure to stressful interpersonal events, making them more likely to ruminate, and contributing to their risk of depression.The findings are published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science."These findings draw our focus to the important role of stress as a potential causal factor in the development of vulnerabilities to depression, particularly among girls, and could change the way that we target risk for adolescent depression," says psychology researcher and lead author on the study, Jessica Hamilton of Temple University. To read more, click here

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Why is Educational Achievement Heritable?

New research, led by King's College London finds that the high heritability of exam grades reflects many genetically influenced traits such as personality, behaviour problems, and self-efficacy and not just intelligence. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), looked at 13,306 twins at age 16 who were part of the Medical Research Council (MRC) funded UK Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). The twins were assessed on a range of cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and the researchers had access to their GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) scores. To read more, click here

Billionaire Urges Disability Hiring

One of the richest people in the world is calling on employers to join him in hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver kicked off a new campaign Tuesday to encourage expanded employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs. Dubbed "I'm in to Hire," the awareness campaign calls on people - whether they are in a position to hire individuals with disabilities or not - to sign an online pledge to advocate for inclusive workplaces. To read more, click here

'Broad Consensus' that Violent Media Increase Child Aggression

Majorities of media researchers, parents and pediatricians agree that exposure to violent media can increase aggression in children, according to a new national study. The study found that 66 percent of researchers, 67 percent of parents and 90 percent of pediatricians agree or strongly agree that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. Majorities of these groups also believed that children's aggressive behavior can be fueled by viewing violent video games, movies, TV programs, and Internet sites. However, fewer than half agreed that violent comic books or literature would have such harmful effects on children. To read more, click here

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Type 2 Diabetes Clues Revealed from Study of Identical Twins

By studying identical twins, researchers from Lund University in Sweden have identified mechanisms that could be behind the development of type 2 diabetes. This may explain cases where one identical twin develops type 2 diabetes while the other remains healthy. The study involved 14 pairs of identical twins in Sweden and Denmark. One twin had type 2 diabetes and the other was healthy. "Twins are a good model for finding mechanisms, but the results are applicable to all," said Emma Nilsson, who carried out the study with Charlotte Ling. We know that fat tissue can release hormones and regulate metabolism in different organs in the body. The question the researchers posed was whether epigenetic changes in the DNA lead to changes in the fat tissue that in turn can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. To read more, click here

Software for Google Glass that Provides Captions for Hard-of-Hearing Users

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display. A group in Georgia Tech's College of Computing created the Glassware when one of its own said he was having trouble hearing and thought Glass could help him. "This system allows wearers like me to focus on the speaker's lips and facial gestures, "said School of Interactive Computing Professor Jim Foley. "If hard-of-hearing people understand the speech, the conversation can continue immediately without waiting for the caption. However, if I miss a word, I can glance at the transcription, get the word or two I need and get back into the conversation." To read more, click here

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Liquid Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Children's Eye Health

Liquid laundry and dishwasher detergent pods are an emerging source of chemical exposure in children. When squeezed or bitten into, these pods can burst and send detergent into the mouth, nose, and eyes. A new report published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) cautions that these products should be kept away from children because the bursting detergent pods can cause significant corneal injury. Detergent pods may offer a simpler way to do laundry, but they represent a source of potential danger when in the hands of a young child. Available in the European market for over a decade and first introduced to the American market in 2010, liquid detergent pods are brightly colored, which makes them attractive to young children who mistake them for toys. To read more, click here

Supreme Court Seeks Input On IDEA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in on a case involving who should pay for private school tuition while special education disputes are litigated. The high court asked the U.S. solicitor general on Monday to provide an opinion on a case known as Ridley School District v. M.R. which centers on the "stay-put" provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Under the law, school districts must pay for students to remain in their existing educational placements while special education disputes between parents and schools are sorted out. To read more,click here

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* Part-Time Literacy Specialist - TEP's Part-Time Literacy Specialist (approximately 15 hours per week) will work one-on-one with students identified as struggling readers in both push-in and pullout capacities, spiraling effective literacy interventions into the student(s)' existing curriculum.To learn more -Click here


* Social Studies/ History, ELA & Special Education Teacher - The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for Social Studies/ History, ELA and Special Education Teaching positions. Featured in The New York Times and on 60 Minutes, TEP is the school that pays its 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


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