Week in Review - June 26, 2015

WEEK IN REVIEW

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

June 26, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 26


 

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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 theWEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.

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Bullying of Children Series

Responding to Bullying


Introduction

How should schools, teachers and others associated with the school respond to bullying? It is essential that bullying not only be addressed as serious and unacceptable in a school but also that when it occurs that it is handled immediately. When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep kids safe. This issues of NASET's Bullying of Children series will focus on school response to bullying. It will lay out step-by-step approaches to addressing bullying in schools and point out what to do and not to do in various situation.



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Doctors Worry About Return of Vaccine-Preventable Ills in Kids

Although most U.S. children are getting their routine vaccinations, recent trends have experts concerned that Americans will lose some of the "herd immunity" that has long protected many from serious infections. The vast majority of U.S. kids are up-to-date with routine jabs against once-common infections like polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough and chickenpox. But that "coverage" varies from state to state, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, there were 17 states where less than 90 percent of 1.5- to 3-year-olds had gotten their first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the CDC found. To read more, click here

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Feds Put Millions Toward Training Special Educators

With an eye on improving services for students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education is funneling millions into programs to train new special educators. The Education Department said this week that it is granting $12.8 million to university programs coast to coast to address anticipated shortages in the field. The bulk of the funds - $9.2 million - are earmarked to help grow the number of "highly qualified personnel" serving students with disabilities in regular classrooms, special education programs, transition services and in early intervention, among other areas. To read more,click here

Too Much 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical May Trigger Social Phobia

Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are too high in people with social phobia, rather than too low as previously believed, a new study says. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden conducted brain scans on volunteers and found that those with social phobia -- also called social anxiety disorder -- produced too much serotonin in the amygdala, which is part of the brain's fear center. The more serotonin their brains produced, the more anxious they were in social situations, the investigators found. To read more, click here

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U.S. Hospitals Seeing More Kids With Self-Inflicted Injuries

A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in the ER because of self-inflicted injuries, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2012, self-injuries accounted for a rising percentage of children's emergency room trips -- increasing from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent of all visits. Most of the time, researchers found, the injuries were not life-threatening, and included acts such as cutting, piercing and burning. But, while the total numbers remained relatively low, experts said the increase in self-injuries is concerning. To read more, click here


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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: Marilyn Haile, Wanda J. Routier, Karen Bornholm, Olumide Akerele and Pamela Downing-Hosten who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: High-volume hydraulic fracturing -- also known as "fracking" -- allows access to large amounts of natural gas trapped in shale deposits. Natural gas wells using this method are increasingly common in the United States. According to a new study of Pennsylvania birth rates, living close to a high number of "fracked" natural gas wells may be linked to an increased risk of having what type of issues for babies?
ANSWER:  Low Birth Weight
THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
Approximately what percentage of children in the United States is exposed to weapon-related violence -- as a victim or witness?
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New Tool Helps Police Tailor Response To Those With Special Needs

When Freya Colella's older son had "a meltdown" last month and barricaded himself inside his bedroom, she called the Brunswick police for help. Before moving to Brunswick last winter, Colella had learned not to call the police when the nearly 12-year-old boy lost control because police in the southern Maine community where the family formerly lived "just made it worse," she said. But this time, when her son used the kitchen table to block his bedroom door, leaving the house looking like "a tornado hit from the inside," Colella called the non-emergency police line and told them, "I'm having an issue here." To read more, click here


Which Artificial Pancreas System is the Best for Children with Type 1 Diabetes?

A Montréal research team, co-supervised by Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret from the IRCM and Dr. Laurent Legault from the Montreal Children's Hospital, undertook the first paediatric outpatient study to compare three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes. The results, published this week in the scientific journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, shows the dual-hormone artificial pancreas provides the most benefits by reducing the time spent in nocturnal hypoglycaemia. The study conducted with children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes aimed to measure the effectiveness of three strategies in reducing nocturnal hypoglycemia. Taking place over multiple nights at a diabetes camp last summer, the trial compared conventional insulin pump therapy with two configurations of the external artificial pancreas being developed at the IRCM: the single-hormone (insulin alone) artificial pancreas and the dual-hormone (insulin and glucagon) artificial pancreas. To read more, click here


Fidgeting May Help Children With ADHD to Focus

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often fidget, but new research suggests intense fidgeting may actually help them focus on the task at hand. If the research bears out, the traditional advice to encourage these children to sit still may be misguided, said lead researcher Julie Schweitzer, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the MIND Institute of the University of California, Davis. "Traditionally, it's recommended that kids stay still and not be disruptive," Schweitzer said. But in her small study comparing 26 children with ADHD and 18 without the disorder, she found that when the children with ADHD were moving or fidgeting more intensely, they performed better on a test requiring attention. To read more, click here


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Risky Outdoor Play Positively Impacts Children's Health, Study Suggests

New research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children's health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience. The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health. "We found that play environments where children could take risks promoted increased play time, social interactions, creativity and resilience," said Mariana Brussoni, lead author of the study, and assistant professor in UBC's School of Population and Public Health and Department of Pediatrics. "These positive results reflect the importance of supporting children's risky outdoor play opportunities as a means of promoting children's health and active lifestyles." To read more, click here


'Green Space' at School May Help Kids Learn, Study Suggests

Children's thinking skills may develop faster if they encounter "green space" such as parks and woods in their day-to-day lives, a new study suggests. Green space at school, in particular, was linked to improved brain development among schoolchildren in Spain. "Children at schools with more green space around them, such as trees, shrubs and grass, have a better brain development than children at schools with less green space," said study co-author Mark Nieuwenhuijsen of the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. To read more, click here


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Sports Illustrated Honors Walker With A Cause

Hunter Gandee pinned a Sports Illustrated magazine against the exterior of Forest View Lanes to sign an autograph while Eric Ebron of the NFL's Detroit Lions walked in with no fanfare. The 6-foot, 4-inch tight end, the Lions' 2014 first-round draft pick, isn't used to being upstaged, but he was OK with it: Hunter was the star of the show. "I might get his autograph after this is over," Ebron said. "His story is worldwide. Fifty-seven miles is unique even just to walk." To read more, click here


Guardianship Often Recommended Over Alternatives

Full guardianship is most frequently recommended for people with disabilities as they enter adulthood over other less-restrictive options, a new survey suggests. Several options exist to help people with disabilities manage their affairs in adulthood. Full guardianship or conservatorship - where a court appoints an individual or organization to make decisions on behalf of a person - is the most comprehensive. More limited guardianships where a court determines that an individual only needs assistance managing certain aspects of their life are also possible as is a method called supported decision-making whereby individuals with disabilities retain control over their choices, but rely on trusted friends, family or professionals to aid them. To read more, click here


Weekend Screen Time Linked to Poorer Bone Health in Teen Boys

Weekend screen time is linked to poorer teen bone health--but only in boys, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The apparent lack of impact of leisure screen time on teen girls' bone health may be explained by their different body fat distribution, suggest the researchers. They base their findings on participants in the Tromsø Fit Futures Study in Norway, which involved 961 of the region's 15-17 year old school pupils in 2010-11 (first wave) and 688 (66%) of this original group two years later in 2012-13 (second wave). To read more, click here


Longitudinal Brain Changes During Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood Found in ASD

A study published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that the atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood. 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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Lung Transplant Survival Rates Good for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

The five-year survival rate for Canadians with cystic fibrosis who have received a lung transplant is 67 percent, new research finds. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. To read more, click here


Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study Warns

A potentially hazardous form of marijuana use called "dabbing" is growing in popularity across the United States, researchers warn. In dabbing, users inhale through a water pipe the vapor from "dabs" of waxy or solid marijuana concentrate. A piece of superheated metal or glass instantly vaporizes the dab, creating an intense high from a single inhalation. But the dabs are created using highly volatile butane gas, and a number of fires, explosions and severe burns have been linked to the production of this marijuana concentrate, said study lead author John Stogner, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. To read more, click here


Legalizing Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Use Among Adolescents

A nationwide study analyzing 24 years of data (1991 to 2014) from over one million  American adolescents in the 48 contiguous states has found no evidence that legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes leads to increased use among teenagers. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal showed no significant difference in adolescent marijuana use in 21 states with medical marijuana laws before or after implementation of these laws. Since 1996, 23 US states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing the medical use of marijuana. State legalisation of medical marijuana has raised concerns about increased accessibility and acceptability of marijuana to teenagers. To read more, click here


Advocates Press Congress To Address Wandering

Several disability advocacy groups are banding together to call for federal action to help prevent wandering among those with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dubbed the Autism Safety Coalition, the collective launched this week includes Autism Speaks, the Autism Society, The Arc and the National Autism Association, among others. Research suggests that about half of children with autism have a tendency to bolt, and 42 percent of such cases involving children under age 9 have ended in death, the coalition said. In June alone, the groups indicated that six children with autism have died after wandering from a safe place. To read more, click here


Superior Visual Ability Found Early in Children With Autism

Exceptional visual perception might be an early hallmark of autism, which could help predict a child will be diagnosed with the developmental disability, a new British study suggests. Infants who more quickly perceived a mismatched symbol on a screen when they were 9 months old were more likely to receive an autism diagnosis by age 2, the researchers found. "Although atypical perception, such as better visual search and hypersensitivity to sounds, are common in autism, they were rarely considered as a core feature in early development," said study lead author Teodora Gliga of Birkbeck Babylab at the University of London. "Our finding is therefore striking since it strongly suggests atypical perception may be a driving force of later poor social interaction and communication symptoms." To read more, click here


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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
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