Week in Review - August 28, 2015

WEEK IN REVIEW

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

August 28, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 35


 

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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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NASET News Team

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More American Children Diagnosed With ADHD

The number of American children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is rising, U.S. government experts say. And it's important for the disorder to be recognized and treated. Untreated ADHD can cause serious problems for children, such as falling behind in school, difficulty making and keeping friends, and having conflicts with parents, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Children with untreated ADHD have more emergency room visits and are more likely to have self-inflicted injuries than those who receive treatment, according to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, teens with untreated ADHD are more likely to take risks, such as drinking and driving, and have twice as many traffic crashes as those who receive treatment, the FDA said. To read more, click here

Study Finds Link Between Autism, Creativity

Especially creative ideas may be more likely to come from individuals with high levels of autism traits, a new study suggests, hinting at a possible advantage for those on the spectrum. When presented with a challenge, researchers found that those with more behaviors and thought processes characteristic of autism offered fewer ideas, but tended to come up with more original solutions. "People with autistic traits may approach creativity problems in a different way," said Martin Doherty of the University of East Anglia in England, a co-author of the study published online this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. "They might not run through things in the same way as someone without these traits would to get the typical ideas, but go directly to less common ones." To read more, click here

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Vocabulary at 2 May Help Predict Kindergarten Success

Children with a larger speaking vocabulary at age 2 are better prepared for kindergarten, a new study shows. And prior research has shown that kids who function better in kindergarten have greater social and educational opportunities as they grow up, according to background notes in the study. The analysis of data from more than 8,600 children in the United States showed that 2-year-olds with larger speaking vocabularies did better academically and had fewer behavioral problems when they later entered kindergarten. Children with larger vocabularies at age 2 tended to be from higher-income families, girls, and those who had higher-quality parenting, the study found. Children who had a very low birth weight or whose mothers had health problems had smaller speaking vocabularies. 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 Education establishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.

 

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Found Near Death, A Loner Pit Bull Has A New Best Friend

The story of Merit, a sick and emaciated dog found lying in the bushes in Grant Park, has taken a twist. An amazing twist. "Unbelievable. Never in a million years would I have guessed the outcome would have been as great as it is," says Sue Naider, president of Trio Animal Foundation, which has overseen Merit's recovery.  Merit is a 2- or 3-year-old pit bull who was found in the park in May by workers who were setting up for an event. At first, they thought he was dead, but they later were able to get him to eat and drink some water. They put out the word about Merit on social media, and dog rescuer Katie Campbell coaxed him into a cage. She got him to a vet where X-rays showed the presence of sticks and rocks in his stomach - that apparently had been his diet - and an examination found more than 50 ticks in his ear canals. After extensive medical treatment that included subcutaneous fluids, pain medication, antibiotics and medication, Merit recovered. But then came the next question: What to do with him? Naider wasn't sure.
"We were hesitant because sometimes dogs shut down and you can't bring them back," she said. So Merit was introduced to TAF's nine-dog rehab team, headed by Sophie the pit bull. Through these dogs, animals are able to learn social skills. 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: Catherine Cardenas, Carolyn Valentine, Kim Shovah, Heather Chapman, Olumide Akerele, Kim Hall and Marilyn Haile who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

Which state recently became the first to enact into law the requirement of video cameras in some special education classrooms?  (Note: The law in this state says school districts must install cameras in special education classrooms if parents, teachers or school staffers request them. The law also requires that parents be allowed to view the videos.)
ANSWER:  TEXAS

THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
According to a report by UCLA's Civil Rights Project released earlier this year, just over 5 percent of elementary-school children with disabilities had this happen to them during the 2011-12 school year, more than double the overall rate. Among secondary-school students, 18 percent of kids with disabilities had this happen to them, versus 10 percent overall. Even more striking, a third of all K-12 children with emotional disabilities-such as anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder had this happen to them at least once.  What is the issue to which is being referred?

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Shorter Women, Higher Odds for Preterm Birth?

A pregnant woman's height may affect her risk for preterm birth, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data on nearly 3,500 Nordic women and their babies. They found that shorter mothers had shorter pregnancies, smaller babies and a higher risk for preterm birth. "Our finding shows that a mother's height has a direct impact on how long her pregnancy lasts," said researcher Dr. Louis Muglia, an investigator with the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative. "The explanation for why this happens is unclear but could depend not only on unknown genes but also on woman's lifetime of nutrition and her environment," Muglia said in a March of Dimes news release. To read more, click here

Special Education Training Efforts To Get Millions

As school gets underway in many parts of the country, federal officials are doling out millions of dollars to help parents and teachers better serve students with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education said it will grant $14 million to support parent training and information centers in 28 states and two U.S. territories over the next five years. The centers, which are located in each state, are designed to offer parents assistance with everything from understanding special education law and policy to interpreting results from evaluations. Separately, the Education Department said it is awarding another $9.2 million to nine states to improve training of special education personnel. To read more, click here

Video Games Linked to Aggression, Psychologists' Group Says

There is a link between violent video games and higher levels of aggression in players, according to a new report from a leading group of psychologists. However, there isn't enough evidence to prove that playing violent video games raises the risk of criminal behavior or violence, the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Violent Media said. The members of the task force reviewed studies published between 2005 and 2013. "The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive [thoughts and emotion] and decreases in prosocial behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression," the report stated. To read more,click here

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Chinese Girl Becomes World's First To Receive Full Skull Reconstruction Via 3D Printing

A 3-year-old girl in China will finally be able to lift her head from the pillow after receiving the world's first full skull reconstruction surgery via 3D printing technology. The toddler, referred to as "Han Han," underwent 17 hours of surgery at the Second People's Hospital of Hunan Province in China after suffering from a rare condition that caused her head to grow four times the normal size. The procedure, translated from Chinese as "whole brain shrinking plastic surgery," involved a full 3D reconstruction and 3D printing of a new titanium skull to reposition her brain. "CT results showed that Han Han's brain was filled 80 percent with water," said Dr. Bo of the Second People's Hospital of Hunan Province, 3Dprint.com reported. "If she was not sent to hospital for treatment, Han Han would not have survived the summer. We had to first eliminate the infection in Han Han's head because the brain wound area was too large, and we needed to do skin graft surgery and insert a shunt to help eliminate the infection, and remove the fluid from her brain." To read more, click here

Neglecting Teen Health May Lead to Bigger Problems as Adults

Nearly one in five teens has specific health care needs that are not receiving attention, and this may set them up for poorer physical and mental health in adulthood, a new study contends. "Previous research had shown that lack of medical care in this age group is associated with poor health and higher risk behaviors at the time. But, it wasn't known that these poor health outcomes persisted into adulthood," said lead author Dr. Dougal Hargreaves, a pediatrician and health services researcher at University College London, England, and at Boston Children's Hospital. The study was published online Aug. 17 in the journal Pediatrics. To read more, click here

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Military Kids Are At Greater Risk Of Substance Use, Violence; Promoting Resilience Is Crucial

Being in the military is tough, but being a child whose parent is in the military is even tougher. Depending on what branch of the military your parent is in and how far he/she is up the career ladder, you might spend your childhood crossing the country - sometimes the globe - following your parent to different bases. You go to different schools, get different friends, and grow up in a very non-traditional way. That non-traditional way may lead to a higher prevalence of adverse outcomes when compared to non-military peers. According to a new study, war-related stressors - separation from parents because of deployment, frequent relocation, and worrying about future deployments - may be the cause of the adverse outcomes, even if young children in military families grow up resilient. To read more, click here

Are Vaginal Germs Linked to Preemie Birth?

Researchers have come to learn how millions of germs carried in the body affect your health. Now, a new study links premature birth to a specific kind of bacterial blend in the vagina. "Our discovery is important because it might allow us to determine which women are at elevated risk of premature birth by measuring the kinds of bacteria in their vagina early in pregnancy when there is still time to intervene and try to reduce the risk," said study co-author Dr. David Relman, a professor of medicine at Stanford University in California. But this isn't going to happen soon. It's too early to know whether germs and premature births are actually connected. And if they are, researchers aren't sure what links them. To read more, click here

NYC Public Advocate to File Suit Against Education Dept. for Excessive Heat on Special Education School Buses

City Public Advocate Letitia James plans to file a suit Wednesday against the Education Department regarding excessive heat on school buses transporting students with disabilities. James will join with parents of students in special education District 75 to call for existing penalties to be enforced and for the city to create a new monitoring system. Many of the students have individualized education plans that call for air conditioning in buses and classrooms. Of the 2,800 special education bus routes, about 86% have air conditioning, according to the Education Department. To read more, click here
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Brain Scans Better Forecast Math Learning in Kids than do Skill Tests, Study Finds

Gray matter volume and connections between several brain regions better forecast 8-year-olds' acquisition of math skills than their performance on standard math tests. Brain scans from 8-year-old children can predict gains in their mathematical ability over the next six years, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research tracked 43 children longitudinally for six years, starting at age 8, and showed that while brain characteristics strongly indicated which children would be the best math learners over the following six years, the children's performance on math, reading, IQ and memory tests at age 8 did not. To read more, click here

South Africa: 500,000 Children with Disabilities 'Denied' Education

So says the NGO Human Rights Watch, which yesterday released its report, "Complicit in Exclusion: South Africa's Failure to Guarantee an Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities". The South African government has in the past claimed it has achieved the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of enrolling all children in primary schools by 2015. The second MDG, which targeted universal primary education by 2015, will not be met, largely because of poor progress in sub-Saharan Africa. The referrals system needlessly forces children to wait for up to four years at care centers or at home for placement in a special school. To read more, click here

Rxs for ADHD Drugs More Than Double in 10 Years in United Kingdom

The number of prescriptions dispensed for drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) more than doubled from 2004 to 2014, according to data from the United Kingdom. Last year in the country, there was 922,000 prescription written for methylphenidate hydrochloride, the active ingredient in several ADHD stimulants, including Ritalin. In 2004, that figure was 359,100. And in 2010, 661,000 Rxs were dispensed. The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which provides guidance on health matters, has previously said that stimulants should only be used as a last resort in treating ADHD. To read more, click here

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Adult IQ of Very Premature Babies can be Predicted by the Age of Two

Research from the University of Warwick indicates that the IQ of adults born very premature or of very low birth weight can be predicted when they are just a toddler. The study was led by psychology researcher Professor Dieter Wolke. Previous studies have linked very premature birth and very low birth weight with impaired cognitive function from childhood and throughout adulthood. However until now it wasn't clear how soon adult IQ can be predicted in these children. Professor Wolke, who based at the department of psychology and Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, said: "We believe this is the first time a research paper has looked into the prediction of the IQ of adults over the age of 26 who were born very premature or with very low birth weight. To read more,click here

Imaging Study Looks at Brain Effects of Early Adversity, Mental Health Disorders

Adversity during the first six years of life was associated with higher levels of childhood internalizing symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, in a group of boys, as well as altered brain structure in late adolescence between the ages of 18 and 21, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Both altered brain structure and an increased risk of developing internalizing symptoms have been associated with adversity early in life. Edward D. Barker, Ph.D., of King's College London, and coauthors examined how adverse experiences within the first six years of life relate to variations in cortical gray matter volume in the brains of adolescent males, both directly and indirectly, through increased levels of childhood internalizing symptoms. To read more, click here

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