Week in Review - September 2, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

September 2, 2016                                                Vol 12 Issue # 35

Dear NASET Members,

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 REVIEW atnews@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASET News Team


Autism Spectrum Disorder Series #41
Perceptions of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Towards Their Partnerships with Teachers By Yun-Ju Hsiao, Ph.D.
This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series comes from the Spring 2016 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. Written by Yun-Ju Hsiao, Ph.D, the purpose of this study was to investigate the parent perceptions of partnerships between parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and teachers who provided services. The instrument used in this study was the Beach Center Family-Professional Partnership Scale (Family Version). The results showed that parents of children with ASD were close to satisfied with their partnerships with teachers, but they were more satisfied with family-focused relationships rather than child-focused relationships. Two family demographic predictors that contributed significantly to family-professional partnership were the age of the first child with ASD and type of school services received.Read More

NASET Special Educator e-Journal

September 2016
Table of Contents

* Update from the U.S. Department of Education
* Buzz from the Hub
* Effectively Engaging Students with Mild Disabilities in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices By Kimberly E. Bryant Davis, Julie Angle and Adrienne Sanogo

* School-Based Mental Health: A Review of the Literature By Barbara Linnville

* Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese? By Nicole Paez

* Book Review: The Five Levels of Leadership By Lauren Vivar
* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

* Acknowledgements
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Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests. Researchers compared 100,000 Swedes who suffered at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) before age 25 with their unaffected siblings. The investigators found that those who had had head injuries were consistently more likely to die early and have problems functioning as adults. The effects of an early life TBI -- a blow to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts brain function -- were more striking among those who were older when they were injured, whose injury was more severe, or who had repeated head injuries, the findings showed. Read More

Zika May Persist for Months in Newborns, Study Shows

There's more bad news when it comes to Zika's effect on infants: A case study suggests the virus can live and cause damage in newborns for at least two months after birth. The report, published online Aug. 24 in the
New England Journal of Medicine, involves a baby boy born in January to a woman in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Zika is typically transmitted via mosquito bites, but sexual transmission can also occur. The mother developed symptoms of Zika illness -- rash, fever, headache, swollen joints -- in week 26 of her pregnancy. The doctors suspect she got the infection through sexual contact with the baby's father, who had recently traveled to a Zika-endemic region  Read More

Feds Make Good on Vow to Sue Over Segregated Schools

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday sued the state of Georgia for allegedly segregating and mistreating thousands of public school students with behavior-related disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The department contends that 4,600 students in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support program were improperly segregated from their general-education classmates despite the ADA requiring that they be accommodated in the most integrated setting appropriate to assure meaningful interaction with students without disabilities. Read More

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. Read More

Diabetes Drug May Help Kids with Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds

The diabetes drug metformin may help overweight children and teens with autism slim down, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with autism, aged 6 to 17. The patients were overweight due to the side effects of taking antipsychotic medications for irritability and agitation.  For the study, participants were given either metformin or an inactive placebo for 16 weeks. Those given metformin had much greater reductions in body mass index (BMI) than those who took the placebo, the findings showed. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height.  Read More

Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth?

Mothers-to-be who've had weight-loss surgery may have increased odds for premature delivery, researchers report. "Women and their doctors should be aware of this risk increase, and women with previous bariatric [weight-loss] surgery should be carefully monitored during pregnancy," said Dr. Olof Stephansson, lead researcher on a new study from Sweden. The current findings contradict results from a smaller study by the same team. However, the earlier research involved fewer than 600 women who had undergone weight-loss surgery. Read More


Congratulations to: Donna Young, Laurine Kennedy, Patsy Ray, Teresa Stauffer, Gwendolyn Brown, Ruby Brock, Alicia Cook, Cynthia Williams, Derek Milan, Bernice Coleman, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Melody Owens and Olumide Akerele who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.

Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri recently signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to be screened for a particular learning disability. Screenings are to start in the 2018-19 school year. The bill also says teachers must receive two hours of training on methods to address this learning disability. What is the learning disability that every student in Missouri public schools will be screened for starting in 2018?
ANSWER:  Dyslexia
This week's question:
Starting this fall, all public and charter schools in Texas will be allowed to equip special education classrooms with what device?
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by September 4, 2016.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next Week in Review

Service Providers Turn to Washington for Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts. A bill introduced this summer in the U.S. House of Representatives would offer a temporary increase in federal Medicaid dollars for programs serving people with developmental disabilities. Known as the Disability Community Act, the proposal comes as service providers are bracing for the impact of a federal rule taking effect later this year that will require many more workers to be paid overtime.  Read More

ADHD More Often Missed in Minority Kids

While a higher percentage of black children show the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than white kids, they are less likely to be diagnosed or treated for the disorder, researchers report. The new study showed a similar trend when it came to Hispanic children: They were as likely as their white peers to exhibit the signs of ADHD, but less likely to be diagnosed or treated for it. "There are multiple places where we are missing out for diagnosis and treatment of African American and Latino children," said study author Dr. Tumaini Coker. Read More

Season of Conception May Affect Fetal Brain Growth

Children conceived during the winter are more likely to have learning disabilities, and a mother's exposure to sunlight may play a role, a new study suggests. Sunlight triggers the body to produce vitamin D, which is important to brain development, the researchers said. They analyzed data from more than 800,000 children in Scotland. Of those conceived between January and March, just under 9 percent had learning disabilities, compared with 7.6 percent of those conceived between July and September. The first three months of pregnancy are a crucial time for brain development. Previous studies have shown that low vitamin D levels in the mother can impair fetal brain development. Read More

Banned PCB Chemicals Still Tied to Autism in U.S. Kids

Children exposed to relatively high levels of PCBs in the womb may have an increased risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are man-made chemicals once used in a wide range of products, from electrical appliances to fluorescent lighting. Use of these chemicals was banned in the 1970s because of concerns about their health effects. But since they do not easily break down, PCBs still linger in the environment -- and in people. In the new study, researchers found that when pregnant women had relatively high levels of certain PCBs in their blood, their children were about 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism versus other kids. Read More

Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics in Kids Might Help Spur Type 1 Diabetes

Repeated treatments with antibiotics were linked to the development of type 1 diabetes in mice, a new study finds. Researchers gave the mice antibiotic doses equivalent to what kids receive to treat something like an ear infection. After three antibiotic treatments, the researchers saw an "accelerated and enhanced rate of type 1 diabetes in the mice," said Dr. Martin Blaser, a professor of translational medicine and microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Blaser explained that antibiotics led to a change in the microbiome in the gut -- or intestinal bacteria. Those changes resulted in other changes, including alterations in immune system cells called T-cells. That, in turn, led to increased inflammation in the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas, he said. Read More

Millions Headed to States for Special Ed Training

The U.S. Department of Education is shelling out millions in funding to help recruit and train teachers and administrators serving children with disabilities. The federal agency said this week that it's sending $7 million to seven states to enhance preparation and professional development focused on early intervention, special education and transition services. Grants ranging from about $530,000 to nearly $1.5 million are headed to state education departments in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oregon. Read More

Asthma Risk Increases When Child Had Bronchiolitis

Results of a study published in PLOS ONE show that asthma risk increased 17 times when children who had bronchiolitis in the first two years of life also had a common variation of the Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) gene. Similarly, children with this genetic variation were 12 times more likely to develop asthma after any lower respiratory tract infections requiring medical contact early in life (including those which were potentially less severe). PAI-1 is an enzyme that increases production in the airways in response to viral illness, potentially causing damage. The study found that by itself the variant of PAI-1 gene that produces more of the enzyme was not associated with a higher asthma risk. The risk of asthma and worse lung function increased only with the combination of the genetic variant and a severe viral respiratory illness early in life.  Read More

Early Exposure to Too Much Manganese Causes Attention Deficits in Rats

Too much manganese early in development causes lasting attention deficits and other impairments in rats. Studies of children and adolescents have associated excess manganese in the diet with attention deficits, but confounding factors in those studies have made it impossible to show a cause and effect relationship. The new study is the first to establish a causal link between exposure to elevated manganese in the diet and attentional dysfunction in an animal model. Read More

For Teens, Feeling Safe at School Means Increased Academic Success

Parents across North America are prepping their teens to head back to high school, hoping they will study hard to get straight A's. But new research shows that good grades aren't just based on smarts -- high marks also depend on a student's feelings of safety. The recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health by Carolyn Côté-Lussier of the University of Ottawa's Department of Criminology and Caroline Fitzpatrick, a researcher affiliated with Concordia's PERFORM Centre for preventive health, suggests that high schoolers who feel less safe at school have decreased learning potential and more emotional problems. Read More
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Teens in Therapeutic Boarding School Adopt Atypical Gender Behaviors to Reassert Dominance

While studying the rapid growth of the therapeutic boarding school industry, Jessica A. Pfaffendorf observed that troubled young men in at least one program most often displayed a type of "hybrid masculinity." This observation -- young men incorporating more feminine behaviors in their social interactions while at boarding school -- presented a notable incongruence.Earlier research has found that males in traditional boarding and preparatory school settings are prone to display masculine behaviors to signal their wealth, self-worth, and strength. In those settings, such behaviors have been positively linked to future attainment and success, said Pfaffendorf, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona School of Sociology. Read More

Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive

The soothing sound of mom singing may help premature newborns breathe easier, a new review finds. The analysis, of over a dozen clinical trials, found that music therapy helped stabilize premature newborns' breathing rate during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For the most part, music therapy involved mothers singing to their babies (though some studies used recordings of mom's voice). And that's key, the researchers said. "Full-term infants can recognize the mother's voice at birth," explained researcher Lucja Bieleninik. "This connection is important to foster in premature infants, whose last months of gestation are instead spent outside of the womb." Read More


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* Curriculum Coordinator - Is responsible for coordinating the curriculum resources (print, technology, and created) for the school in order to meet the needs of our students in accordance with the COMAR regulations set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education.  The CC serves as the school Test Coordinator for all state mandated testing (Alt-MSE, NCSC, etc).  To learn more  - Click here
* PRINCIPAL - STEM3 ACADEMY - We are seeking an engaged, knowledgeable, enthusiastic individual to take on the position of Principal for a new STEM Academy for students with social and learning differences, including autism. STEM3 Academy is for students in grades 9 through 12 who have a talent and passion for STEM-related activities. To learn more - Click here
* Curriculum Specialist - STEM3 is a unique, state-of-the-art STEM-based high school educating students with special needs, including those with high functioning autism. STEM3 Academy is home to students who are interested in a variety of careers including those that relate to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. To learn more - Click here
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Food For Thought..........

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

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