August 2019 - Special Educator e-Journal


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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© July 2019

This month’s update concerns issues that were subject to recent federal appeals court decisions and are of general significance: (a) the application of Endrew F. and PRR, and (b) a surprising and puzzling wrinkle in tuition reimbursement jurisprudence.  Both of these cases relate to other items available on my website perryzirkel.com.

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Evaluation of “The Effects of Screen Media Content on Young Children’s Executive Functioning”

By Samantha Beverly

Abstract

In this paper, the research article “The effects of screen media content on young children’s executive functioning” will be analyzed. The author’s research problem, measurement of the experiment, research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and results will be discussed throughout this article analysis. 

Keywords: executive functioning, screen media, educational applications, educational television, cartoons

 

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Establishing a Framework of Effective Communication with Families of Students from Diverse Cultures

By Alicyn Fifield

Abstract         

The United States is known to be one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.  Although this can add richness and strength to the country, it also can lead to errors in judgement because of a misunderstanding of cultural perspectives and norms.  In education an error in judgement can cause a student to suffer academically and ultimately not reach his/her potential.  This is an error that can be avoided when schools and families become educational partners and engage in effective communication practices for the benefit of the students being educated.  It needs to be the goal of all educators to establish a community wherein they can engage in effective communication practices with families of all cultural backgrounds.

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Impact of Disability on the Families of Special Needs Students and Advocacy

By Carolina Fonseca

Abstract

Having a child can be one the greatest joys parents and families share throughout their lives. However, for some families, the joy quickly turns into fear, anxiety and confusion when they are told their child was diagnosed with a disability. Many emotions come into play when raising a child with special needs and this can impact families in many ways, including their involvement in their education and advocating for services. The research studied focused on the effects special needs children have on their families, the roles families play in advocating for their family members, the services provided to special needs children and the transitioning process. It is evident that students with special needs have a deep impact on their families and the roles they play as primary advocates and caretakers. However, there is conflicting data on whether families consider the impact to be negative or burdensome. Research conducted also seems to be limited to school age children and not on those transitioning into adulthood with aging parents. This warrants for further research on the impact that disability has on families of special needs students and parental advocacy, specifically those with aging parents.

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Comparing: The End of Molasses Classes and Leading a Culture of Change

By Deborrah L. Griffin

Abstract

With the passage of P.L. 94-142, also known as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), in November 1975, parents of children with disabilities were granted specific rights in regard to their children’s education (Valle, 2011).  The passage of IDEIA, should have improved the education needs of children with disabilities and ensured that parents have an active voice in their child’s education.  Unfortunately, parents today feel as though they are not able to fully advocate for their children and their educational rights.  As educators, it is important to ensure that we are doing the best for the students and families we teach and come into contact with. 

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Bridging the Opportunity Gap in Special Education: Mastering the Florida Alternate Achievement Standards Through the Use of General Education Resources in a 3rd-5th Grade Self-Contained Classroom for Students with Mild to Severe Intellectual Disabilities

By Marissa Desiree Pardo

Abstract

As special education practices have evolved over the course of recent decades under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), many educators have sought to remedy the learning gaps that exist between students in general education and students in special education, particularly regarding students who are identified as having mild to severe intellectual or cognitive disabilities. Many methods have been introduced to close this gap, such as inclusion teaching methods, in which special education students spend most or all of their time in a general education classroom receiving assistance from a special education teacher, resource room teaching, a remedial and separate classroom in which students with educational disabilities are given specialized instruction in some content areas, and the self-contained or special separate classroom setting in which students with severe intellectual disabilities spend the entire day in the same classroom receiving specialized instruction from a special education teacher in all content areas. Despite the ever-evolving practices in the continuum of special education services being used to increase access to the grade-level text and curriculum for students with intellectual disabilities, minimal academic progress has taken place.

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The Significance and/or Effects of Parental Advocacy for Minorities and Students with Disabilities

By Loydeen Thomas

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Parent advocacy is the voice of the child with the inability, due to various factors, to make decisions, choices, and express views and opinions for themselves. This article focuses on the parents of minorities and children with disabilities and examines the parents’ roles as advocates, the voices of children, giving them a chance to be heard. A study was conducted to parents of minorities and children with ASD to determine whether they feel they need to advocate for their child. Results suggest that the majority of parents of students who are considered ELLs do not feel the need to advocate for their child, as long as their child is happy

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Acknowledgements

Portions of this or previous month’s NASET’s Special Educator e-Journal were excerpted from:

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • FirstGov.gov-The Official U.S. Government Web Portal
  • Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Organization on Disability
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Education-The Achiever
  • U.S. Department of Education-The Education Innovator
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Office of Special Education

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) thanks all of the above for the information provided for this or prior editions of the Special Educator e-Journal


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