Week in Review - October 24, 2008


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



Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you the latest publications from NASET for you to read and download, as well as some of the most interesting issues 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.

NASETNews Team





The latest issue of the Behavior Management Series discusses the following behaviors:  

  • Why Children Fail Tests
  • Why Children Can Not Handle Constructive Criticism
  • Why Children Cry Easily
  • Why Children Destroy the Property of Others
  • Why Children Daydream

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The latest issue of NASET'sQ&A CORNER will provide you with the following questions and answers about INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS (IEP):

  • What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
  • What is the Purpose of an IEP?
  • Who Develops the IEP?
  • What Content Must Be Included in a Student's IEP?
  • What are Related Services?
  • How is a Student's Placement Determined?
  • What Happens after the IEP is Written?
  • How Does the IEP Get Implemented?
  • How Often Will a Student's IEP be Reviewed and Revised? 

  • What are Some Guiding Principles for IEP Development

  • In addition to the questions answered in this issue, there is also a summary of the steps to developing and implementing an IEP.


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Children Who Have ADHD Can Strain Marriages: Parents of Children with Condition Twice As Likely To Divorce

Parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are almost twice as likely as other parents to divorce by the time their child is 8 years old, a new study suggests. A child's disruptive behavior doesn't in itself cause marriages to flame out, but it probably pours fuel on other stresses that spark marital conflict, say psychologists William Pelham Jr. and Brian Wymbs of the State University of New York-Buffalo. In their study, 23 percent of parents had divorced by their child's eighth birthday if he had been diagnosed with ADHD, compared with 13 percent of similar parents in such factors as age, education and income whose child didn't have the disorder. To read more,click here

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Experts Say School Time-Out Rooms Are Used Excessively For Children With Behavior Disorders

After failing to finish a reading assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school's time-out room - a converted storage area under a staircase - where she was left alone for three hours. The autistic Iowa girl wet herself before she was finally allowed to leave. Appalled, her parents removed her from the school district and filed a lawsuit. Some educators say time-out rooms are being used with increased frequency to discipline children with behavioral disorders. And the time outs are probably doing more harm than good, they add. "It really is a form of abuse," said Ken Merrell, head of the Department for Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon. "It's going to do nothing to change the behavior. You're using it as an isolation booth." to read more, click here


A Passion For Special Needs

Dedication and motivation is required of all teachers. But there's something to be said about the ones in this county's special education program for students with autism. Special ed teachers have to be organized like nobody's business. They must be willing to individualize learning for each student they have for six hours a day. They need to be willing to tap every last drop of their own creativity in a never-ending process of trial and implementation. And they better like what they are doing. This and more is what we discovered one recent morning inside three preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  To read more,click here


Teens Warned of Traumatic Brain Injury and 'Car Surfing'

A gregarious shell fisherman in the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, Mass., Caleb Potter spent July 4, 2007, dressed as Yellowbeard the pirate in the town parade. Later that night, he hitched a ride with a friend to the celebration at the pier -- but chose to do so by hanging on to the back of a friend's pickup truck on his skateboard. Today, Caleb's mother Sharyn Lindsay told ABCNews.com that her son was "probably surfing for about a mile, maybe less" when "he felt the wheels wobbling and going out of control, even though his friend was not going that fast." The then 26-year-old flew into the air and landed directly on the left side of his head, an accident which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.  To read more, click here


Unique Training For Students With Disabilities

Last Thursday, Frisch's received an award from the Northern Kentucky Business Leadership Network for employment efforts with disabled residents. In Clermont County, the company sponsors a unique program that helps disabled Ohio students find jobs. It started quietly about a decade ago in a handful of area schools, and Local 12's Rich Jaffe found, the program and the grads are getting four star reviews. Every Tuesday and Thursday at Glen Este High School, it's order's up at the touch of class restaurant. Staffed by Great Oaks Vocational students, the program's sponsored by Frisch's. Students here get real hands on training in food service and upon graduation get jobs in the industry. To read more, click here


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Parents Press For Autism Insurance Coverage

Parents of children with autism often say it's like being on a roller coaster 24 hours a day. And the ticket for the ride is jaw-droppingly expensive. A family's lifetime costs for caring for a child with autism can reach as high as $5 million, according to the Autism Society of America. Each month, parents report they pay thousands of dollars for treatment and therapy. And in most cases, insurance, even good insurance, won't cover all of the fees. Many families are triple-mortgaging their homes, taking second and third jobs, even living with other family members, just so they can provide the care their children so desperately need. Some even have to choose between their child's development and keeping their homes. To read more, click here


Easing ADHD Is A Walk In The Park

As many as 2 million American children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition that makes it hard for children to control their behavior or pay attention. That means that in a class of 25 or 30 kids, it's likely one of them will have the often disruptive condition. And parents know that getting a simple homework assignment done can take hours longer than it should. Treatment can include behavioral management, medications such as Adderal or Ritalin, or some combination of both. But a new study in the Journal of Attention Disorders shows that parents might try a simple romp through nature as a way of gaining some peaceful, attentive time with their ADHD kids. To read more, click here

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 Education establishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.   For more information on Board Certification in Special Education, click here


Watching Out For Students With Disabilities

Tekelah Sherrod considers herself an advocate for children. That mind-set led the East Windsor Regional School District's director of student services from teaching to administration. "I loved my work as a teacher; but believed that as an administrator I could help many more children," she said. "I learned very quickly that working in administration brings on many challenges." Ms. Sherrod earned her doctorate in education administration from Seton Hall University and spent time in the East Orange and Newark school districts before arriving at East Windsor Regional two years ago. Ms. Sherrod - whose 2008 salary is $136,500 - says her job is to ensure that students with disabilities get the resources and services they are entitled to under state and federal mandates. To read more,click here


Google Adapts Google Health For Individuals With Visual Impairments

Google's Health portal, which symbolizes cloud computing for consumers, is augmented to allow visually impaired users to access the site via screen readers and self-voicing browsers. Google Health competes with Microsoft's HealthVault as the search engines continue to slug it out for more users of their Web services. Google Health launched last February, but the service has been curiously quiet since. Has Google been quietly racking up new partners to help feed Google Health-which lets users securely access their personal health records online-more health information? To read more,click here


Class Mutually Beneficial For Special Education Students, High School Volunteers


Annie Miller doesn't usually talk, but her smile said everything Monday morning as she frolicked in a swimming pool at Naperville Central High School. Clinging to the arms of a high school volunteer twice her size, the 6-year-old girl with developmental challenges looked perfectly at ease. Annie and six other elementary-age children spend time each week at the school as a part of a new program that matches them with high school students who serve as their mentors in a special physical education class. Teachers say the program fosters a culture of acceptance and inclusion, an atmosphere that has taken years to build. To read more,click here


Food for Thought........


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