Week in Review - February 17, 2012


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February 17, 2012 - Vol 8, Issue 7


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Dear NASET News,

Welcome toNASET'sWEEK in REVIEWHere, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASETto 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 REVIEWatnews@naset.org.Have a great weekend.


NASETNews Team



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Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)

WINTER 2012                                                                                  Volume 7  Issue #1

Articles in this issue:


  • Consulting to Support Emotional Behavioral Disordered Students: Implementing a Behavioral School-Based Approach
  • Finding Opportunity in Co-Teacher Personality Conflicts
  • Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students in Inclusion Classrooms
  • Community-Based Instruction (CBI) as a Component of a Successful Transition Plan for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Postsecondary Education Experience for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Look into Perceptions of Parents of Senior High Transition Students on a Small University Campus
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Assistive Technology: Action Research Case Study of Reading Supports
  • A Qualitative Study of Special Education Certification Methods and How They Affect Teacher Efficacy
  • The Classroom Infrastructure and the Early Learner: Reducing Aggression During Transition Times
  • Development of Web Quest Lesson Enhancing Thai Reading Skills for Students with Down Syndrome at Lower Elementary
  • Should Children with Auditory Processing Disorders Receive Services in Schools?
  • The Use of a Rubric as a Tool to Guide Pre-Service Teachers in the Development of IEPs
  • Quality Care for Down Syndrome and Dementia
  • Does Repeated Reading Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension for Struggling Adolescent Readers?

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Classroom Management Series

Adapting Curriculum for Students with Special Needs Series VII Part #6

One of the most important things to keep in mind when working with student with special needs is that they can learn. In many cases, it is not the lack of understanding or knowledge that causes problems but rather the manner of presentation, response requirements, and level of presentation. The need to learn how to adapt material is crucial when working with this population. These adaptations offer them a better chance of success and task completion.

Many times, teachers of students with special needs realize that these students will not be able to learn the material being presented unless some changes or adaptations are made. These changes may need to be made in the manner of presentation of the material, the type of material presented, the manner of response, the tests and quizzes presents, homework expectations, and grading systems used. All of these adaptations increase a student's chances of learning something.

NASET's9 part series, What Teachers Need to Know about Adapting the Curriculum, will consist of the following:

Part I-What are Curriculum Adaptations?

Part II- Nine Ways to Adapt Instruction

Part III-Checklist of Suggestions for Adapting the Curriculum

Part IV-Strategies for Adapting Tests and Quizzes

Part V-Adapting Response Mode

Part VI-Working with the Child with a Learning Disability in the Classroom

Part VII-working with the Child with an Emotional Disturbance in the Classroom

Part VIII-Working with the Child with Intellectual Disabilities in the Classroom

Part IX-Adapting Grading Systems

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Lesser Known Disorders in Special Education

Issue # 26- February 2012

Disorders in this issue:
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Both Maternal and Paternal Age Linked to Autism

Older maternal and paternal age are jointly associated with having a child with autism, according to a recently published study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The researchers compared 68 age- and sex-matched, case-control pairs from their research in Jamaica, where UTHealth has been studying autism in collaboration with The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica. "This should put to rest discrepancies in previous studies showing that just maternal age or just paternal age are linked to having a child with autism," said Mohammad Hossein Rahbar, Ph.D., principal investigator and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Texas School of Public Health, part of UTHealth. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Social phobia is a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things.

Night, Weekend Delivery OK for Babies With Birth Defects

Weekday delivery is no better than night or weekend delivery for infants with birth defects, according to a new study recently presented at The Pregnancy Meeting, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual conference. The finding is good news for all parties -- moms, babies and healthcare teams -- and suggests that this high-risk population of women should deliver when their bodies are ready to deliver, regardless of the day or time. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, found that infants with birth defects that were delivered at night or over the weekend fared just as well as those delivered on a weekday -- they stayed at the hospital for the same amount of time, were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at the same rate, and were given antibiotics or got help breathing just as often. 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 Educationestablishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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Kindergartners Who Can Pay Attention May Reap Benefits Later

Children who are attentive in kindergarten are likely to have "work-oriented" skills in higher grades, which provides lifelong benefits, according to a new study. It included more than 1,000 children whose attention skills were assessed in kindergarten. As they moved from first to sixth grade, the children were rated on how well they worked alone and with others, their levels of self-control and self-confidence, and their ability to follow directions and rules. Over time, the children were categorized into three groups: high, medium or low classroom engagement. Boys, aggressive children and children with lower cognitive skills in kindergarten were much more likely to be in the low group, according to the University of Montreal researchers. To read more,click here

Waiver-Winning States Revamped Plans for Students With Disabilities

My colleagueLesli A. Maxwellover at the Learning the Language blog has combed the letters to states regarding their requests for waivers to some of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law. At first glance, she found that nearly every state had to tweak its plan to better demonstrate how the needs of students with disabilities and English learners would be addressed. She was looking througheach state's documentson the federal Education Department's website. Check outher postto see what was asked of the states, nine of which had to adjust their plans to better address the needs of students with disabilities.To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

People with social phobia are afraid of doing common things in front of other people. For example, they might be afraid to sign a check in front of a cashier at the grocery store, or they might be afraid to eat or drink in front of other people, or use a public restroom. Most people who have social phobia know that they shouldn't be as afraid as they are, but they can't control their fear.

Autism Society Rocked By Suspected Fraud

The former head of an Autism Society chapter is accused of stealing as much as $80,000 from the group, but that's not stopping her from hosting a conference later this month keynoted by Temple Grandin. Law enforcement in Suwanee, Ga. have charged Cynthia Pike, the former executive director of the Autism Society of Greater Georgia, with 16 felony counts of theft by conversion, according to documents obtained byWSBTVin Atlanta. The charges come after an audit found thousands of dollars missing from the group's coffers. Police say that Pike was giving herself extra pay without consent from the autism organization's board and spent the group's money on her personal cellphone bills. So far, authorities said they found as much as $40,000 was misused and they're still working to identify where another $40,000 went, according to the television station. To read more,click here

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Controlling Parents More Likely to Have Children Who are Delinquent

Authoritarian parents whose child-rearing style can be summed up as "it's my way or the highway" are more likely to raise disrespectful, delinquent children who do not see them as legitimate authority figures than authoritative parents who listen to their children and gain their respect and trust, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire. "When children consider their parents to be legitimate authority figures, they trust the parent and feel they have an obligation to do what their parents tell them to do. This is an important attribute for any authority figure to possess, as the parent does not have to rely on a system of rewards and punishments to control behavior, and the child is more likely to follow the rules when the parent is not physically present," said Rick Trinkner, a doctoral candidate at UNH and the lead researcher. To read more,click here

New Prenatal Genetic Test Is Much More Powerful at Detecting Fetal Abnormalities

A nationwide, federally funded study has found that testing a developing fetus' DNA through chromosomal microarray (CMA) provides more information about potential disorders than does the standard method of prenatal testing, which is to visually examine the chromosomes (karyotyping). The results of the 4,000-plus-participant clinical study are being presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Dallas on Feb. 9, 2012. The study was recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In women having routine prenatal diagnosis, CMA detected additional genetic abnormalities in about 1 out of every 70 fetal samples that had a normal karyotype. When a birth defect was imaged by ultrasound, CMA found additional important genetic information in 6 percent of cases. These results suggest that CMA may soon replace karyotyping for prenatal testing, says Dr. Ronald Wapner, director of Reproductive Genetics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and vice chairman for research and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. To read more,click here

C-Sections Might Put Preemies at Risk for Breathing Problems

Small, premature infants born by cesarean section are at 30 percent higher risk for serious breathing problems than those delivered vaginally, a new study finds. Respiratory distress syndrome, which mostly affects premature newborns and can lead to ongoing breathing problems, blindness and brain damage, was more common in the babies born by cesarean, or C-section, delivery, researchers found. "I would say that we at least showed that there may not be any benefit to cesarean delivery in preterm births, and more research is needed before the C-section rate goes up even further," said study leader Dr. Erika Werner, an assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. To read more,click here

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Children with Depression May Be Targets for Bullying, Study Suggests

Children with depression are at increased risk for bullying, the results of a new study suggest.

The finding challenges the widely held belief that bullying leads to psychological problems such as depression, according to the Arizona State University researchers. "Often the assumption is that problematic peer relationships drive depression. We found that depression symptoms predicted negative peer relationships," Karen Kochel, an assistant research professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics, said in a university news release. "We examined the issue from both directions but found no evidence to suggest that peer relationships forcasted depression among this school-based sample of adolescents," she added. To read more,click here

Surgery Effective for Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Surgery can significantly improve seizure control and quality of life among people with epilepsy, according to a study stretching over 26 years. "This study may be the longest follow-up of epilepsy surgery patients in that it spans three decades, during which there were several eras of neuroimaging [brain-scanning] techniques," said Dr. Cynthia Harden, chief of the division of epilepsy and electroencephalography at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, part of North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. She was not involved in the study. The research team, led by Dr. Matthew Smyth with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, argued that the findings could have an impact on the way the disease is treated. To read more,click here

Children Who are Physically Abused Report Higher Levels of Psychosomatic Symptoms

Children who display multiple psychosomatic symptoms, such as regular aches and pains and sleep and appetite problems, are more than twice as likely to be experiencing physical abuse at home than children who do not display symptoms, according to a study in the March edition of Acta Paediatrica. Swedish researchers who studied 2,510 children aged 10, 12 and 15 from 44 schools found a strong association between reported physical abuse and three or more psychosomatic symptoms. The association was highest in children who were physically abused and also witnessed intimate partner violence (IPV). However, there was no significant association between IPV on its own and multiple symptoms. To read more,click here

Kentucky Postpones Ending Read-Aloud Accommodation on State Tests

Kentuckyis putting off a changeto its state testing program that would have cut back on the use of readers on reading tests for some students with disabilities. The changes, approved by the state board of education last week, were to have taken effect in time for testing this spring, Rhonda L. Sims, the state director of support and research, said in an email Tuesday. The changes would have banned the use of readers on state reading comprehension tests, among other things. A reader can be another person or computer software that reads text aloud, and is an accommodation used by some students with disabilities, who may also use this kind of help in class every day. The switch was due to affect end-of-year state exams. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

According to the National Institute of Mental Heath, social phobia usually starts during youth. A doctor can tell that a person has social phobia if the person has had symptoms for at least 6 months. Without treatment, social phobia can last for many years or a lifetime.

Most Teens Who Self-Harm Are Not Evaluated for Mental Health in ER

Most children and teens who deliberately injure themselves are discharged from emergency rooms without an evaluation of their mental health, a new study shows. The findings are worrisome since risk for suicide is greatest right after an episode of deliberate self-harm, according to researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The researchers also found the majority of these kids do not receive any follow-up care with a mental health professional up to one month after their ER visit. "Emergency department personnel can play a unique role in suicide prevention by assessing the mental health of patients after deliberate self-harm and providing potentially lifesaving referrals for outpatient mental health care," said lead study author Jeff Bridge, principal investigator at the hospital's Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, in a news release. "However, the coordination between emergency services for patients who deliberately harm themselves and linkage with outpatient mental health treatment is often inadequate." To read more,click here

Expert: Feds Gave More Questions Than Answers on Disability Law

Some people welcomed the new guidance provided by the Office for Civil Rights,guidance that clarifies school district responsibilitiesunder amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The guidancecould open the door for more students to be evaluated for special education services or accommodations provided under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. But one expert on school law, in particular the ADA and Section 504, is more concerned about what the guidance doesn't say. "If there are more kids eligible, what are they legally entitled to?," saidPerry Zirkel, an education professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. To read more,click here

Obama To Disability Advocates: 'I've Got Your Back'

Some 150 disability advocates from across the country headed to the White House Friday for a day-long powwow with administration officials and they got a surprise visit - from the president himself. The group of advocates included individuals with disabilities, their families and professionals affiliated with The Arc who were invited to meet with Obama administration officials. The event was part of the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series, a weekly initiative designed to establish direct dialogue between local leaders and top federal officials. To read more,click here

Food For Thought..........

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.
David Frost
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