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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.


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NASET's Practical Teacher
August 2013

Trauma Informed Teaching in Special Education

This issue ofNASET'sPractical Teacherseries on the topic of trauma informed teaching in special education was written by Joshua A. Del Viscovo, M.S., B.C.S.E. In any school, in any setting, the unfortunate possibly exists that educators have a student who has been impacted by trauma in some form.  It is imperative that educators understand how trauma impacts learning and development and how students with learning disabilities and trauma often present in the field.  There is much research about trauma informed care, and trauma informed schools, but what is lacking is specific real world illustrations of what a traumatized students with LD (learning disability) looks like and how to deal with this student.  Trauma presents a set of learning issues as the student with LD presents a set of learning issues.  This article is aimed at providing a very brief snapshot of what a student with this profile looks like and what techniques have actually worked in the field.  Many of the techniques highlighted are researched based and considered on level or another to be best practice, however little if any specific research has been done to verify their efficacy on a wide sampling of the population.  They are featured as they have worked in several settings, multiple times in the actual classroom, and are being shared her with the hope of providing teachers a little direction and insight into this quandary.


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NASET's LD Report
August 2013

Students with Learning Disabilities Participating in Recess

The participation of a student with a Learning Disability (LD) in recess can often be rewarding for the student, peers, and teacher.  The issue ofNASET'sLD Report, was written by Matthew D. Lucas, Ed.D., C.A.P.E., Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation, and Kinesiology at Longwood University and Ashley Woodson, a student at Longwood University. The paper will address common characteristics of students with LDs and present basic solutions to improve the experience of these students in the recess setting.  Initially the definition, prevalence, and characteristics of LD will be presented. It will then address the benefits and recommendations for children with LD in recess.


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Social Security To Drop 'Mental Retardation'

The Social Security Administration will become the latest federal agency to start using the term "intellectual disability" in lieu of "mental retardation." In afinal rulepublished in the Federal Register on Thursday, Social Security officials said they approved the change in terminology citing "widespread adoption" of the term "intellectual disability." "Advocates for individuals with intellectual disability have rightfully asserted that the term 'mental retardation' has negative connotations, has become offensive to many people, and often results in misunderstandings about the nature of the disorder and those who have it," Social Security indicated. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

There is a new NICHCY blog: Knowledge is power, or so it is said. Oftentimes when receiving a diagnosis of disability it does not feel very empowering. This guest blog by
Matrix Parent Network & Resource Centerdiscusses the good, the bad, and the unknown of receiving a diagnosis of disability. Learn more at

Teens' IQ Takes a Hit From Fighting, Study Finds

Taking a punch is more than a blow to a teenager's self-esteem. Teen girls who suffer just one fight-related injury experience an IQ loss that's equal to missing a year of school, and teen boys have a similar loss of IQ after two fight-related injuries, according to a new study. The findings are important because decreases in IQ are associated with poorer school and work performance, mental disorders, behavioral problems and even longevity, the Florida State University researchers noted. They said that about 4 percent of U.S. high school students suffer fight-related injuries each year. To read more,click here

Smart Technology May Help Kids With Autism Learn, Communicate

Already embraced by millions for their portability and ease-of-use, new Canadian research suggests that smart technologies such as the iPad and iPod may also serve as therapeutic tools for a very specific group: children with autism. Rhonda McEwen, an assistant professor with the Institute of Communication Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, and her team found that such devices can go a considerable distance in terms of helping these kids significantly improve their ability to express themselves and engage with others. To read more,click here

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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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Following Controversy, Girl With Disability Receives Transplant

A New Jersey girl who made national news when her parents said she was denied a life-saving organ transplant due to her intellectual disability has now received a new kidney. Chrissy Rivera said that she successfully donated a kidney to her daughter, Amelia, in early July. The young girl is now at home recovering from the transplant. "Happy and content, Amelia is back to smiling, rolling and waving at herself in the mirror," Rivera wrote in a blogpostthis week. The family made headlines last year when Riverasaidthat a doctor at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia told her that a transplant would not be possible for her then-3-year-old daughter because she is "mentally retarded." The story went viral, prompting more than 50,000 signatures to an online petition asking the hospital to reconsider. To read more,click here

Playing Violent Video Games Linked to Impulsive Behavior

The fast-paced decision making required in so-called first-person shooter video games improves visual skills but may reduce a person's ability to control impulsive behavior, according to new research. The findings suggest another way that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior, according to the authors of three new studies. "These studies are the first to link violent video game play with both beneficial and harmful effects within the same study," Craig Anderson, director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University, said in a Society for Personality & Social Psychology news release. To read more,click here

Bullied Kids May Have More Legal Woes in Adulthood

Adults who were bullied throughout childhood and their teens are much more likely to be convicted of crimes and to go to prison than those who didn't suffer repeated bullying, a new study finds. "Previous research has examined bullying during specific time periods, whereas this study is the first to look at individuals' reports of bullying that lasted throughout their childhood and teen years, and the legal consequences they faced in late adolescence and as adults," study author Michael Turner said in a news release from the American Psychological Association (APA). To read more,click here

Looking for Magazine Advisors

The editors of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine are looking for an elementary school special education teacher to sit on their advisory board for the 2013 to 2014 school year. The goal of the magazine, which is published eight times a year and distributed through schools, is to provide a learning link between home and the classroom. As an advisor, your name would appear in the magazine each issue and you'd also be asked to weigh in with your expertise on magazine articles and with ideas for topics the magazine should cover. If interested, please e-mail Elizabeth Callahan atecallahan@scholastic.comwith your resume and a brief bio.

Did You Know That....

This is one of many excellent resources on www.mentalhealth.gov, and a good one to share with teachers as they prepare to start the new school year. To learn more, http://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/educators/index.html

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Young People With Autism Find Work Through Job Training Program

Intensive job training helps young people with autism get work, a small new study found. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can range from mild to severe, affecting social and communication skills. About 80 percent of 18- to 22-year-olds with an autism spectrum disorder are unemployed after leaving school, according to the researchers. But in a study of 40 young people with autism, the employment rate was 87 percent among the 24 participants who completed nine months of intensive internship training at hospitals as part of a program called "Project SEARCH with Autism Supports." To read more,click here

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Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.
Congratulations to: Olumide Akerele, Mike Namian, Ope-Oluwa Olubela, and Pamela Downing-Hosten
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: Part C of IDEIA coversinfants and toddlers from Birth up to the age of 36 months(3 years of age)

There are 13 disability classifications under IDEIA.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, the most common classification on children's IEPs is Specific Learning Disability. What is the second most common disability for children receiving special education services?

If you know the answer, send an email tocontactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, August 12 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Feds Sue Over Kids In Nursing Homes

Federal officials are suing alleging that hundreds of children with disabilities are being unnecessarily segregated in nursing homes in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit Monday accusing the state of Florida of relegating nearly 200 children with significant disabilities to nursing homes who could be served at home or in other community-based settings. Last September, the Justice DepartmentwarnedFlorida officials of ADA violations after an investigation found that state policies and practices limited access to in-home care for kids with significant medical needs leaving many families with little choice but to send their children to nursing homes. To read more,click here

'Engaged' Teens More Likely to Stay in School, Study Shows

Keeping teens engaged in school helps reduce their risk of behavior problems, substance use and dropping out, according to a new study. Specifically, it's important to provide teens with a supportive learning environment that gives them opportunities to feel competent and independent, and meets their emotional needs, the University of Pittsburgh and Connecticut College researchers said. The study authors noted that active engagement in high school has been found to promote the skills and values that help teens successfully move into adulthood. Actively engaged students are those who participate in academic activities, feel connected to their school, value their education and are motivated to learn.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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One in Five Kids May 'Outgrow' Asthma

As many as one in five youngsters with asthma may grow out of the respiratory condition as they age, new research indicates. Girls and those who are allergic to furry animals, such as dogs and cats, may be out of luck, however. The study found that remission was less likely in such children. Swedish researchers who followed more than 200 children with asthma found that at 19 years of age, 21 percent were in remission, meaning they had no wheeze or need for inhalers. Remission was more common among boys, they found. To read more,click here

Birth Defect Discovery in Weimaraners Might Help Humans

Researchers who pinpointed a gene associated with neural tube defects in Weimaraners say the gene may be an important risk factor for this type of birth defect in people as well. Each year, more than 300,000 babies worldwide are born with neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. These defects are caused by incomplete closure or development of the spine and skull. "The cause of neural tube defects is poorly understood but has long been thought to be associated with genetic, nutritional and environmental factors," study lead author Noa Safra, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, said in a university news release. To read more,click here

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Labor Department Finds More With Disabilities Unemployed

Even as the economy added 162,000 jobs last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that Americans with disabilities continued to struggle in the job market. The unemployment rate for those with disabilities edged upward in July to 14.7 percent, rising from 14.2 percent the month prior. This comes as the jobless rate for the general population ticked down to 7.4 percent, the Labor Department said. Federal officials began tracking employment among people with disabilities in October 2008. There is not yet enough data compiled to establish seasonal trends among this population, so statistics for this group are not seasonally adjusted. To read more,click here

Bipolar Disorder May Vary Depending on Weight, Eating Disorders

Bipolar disorder develops differently in obese people and among those who binge eat, a new study finds. Up to 4 percent of Americans have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness that causes extreme mood swings. Just less than 10 percent of people with bipolar disorder are binge eaters, which the authors of the new study said is a higher rate than in the general population. This study found that bipolar patients who binge eat are more likely to have other mental health problems, such as suicidal thoughts, psychosis, anxiety disorders and substance abuse. To read more,click here

Video Game 'Addiction' More Likely With Autism, ADHD

Boys with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more at risk of addictive video game use than typically developing boys, according to new research. The study of nearly 150 boys found that those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) played video games for significantly longer periods each day than typically developing boys -- an average of 2.1 hours versus 1.2 hours. Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) averaged 1.7 hours of video game use daily. "Children with ASD and those with ADHD may be at particularly high risk for significant problems related to video game play, including excessive and problematic video game use," according to the study, published online July 29 and in the August print issue of Pediatrics. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Want more resources on Common Core, check out NICHY's Pinterest board on the topic. To learn more, visit: http://pinterest.com/elaineindc/common-core-resources/

Kids With Autism Benefit From Early Intervention, Regardless of Method

For parents of preschoolers with autism, finding a classroom program for their child may have just gotten a little easier. A new study has found that it's the quality of a teaching program -- not the model of instruction -- that seems to be most important to a student's success. That means parents shouldn't fret when the local or available program is not a particular type, as long as it is considered good, said Samuel Odom, a co-author of the study and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To read more,click here

Siblings Impacted By Disabilities Too, Study Finds

Siblings of children with disabilities are more likely than those with typically developing brothers or sisters to struggle with relationships, schoolwork, behavior and leisure time, a new study suggests. In what's believed to be the largest study of its kind, researchers looked at responses from parents of 245 children whose siblings had disabilities compared to feedback from parents of 6,564 children with only typically developing siblings. Kids were considered to have a disability if they were limited or unable to do things that other children their age could. Overall, researchers found that parents of children with disabilities reported that their typically developing sons and daughters were more likely to feel sad, nervous or afraid. To read more,click here

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* English Language Arts Special Education Teacher - Two Rivers Public Charter School is looking for a dynamic, dedicated, flexible English language arts special education teacher to become part of a vibrant educational community. This position is newly created and available in August 2013.To learn more - Click here


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

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ernest Hemingway

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