Week in Review - February 15, 2013

Week in Review - February 15, 2013


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February 15, 2013 - Vol 9, 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.


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New This Week on NASET

Severe Disabilities Series
February 2013

Early Intervention Services


Broadly speaking, early intervention services are specialized health, educational, and therapeutic services designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers, from birth through age two, who have a developmental delay or disability, and their families. At the discretion of each State, services can also be provided to children who are considered to be at-risk of developing substantial delays if services are not provided. Sometimes it is known from the moment a child is born that early intervention services will be essential in helping the child grow and develop.

Often this is so for children who are diagnosed at birth with a specific condition or who experience significant prematurity, very low birth weight, illness, or surgery soon after being born. Even before heading home from the hospital, this child's parents may be given a referral to their local early intervention office. Some children have a relatively routine entry into the world, but may develop more slowly than others, experience setbacks, or develop in ways that seem very different from other children. For these children, a visit with a developmental pediatrician and a thorough evaluation may lead to an early intervention referral, as well. However a child comes to be referred assessed, and determined eligible-early intervention services provide vital support so that children with developmental needs can thrive and grow.

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#37 Lesser Known Disorders in Special Education
February 2013
In this issue you will find out about:

*             LD 12.02-Visual Closure Processing Disorder

*             SL 6.06-Transcortical Aphasia

*             OI 4.03 Contracture Deformity

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Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
Winter 2013

Table of Contents:

  • Identifying and Integrating Relevant Educational/Instructional technology (E/IT) for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Students with Disabilities in Urban Environments
  • Implementing and Monitoring the Response to Intervention Process: The Special Educator Perspective
  • Nature and Causes of Locomotor Disabilities in India
  • The Over Identification of Minority Males in Middle School Special Education Programs: Examining the RTI Modely
  • Effectiveness of Semantic Cloze Procedure to Improve Reading Comprehension of Weak Readers in a Primary School
  • Literacy Based Behavioral Interventions and Video Self-Modeling with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Students with Speech Impairments Participating in Recess
  • Writing IEPs for the Audience of Teachers, Parents, and Students: The Case for the Communicative Individual Education Program
  • Comparison of Gifted and Advanced Students on Motivation Toward Science Learning and Attitude Toward Science
  • Exploring the Experiences of Special Educators Following the Joplin Tornado
  • Addressing the Shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists in School Settings
  • Author Guidelines for Submission to JAASEP
  • Copyright and Reprint Rights of JAASEP
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Don't Overlook Eating Issues Tied to Autism, Study Warns

Children with autism are five times more likely than other kids to have feeding issues, such as being especially picky eaters or having ritualistic behaviors or extreme tantrums during meals, new research finds. These problems can lead to deficiencies in calcium, protein and other nutrients, according to the study, which was published online this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Healthy eating promotes a child's growth and development, and mealtimes provide important opportunities for children to socialize, the researchers noted. Chronic feeding troubles increase a child's risk for problems such as malnutrition, poor growth, social difficulties and poor school performance. To read more,click here

Common Core Test Group Seeks Comment on Writing-Support Accommodation

A 23-state assessment consortium is looking for feedback on another piece of the test-accommodations manual it is drafting, this time focusing onproposed policies for the use of scribes and word-prediction software. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, orPARCC, is one of two groups that is creating tests for the Common Core State Standards. Earlier this month, public comment closed ontwo other draft policies, relating to the accommodations such as human read-aloud and calculators. The policies will eventually be included in a comprehensive "accommodations manual" that will guide schools and districts in how to administer the tests. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organization of movement. It is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted.

Type 1 Diabetes Up 70 Percent in Kids, Study Finds

Researchers have documented a startling rise in the rate of type 1 diabetes in one city: Diagnoses in kids younger than 5 jumped by 70 percent between 1985 and 2004 in Philadelphia. Overall, the rate of type 1 diabetes in children aged 14 and younger climbed by nearly 30 percent during that time period, according to the study. "We have demonstrated a significant increase of type 1 diabetes over time, particularly in children under the age of 5 years old," said study author Terri Lipman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. To read more,click here

Social Skills Lessons Boost Special Needs Students' Emotional Development, Review Finds

Social skills training in early childhood can boost the social and emotional development of special needs children, according to a newly releasedresearch reviewby the federal What Works Clearinghouse. Rather than denoting a specific program,social skills training, in this study review, is used as an umbrella term for methods which include modeling and reinforcement of positive social behavior. Two curricula involved in the review, "My Friends and Me" and "Taking Part: Introducing Social Skills to Children," use half-hour classroom sessions that include puppets, role-playing and direct instruction on various skills, such as how to touch a new person appropriately. Both of the curricula also include follow-up activities to reinforce the lessons during regular class or at home. To read more,click here

Infants' Inattentiveness Might Signal Later Autism, Study Says

Attention problems might be seen in 6-month-old infants who are later diagnosed with autism, a new study says. Yale School of Medicine researchers found that these infants paid less attention to people's overtures and activities than infants who did not develop autism, according to the study recently published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry. This information could be used to identify infants at greatest risk of developing autism and provide them with early treatment, the researchers said. To read more,click here

'Justice for Jenny' Down Syndrome Guardianship Case Headed for Trial

Friends of Margaret "Jenny" Hatch - a 28-year-old with Down syndrome who is the subject of a contested guardianship case - on Thursday were permitted by a judge to intervene in the case, giving them a chance to win guardianship or argue that Hatch does not need a guardian. Hatch was beforeNewport NewsCircuit Court Judge David Pugh, who ruled on a number of motions in the case. But the friends,Hamptoncouple Jim Talbert and Kelly Morris, said they were disappointed that Pugh also granted temporary guardianship to Hatch's mother and stepfather, Julia and Richard Ross. To read more,click here

Maternal Depression, Violence at Home May Raise Child's ADHD Risk

Preschoolers whose parents report depression and intimate partner violence may be more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by the age of 6, new research suggests. And young children with depressed moms may be more likely to receive prescription drugs to treat behavioral and mental health issues down the road. "Our study indicates that preschoolers who are diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to have been exposed to both intimate partner violence and parental depression within the first three years of life than their peers not exposed to either risk factor," said study author Dr. Nerissa Bauer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, in Indianapolis. To read more,click here

DJ Makes Apology to Woman he Ridiculed

A woman with Down syndrome who was mocked by a northeastern Ohio radio disc jockey after mistakenly calling his show finally received a face-to-face apology last week. Kellie Christine Baker was gracious, said her mom, Gigi Standiford. But she also gave the disc jockey, identified only as "Mo" by WDJQ (92.5 FM), a bit of a scolding. "She got very defensive," Standiford said.Baker, 30, wound up talking on the radio to Mo on Jan. 21 when she dialed the number for his show instead of the friend she was trying to reach. Although Baker tried politely to get off the phone, Mo pushed the conversation and never told her she had the wrong number. He made fun of Baker's speech, laughed at her and, after they hung up, put the exchange on the air. Mo told listeners on Thursday that he thought Baker was a prank caller. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Dysprosody refers to the confusion in recognition of or understanding of the melodic quality and tone of voice. Dysprosody is known as the rarest neurological speech disorder.

Stroke During Childhood May Raise Risk for Epilepsy, Study Says

Infants and children who survive a bleeding stroke may be at increased risk for seizures and epilepsy, a new study finds. Each year in the United States, about six and a half newborns and children out of every 100,000 suffer strokes. About half of the strokes are bleeding strokes, typically caused by the rupturing of weakened or malformed blood vessels. In this study, researchers looked at 73 infants and children, ranging from newborns to 18 years old, who suffered bleeding in their brain tissue, a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. 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: Joyce Cattani, Ope-Oluwa Olubela, Lois Nembhard, Alexandra Pirard, Olumide Akerele, Laura Denver, Andrew Bailey, Donna Block, Elena Ghionis, Kathleen George, and Mike Manian
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia:  Rep. Jerry Govan introduced a bill that would require every public school in the state to haveafull-time school psychologiston staff.

According to recent research, in the past decade, the rate of what diagnosis has "skyrocketed" 24 percent ?

If you know the answer, send an email tocontactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Smoking Pot May Raise Stroke Risk in Young Adults

Smoking pot may double a young adult's risk for stroke, new research suggests, but experts point out the study is small and not conclusive. Scientists from New Zealand presented their data Wednesday at the American Stroke Association annual meeting, in Honolulu. "Sixteen percent of stroke patients had positive cannabis screens, compared with only 8 percent of control participants," said study author Dr. Alan Barber, a stroke neurologist and professor of clinical neurology at the University of Auckland. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Early intervening services are the preventative components of No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. Early intervening services are implemented to benefit students who manifest risk for poor learning outcomes but have not been identified as needing special education or related services.

A Life Defined Not By Disability, But Love

When Bonnie Brown was pregnant with her daughter, Myra, she says she felt a mix of joy and anxiety. "I hadn't ever been pregnant before," she says. "I never had really an idea of how to take care of a baby." Brown, who is intellectually disabled, works at Wendy's while raising Myra as a single mom. Despite her disability, she says she never felt like her daughter was too much to handle. "I think because I'm different it might seem hard for me, but I was going to give it all I got no matter what," she tells Myra, now 15, during a visit to StoryCorps. 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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Food For Thought..........

Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.

George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695)
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