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The Common Core State Standards
Ready for the Common Core? You've probably heard a lot about this new initiative in education called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). What's it all about? How does it relate to you as an educator, administrator, or parent? How does it apply to students, especially those with disabilities? This issue of NASET's Q & A Corner, developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, will help you find answers to many of the questions surrounding the common core standards and its impact on administrators, educators and parents, including:
* What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
* What's happening in your state?
* How do the standards apply to students with disabilities?
* Where can I find resources especially for administrators?
* Where can I find resources especially for educators?
* Where can I find resources especially for families?
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Personal Discovery on Dyslexia May Aid Many
Astrophysicist Matthew Schneps was waiting at a bus stop, scanning a scientific paper he had downloaded onto his smartphone, when it dawned on him: he was reading with ease. That realization surprised Schneps, who has dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading difficult. He had always felt comfortable in the lab, not the library. "Prior to that [moment], I hadn't really been able to get through papers like that," said Schneps, who directs a laboratory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "I would rely on what people would tell me about what was in them." To read more, click here
Did You Know That....
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. To find out more, go to http://nichcy.org/disability/specific
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Treatment for Male Infertility Raises Autism Risk, Study Says
A rare in-vitro fertilization technique that addresses male infertility is associated with an increased risk of autism and mental disability in children, compared with standard methods, according to a study that may prompt parents and doctors to take steps to reduce the danger. The increased risk was among children born as a result of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection in which a sperm surgically extracted from the testes is injected directly into an egg before being transplanted to the womb. Using the injection method with ejaculated sperm also raised the risks, though not as much, the researchers found. Less than 2 percent of children with either disorder were conceived using IVF, they said. To read more, click here
New Pill for Treating ADHD Lands in Ireland
A revolutionary once-a-day pill for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is now available in Ireland. The treatment is designed to increase children's attention span and reduce restlessness. The treatment is called lisdexamfetamine dimesylate and is aimed initially at six to 18-year-olds. And experts said it provides a long-lasting remedy to help youngsters control their symptoms. Dr Eithne Foley, child and adolescent psychiatrist with the HSE said: "Every child with ADHD is different and will vary in his or her response to the available treatments, which include behavioral and psychological interventions, educational strategies and pharmacological treatments. To read more, click here
Could Kids with Gadgets Be More Likely to Have ADHD?
The rise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has coincided with the rise of mobile devices and other gadgets, and studies are finding that ADHD has become the most common childhood behavioral condition, according to Mashable.com. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children on average spend nearly seven and a half hours each day staring at screens, up 20 percent from just five years ago. In the US, 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and reports have said that one in five children has some form of mental health illness. To read more, click here
Head Start Children and Parents Show Robust Gains in New Intervention
An eight-week intervention involving 141 preschoolers in a Head Start program and their parents produced significant improvements in the children's behavior and brain functions supporting attention and reduced levels of parental stress that, in turn, improved the families' quality of life. The findings - from the first phase of a long-term research project by University of Oregon neuroscientists that will monitor the families over time - appear this week online in advance of regular publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To read more, click here
Higher Genetic Risk Tied to Lifetime Asthma Suffering
Children with more genetic risks for asthma are not only more likely to develop the condition at a young age, but they are also more likely to continue to suffer with asthma into adulthood. The finding reported by Duke University researchers is one of the latest to come from a 40-year longitudinal study of New Zealanders. "We've been able to look at how newly discovered genetic risks relate to the life course of asthma at an unprecedented level of resolution," said Daniel Belsky, a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. To read more, click here
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Lithium Reduces Risk of Suicide in People With Mood Disorders, Review Finds
The drug lithium is an effective treatment for reducing the risk of suicide and possibly deliberate self harm in people with mood disorders, finds an evidence review published today onbmj.com. The authors say the drug "seems to reduce the risk of death and suicide by more than 60% compared with placebo" and suggest this review "reinforces lithium as an effective agent to reduce the risk of suicide in people with mood disorders." Mood disorders are a leading cause of global disability. The two main types are unipolar disorder (often called clinical depression) and bipolar disorder (often called manic depression). Both are serious, long term conditions involving extreme mood swings, but people with bipolar depression also experience episodes of mania or hypomania. To read more, click here
Did You Know That....
There are many national disability organizations and publicly funded information resource centers available. Each offers detailed information in their area of disability or health expertise. NICHCY's National Gateway puts contact information and a brief description of each organization right at your fingertips. To learn more, go to http://nichcy.org/org-gateway
Divorce Early in Childhood Affects Parental Relationships in Adulthood
Divorce has a bigger impact on child-parent relationships if it occurs in the first few years of the child's life, according to new research. Those who experience parental divorce early in their childhood tend to have more insecure relationships with their parents as adults than those who experience divorce later, researchers say. "By studying variation in parental divorce, we are hoping to learn more about how early experiences predict the quality of people's close relationships later in life," says R. Chris Fraley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Psychologists are especially interested in childhood experiences, as their impact can extend into adulthood, but studying such early experiences is challenging, as people's memories of particular events vary widely. Parental divorce is a good event to study, he says, as people can accurately report if and when their parents divorced, even if they do not have perfect recollection of the details. To read more, click here
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'First Bionic Eye' Retinal Chip for Blind
University Hospitals (UH) Eye Institute will be one of the first medical centers in the United States to offer the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System ("Argus II"). The Argus II is the first and only "bionic eye" to be approved in countries throughout the world, including the U.S. It is used to treat patients with late stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Argus II was developed by Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., located near Los Angeles. In preparation for the launch of Argus II later this year, implanting centers, including UH, will soon begin to accept consultations for patients with RP. UH is one of a select number of medical centers in 12 major markets in the nation, and the only one in Cleveland and the state of Ohio, chosen by Second Sight to offer the Argus II, which received FDA approval earlier this year. To read more, click here
The Five Secrets to Being a Special Education Teacher and Still Love Your Job
If you are reading this...it probably means that there is still hope for you. Perhaps, you are young and not yet jaded by the persistent thumb of the public education system pressed firmly on your back. Perhaps, you are an optimist, who tries to see the silver lining in everything. Or perhaps, you have already figured out the secrets to working in a job that has little pay, little respect and little support. Here my five secrets to being a special education teacher and still absolutely love it. To read more, click here
Test Shows iPads Boosted Education in Many Classrooms in Minnesota School District
A new report shows that the Lakeville district's investment in technology is paying off in terms of student learning and motivation. Of the 31 classrooms or programs that completed research on newly issued iPads last year, 23 reported increases in student engagement, 24 reported that student motivation went up and 20 observed gains in student learning, according to the iLearn Resarch report, discussed at Tuesday's school board meeting. "This is innovation at its best and I'm really excited about that," said Roz Peterson, board chairwoman. Superintendent Lisa Snyder said she was happy with the results, but not surprised. To read more, click here
Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School
This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips--my school's system for communicating errant behavior to students, advisors, and parents--I found that I gave out nearly twice as many of these warnings to boys than I did to girls, and of the slips I handed out to boys, all but one was for disruptive classroom behavior. The most frustrating moments I have had this year stemmed from these battles over--and for--my male students' attention. This spring, as the grass greened up on the soccer fields and the New Hampshire air finally rose above freezing, the boys and I engaged in a pitched battle of wills over their intellectual and emotional engagement in my Latin and English classes, a battle we both lost in the end. To read more, click here
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Landmark Treaty for Individuals with Visual Impairments
In April, 2012, President Obama expressed the United States' commitment to a treaty that "ensures that copyright is not a barrier to equal access to information, culture, and education for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities." This week in Morocco, we made good on that commitment, joining with over 150 states in approving a landmark treaty that holds the potential to open up a world of knowledge to a population that is too often shut off from it. According to the World Blind Union, of the million or so books published in the world each year, less than 5 percent are made available in formats accessible to the visually-impaired. We call this "book famine." No one has said it better than Stevie Wonder, the world-famous singer-songwriter and prominent advocate for the treaty: we must "end the information deprivation that continues to keep the visually impaired in the dark" - and today, we are proud to mark a major achievement in that effort. To read more, click here
New Treatment for Schizophrenia Discovered in Finland
A research group led by professor Jesper Ekelund showed that by giving a very large dose of famotidine (200 mg daily), sufficient amounts of the drug are able to penetrate the so-called blood-brain barrier to affect the histamine system in the brain. Famotidine has been used for the treatment of heartburn since the 1980s, but at regular dosing, famotidine almost does not enter the brain at all, since the brain is protected by the blood-brain barrier. By increasing the dosage five-fold the drug is able to enter the brain and affect the histamine system. To read more, click here
Pediatricians Warn of Eye Injuries From Laundry Hampers: Could Your Laundry Hamper Be Dangerous for Your Children?
After witnessing two pediatric eye injuries within a year, doctors at the University of Illinois, Chicago are concerned over the possible risks that collapsible wire laundry hampers pose towards children. Keon Reeves was throwing his clothes into his pop-up laundry hamper when the metal wire in the lining snapped free and hit him in the eye. The eleven-year-old was rushed to the hospital where Dr. Iris Kassem, a pediatric opthamologist at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, discovered severe damage to Keon's cornea and retina. To read more, click here
Did You Know That....
NICHCY devotes an entire section of its website to federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth. Visit the NICHCY Laws page to connect with more info on IDEA, Section 504, the ADA, and the Assistive Technology Act! To learn more, go to http://nichcy.org/laws
Researchers Unravel Role of Oxidative Stress in Autism Spectrum Disorder
In an effort to explore biological influences on the varying appearance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Pat Levitt, PhD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, measured a blood chemical that indicates oxidative stress levels in autistic children with gastrointestinal disturbances (GID). This commonly co-occurring medical condition typically presents as diarrhea, constipation or reflux. The significantly elevated amount of oxidative stress in children co-affected with ASD and GID is indicative of metabolic dysfunction and may be an underlying cause of the more severe effects of autism seen in this population. This study is the first to examine the levels of oxidative stress in children co-affected with ASD and GID. To read more, click here
DNA Comparisons Between Siblings Suggest Autism and Associated Intellectual Disability May Be Inherited
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is a developmental disorder that often appears in adolescents by the age of three. Intellectual disabilities occur in 40 percent of autism spectrum disorder cases. It has long been established that some people have a genetic predisposition toward autism. However, autism's inheritability, from parents to children, is not yet clear. A newstudy has analyzed the DNA of more than 2,100 children with autism who were born into families where neither their parents nor a sibling has an autism disorder. Researchers looked at all of their DNA for any indication of what could indicate a mental disability like autism. To read more, click here
Impulsive Adolescents Could Be More Prone to Drink Heavily
Previous studies have already shown that adolescents, and even children, are trying alcohol at younger ages. But now, researchers at the University of Liverpool have discovered that impulsive tendencies seem to play a part in heavy drinking at an early age, and they believe focusing on such behavior could prevent kids from abusing alcohol. U.K. studies found that about 24 percent of 12-year-olds had at least one occurrence with consuming alcohol, and by 15 years old the number had risen to 77 percent. To read more, click here