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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 How TO Series
July 2013

How TO  Work with a General Education Teacher in an Inclusive Classroom


If you are trained in special education you may be hired to work in a variety of settings including an inclusion classroom a resource room, or a self contained special education class. One of these differences involves the teaching style and management options called alternate delivery systems.

A major component to the success of an inclusion classroom is the nature of the relationship between the special education teacher and the regular education teacher. There are many questions and issues that need to be discussed to prevent misconceptions, frustration or dissension from occurring. Some of these issues are as follows:

talk about roles and clearly define the professional responsibilities so that there is no confusion

talk about similarities and differences in teaching styles and how that might affect the students and the presentation of information. Even though teaching styles may be different, they can complement each other.

-talk about the delivery systems to be used in the classroom: There are several different methods for instruction and assistance to the children in an inclusion setting.



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NASET's How TO Series
July 2013

How TO Identify Symptoms of Dyslexia



Most dyslexics will exhibit about 10 of the following traits and behaviors. These characteristics can vary from day-to-day or minute-to-minute. The most consistent thing about dyslexics is their inconsistency.

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July 2013

Transition Services - A Team Effort Part II



The completion of high school is the beginning of adult life. Entitlement to public education ends, and young people and their families are faced with many options and decisions about the future. The most common choices for the future are pursuing vocational training.
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Struggles With Motor Skills Compound Social Problems in Autism

Problems with motor skills such as throwing and catching can add to the social struggles faced by children with autism, a new study says. It included 35 children, aged 6 to 15, with autism who were considered high-functioning and attended typical school classes. The children underwent tests for two types of motor skills: object-control motor skills that involve precise action such as catching or throwing; and locomotion skills such as running and walking. The children who struggled with object-control motor abilities were more likely to have more severe problems with social and communications skills that those with better object-control motor skills, according to the study in the July issue of the journal Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. To read more,click here

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Transitions can seem scary, but with adequate planning and follow through they can go smoothly. Planning for terrific transitions: A guide for transition-to-school teams focuses on the need to facilitate children's transition to kindergarten and is designed to help teams improve their transition processes through more effective planning, implementation, and evaluation. To learn more, go to http://www.serve.org/FileLibraryDetails.aspx?id=152

Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi Get Special Ed Standards Extension

Jackson Public Schoolsis getting seven more months to meet federal special education standards before the state pulls its accreditation. The extension is the second one the stateDepartment of Educationhas given the district's exceptional education department to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Compliance will ensure all JPS students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. With the new deadline, JPS will have had about three years to comply with IDEA. The agreement gives the district until Feb. 28, 2014, to meet the standards. To read more,click here

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In India, Poor Job Prospects for People with Disabilities

Shishu Sarothi, a non-profit organization for rehabilitation and training for those suffering from multiple disabilities, has said job opportunities are few in the city for people with disabilities and said it aims to dig out more scope for such persons both in the private and public sector. Shishu Sarothi launched the Disability Employment Initiative in 2010 to provide empowerment to the differently abled both in Assam and Meghalaya and has been working on providing empowerment to such persons. The NGO has also been working on providing education, rehabilitation, training, employment and protection of the rights of these people. To read more,click here

Voucher Schools Don't Always Take Students with Special Needs

Kim Fitzer's daughter, Trinity, was attending kindergarten at Northwest Catholic School in Milwaukee with a voucher from the state for the 2011-12 school year. But Trinity, then 6, had gastrointestinal problems and anxiety - conditions Fitzer said the private school was ill equipped to address. Fitzer said the school repeatedly called her to pick up Trinity, saying she was "out of control." After Trinity knocked papers to the floor and kicked a teacher who tried to restrain her, Fitzer was told the girl no longer was welcome at the school. Northwest Catholic Principal Michelle Paris said in an email statement that "every decision was made in the very best interest of the child with mutual agreement of our school leadership and the parent." To read more,click here

Right Motivation Helps Children with Autism to Infer Others' Thoughts

With the right incentive - such as winning a prize - children withautismdo fairly well at inferring the thoughts and beliefs of others, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Science. Previous studies have shown that children with autism usually struggle with inferring the thoughts of others in a common test designed to measure this ability, known as "theory of mind." The new study suggests that they are able to grasp theory of mind, but don't have a strong enough motivation to give the correct answer while taking the classic test. 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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Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams

Shortly after announcing their state wouldreverse courseand scrap its plan to use new online common-core assessments being developed by the PARCC testing consortium, Oklahoma education officials described the daunting technological hurdles that helped drive their decision. A survey of the state's 1,773 schools found that just one in five had enough bandwidth and a sufficient number of digital devices to successfully administer the exams, said Sherry Fair, executive director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Getting well over 1,000 schools-many rural, poor, and disconnected from the fiber-optic cables that allow for high-speed Internet connections-up to speed by 2015-16, when thePartnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careerswill no longer make paper-and-pencil exams available to its member states, "is a very big leap," she said. To read more,click here

More with Disabilities Struggling to Find Work

Unemployment among Americans with disabilities is on the rise, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The jobless rate for those with disabilities hit 14.2 percent in June. That's up from 13.6 percent the month prior. In addition to the uptick in the number of people without work, the Labor Department also noted an increase in individuals with disabilities who stopped looking for jobs. Meanwhile, federal data indicates that the economy as a whole added 195,000 jobs in June. Nonetheless, the unemployment rate for the general population was unchanged at 7.6 percent. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Whether you are a parent, educator, or concerned friend of the family, there are 10 steps you can take to stop and prevent bullying. Do you know them all. To learn more, go tohttp://www.nea.org/home/51629.htm

Advances Not Helping All Kids with Bowel Ills

Even as treatment improves, the number of children hospitalized with inflammatory bowel disease is escalating. Doctors who treat patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis say they're concerned that so many more young people are suffering with severe flare-ups. From 2000 to 2009, the number of childhood hospitalizations for inflammatory bowel disease jumped from 11,928 to 19,568, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. The disease causes chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract. It can be painful and debilitating and can lead to life-threatening problems. To read more,click here

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New Mouse Model Reveals a Mystery of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy often die as young adults from heart and breathing complications. However, scientists have been puzzled for decades by the fact that laboratory mice bearing the same genetic mutation responsible for the disease in humans display only mild symptoms and no cardiac involvement. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a mouse model that accurately mimics the course of the disease in humans. The study is the first to demonstrate a molecular basis for the cardiac defect that is the primary killer of people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Furthermore, the study provides evidence for a potential treatment to help prolong heart function. The mouse model also will allow researchers and clinicians to test a variety of therapies for the inherited condition. To read more,click here

Kids with Autism Benefit from Outdoor Classroom

It was a crisp March day outsideBlaydon Public Schoolwhen teachers discovered that 4-year-old Alex Wong could spell his name. There were no pencils or paper in sight. Everyone was bundled in winter jackets. Alex, who has autism, was in the outdoor classroom where his special-needs class played and explored for at least an hour every day, alongside 25 kids from the mainstream kindergarten class. Teacher Sue Cooper noticed Alex march over to a pile of wood, put three sticks in a small wheelbarrow and push it to a spot on the pavement. One by one, he placed the sticks on the ground, forming the letter A. He made three more trips and came back with sticks to make three more letters, which he placed in a row: L, E and X. To read more,click here

Newborn Health Could Depend on Month of Conception, Not of Birth

Many new mothers are often concerned with the month in which their child is born. Births in particular months or seasons have previously been linked to differences in life expectancy, mental health, andeducationaldevelopment to be reached by those children. However, a new study indicates that an infant's month of conception can predict more about his or her health at birth. Anew studycompared 1.4 million births of siblings to 647,050 mothers living inNew York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania - regions with four distinct seasons for comparison. In developed countries like the United States, it is unlikely that nutrition affects an infant's health at birth, as food supplies tend to remain constant. Birth health of siblings born in different months, and therefore conceived in different months, was compared without the variant of mother's health history, as they had the same mother. To read more,click here

Proposed Police Training Center Threatens Aid for Oregon Students with Disabilities

An attempt by a Democratic senator to bring a police training center to her district could wind up killing a bill aimed at helping people with disabilities go to college. How the two ideas wound up in conflict illustrates what sometimes happens in the waning hours of the Oregon Legislature. It began with an effort byRep. Sarah Gelser, D-Corvallis, to ensure students with cognitive disabilities had a shot at moving beyond high school and into the higher education system, where they might get job skills. Gelser introducedHouse Bill 2898, which authorized financial aid and college credits for students in post-high school "transition" programs who take college courses. 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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Individuals with Disabilities Say They, Too, Want a Sex Life, and Seek Help in Attaining It

In her sexual fantasies, she is a fit and impetuous blonde who dominates her male partners. In real life, she is a virgin who relies on an electric wheelchair, her body touched only by home care aides and medical personnel. "A disabled person is seen as a child," said the woman in the wheelchair, Laetitia Rebord, 31. "So inevitably, child and sex don't go together." A translator and teacher, she has a genetic spinal muscular atrophy that has left her entirely paralyzed, except for her left thumb and her facial muscles. To read more,click here

Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Their Heads: Study

Putting babies on their backs to sleep has sharply cut the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it has also left nearly half of infants with a flattened heads, a new Canadian study estimates. Researchers found that 47 percent of 440 2-month-olds having routine check-ups had what doctors call positional plagiocephaly -- where the back or one side of the head has a flat spot. It develops when infants spend a lot of time with the head resting in the same position against a flat surface. Flat spots are a cosmetic issue -- not a medical problem -- experts stressed, and parents should keep putting their infants on their backs to sleep. To read more,click here

Indiana Panel Drafting New Student-Restraint Policies

A state commission is drafting new guidelines for how Indiana schools should handle students with behavioral problems, with a focus on improving the safety of the students. Among its goals, the nine-member commission is seeking to reduce the number of children who have been improperly confined in so-called school "safe rooms." The General Assembly approved a law creating the commission this year following reports in recent years of incidents involving special-needs students. Wayne Township Schools, in suburban Indianapolis, has dealt with two incidents in the past two years, including an April lawsuit by the family of a student who had a finger severed when a staff member allegedly slammed a metal door on her hand last year. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

IRIS Center provides free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. Check out IRIS' training on how to create an inclusive school environment for all students. To learn more, go to http://www.iriscenter.com/inc/chalcycle.htm

Autism Ads Raise Ire, Pulled Off Buses

Next to the adorable smiling face of a young boy read the words, "Let's wipe out cancer, diabetes and autism in his lifetime." The last item in that tagline - "autism" - is what got these Seattle Children's ads pulled from King County Metro buses. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network's Washington chapter (ASAN-WA) organized an online campaign objecting to the ad's juxtaposition of autism with illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. Seattle Children's had received dozens of emails, phone calls and comments on its Facebook page when it decided to nix the bus ads. "Autism is a disability, but it is not a disease. It is not a life-threatening illness," said Matt Young, co-leader of ASAN-WA. "The idea it's a state to be wiped out has much negative impact on our lives." To read more,click here

Mother's Immune System Might Play Role in Certain Cases of Autism

Some mothers of children with autism appear to have immune system antibodies in their blood that attack brain proteins in their fetuses, a new study finds. "Autism is 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,'" said autism expert Dr. Andrew Adesman, who was not involved in the new study. "This latest research takes us one step closer to clearing away some of this befuddlement and suggests why some children may develop autism." "If maternal antibodies are indeed responsible for causing some cases of autism, then there is the possibility that a blood test could be done prenatally or even prior to getting pregnant to assess one's risk of having a child on the autism spectrum disorder," added Adesman, who is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park. To read more,click here

Solid Food Timing for Babies Tied to Diabetes Risk

Infants who receive their first solid food either early or late -- before the age of 4 months or at 6 months or older -- are at increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, new research suggests. Type 1 diabetes is on the rise worldwide, with some of the fastest increases among children younger than 5 years of age. Infants' diets are one major area of research into the origins of the disease, according to the background information in the study appearing online July 8 in JAMA Pediatrics. The study looked at infants in the Denver area who had first-degree relatives with type 1 diabetes. Infants who were given solid food for the first time either earlier or later than other infants were at increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. To read more,click here

Irregular Bedtimes May Sap Kids' Brainpower

Going to bed at different times every night appears to reduce children's brainpower, a new British study suggests. The research included 11,000 children in the United Kingdom whose family routines, including bedtimes, were recorded when they were aged 3, 5 and 7. At age 7, the children were given tests to assess their math and reading skills and spatial awareness. Irregular bedtimes were most common at age 3, when around one in five children went to bed at varying times. By the age of 7, more than half the children went to bed regularly between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. At age 7, girls who had irregular bedtimes had lower scores on all three tests than girls with regular bedtimes. This was not the case among 7-year-old boys, according to the study, which was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. To read more,click here

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