Week in Review - July 5, 2013

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July 5, 2013 - Vol 9, Issue 27



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Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET to 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 the WEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org.Have a great weekend.

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New This Week on NASET

The Practical Teacher

Enjoying Favorite Books with Struggling Readers Part I


By Matthew Glavach, Ph.D.

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NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder Series
July 2013


This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series will focus on three separate book reviews pertaining to the field of autism.

Book Review # 1 by Eilyn Sanabria: The field of autism is a widely-researched field nowadays. However, very little has been discussed about how the physical well-being of children and adults with autism impacts their lives and their learning. The book The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be, by Dr. Martha Herbert with Karen Weintraub, seeks to shed new light into new dimensions that may be affecting the quality of life and learning of these children and adults. Special educators play a major role in the lives of children with autism; therefore, this book serves as a revolutionizing guide for them to look at autism through a different lens, which will allow them to adapt instruction and make modifications using a more "whole-body" approach.


Book Review #2 Apryl Mathews: For so many years, parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or sensory processing disorder (SPD) have been looking for a solution to building social and motor skills. The answer is finally here, Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders by Barbara Sher is a book that helps caregivers provide the interaction that these children need in a fun and enjoyable way through the power of play.


Book Review #3 by Stephanie Pena: In the book, What Color is Monday, Carrie Cariello describes what life is like for her and her family living with an 8 year old son with autism named Jack. Parents of children with autism will find this book motivational as Mrs. Cariello focuses on the positive aspects of having a son with autism, while still including different struggles her and her family have gone through since they received Jack's diagnosis. Mrs. Carrielo places a strong emphasis on family and describes how they all (5 children and her husband) support each other, such as all of them joining a karate class together, encouraged by Jack.

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NASET's Special Educator e-Journal 
July 2013

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education
  • Book Review-- Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children with Disabilities: A Dance That Matter-By Grace Taylor
  • Special Education Resources
  • Update From The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities 
  • Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET
  • Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
  • Acknowledgements
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PARCC Adopts Special Education Testing Policy For Common Core 

PARCC has posted online the materials on accommodations for special education students and common-core testing that it made available to its governing board. Please see memo to the board that outlines the contents of the policy; a PowerPoint presentation on the manual, and adraft of the final policy. An edited version is planned for release in late July. Students with disabilities will be able to use read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts portion of the common core tests, with no requirement that they be virtually unable to read printed text or be at the beginning stages of learning to decode, according an accommodations manual approved today by the governing board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers. To read more, click here


Did You Know That....

Not all visual impairments are the same, although the umbrella term "visual impairment" may be used to describe generally the consequence of an eye condition or eye disorder. 

Bipartisan Immigration Overhaul Passes the Senate 

The U.S. Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, moving hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented students known as DREAMers closer to the possibility of becoming citizens.Under the measure approved on a 68-32 vote, undocumented immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children would have a five-year path to citizenship if they meet certain conditions, including having a high school diploma or a GED, completing two years of college, or four years of service in the military. That provision, however, only benefits undocumented immigrants who are now over the age of 16 and can meet the education or military service requirements. An amendment to extend the five-year path to "little DREAMers" was not adopted. To read more, click here


For ELLs, What Does Effective Instruction Look Like? 

Answering that complex and urgent question is an unmet challenge that authors, in a hot-off-the-presses issue of American Educator, take a crack at answering (and acknowledging when they can't). The summer issue of the quarterly publication from the American Federation of Teachers is focused on English-learners. It explores what the research tells us so far about what works and what doesn't in effective instruction, and identifies the questions that still haven't been adequately examined. The lineup of articles includes an overview of current research that lays out what is known to be good instruction for helping ELLs acquire academic content. 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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Obesity Impacting More With Disabilities 

New research indicates that obesity is a far greater problem for people with disabilities than previously thought. Nearly 42 percent of American adults with disabilities are obese and 9 percent are extremely obese, according to a study being published in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. In comparison, about 29 percent of adults without disabilities were found to be obese and 3.9 percent were identified as extremely obese, the study found. To read more, click here


Smithsonian Spotlights Disability History 

With a new exhibit focusing on disability history, the Smithsonian Institution is ushering in a first for the venerable network of museums. The exhibition from the National Museum of American History, which was unveiled this week, explores everything from stereotypes to laws, technology and issues in everyday home life for people with disabilities. Featuring images documenting more than 50-years worth of objects and stories collected by the Smithsonian, the exhibit is the museum's first to be presented exclusively online. To read more, click here


Study: Charters Edge Out Neighborhood Schools In Special Education 

As charter schools continue to proliferate across the country, a new study finds that they are offering benefits for students with disabilities. In a report out this week, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University compared the performance of students at charters with that of students attending traditional public schools in 25 states, the District of Columbia and in New York City. The analysis is an update to a similar report issued in 2009. Overall, the study finds that charters are improving, particularly when it comes to often-underserved groups like poor and minority students and those with disabilities. To read more,click here


Adam Kirby Admitted To MENSA: 2-Year-Old With 141 IQ Can Spell 100 Words [VIDEO]  

A two-year-old from the UK has become the second youngest person ever admitted into Mensa, the prestigious society for people with the highest IQs. The Daily Mail reports that the gifted child can already spell over 100 words, add and subtract, count to 1,000 in English, 20 in Spanish and Japanese, and 10 in French. Adam Kirby from Mitcham, south London has become the 19th child from the UK to join MENSA without even entering school. The toddler's score of 141 puts him above the average British score of 100 and is just four points shy of a "Genius" level. To read more, click here


 Did You Know That....

Each year States must report to the U.S. Department of Education how many children with visual impairments received special education and related services in our schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the nation's special education law.

First New Hemophilia Drug In 15 Years, Rixubis, Approved By FDA 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, for the first time in 15 years, approved a prophylactic treatment for hemophilia B, a disease that takes away a person's ability to stop bleeding. The condition can be fatal, leaving simple cuts unable to clot and internal bleeding ever-present. The new drug, Rixubis, is a biotechnology product that is a laboratory-created version of the clotting factor that patients don't produce due to a genetic mutation. 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:  Kerry Drossos, Gretchen Zibart, Ope-Oluwa Olubela, Coryn Villanti, Olumide Akerele, Vasantha Ramachandran, Mike Namian, Diana Kay, Nancy Johnsen, Kathleen George, Karen Bornholm and Pamela R. Downing-Hosten 
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: What is the difference between an accommodation and a modification? ANSWER: 

Accommodations are adjustments made in how a student with a disability is taught or tested. Accommodations do not change what the student is taught or what he is expected to know. On the other hand, modifications change the level of instruction provided or tested. Modifications create a different standard for the student receiving them.


A Look Inside Children's Minds 

When young children gaze intently at something or furrow their brows in concentration, you know their minds are busily at work. But you're never entirely sure what they're thinking. Now you can get an inside look. Psychologists led by the University of Iowa for the first time have peered inside the brain with optical neuroimaging to quantify how much 3- and 4-year-old children are grasping when they survey what's around them and to learn what areas of the brain are in play. The study looks at "visual working memory," a core cognitive function in which we stitch together what we see at any given point in time to help focus attention. In a series of object-matching tests, the researchers found that 3-year-olds can hold a maximum of 1.3 objects in visual working memory, while 4-year-olds reach capacity at 1.8 objects. By comparison, adults max out at 3 to 4 objects, according to prior studies. To read more, click here


Type 1 Diabetes: Can Insulin-Producing Cells Be Regenerated? 

Patrick Collombat, Inserm Research Director and head of the Avenir team at the Institut de Biologie Valrose in Nice, has published new results concerning Type I diabetes. Researchers show that, in mice, the pancreas contains cells capable of being converted into insulin-producing β cells, something that can be done at any age. They also demonstrate that all pancreatic β cells can be regenerated several times and that chemically-induced diabetes in mice can thus be "treated" repeatedly. The challenge for the researchers is now to show that these procedures can be applied to humans. 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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Teenage Physical Fitness Reduces the Risk of Suicidal Behavior Later in Life 

Being in good physical shape at 18 years of age can be linked with a reduced risk of attempted suicide later in life. So says a study of over one million Swedish men conducted by researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. A new, extensive report from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare on child and adolescent health shows that teenagers and young adults in Sweden have worse mental health than their age cohorts in other western countries. To read more, click here


Autism in Children Affects Not Only Social Abilities, but Also a Broad Range of Sensory and Motor Skills 

A group of investigators from San Diego State University's Brain Development Imaging Laboratory are shedding a new light on the effects of autism on the brain. The team has identified that connectivity between the thalamus, a deep brain structure crucial for sensory and motor functions, and the cerebral cortex, the brain's outer layer, is impaired in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Led by Aarti Nair, a student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, the study is the first of its kind, combining functional and anatomical magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to examine connections between the cerebral cortex and the thalamus. To read more,click here




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Kids' Reading Success Boosted by Long-Term Individualized Instruction 

Students who consistently receive individualized reading instruction from first through third grade become better readers than those who don't, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. These findings come after a three-year study that followed several hundred Floridian students, who received varying amounts of individualized instruction, from first to third grade. "Our results show that children need sustained, effective instruction from first through third grade if they are going to become proficient readers," said psychological scientist Carol McDonald Connor of Arizona State University, who led the research team. To read more, click here


Children With ADHD More Likely to Be Moderately Disabled After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Chicago have found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to demonstrate a moderate disability after sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury than children without ADHD. Detailed findings of this phenomenon are reported and discussed in "The impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on recovery from mild traumatic brain injury. Clinical article," by Christopher M. Bonfield, M.D., Sandi Lam, M.D., M.B.A., Yimo Lin, B.A., and Stephanie Greene, M.D., published today online, ahead of print, in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. To read more, click here


'Hyperconnectivity' Seen in Brains of Children With Autism 

Children with autism may have higher-than-normal connectivity between certain areas of the brain, suggests a small study that hints brain imaging might some day be used to diagnose the developmental disorder. The findings come from MRI brain scans of 20 children with autism spectrum disorders and 20 children without autism. Researchers found that those with an autism spectrum disorder showed "hyperconnectivity" along five major brain networks. The results, reported in the June 26 online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, suggest that the brain's "functional organization" differs between kids with and without autism. To read more, click here


Did You Know That....

You can gain information on visual impairments by going online to the National Eye Institute. Visit the Institute online for a diagram of the eye, what different parts are called, and what aspect of vision each part is responsible for. For more information, go to: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/eyediagram/index.asp 

Minority Children Less Likely to Be Diagnosed, Treated for ADHD: Study 

 Minority children are significantly less likely than their white peers to be diagnosed or treated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research shows. The study, which is published online June 24 and in the July print issue of the journal Pediatrics, followed more than 17,000 children across the nation from kindergarten to eighth grade. Researchers regularly asked parents if their children had been diagnosed with ADHD. Even after taking into account a host of factors that may influence behavior, attention and access to health care, researchers found that Hispanic and Asian children and those of other races were about half as likely to receive a diagnosis as whites. Blacks were about two-thirds less likely to be recognized as having problems with attention or hyperactivity as whites. To read more, click here


New Insulin Pump Cuts Odds of Overnight Hypoglycemia 

A new sensor attached to an insulin pump helps prevent dangerously low blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 diabetes while they sleep, a new study finds. The new pump automatically stops delivering insulin when the sensor finds blood sugar levels have reached a pre-set low level, and it reduced overnight episodes of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) by a third, the researchers report. "After years of hoping for a way to achieve our goal of getting good blood sugar control without a lot of low blood sugar, we are finally, with this new technology, getting close to our goal," said study lead author Dr. Richard Bergenstal, executive director of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis. To read more, click here


 jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Education Specialist - A family-centered, interdisciplinary practice dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation and care across a wide range of ages and challenges seeks an Education Specialist. To Learn more - Click here


* Special Ed. Teacher - VOICE Charter School of Long Island City, Queens, is looking for a Special Education Teacher. Voice combines rigorous academics with a unique performance based arts program. To learn more -Click here


* $125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers! - Earn a $125,000 salary and join a team of master teachers at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School. TEP is a 480-student 5th through 8th grade middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. To learn more -Click here


* Director of Learning Services - Archer has an opening, starting in August 2013, for a Director of Learning Services to support students in Grades 6-12 who have documented learning differences. The Director of Learning Services collaborates with faculty on effective teaching strategies and differentiated instruction in the classroom. To learn more - Click here



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

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
                C.S. Lewis 

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