Week in Review - April 25, 2014

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April 25, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 17


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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

NASET's Resolving Disputes
with Parents Series

Part 7 - The Child's Placement During the Appeal Process

This issue of NASET'sResolving Disputes with Parents seriesaddresses a common concern-the child's placement during the appeal process. Where will the child be placed until a decision on the appeal is issued-the original placement from which the child was removed during the disciplinary action, the interim alternative educational setting (IAES) to which he or she has been removed, or another setting that the parents and the school system agree to? The general answer is the "default" placement during an appeal is the IAES. IDEA states that the child must remain in the IAES chosen by the IEP team until the hearing officer makes his or her decision on the appeal-or the time period specified in §300.530(c) or (g) expires, whichever comes first, unless the parent and the SEA or LEA agree otherwise.

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How To Determine an Informational Checklist for New Students - What you need to collect on each student

* Educational history (number and types of schools attended)
* Medical background (medications, eyesight, hearing levels)
* Permanent Record Folder Basic Information (parent's names, address, siblings, phone etc.)

How To Determine Available Classroom Materials as a New Teacher

Do not be surprised that when you enter your room for the first time you find very few materials available for use. What you need to do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In the worst case scenario, you will need to catalog what is available to you. You should also be able to go to garage sales, or purchase low cost item on your own, a reality for teaching. However, be very careful on what you bring into the classroom i.e. rugs, furniture, since these items may not conform to fire codes of the building. You are safe to consult with your principal first on such items. The following checklist might help determine what you have available and what you may need to order:

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Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests. The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with an autism spectrum disorder to those of 25 typically developing teens, all aged 11 to 18. The researchers found key differences between the two groups in brain "networks" that help people to figure out what others are thinking, and to understand others' actions and emotions. "It is generally agreed that the way the networks are organized is not typical [in those with autism]," explained study lead researcher Inna Fishman, assistant research professor of psychology at San Diego State University. To read more,click here

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape. The analysis of disability services in all 50 states and the District of Columbia being released Thursday by United Cerebral Palsy finds top performers spanning the map. In previous years, the best services were largely clustered in the Northeast and West. Arizona claimed the number one slot in the ranking for the third year in a row. Also rounding out the 10 best on this year's list are Michigan, Hawaii, Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio and Missouri. To read more,click here

Small Childbirth Change Might Help Prevent Iron Deficiency in Babies: Study

Changing how newborns are held immediately after birth could boost the use of delayed cord clamping and potentially reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency, according to a new study. Waiting until about two minutes after birth to clamp the umbilical cord allows more blood to pass from the mother's placenta to the baby, which lowers the risk of iron deficiency during infancy, previous research has found. Current guidelines suggest that the baby be held at the level of the mother's placenta before the umbilical cord is clamped. However, this position is awkward and uncomfortable for the person holding the newborn, and it hampers immediate contact between the baby and mother, the researchers noted. To read more,click here

Annual Special Education Law Symposium at Lehigh University

Lehigh University offers its annual Special Education Law Symposium from June 22 to 27, 2014 on its Bethlehem, PA campus. Featuring experienced attorney presenters from various states and balancing school and parent perspectives, the week-long symposium offers a choice of two tracks: 1) one that addresses the needs of experienced professionals who desire an in depth update by exploring current "hot topics," and 2) an alternate one that addresses the foundational needs of individuals new to special education laws, regulations, and case law. The featured keynote speakers will be Michael Yudin and Dr. Melody Musgrove, respectively the leaders of OSERS and OSEP in the U.S. Department of Education. The symposium separately includes an inaugural ALJ/IHO Institute exclusively for administrative law judges and impartial hearing officers. The symposium concludes with a National Case Law Update by Dr. Perry Zirkel.  Registration options are available on a daily basis or for the week, as are graduate and continuing education credit. For program topics, fees, and other information, visit the website: coe.lehigh.edu/law or email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson atspecialedlaw@lehigh.eduor (610) 758-5557(610) 758-5557.



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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Congress To Weigh Police Interactions With Disability Community

Patti Saylor will share the story of her son Ethan's death before a congressional committee later this month, national Down syndrome associations announced Monday. Ethan Saylor, 26, died while he was being forcibly removed from a Frederick, Md. movie theater by off-duty sheriff's deputies in January 2013. Saylor, who had Down syndrome, died of asphyxiation while he was being removed in handcuffs, according to sheriff's office and court records. Patti Saylor will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. To read more,click here

Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

Most medical devices approved for use in children are not tested on pediatric patients before they are marketed, a new Harvard study finds. Since Congress passed the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act in 2007, which was designed to stimulate the development of pediatric devices, children have made up only 10 percent of participants in clinical trials, the researchers report. "Many devices that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in children have had only very limited study in actual pediatric patients," said lead researcher Dr. Florence Bourgeois, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Boston Children's Hospital. To read more,click here

Protein Researchers Closing in on the Mystery of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe disease for which there is still no effective medical treatment. In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of schizophrenic people, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have analysed proteins in the brains of rats that have been given hallucinogenic drugs. This may pave the way for new and better medicines.Seven per cent of the adult population suffer from schizophrenia, and although scientists have tried for centuries to understand the disease, they still do not know what causes the disease or which physiological changes it causes in the body. Doctors cannot make the diagnosis by looking for specific physiological changes in the patient's blood or tissue, but have to diagnose from behavioral symptoms. To read more,click here

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Congratulations to: Pamela Downing-Hosten, Mike Namian, and Alexandra Pirard
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question--

According to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for the general population is at 6.7%.  What is the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities? ANSWER:  Approximately 15% (14.5%)

According to the latest research on beliefs about autism spectrum disorder, what percentage of parents continue to believe that vaccines can cause autism despite the link being widely discredited by the scientific community?

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Genes May Help Determine Your Pain Threshold

It's been a mystery why some people can withstand pain better than others. Now a new study suggests that genetics may play a role in whether your pain tolerance is low or high. Researchers pinpointed four genes that could help explain why perceptions of pain differ from person to person. "Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels," study author Dr. Tobore Onojjighofia, with Proove Biosciences and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, said in an academy news release. To read more,click here

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Confirmation of Neurobiological Origin of Attention Deficit Disorder

The neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood, has just been confirmed by a study carried out on mice. Researchers have identified a cerebral structure, the superior colliculus, where hyperstimulation causes behavior modifications similar to those of some patients who suffer from ADD. Their work also shows noradrenaline accumulation in the affected area, shedding light on this chemical mediator having a role in attention disorders.To read more,click here

Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Risk in Adulthood

Years later, people who were underweight at birth, and those who were breast-fed only a short time or not at all, could be at increased risk for chronic inflammation and related health problems, a new study suggests. Researchers examined health data from 10,500 American adults and found that those with low birth weight and those who had little or no breast-feeding had higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation. Chronic inflammation is associated with health risks such as diabetes and heart attack, the study authors noted. To read more,click here

Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys

Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research. The new study also found that boys whose mothers took SSRIs -- drugs including Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft -- during pregnancy were also more likely to have developmental delays. Results of the study were published online April 14 and in the May print issue of Pediatrics"We found prenatal SSRI exposure was almost three times as likely in boys with autism spectrum disorders relative to typical development, with the greatest risk when exposure is during the first trimester," said study co-author Li-Ching Lee, an associate scientist in the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore. To read more,click here

FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes have a new treatment option with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval Tuesday of a once-weekly injectable drug, Tanzeum. The FDA described Tanzeum (albiglutide) as a "glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist -- a hormone that helps normalize patients' blood sugar levels. Tanzeum "can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes," Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. To read more,click here

Treatment of Complex Developmental Trauma in Children and Youth

Children and adolescents in foster care and institutional settings often face complex developmental trauma related to multiple or continuous traumatic experiences. However, successful clinical interventions are difficult to implement because of barriers to accessibility, time constraints, insufficient diagnostic criteria, and other limitations. A new study explores the benefits of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a program designed for caregivers working closely with traumatized children.To read more,click here

Certain Thyroid-Related Diseases May Vary by Race

Race appears to be a factor in determining a person's risk of developing autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves' disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a new study says. African Americans and Asians are much more likely to develop Graves' disease than whites are, according to the study published in the April 16 issue of theJournal of the American Medical Association. On the other hand, whites have an increased risk of Hashimoto's thyroiditis when compared to other ethnic groups, the researchers found. To read more,click here

Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up. Those patients had higher levels of stress than those who didn't have allergy symptoms during the study period. Sixty-four percent of the participants with higher stress levels had more than four flare-ups over two 14-day periods, according to the findings in the April issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. To read more,click here

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Home Videos May Allow For Quicker Autism Diagnosis

Using YouTube videos, researchers say they've identified a new approach to autism screening that could significantly speed up the path to diagnosis. Short home movies may be sufficient to accurately spot children who have the developmental disorder, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School and the Stanford University School of Medicine published this week in the journal PLOS ONE. For the study, researchers found 100 videos on YouTube, each of which were 10 minutes or less and showed kids ages 1 to 15 playing. Of the clips, 45 were identified by their creators as depicting children with autism, while the other films showed children without the condition. To read more,click here

Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

Children with autism may find the "unconditional" love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds. Researchers at the University of Missouri interviewed 70 parents of children with autism. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds owned dogs, and that 94 percent of those parents said their children formed a bond with their four-legged friend. "Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with interacting with others, which can make it difficult for them to form friendships," study lead author Gretchen Carlisle, a research fellow at the university's Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, said in a school news release. To read more,click here

Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties

For the first time in more than a decade, the fines that the federal government can impose for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are set to rise. The U.S. Department of Justice said it will increase the maximum civil penalty to $75,000 for violations of ADA provisions requiring restaurants, movie theaters, schools and other businesses open to the public to be accessible and accommodate people with disabilities. Previously, the maximum was $55,000. 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.


For more information on Board Certification in Special Education,click here

Brain Anatomy Differences Between Deaf, Hearing Depend on First Language Learned

In the first known study of its kind, researchers have shown that the language we learn as children affects brain structure, as does hearing status. The findings are reported in the Journal of NeuroscienceWhile research has shown that people who are deaf and hearing differ in brain anatomy, these studies have been limited to studies of individuals who are deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL) from birth. But 95 percent of the deaf population in America is born to hearing parents and use English or another spoken language as their first language, usually through lip-reading. Since both language and audition are housed in nearby locations in the brain, understanding which differences are attributed to hearing and which to language is critical in understanding the mechanisms by which experience shapes the brain.To read more,click here

Participants Sought for Study Being Conducted by U.S. Department of Education

We are seeking Special Educators to participate in an interesting study funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Please forward this email to any people or groups you think might be interested in participating.  Participants must:

  • Currently serve at least one student with complex communication needs at any grade level, including early intervention/early childhood special education.
  • Be responsible for developing communication-related IEP/IFSP goals for one student, as described above.
  • NOT currently use the Communication Matrix to evaluate students

Participants will receive an honorarium ranging from $200-$350 depending on the group they are assigned to.

If you are interested in further details about this study, please email cooal@ohsu.edu.

Grant #H327A110010

U. S. Dept. of Education

Dr. Charity Rowland, P. I.

Young People With Epilepsy Face Higher Injury Risk: Study

Young people with epilepsy are more likely than kids without the neurological disorder to suffer broken bones or burns, a new large study from England finds. Surprisingly, the study also found that those under the age of 24 who have epilepsy face twice the risk of medicinal poisoning compared to their peers. Among epilepsy patients between the ages of 19 and 24, that risk was four times greater. "Children and young adults with epilepsy are more likely to suffer broken bones, burns and poisonings compared to those without epilepsy," said study author Dr. Vibhore Prasad. To read more,click here

Key to Easy Asthma Diagnosis is in the Blood

Using just a single drop of blood, a team of researchers has developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma. This handheld technology - which takes advantage of a previously unknown correlation between asthmatic patients and the most abundant type of white blood cells in the body - means doctors could diagnose asthma even if their patients are not experiencing symptoms during their visit to the clinic.To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Special Education Teacher - The Creekside School is hiring credentialed teachers to join our small, progressive, private and nonpublic special education school serving students on the autism spectrum at the moderate/severe level in grades 1-12. To learn more -Click here


* Director of Student Supports - RePublic Schools is a network of no excuses, college preparatory, open enrollment public schools. Our mission is to reimagine the public school experience for scholars in the South. RePublic's Director of Student Supports (DSS) will work closely with each school leadership team and report to RePublic's Partners. To learn more - Click here


* Special Education Teacher- Elementary Program - Under the direct supervision of the Day Treatment Site Supervisor, the Teacher adopts the major responsibility for the academic learning, social and emotional growth of students. To learn more -Click here


* Early Childhood Special Educator - Seeking an experienced Early Childhood Special Educator in Okinawa, Japan with paid relocation - To learn more - Click here


* Various Special Education Positions at ESN Schools - BES supports relentless entrepreneurs to design, found, lead, and sustain excellent charter schools in underserved communities nationwide. Several of our ESN schools are currently hiring Special Education teachers. Locations include: Boston, Columbus, Memphis and Phoenix, New York City and Los Angeles. To learn more - Click here


* Special Education Teacher - As one of the first charter schools in Illinois, Perspectives Charter Schools has a long record of preparing students for success in college and beyond. Our five schools across the South Side of Chicago offer students an education that combines character development and academic rigor through the A Disciplined Life education modelâ€"with impressive results. To learn more - Click here

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