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December 26, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 51


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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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Tables, Charts, Statistics and Other Important Links on Transition Services

Here you will find a list of charts, tables, statistics and other important links dealing with transition services and individuals with disabilities during the transition phase.
The Virginia Department of Education's Transition Services web site provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.

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Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to the most air pollution during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a baby who later developed autism. And exposure during the third trimester, specifically, showed the strongest correlation to autism risk. Experts said the findings, reported in the Dec. 18 online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, add to evidence that air pollution may contribute to autism. To read more,click here

New Tests Offer Clarity For Kids Lacking Diagnosis

For Angela and Earl McWilliams, it had been a mystery from her birth why their daughter, Millie, kept running into one medical calamity after another. She was born with diabetes. She had trouble eating. She needed surgery after the bones of her skull fused prematurely. She couldn't walk, and she quickly lost what little speech she had. Doctors determined that she had autism. But after years of brain scans and endless blood work, doctors couldn't identify the cause of 9-year-old Millie's condition. Then researchers at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City mapped Millie's entire exome, the 1 percent to 2 percent of the human genome responsible for most genetic disorders.To read more,click here

Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say

All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say. The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children's Vision Health. The panel said that children in this age group require screening for eye problems, particularly vision issues that require correction with glasses, such as amblyopia ("lazy eye") and strabismus (a disorder of eye alignment). Early detection and treatment of vision problems is important in terms of a child's development and readiness to school, according to the authors of the recommendations in the January issue of the journal Optometry and Vision Science. 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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With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations

As new rules roll out mandating better pay for in-home care workers, federal officials say states must not compromise the rights of people with disabilities in the process. Starting in January, home care workers will qualify for the first time for federal minimum wage and overtime protections. Now, the Obama administration is warning states not to forget the needs of people with disabilities - who often rely on in-home care providers - as they implement the new policy. In a "Dear Colleague" letter issued this week, officials from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services said that states must be cognizant of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide services in an integrated setting. To read more,click here

Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates. The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills -- including romantic and peer relationships -- and higher levels of academic achievement into adulthood. However, the study did not prove that sensitive parenting causes social and academic success. Sensitive parenting includes responding promptly and appropriately to a child's signals, being positive in interactions with a child, and providing a secure base for a child to explore the environment, according to the study published in the journal Child Development. To read more,click here

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Scientists Map Out How Childhood Brain Tumors Relapse

The unique genetic paths that the childhood brain tumor medulloblastoma follows when the disease comes back has been mapped out, researchers report. Scientists looked at biopsies from the relapsed tumours of 29 patients. They found a range of changes that only appeared when the disease returned and were responsible for the cancer becoming more aggressive.To read more,click here

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Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How much higher? According to a team of French researchers, women with blood type B positive appear to face a 35 percent greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes than women with blood type O negative. However, experts questioned the value of the findings when so many other risk factors for the blood sugar disease can be countered with lifestyle changes. To read more,click here

Is There a Better Way to Treat Substance Use in Adolescents with co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders?

The majority (55-74%) of adolescents entering substance use treatment also have psychiatric disorders, such as depression, ADHD and trauma-related problems. Unfortunately, these youth face poorer treatment outcomes (e.g., relapse), and their mental health issues are often not directly addressed. Furthermore, few studies exist to guide those clinicians who would like to use integrated care to treat adolescent with co-occurring disorders. A new review proposes that the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), which is a combination of cognitive-behavioral and family therapies, may be an ideal treatment method for this patient population.To read more,click here

Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD

Taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might reduce the risk of young patients accidentally injuring themselves, new research suggests. When several thousand children and teens were taking methylphenidate, which is marketed as Ritalin or Concerta in the United States, they were a little less likely to end up in the emergency room than when they weren't taking the drug, the study found. However, the report did not prove that taking ADHD medication prevented injuries. Past research has shown that children with ADHD are more likely to get injured, according to three of the study authors who jointly responded to questions. The authors are pharmacy professor Ian Wong and pediatrics professor Dr. David Coghill, both from The University of Hong Kong medical school, and epidemiologist Ian Douglas, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the U.K. To read more,click here

Quality of Parent-Infant Relationships, Early Childhood Shyness Predict Teen Anxiety

Social anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents. A new study has found that together, the quality of parent-infant relationships and early childhood shyness predict the likelihood of social anxiety in adolescence. In this longitudinal study, researchers studied 165 European-American, middle- to upper-middle-class adolescents who were recruited as infants.To read more,click here


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Subtle But Important Memory Function Affected by Preterm Birth

A study of children born prematurely has found differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory: the ability to form and retrieve memories about context. The study examined 33 8-to 10-year olds using magnetic resonance imaging to measure the volume of the hippocampi. The results suggest that the maturational state of the hippocampus at the time of birth influences the maturation of certain memory functions even at 8- to 10-years old.To read more,click here

E-Cigarette Use May Be Rising Among Teens

Nearly a third of Hawaiian high school students have tried e-cigarettes, new research suggests. This finding reflects a growing trend of American teens flocking to the nicotine inhalation devices, according to public health experts. The overall rate of e-cigarette use in the new study is higher than found in mainland U.S. studies over the past several years. But e-cigarette use is "accelerating very rapidly" across the nation, according to Dr. Norman Edelman, senior consultant for scientific affairs at the American Lung Association. An e-cigarette is a device that turns nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals into an inhalable vapor. Many e-cigarettes are designed to resemble tobacco cigarettes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To read more,click here

Tech Firm Sees Benefit From Employees On The Spectrum

Pick a date, any date in history, and Joe Cintas can tell you, with only a moment's pause, what day of the week it was. Diagnosed with autism at age 3, Cintas wields astonishing brain power when it comes to numbers and finding patterns, but, like many with his disability, his talents often have been overlooked in the workplace. Despite having a college degree in environmental studies, he spent the past 14 years pushing carts as a grocery store clerk before finding his niche at SAP, where he makes good money testing medical software for bugs. To read more,click here

Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says

When children land in the hospital, they are often given multiple drugs that could interact with each other in potentially harmful ways, a study of U.S. hospitals finds. Researchers found that among nearly 500,000 children and teenagers who were hospitalized in 2011, nearly half were given combinations of drugs that could have potential interactions. Those interactions could potentially boost the risk of side effects, like sedation or breathing suppression. But the bigger concern may be that one drug could reduce the effectiveness of another, said senior researcher Dr. Chris Feudtner, of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. To read more,click here

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Domestic Abuse May Affect Children in Womb

Domestic violence can affect children even before they're born, indicates new research by Michigan State University scientists.The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment. "For clinicians and mothers, knowing that the prenatal experience of their domestic violence can directly harm their babies may be a powerful motivator to help moms get out of these abusive situations," said Alytia Levendosky, psychology professor and study co-author. To read more,click here

Therapeutic Strategy May Treat Childhood Neurological Disorder

A possible therapy to treat neurofibromatosis type 1 or NF1, a childhood neurological disease characterized by learning deficits and autism, has been discovered by scientists. "Children with neurofibromatosis have a high incidence of intellectual deficits and autism, syndromes that have been linked to the cerebellum and cortex," said the lead investigator. "Our findings in these mouse models suggest that despite embryonic loss of the gene, therapies after birth may be able to reverse some aspects of the disease."To read more,click here

Tax-Free Disability Savings Bill Headed To Obama

The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to send legislation to the president establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits. Lawmakers voted 76 to 16 to approve the bill as part of a package of tax measures Tuesday evening. The legislation will now go to President Barack Obama to sign. Originally known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act, the legislation which has been under consideration since 2006 was recently renamed the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014. A longtime proponent of the bill, Beck died unexpectedly earlier this month. To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Director of Education - The Director of Education will directly supervise Assistant Principals, the Mental Health Director, and the IEP Coordinator. The Director of Education will have proven leadership abilities who will provide strong management, work collaboratively with school staff and senior leaders of other areas of the organization. To learn more-Click here

* Head Literacy Curriculum Developer - $100K Salary - The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School (www.tepcharter.org) is seeking a Head Curriculum Developer for TEP's middle school literacy curriculum. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher (125K Annual Salary-Immediate Start) -The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for Special Education Teaching position. To learn more-Click here

* Music Teacher (125K Annual Salary-Immediate Hire)- The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for Music Teaching position. Immediate hire! To learn more - Click here

* English Language Arts Teacher (125K Annual Salary) - The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for English Language Arts Teaching position. Immediate hire! To learn more - Click here

* Social Studies/ History Teacher (125K Annual Salary) - The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for a Social Studies/History Teaching position.  Immediate hire! To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Work from home- K-12 Certified Special Education Teacher - Online Teaching Position - Independent Contractor - To learn more - Click here

* Early Childhood Special Educator BCBA - Experienced early childhood special educator (SPED) who is preferably a BCBA or a BCaBAs needed to work full time with a 3 year old child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at home and in his nursery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. To learn more - Click here

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