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RTI Roundtable - Issue #14
Common Progress Monitoring Omissions: Planning and Practice
Progress monitoring, one of the essential components of Response to Intervention (RTI), is characterized by repeated measurement of academic performance that is conducted at least monthly. The process may be used to assess students' academic performance over time, to quantify student rates of improvement or responsiveness to instruction, and to evaluate instructional effectiveness. For students with disabilities, progress monitoring may also be used to formulate effective individualized programs (National Center on Response to Intervention [NCRTI], 2010). Successful implementation of progress monitoring is the result of careful planning and thoughtful practice. Omitting key components of the progress monitoring process can lead to wasted time and invalid results. This issue ofNASET'sRTI Roundtablefocuses on five common omissions in progress monitoring practices and planning and explains how these activities are integral to the process of meaningful data-based decision making.NASET acknowledges the National Center on Response to Intervention (January 2013) for providing the information from: Progress Monitoring Brief #1 Common Progress Monitoring Omissions: Planning and Practice. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, National Center on Response to Intervention.
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NASET Q & A Corner
General Authority of School Personnel
At the beginning of the school year, students often receive guidelines of expected standards of behavior, dress, academic integrity, and attendance, as well as the consequences of violating those standards. IDEA addresses the extent to which schools may take disciplinary action when a child with disabilities violates a local code of student conduct. These codes vary from place to place, so it may be important for you to get a copy of your local school district or State policies with respect to acceptable (and unacceptable) student conduct. This issue ofNASET'sQ & A Corneraddresses the general authority of school personnel when students with disabilities violate a code of student conduct.
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Viagra, Cialis May Help Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients
Drugs normally prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction in adult males may help boys who have a muscle disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to a new study. In the small study including just 10 boys with the disease, researchers found that the popular drugs Viagra and Cialis improved blood flow to the boys' weakened muscles. "Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have a blood flow abnormality -- delivery of blood and oxygen to their muscles -- that does not increase the way it should during mild exercise," said lead researcher Dr. Ronald Victor, the associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. To read more,click here
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ESPN To Broadcast Special Olympics World Games
Some of the world's most talented athletes with intellectual disabilities will be center stage on national television under a deal with ESPN. Organizers of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles said the sports network will broadcast next year's summer games. ESPN will produce live coverage of the opening ceremony as well as a nightly highlights program, the organizing committee said. Though specific details are not yet available, ESPN is expected to air the event on its television networks and online. To read more,click here
Exercise Could Help People with Disabilities, But Too Few Are Active: CDC
Half of the 21 million Americans who have a disability don't exercise, and that lack of exercise is jeopardizing their health, federal officials reported Tuesday. Among these 11 million inactive adults are people who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, have problems hearing or seeing, or have trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions, officials said. Many of these disabled adults are able to exercise, but don't do so regularly or at all, Ileana Arias, principal deputy director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news conference. "We are very concerned about this, because working-age adults with disabilities who get no aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely to have cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease than those who get the recommended amount of physical activity," Arias said. 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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Schools Look To 'Grow Their Own' Special Educators
Over the past four years, Samantha Ovadal has been bitten, hit, kicked and scratched while working as an education assistant at a Maplewood, Minn. school that serves students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Yet Ovadal loves her job, and dreams of becoming a special education teacher. The only things standing in her way are the time and money it would take to pursue her master's degree. Most likely, she would have to quit her job, creating another difficult-to-fill classroom vacancy. But a first-of-its-kind University of Minnesota master's degree program promises to groom education assistants such as Ovadal into special education teachers by training them on the job in the classrooms where they already work. To read more,click here
Kids With ADHD May Also Suffer Family Troubles
New research indicates that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to be part of families that are affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse. "Our findings suggest that children with ADHD experience significantly higher rates of trauma than those without ADHD," study author Dr. Nicole Brown said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Providers may focus on ADHD as the primary diagnosis and overlook the possible presence of a trauma history, which may impact treatment." To read more,click here
Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Releases Dopamine in Brain
Some have characterized dopamine as the elixir of pleasure because so many rewarding stimuli - food, drugs, sex, exercise - trigger its release in the brain. However, more than a decade of research indicates that when drug use becomes compulsive, the related dopamine release becomes deficient in the striatum, a brain region that is involved in reward and behavioral control. New research suggests that dopamine release is increased in obsessive-compulsive disorder and may be normalized by the therapeutic application of deep brain stimulation.To read more,click here
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TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.
Congratulations to: Mike Namian, Prahbhjot Malhi, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Olumide Akerele, and Ope-Oluwa Olubela who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:
According to the latest research in the field, children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are how many times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD? ANSWER: Three (3)
THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
More Americans are graduating high school than ever before, but students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, a new report finds. Nationally, 80 percent of public high school students earned a diploma on time during the 2011-2012 school year, according to data recently released from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. What percentage of students with disabilities earned a diploma on time during the 2011-2012 school year?
If you know the answer, send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Skills Like Walking, Talking Don't Come Easily for Minority Kids With Autism
Minority children with autism are more likely to have lost critical developmental skills, such as walking or talking, than are white children, according to a new study. The phenomenon, called developmental regression, occurs when children have reached milestones such as saying words and walking, and then those skills suddenly vanish. The new research found that the odds of developmental regression were twice as high for black children and 1.5 times higher for Hispanic children than they were for white youngsters. It's estimated that one-third of children with autism go through developmental regression, said lead researcher Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. To read more,click here
Depression Tied to Crohn's Disease Flare-Ups
Depression may increase the risk of Crohn's disease flare-ups in people with the inflammatory bowel disorder, an early new study suggests. The study included about 3,150 Crohn's patients who completed online questionnaires about their disease, its treatment and how it affects their lives. They were also asked about how often they felt hopeless, sad, helpless or worthless. Patients with high depression scores were 50 percent more likely than those with low depression scores to have a Crohn's disease flare-up 12 months later, the researchers said. To read more,click here
Many Bullied Teens Carry Weapons to School, Study Finds
Large numbers of U.S. high school students who are bullied take weapons to school, a new study finds. "Victims of bullying who have been threatened, engaged in a fight, injured or had property stolen or damaged are much more likely to carry a gun or knife to school," said study senior investigator Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. The researchers analyzed data from more than 15,000 U.S. high school students who took part in a 2011 survey. They found that teens who suffered many types of bullying are up to 31 times more likely to bring weapons such as guns and knives to school than those who have not been bullied. To read more,click here
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Job Training Goes High-Tech For People With Autism
A virtual reality program based on software originally used to train FBI agents is showing promise in helping adults with autism learn to excel at job interviews, researchers say. The computer-based program offers individuals on the spectrum the opportunity to conduct a simulated job interview with a virtual human resources representative named Molly Porter. Equipped with voice recognition technology, the software is designed to assess the appropriateness of responses and provide feedback via an on-screen job coach. To read more,click here
Whooping Cough Vaccination During Pregnancy Seems Safe: Study
Vaccinating pregnant women during their third trimester to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis in their future offspring appears to be safe for both mother and child, new research suggests. The findings -- which may provide some reassurance to parents with general concerns about vaccination safety -- are reported in the May 7 issue of theJournal of the American Medical Association. The new preliminary study explored the safety of the "Tdap" vaccine when offered before birth. To read more,click here
Heat Regulation Dysfunction May Stop Individuals with MS from Exercising
Exercise-induced body temperature increases can make symptoms worse for some patients with multiple sclerosis. Researchers have explored the underlying causes of the temperature regulation problems so MS patients can better reap the benefits of exercise. In the study, researchers found that sweating took longer to start and sweat rate was lower during exercise-induced body temperature increases in MS patients compared to healthy control subjects.To read more,click here
Study Finds Steroids May Not Be Helpful After Infant Liver Surgery
High doses of steroids may not benefit infants who've had surgery for a serious liver disease, and the drugs may even cause harm, according to a new study. The findings offer new evidence in a controversy over whether steroid treatment in addition to surgery helps infants with a liver disease called biliary atresia. This condition is the leading reason for liver transplants in children, according to the study authors. To read more,click here
Parents Accuse School Of Denying Son Over Diagnosis
The parents of a 3-year-old are suing in federal court after they say their son's preschool acceptance was rescinded when school officials learned of his autism diagnosis. Jennifer Sample and Eliot Ferguson say their son won a coveted spot at the private Washington Market School in New York City. But as soon as the couple informed preschool administrators that the boy identified in court papers as O.F. was recently diagnosed with autism, the offer of admission was retracted, they allege. To read more,click here
Kids' Diabetes Rates Up Dramatically in 8 Years, Study Finds
Rates of diabetes in U.S. children have jumped sharply in just eight years, according to new research. The prevalence of type 1 diabetes increased 21 percent between 2001 and 2009. At the same time, rates of type 2 diabetes rose 30.5 percent, the study found. These increases affected both boys and girls, and nearly all racial groups, the researchers noted. The reasons behind the increases aren't entirely clear, said lead researcher Dr. Dana Dabelea, the associate dean for faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora. To read more,click here
Prenatal Fish Oil Supplements May Not Boost Child's Brain Health, Study Finds
Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit from the intervention. One expert not connected to the study wasn't surprised by the results. "It is very appealing to say to a woman that if she takes a pill every day, her baby will become smarter," said Dr. Catherine Herway, assistant director of maternal-fetal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. "The reality is that despite all of our advancements in modern science, the best advice remains the same: To optimize maternal and fetal health, there remains no substitute for a well-balanced diet." To read more,click here
FDA OKs Artificial Arm That Does Complex Tasks
The first artificial arm that can perform complex tasks was approved for sale May 9 in the United States. The DEKA Arm System detects electrical signals in the muscles close to where the prosthetic is attached, which are then sent to a computer processor in the arm and translated into multiple movements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which granted the marketing approval. The agency's approval is based on clinical trials of the device, including one in which 36 military veterans tested the artificial arm in common household and self-care tasks. To read more,click here
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Alcohol Use Before Pregnancy Linked to Intestinal Birth Defect
Women should refrain from drinking alcohol before they try to become pregnant, according to maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Alcohol is associated with an increased risk for mental delays, cardiac anomalies and facial clefting in babies. In a recent study, researchers also found that alcohol is linked to gastroschisis, a birth defect of the baby's abdominal wall. "Preconception programs focused on alcohol abstinence may help to reverse the increasing incidence of this birth defect worldwide," said one researcher.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 email@example.com.
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Genes, Environment May Play Equal Parts in Autism Risk: Study
A new study suggests that nature and nurture may be equal partners in the origins of autism. "This study emphasizes not only what a strong role genetics play as a cause for autism in many affected individuals, but it also reinforces the concept that the environment also plays a significant role -- unfortunately in ways that are not well understood," said one expert not connected to the study, Dr. Andrew Adesman of Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park, NY. To read more,click here
Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Linked to Baby's Heart Defects
New research suggests that mothers who smoke early in pregnancy put their unborn child at greater risk of heart defects, and the risk goes up as smoking increases. It's not clear, however, if smoking directly causes the heart defects or if some other factors that the smoking women share may be responsible, the researchers said. The findings add another condition to the long list of medical problems -- including cleft palates and other deformities -- that are more likely to affect the children of women who smoke while pregnant. To read more,click here