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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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NASET Lesser Known Disorders in Special Education Series
Issue # 52 - May 2014
Each issue of this series contains at least three lesser known disorders. Some of these disorders may contain subtypes which will also be presented. You will also notice that each disorder has a code. These codes represent the coding system for all disabilities and disorders listed in the Educator's Diagnostic Manual (EDM) Wiley Publications.
Disorders in this issue:
  • OHI 17.11 Epilepsy with Tonic seizures
  • OHI 17.01 Epilepsy with Absence seizures
  • OHI 9.03 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities Series
Assistive Technology

This section will present an overview of assistive technology devices available to individuals with disabilities. After reading this section you should understand the following:
* Assistive Technology Defined
* Assistive Technology Devices
* Assistive Technology Devices-A Historical Overview
* IDEA 1997 and Assistive Technology
* Applying Assistive Technology in Instruction
* Computer Technology
* Computer Technology and Educational Software
* Technology Applications-Case Studies
* Selecting Assistive Technology Equipment: Becoming Informed
* Integrating Technology into the Student's IEP
* State Level Support for Assistive Technology
* Factors for Success
* Funding for Assistive Technology Devices and Services in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997
* Concluding Thoughts
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Study Probes Why Kids With Autism Are Oversensitive to Touch, Noise

Certain areas in the brains of children with autism overreact to sensory stimuli, such as the touch of a scratchy sweater and loud traffic noises, a new small study shows. The finding helps to explain why autistic kids are five times more likely than other children to be overwhelmed by everyday sensations like the whir of a fan, hot or cold temperatures, or the tastes and textures of foods. It's a condition called sensory over-responsivity, and it was recognized as one of the core features of autism spectrum disorder in the latest edition of a respected manual for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. To read more,click here

Feds Warn Charters on Special Education

Charter schools must provide special education services and ensure that students with disabilities are not discriminated against just like traditional public schools, federal education officials say. In a "Dear Colleague" letter issued Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said that charters have the same obligations as regular public schools to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in addition to other federal civil rights laws. Such responsibilities are the same whether or not charters receive federal funding, the Education Department guidance indicates. To read more,click here

Study Probes Link Between Early Antibiotic Use, Asthma

Children treated with antibiotics in their first year of life may face more than twice the risk of developing asthma later in life. However, the drugs themselves may not be at fault, researchers note. Instead, scientists believe that an impaired immune system and genetic variations could explain why these kids face a higher likelihood of developing asthma. The study, reported online May 15 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, also didn't find any link between early use of antibiotics and development of allergic diseases. This rebuts a theory that antibiotics boost the risk of allergic asthma by disrupting the development of a child's immune system, the study authors 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.

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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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'R-Word' Complaint Fails To Get Book Removed From Libraries

A panel of parents, teachers and school officials voted unanimously this week to keep a book that uses the word "retarded" in the libraries of nine schools in a Minnesota district. Jenna Boutain, a Farmington, Minn. resident whose daughter attends a school in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district, requested in April that the book "Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You" by Barthe DeClements be removed from schools because it uses a derogatory term for students with special needs. Boutain is a district employee who works with students with disabilities. To read more,click here

Concussion Rates Double Among High School Athletes: Report

The rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, new research shows. The trend probably reflects an increased awareness and more legislation governing concussions in student athletes, and not more danger in sports, the study authors noted. "The bottom line is that rates have gone up," said lead researcher Dr. Joseph Rosenthal, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Ohio State University. "We don't know the exact reason. This was an observational study, so I can't say for sure, but I believe what is explaining the increase is the increased awareness, not that sports are more dangerous. It's just that the concussions are being recognized more, which is good news." To read more,click here

Judge Steps In So Man With Disability Can Wed

A man unable to marry for more than a year because of his disability will get to tie the knot thanks to a federal court order. Brad Glass and his fiancée have been engaged since December 2012, but because of his disability, the Mountain View, Mo. man said he is unable to travel the 25 miles to the nearest recorder of deeds office to apply for a marriage license. Under state law, both Glass and his fiancée are required to appear in person in order to legally wed. With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, Glass sued Howell County Recorder of Deeds Sharon Trowbridge alleging violations of the Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act after his requests for accommodation were denied. 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: Chaya Tabor, Mike Namian, Lois Nembhard, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Ope-Oluwa Olubela and Olumide Akerele who knew the answer to last 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? ANSWER:  61%
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Stem Cells Reverse MS-Like Illness in Mice

Mice disabled by a multiple sclerosis-like condition were able to walk again a few weeks after receiving human neural stem cell transplants, a new study shows. While research in mice often fails to pan out in humans, the researchers believe the finding hints at new ways to treat people with MS. The mice with the MS-like condition had to be fed by hand because they could not stand long enough to eat and drink on their own. But within 10 to 14 days of receiving the human neural stem cells, the rodents regained the ability to walk, along with other motor skills. This improvement was still evident six months later, the researchers said. To read more,click here

Study Finds ADHD and Trauma Often Go Hand in Hand

When children struggle with focusing on tasks, staying organized, controlling their behavior and sitting still, they may be evaluated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Clinicians, however, shouldn't stop there, according to a study to be presented on May 6, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Researchers found that many children with ADHD also face challenges such as poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse among family members. "Our findings suggest that children with ADHD experience significantly higher rates of trauma than those without ADHD," said lead author Nicole M. Brown, MD, MPH, MHS, FAAP. "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

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Adults With Autism at Risk for Many Health Problems: Study

Autism apparently isn't a stand-alone disorder, with new research revealing that adults with autism often face a host of mental and physical illnesses. Kaiser Permanente researchers found that nearly all medical conditions are significantly more common in adults with autism spectrum disorders than those without, ranging from depression to gastrointestinal problems to obesity. Notably, however, adults with autism are much less likely to smoke or use alcohol than other adults, and cancer rates are similar. To read more,click here

Family-Based Exposure Therapy Effective Treatment for Young Children with OCD

A new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center has found that family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is beneficial to young children between the ages of five and eight with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study, now published online in JAMA Psychiatry, found developmentally sensitive family-based CBT that included exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) was more effective in reducing OCD symptoms and functional impairment in this age group than a similarly structured relaxation program.Jennifer Freeman, PhD, a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and clinical co-director of the Intensive Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital, led the study. "CBT has been established as an effective form of OCD treatment in older children and adolescents, but its effect on young children has not been thoroughly examined," said Freeman. "These findings have significant public health implications, as they support the idea that very young children with emerging OCD can benefit from behavioral treatment." To read more,click here

Music May Benefit Blood Flow to the Brain

Musical training may increase blood flow to the left side of the brain, new research suggests. The increase in blood flow was seen with just a half hour of music training, according to the study. "The areas of our brain that process music and language are thought to be shared, and previous research has suggested that musical training can lead to the increased use of the left hemisphere of the brain," study author Amy Spray, with the University of Liverpool, explained in a university news release. "It was fascinating to see that the similarities in blood flow signatures could be brought about after just half an hour of simple musical training," said Spray, who conducted the research as part of a summer internship program.To read more,click here

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Being Born 4-6 Weeks Premature Can Affect Brain Structure, Function

The brains of children who were born just a few weeks early differ from those born on time, and these differences may affect learning and behavior, according to a study to be presented Monday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Studies have shown that children who were born between 34 and 36 weeks' gestation (late preterm) have more social, behavioral and academic problems than children born at full term (37-41 weeks). However, few studies have looked at the brain structure of late preterm children. Researchers from the University of Iowa conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on 32 children ages 7-13 years old who were born at 34-36 weeks' gestation. In addition, they administered cognitive tests to the children, including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Benton Judgment of Line Orientation (which assesses visual perception), Grooved Pegboard (which assesses fine motor skills and coordination) and Children's Memory Scale. Parents also completed a behavioral assessment. To read more,click here

App for Bipolar Disorder Being Tested

A smartphone app that uses voice analysis to detect mood changes in people with bipolar disorder is being tested by researchers. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. It affects millions of people worldwide and can have serious consequences, including suicide. The app showed promise in early tests with a small group of patients, according to a University of Michigan research team, and if further testing confirms its usefulness, the app could be used to detect subtle voice changes that give an early warning about mood changes to people with bipolar disorder and their health care providers. To read more,click here

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Nearly 50 Percent of Physicians Believe Diversion of ADHD Stimulant Medications Among Teens is a Problem

Two recent studies by investigators at the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York examined physicians' perceptions and knowledge of diversion of stimulant medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as practices physicians use to prevent diversion among their patients prescribed these medications.The results showed that while almost half of all physicians surveyed believe diversion is common among teens with ADHD, the majority never received training on the topic. Furthermore, about one-third of physicians rarely counsel teens about the health and legal consequences of diverting stimulating medication and don't feel qualified to do so. "Diversion of stimulation medications for ADHD by high school and college students is widespread as those with ADHD are often sharing pills with their peers, who don't have the condition, to try to improve their academic performance," said Andrew Adesman, MD, senior investigator and chief of developmental behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. 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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Preschool Teacher Depression Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children: Unhealthy Classroom Climate is Contributing Factor

Depression in preschool teachers is associated with behavioral problems ranging from aggression to sadness in children under the teachers' care, new research suggests. The study identified one contributing factor to this link: a poor-quality atmosphere in the child care setting that exists as a result of the teacher's depressive symptoms. In this study, "teacher" refers to both classroom instructors and in-home child care providers. Researchers conducted the study using data from a large national study that collected family information primarily from low-income, single-mother households. "We were interested in that sample because we thought that children of low-income single mothers might experience a more emotionally vulnerable home environment, and we wanted to see if the role of teachers affected their psychological health," said Lieny Jeon, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher in human sciences at The Ohio State University. To read more,click here

Tweens Who Play Sports Less Likely to Smoke: Study

Preteens who take part in certain extracurricular activities may be less likely to try smoking or drinking, a new study suggests. "How children spend their time matters," lead author Anna Adachi-Mejia, of Dartmouth College's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, said in a college news release. "Parents and guardians may think that tweens need less adult supervision when they are not in school. However, our research suggests that certain coached extracurricular activities can help prevent tween smoking and drinking." To read more,click here

Teen To Carry Brother With Cerebral Palsy On 40-Mile Trek

An eighth grader plans to carry his 7-year-old brother with cerebral palsy piggyback on a unique 40-mile journey, all in an effort to raise awareness. Hunter Gandee, 14, tells The Blade in Toledo, Ohio he will walk from Temperance, Mich. to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor carrying his younger brother, Braden, who uses a walker and braces. Traveling on local roads, Hunter Gandee estimates the trip will take 13 hours. The boys plan to set out on June 7 and will make a one-night stop along the way before arriving on June 8. A group of volunteers and the boys' parents will travel by car ahead of them. To read more,click here

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Drug Therapy May Lower Odds That Kids With ADHD Will Smoke

Children taking medications to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse -- are less likely to smoke, according to a new analysis. Kids with ADHD who were treated with these so-called stimulant medications were about half as likely to smoke as children with this disorder who weren't treated with these medications, researchers found. "We found an association between getting treated with stimulant medications and having a lower risk of smoking in adolescence and adulthood," said study researcher Erin Schoenfelder, clinical psychologist at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. The study, which was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, is published online May 12 and in the June print issue of the journal Pediatrics. 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

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Dr. Charity Rowland, P. I.

Kids' Concussion Symptoms Can Linger Long After Injury: Study

Kids who suffer a concussion can have lingering effects long after the physical symptoms fade away, U.S. researchers report. In a study from the emergency medicine division at Boston Children's Hospital, doctors found that, while headache, dizziness and blurry vision can appear right after a concussion, emotional and mental symptoms, such as irritability and frustration, show up much later and stay longer. "Patients and their families should expect the physical symptoms that they experience after a head injury to get better over the next few weeks, but that emotional symptoms may come on later, even as the physical symptoms subside," said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Eisenberg. To read more,click here

Early Repetitive Behaviors May Signal Autism Risk

There may be a simple way to help spot signs of autism early on in siblings of children with the disorder, new research suggests. The study, which included 184 children at high risk of autism, found that those who developed the disorder typically started showing some "red flags" as early as 12 months of age. Specifically, they had an unusually high rate of repetitive behaviors, such as flapping their hands or arms, rocking back and forth, or focusing obsessively on one toy. Some amount of repetitive behavior is normal for babies, said lead researcher Jason Wolff, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To read more,click here

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* Preschool Head Teacher-The Head Teacher's responsibilities include providing a dynamic, developmental, inclusive program for preschool children, working with families, therapists, team-teaching and supervising University undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more -Click here


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* Itinerant Orientation and Mobility Instructor- Orientation and mobility is the part of the educational process that prepares students with visual impairments to travel independently and safely. The itinerant O&M specialist travels to the students' assigned schools and/or home to provide direct and/or consultative services relating to the visual impairment. To learn more -Click here

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

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success.
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