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November 14, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 46


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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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Adrenal Glands Disorders

The adrenal glands, located on the top of each kidney, are responsible for releasing different classes of hormones. Adrenal gland disorders occur when the adrenal glands do not work properly. They can be classified into disorders where too much hormone is produced or where too little hormone is produced. These disorders can occur when the adrenal gland itself is affected by a disease process due to genetic mutation, tumors, or infections. Or, sometimes the cause is a problem in another gland, such as the pituitary, which helps to regulate the adrenal gland. In addition, some medications can cause the adrenal gland not to function properly. When the adrenal glands produce too few or too many hormones, or when too many hormones are introduced by an outside source, significant disorders can develop. The focus of this issue ofNASET'sQ & A Cornerwill be to address issues pertaining to adrenal gland disorders.

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Legal Issues in the Transaction Phase

Here you will find expert help in understanding estate planning, trusts, wills, and any other legal concern you will need to be aware of to protect your student as they transition into adulthood.
This section will focus on one very important and often complicated issue that parents confront when they have a son or daughter with any type of disability--how to plan their estate to best provide for the child's future security. Parents often may ask themselves:
* What will our son or daughter do when we are no longer here to provide help when it's needed?
* Where and how will our child live?
* Will he or she have enough income to sustain a decent quality of life?

Other questions parents may ask themselves focus on the estate planning process itself:
* How do I know that my estate plan is going to work?
* Do I have enough money to hire a lawyer and write a will?
* Do I even have anything to leave my children?

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Schools With EpiPens Save Lives, Study Says

Keeping supplies of epinephrine in schools saves lives, a new study finds. Epinephrine injections are given when someone suffers a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to food or an insect sting. This study found that stocked emergency epinephrine was used on 35 children and three adults who suffered anaphylaxis in Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year. The drug was administered by a school nurse in three-quarters of the cases. Sixty-three percent of the incidents occurred in elementary schools and 37 percent in high schools. The most common causes of food-related anaphylaxis were peanuts (55 percent) and fish such as salmon, tuna and flounder (13 percent). To read more,click here

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Typical ADHD Care Leaves Room for Improvement, Study Finds

Many pediatricians provide inadequate care for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), relying too heavily on drugs and failing to thoroughly assess kids' symptoms, a new study reports. Nearly one-third of pediatricians who diagnose children with ADHD do not consult the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a necessary step in determining if the kids meet the criteria for the brain disorder, researchers found. A large number of pediatricians also do not gather parent and teacher ratings of a child's day-to-day behavior, information that is crucial in diagnosing ADHD and tracking whether prescribed therapies are working, the study said. To read more,click here

Many Docs Mistaken About Allergies: Study

Many primary care doctors may not be up to speed on the causes and best treatments for allergies, a new study suggests. In a survey of over 400 internists and pediatricians, researchers found that misconceptions about allergies were fairly common -- particularly when it came to food allergies. For example, one-third of all doctors, and half of internists, did not know the go-to treatment for a person who develops hives and vomiting after eating a known food allergen. (It's an injection of epinephrine.) To read more,click here

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Be Underreported

New research suggests that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may be far more common than previously thought. The developmental disability, which results from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, may affect as many as 5 percent of children, according to findings published this month in the journal Pediatrics. For the study, researchers examined the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders among first graders enrolled in public and private schools in Sioux Falls, S.D. To read more,click here

Kids With Epilepsy Face Higher Early Death Risk, Study Reports

Children with epilepsy have an increased risk of dying prematurely, according to a new U.S. government report. The study found that for children up to 18 years old with epilepsy, the annual risk for death was 0.84 percent, compared with 0.22 percent for children of the same ages without epilepsy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Deaths are related not so much to the epilepsy itself, but more from other causes," said study co-author Dr. Matthew Zack, a medical epidemiologist in CDC's division of population health. To read more,click here

Jerry Seinfeld: 'I Think I'm On The Spectrum'

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he believes he may be on the autism spectrum. Seinfeld tells NBC News that he sees traits of autism in himself, indicating that he isn't the best socially and does not always follow what others are saying. "I think on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum," said Seinfeld, 60. "You're never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying." To read more,click here


Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.

Congratulations to Olumide Akerele, Laurie Rodgers, Pamela Downing-Hosten and Yvonne Harris who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:  According to the latest research, a child receives either the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication how often in the United States?
ANSWER:  Every eight (8) minutes
What is the most common non-inherited cause of hearing loss in children, responsible in 10 percent to 20 percent of cases?
If you know the answer, send an email tocontactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Newer Pneumonia Vaccine for Kids Beats Older Version: Study

A new pneumococcal vaccine is almost 30 percent more effective than its previous version in preventing hospitalizations of young children for pneumonia, a new study shows. The vaccine -- called PCV13 -- protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal bacteria, which is the leading cause of pneumonia in children younger than 5, said study author Dr. Marie Griffin, a professor of medicine and health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Pneumococcal bacteria can also cause ear and sinus infections, bloodstream infections and meningitis, added Griffin. To read more,click here

More With Disabilities Finding Jobs

As the job market shows signs of improvement, statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor suggest people with disabilities are making gains as well. The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities dipped to 11.3 percent in October, the Labor Department said Friday. That's down from 12.3 percent the month prior. Meanwhile, the jobless rate for the general population declined to 5.8 percent as the economy added 214,000 jobs last month. To read more,click here

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Gluten Isn't the Only Culprit in Celiac Disease, Study Says

It's known that gluten -- found in wheat, rye and barley -- is the cause of health problems in people with celiac disease. Now, new research suggests these folks may also react to non-gluten wheat proteins. The discovery could improve understanding of celiac disease and how to treat it, the researchers said. A large number of people with celiac disease had an immune reaction to five groups of non-gluten proteins, they reported recently in the Journal of Proteome Research. The results highlight the need for research into treatments for celiac disease that take non-gluten proteins into account, the researchers said. To read more,click here

Google Glass Might Curb Your Vision

Since its initial launch in 2013, Google Glass has been touted as a revolutionary entry into the world of "smart" eyewear. The promise: a broadly expanded visual experience with on-the-move, hands-free access to photos, videos, messaging, web-surfing and apps. The catch: a small new study suggests that the structure of the glasses (rather than the software) may curtail natural peripheral vision, creating blind spots that undermine safety while engaging in routine tasks, such as driving or walking. To read more,click here

Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say

Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years, the March of Dimes reported Thursday. And an unrelated U.S. study finds more good news: Since 2005, the rate of preterm deliveries has declined consistently each year for the first time in more than two decades. However, experts hope to see the number of premature births fall even lower. "Having a preterm baby increases risks of complications, a long stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, respiratory problems, jaundice, difficulties with breast-feeding and, later, developmental differences perhaps and developmental delays," said Dr. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. To read more,click here

Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study

The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend. At least in Denmark, the researchers say, most of the increase -- 60 percent -- can be attributed to changes in diagnostic criteria and the inclusion of out-of-hospital diagnoses. These findings should provide some relief for parents who've worried that the increase in numbers was caused solely by more kids actually developing the disorder, the study authors suggested. To read more,click here

PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth

Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman's risk of premature birth, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 16,000 births involving female U.S. military veterans between 2000 and 2012, and found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased the risk of spontaneous premature birth by 35 percent. In spontaneous premature birth, the mother goes into labor and delivers her baby more than three weeks early. These types of births typically account for about six deliveries for every 100 births, according to the researchers. To read more,click here

Case Study: Hearing Loss in One Infant Twin Affects Mother's Speech to Both Babies

Is it possible that hearing loss in one infant from a pair of twins can affect the mother's speech to both infants? A new acoustics study zeroes in on this question and suggests that not only is this alteration of speech entirely possible, but that mothers speak to both infants as if they are hearing impaired. The study explores the acoustic characteristics of three mothers' speech towards their infant twins. At the heart of the study are a 15.8-month-old pair of twins with normal hearing; an 11.8-month-old pair with a normal-hearing twin and a hearing-impaired twin with a mild degree of hearing loss (who received hearing aids); and a 14.8-month-old pair with a normal-hearing twin and a hearing-impaired twin born with severe-to-profound degree of hearing loss (who received a cochlear implant in the right ear).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 Education establishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure

Pregnant women exposed to air pollution are five times more likely to have children who develop behavior problems related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a new study reports. A child's risk of ADHD symptoms by age 9 appears to increase dramatically if they were exposed in the womb to high levels of air pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), researchers at Columbia University reported. Compared to children with low PAH exposure, children exposed to high levels are more likely to have both an increased number of symptoms and more intense symptoms, said lead author Frederica Perera, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. To read more,click here

BPA Exposure by Infants May Increase Later Risk of Food Intolerance

If it seems like more people are allergic to, or intolerant of, more and different kinds of foods than ever before, there might be a reason why. A new research published in November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists show, for the first time, that there is a link between perinatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at low doses and the risk to develop food intolerance in later life. This research involving rats suggests that early life exposure at a dose significantly below the current human safety limit set by the FDA affects developing immune systems, predisposing offspring to food intolerance in adulthood. "Food contributes over 80 percent of the population's exposure to BPA," said Sandrine Menard, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Neuro-Gastroenterology and Nutrition at INRA in Toulouse, France. "On the basis of the susceptibility to food intolerance after perinatal exposure to BPA, these new scientific data may help decisions by public health authorities on the need of a significant reduction in the level of exposure to BPA in pregnant and breastfeeding women, to limit the risk for their children of adverse food reactions later in life."To read more,click here

Research Questions Link Between Media Violence, Violent Behavior

Throwing another wrinkle into the ongoing debate over the effects of media violence, new research suggests that movies and video games might not deserve the blame for real-life crime. Homicide rates actually fell over the past couple of decades, even as violence in movies escalated, the research found. The findings aren't definitive, and they don't prove any cause-and-effect relationship. But study author Christopher Ferguson, chair of the psychology department at Stetson University in Florida, said they suggest that the debate over onscreen violence may be overblown. To read more,click here

Computer Game Could Help Children with Visual Impairments Live Independently

Researchers are to begin testing a new computer game which they hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers from the University of Lincoln, UK, and the WESC Foundation, one of the UK's leading specialist schools for visually impaired children, the Eyelander game features exploding volcanoes, a travelling avatar and animated landscapes. The idea is to improve the functional vision of children who have sight issues due to a brain injury rather than damage to the eye itself. Functional vision is used to perform everyday tasks such as safely crossing the road or finding a book on a bookshelf, but when the visual pathways between the brain and the eyes become damaged, the messages aren't correctly relayed and the visual field becomes reduced. 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.

The ABCs of Successful Classroom Design

Classroom design can have a major impact on student achievement, a new study says. "For students to learn to their full potential, the classroom environment must be of minimum structural quality and contain cues signaling that all students are valued learners," the study authors wrote. Two of the most important features are lighting and temperature, according to the researchers who reviewed the latest scientific evidence to come up with recommendations to improve students' learning and success. Students exposed to more natural light do better in class than those with less exposure to natural light, the study found. However, 16 percent of schools with permanent buildings and 28 percent of schools with portable classrooms have unsatisfactory natural lighting, according to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics. To read more,click here

Poor Quality Housing Tied to Higher Asthma Rates Among Kids

There's more evidence that poorer housing is tied to higher rates of asthma attacks among kids. In a new study, researchers led by Dr. Andrew Beck, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, tracked links between community housing code violations -- infractions such as the presence in homes of mold and cockroaches -- and the health of more than 4,300 children, aged 1 to 16. All of the children were hospitalized for asthma attacks at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center between 2009 and 2012. To read more,click here

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jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

*Executive Director, Episcopal Center for Children -The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) is a private, nonprofit, non-denominational day treatment facility for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington, DC area. The program is designed for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years and with sufficient cognitive ability to benefit from the program. To learn more - Click Here

* Special Ed. Cross-Categ. Teacher/ESS Coordinator - The Great Hearts Academy is currently hiring candidates who hold a valid Cross-Categorical or Learning Disability Special Education, K-12 Certificate with SEI endorsement, and have a current AZ fingerprint clearance card. Great Hearts teachers must also demonstrate a commitment to and love for the liberal arts. To learn more - Click here

*Early Childhood Special Educator- Provide early intervention services to infants and toddlers of American military families stationed overseas in Okinawa, Japan.  Home-based early intervention program working with developmentally delayed children the 0, 1 & 2-year age population. To learn more - Click here

* Education Therapist - - Special Education Teacher - Education Therapist for Brain Injured Patients - The position is full time, M-F only with paid holidays! Excellent benefits! To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher (9th grade) - Chavez Schools is seeking a 9th grade Special Education Teacher who understands developmental levels of scholars and appropriately differentiate instruction and understands & uses variety of data and data sources for lesson planning. To learn more -Click here

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