Week in Review - October 10, 2014


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October 10, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 41


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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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October 2014

How To Fill out a Student Profile Sheet at the Beginning of a Semester

Student Profile Sheet
Part I-Identifying data
Parent's Names:
Siblings Names/Ages
Date of Birth:
Name of Teacher filling out profile:
Medical alerts: (if applicable)
Modifications Required: (class project)

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October 2014

How To Determine a Good Special Ed Classroom?

Sometimes parents will wonder what constitutes a good special education classroom. Instread of having parents fill in the blanks, we are presenting you with an outline of what factors are considered to be included in a good special education classroom. This interview , held with several experts including the two executive directors ofNASETwill provide parents with a good solution to this question.
Is your child with special needs getting the support she needs in school? Your child spends much of her day in school, and her classroom can either help or hinder her learning. An inclusive classroom is one that accommodates all of its students, special needs or not. We talked to four experts, Dr. George Giuliani and Dr. Roger Pierangelo, executive directors of the National Association of Special Education Teachers, Mary Z. McGrath, author and former special educator, and Ellen Arnold, educational consultant, to figure out just how conducive your child's classroom is to learning.

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Parent Teacher Conference Handout

October 2014


Finding Your Parent Training and Information Center


Families with a child who has a disability have special concerns and often need a great deal of information: information about the disability of their child, about early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapy, local policies, transportation, and much more. Fortunately, there's help available, because every State has at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to offer families just this kind of information. A PTI is a terrific information resource for parents of children with disabilities. Many States also have a Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC), which offers the same type of support and training to parents of children with disabilities. This issue of

NASET'sParent Teacher Conference Handoutwill show you where to find and how to contact the Parent Training and Information Center in your state.

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Children With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they're fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the fitness and activity levels of 29 children, some with autism and some without. Children with autism averaged 50 fewer minutes per day of moderate physical activity and 70 more minutes each day sitting than those without autism. The 17 children with autism scored lower on strength, but had similar body-mass index (a measurement of body fat based on height and weight) scores, and aerobic fitness and flexibility levels, as the 12 without autism. To read more,click here

TV Networks Featuring More Characters With Disabilities

The number of characters with disabilities appearing on broadcast television is on the rise, according to a new analysis. Eleven characters with disabilities are expected to be featured regularly on scripted prime-time programs on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC this season, up from eight last year. The findings come from a report released Wednesday on diversity in television that's conducted annually by GLAAD, a media advocacy organization for the gay and lesbian community. The review looks at the number of characters representing various minority groups - including people with disabilities - during the 2014-2015 television season, which just began. To read more,click here

Drug Addiction Seen as 'Moral Failing,' Survey Finds

People with drug addiction are much more likely to face stigma than those with mental illness because they're seen as having a "moral failing," according to a new survey. The poll of more than 700 people across the United States also found that the public is less likely to approve of insurance, housing and employment policies meant to help people with drug addiction. The study results suggest that many people consider drug addiction a personal vice rather than a treatable medical condition, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers. To read more,click here

Former Students Offered Make-Up Special Education Services

A federal judge has ruled that some 1,800 special-education students who did not earn a high school diploma before they aged out of Hawaii's public school system at 20 years old are entitled to free educational services to make up for the two years they were denied schooling as allowed under U.S. law. The additional services would not involve sending the students back to high school, but will include such transitional services as job training, college courses and independent life skills training, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs. To read more,click here

Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study

When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial antibody. This type of medication is widely seen as a safe and effective way to tackle a wide range of autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions that include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It's not unusual for pregnant women to receive the treatment, given that inflammatory bowel diseases often strike women of childbearing age. To read more,click here

Study Compares Insulin Regimens for Type 1 Diabetes

For people with type 1 diabetes, long-acting insulin may be a better treatment choice than intermediate-acting insulin, a new review of the data suggests. "Different types of insulin are used to manage type 1 diabetes with insulin injections," explained one expert not connected to the new study, Dr. Spyros Mezitis. Long-acting insulin takes about one hour to begin lowering blood sugar levels and lasts up to 26 hours, while intermediate-acting insulin takes one to three hours to begin lowering blood sugar levels and lasts up to 16 hours. To read more,click here

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Suit Accuses Papa John's Of Violating ADA

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing Papa John's Pizza of discrimination after an employee with Down syndrome was fired, allegedly because he needed the assistance of a job coach. In a lawsuit filed Monday, the federal agency said that Scott Bonn successfully worked at a Papa John's in Farmington, Utah with the assistance of an independently employed job coach. That came to an end, however, when a Papa John's operating partner visited the location and ordered that Bonn be fired after seeing him working with assistance, the suit alleges. To read more,click here

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Study Shows Benefits of Building Baby's Language Skills Early

Training infants to identify sounds linked with language before they're old enough to speak hastens language-associated brain development, a new study suggests. "Young babies are constantly scanning the environment to identify sounds that might be language," April Benasich, director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at Rutgers University's Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, said in a university news release. "This is one of their key jobs -- as between 4 and 7 months of age they are setting up their pre-linguistic acoustic maps. We gently guided the babies' brains to focus on the sensory inputs which are most meaningful to the formation of these maps," she explained. To read more,click here

White House To Convene Disability Summit

For the first time, a White House event will bring together experts from across the country to address the unique health and fitness concerns of those with disabilities. The two-day White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities kicks off Monday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with educators, parents, leaders from community-based organizations and administration officials set to discuss programs that have been effective at promoting regular exercise and healthy eating among those with disabilities. To read more,click here

Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds

A newborn's risk of developing celiac disease isn't reduced by breast-feeding. Nor will delaying the introduction of a protein found in wheat called gluten to an infant's diet help prevent celiac disease. Those are the conclusions from a pair of new studies in the Oct. 2 New England Journal of Medicine. The new findings put to rest hopes that a child could avoid celiac disease if mothers breast-feed their babies and introduce gluten between 4 and 6 months old, said Dr. Alessio Fasano, co-author of one of the studies and director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Mass General Hospital for Children. To read more,click here

Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens

Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report. Both boys and girls were more likely to smoke, use drugs, drink alcohol and get poor grades after they endured a blow to the head that knocked them out for longer than five minutes or landed them in the hospital for a day or more, the study found. "This is a wake-up call. Concussions are brain injuries, and we need parents and physicians to become more vigilant," said lead author Gabriela Ilie, a postdoctoral fellow at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Our brains define who we are, and a lot of our behaviors and thoughts and emotions depend on our brain circuitry operating properly." To read more,click here

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Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. However, both the study's lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can't prove that birth spacing has any causative role in autism. "Most importantly, it is important that parents understand that the odds for autism are still extremely low, even when pregnancies are close together or far apart," said outside expert Dr. Andrew Adesman. He is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. To read more,click here

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study

Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity showed greater improvements in several areas of so-called "executive function" than similar students who did not participate. Executive function refers to a range of mental or "cognitive" skills that include memory, focus, attention and the ability to switch back and forth between tasks. Lead researcher Charles Hillman said that students who had the highest attendance in the program saw the biggest gains in mental skills. To read more,click here

Discovery Could Prevent Development of Brain Tumors in Children

Scientists at the IRCM discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumour found in children. The team, led by Frédéric Charron, PhD, found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage, which causes the cancer to develop. This important breakthrough will be published in the October 13 issue of the scientific journal Developmental Cell. The editors also selected the article to be featured on the journal's cover. Sonic Hedgehog belongs to a family of proteins that gives cells the information needed for the embryo to develop properly. It also plays a significant role in tumorigenesis, the process that transforms normal cells into cancer cells. 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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Parent Coaching Early Intervention Program Benefits Young Children with Autism

A parent coaching intervention brings meaningful benefits for preschool-aged children with autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a clinical trial. The approach "fosters parents' interactional abilities and play skills to promote their children's functional development," according to the authors. Parents reported that they were able to engage their child in 15- to 20-minute play sessions and throughout daily routines, for a total of two hours per day.To read more,click here

Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5

Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from premature birth and pneumonia, a new study shows. In all, 6.3 million children under 5 died in 2013, said researchers who examined the leading causes of death. They were complications from premature birth, resulting in 965,000 deaths; pneumonia, which caused 935,000 deaths, and childbirth complications, which led to 662,000 deaths. Nearly 52 percent of children died from infectious diseases such as pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea, according to the study published Sept. 30 in The Lancet. To read more,click here

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Blood Test May Help Determine Who is at Risk for Psychosis

A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis. Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions that define the development of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia emerges in late adolescence and early adulthood and affects about 1 in every 100 people. In severe cases, the impact on a young person can be a life compromised, and the burden on family members can be almost as severe. The study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin reports preliminary results showing that a blood test, when used in psychiatric patients experiencing symptoms that are considered to be indicators of a high risk for psychosis, identifies those who later went on to develop psychosis. To read more,click here

Children Who Go to Preschool Achieve Higher Grades at High School Graduation, British Study Shows

A child is likely to achieve better grades in high school and ultimately earn higher wages if they have received a preschool education, a new UK study suggests. High school achievement was rated by grades achieved for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in the UK. Oxford University researchers who were involved in the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary (EPPSE) project found that children who had had an early education at nursery or preschool were more likely to get better GCSE results -- the equivalent of getting seven Bs compared to seven Cs. The research found an early education particularly helped boost grades in GCSE English and maths. The effects were even more marked if the preschool was of high quality and the value of a preschool education was particularly important for children from less advantaged backgrounds, say the researchers. To read more,click here

ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child's academic performance and social skills as early as the second grade, a new Australian study contends. Children between 6 and 8 years old who were tested and scored high for ADHD symptoms were more likely to get lower grades in elementary school and have trouble fitting in with other kids, compared with children without ADHD, the study authors reported. Kids with ADHD also were more likely to have other mental health or developmental disorders, including anxiety, depression and autism, according to the study. To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Part-Time Literacy Specialist - TEP's Part-Time Literacy Specialist (approximately 15 hours per week) will work one-on-one with students identified as struggling readers in both push-in and pullout capacities, spiraling effective literacy interventions into the student(s)' existing curriculum.To learn more -Click here

* Social Studies/ History, ELA & Special Education Teacher - The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for Social Studies/ History, ELA and Special Education Teaching positions. Featured in The New York Times and on 60 Minutes, TEP is the school that pays its teachers a $125,000 salary to work on a team of master practitioners in an environment that values and develops teaching excellence. To learn more - Click here

* Director of Special Education -  Supervise and provide leadership for the Special Education program at multiple schools. Develop and implement appropriate educational curriculum. Provide leadership in the timely assessments of students including completion of IEP and 504 related paperwork To learn more -Click here

* Resource Specialist (RSP Teacher) - Options For Youth is a guided independent study public charter school serving students in grades 7 through 12. We are currently looking for a Resource Specialist (RSP Teacher) to join our dynamic team. - To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Teacher - The mission of the Great Oaks Charter School is to prepare its students to succeed in college. We will do this by instilling in students the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to be successful in college and to pursue a career of their choice. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - The Help Group is now hiring special education TEACHERS!  ith more than 950 staff members, The Help Group's state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on seven campuses in the Los Angeles area. We are hiring for our Autism schools located on our Sherman Oaks and Culver City campuses. To learn more - Click here

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

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Winston Churchill
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