Week in Review - September 26, 2014

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September 26, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 39


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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 # 55 - September 2014

Lesser Known Disorders
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:
* HI 2.03-Otosclerosis
* HI 3.00-Mixed hearing loss
* HI 4.00 Neurodegenerative Disorders

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Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child's future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study. Children had nearly an 80 percent increased risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11 if their mothers were exposed during pregnancy to high levels of two phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), the researchers found. The two phthalates were butylbenzyl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate, according to the study. But, the study wasn't designed to prove whether or not these phthalates actually caused the increased risk of asthma; it was only meant to see if there was an association between phthalates and asthma. 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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Study Sees Differences in Brain Connections of Kids With ADHD

Key connections between brain networks seem to mature more slowly in young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study. These connections within and between certain brain networks control internally directed thought, such as daydreaming, and influence the ability to focus on external tasks. This slower development of these important connections could shed light on why those with ADHD are easily distracted or have trouble staying focused, the researchers said. "It is particularly noteworthy that the networks we found to have lagging maturation in ADHD are linked to the very behaviors that are the symptoms of ADHD," said the study's lead author, Dr. Chandra Sripada, an assistant professor and psychiatrist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. To read more,click here

Study: Exposure to Diversity Might Boost Baby's Social Skills

Exposure to diverse communities may boost infants' social learning, according to a new study. Hearing different languages in the park or supermarket could help children be open-minded and willing to learn from people who are different from them, researchers found. "Research has shown that children, like adults, are often biased against interacting with and learning from people who are different from them," said Amanda Woodward, a University of Chicago psychology professor, said in a university news release. To read more,click here

The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids

Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the "protection trap" -- reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the results of a small study. The finding indicates that certain coddling behaviors may actually boost anxiety, although the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "We found evidence that when parents try to help their anxious children they do a lot of things," said study co-author Armando Pina, an associate professor of child developmental psychology at Arizona State University. "Some of them are good, like promoting courage with warmth and kindness. Others are less helpful, like promoting avoidance by overprotecting, which many times leads to more anxiety." To read more,click here

One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says

Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better understanding the brain's response to widely prescribed antidepressants. Experts said the hope is to eventually be able to predict which people with depression are likely to benefit from a drug -- and which people would fare better with a different option. In a small study of healthy volunteers, researchers found that a single dose of the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) seemed to temporarily reduce "connectivity" among clusters of brain cells in most regions of the brain. To read more,click here

Report: Nearly 1 In 3 With Disabilities In Poverty

A confluence of factors ranging from prejudice to the complexity of support systems are leaving people with disabilities disproportionately impoverished, a congressional report finds. More than two decades after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the nation has made significant progress in ensuring that places are physically accessible, but an investigation by the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee finds that major social and economic barriers remain. The committee solicited feedback from more than 400 Americans with all types of disabilities over the summer. What they learned was that this population is struggling to find work, maintain needed supports and access basic infrastructure like transportation. 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: Mike Namian, Olumide Akerele, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Debbie Ridgely, Deborah Berryere and Alexandra Pirard who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:  In what year did the federal government change the name of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
ANSWER:  1990
According to research studied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vast majority of American children may not be receiving recommended screenings for developmental delay. In a recent government survey, parents of what percent of young children reported that they had not been asked to participate in screening efforts in the previous year?
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12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids

Twelve states now have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illnesses that may have sickened hundreds of children, U.S. health officials report. Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania collectively have 130 laboratory-confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, part of the family of viruses that includes the common cold, can sometimes require hospitalization, especially for children with asthma. To read more,click here

Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked

An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, took to the Senate floor Wednesday calling for a unanimous consent vote on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The senator requested two hours of debate on the treaty with no amendments followed by an up-or-down vote much like the Senate did two years ago. Within minutes, however, the plan was shot down with an objection from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who said that two hours of debate was insufficient and indicated that amendments should be allowed. To read more,click here

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds

Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. Encouragingly, the new study also found that alcohol use, binge drinking and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped between 2002 and 2013. The annual survey of 70,000 people aged 12 and older across the United States revealed that between 2002 and 2013, substance dependence or abuse problems among this age group also dropped from 8.9 percent to 5.2 percent. Rates of drug abuse among young people between 12 and 17 years old dropped from almost 12 percent in 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2012, the study from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found. In 2013, rates of illegal drug use among teens fell even further to just under 9 percent. To read more,click here

States Move Forward With Expanded ABA Coverage

Months after federal officials ordered them to do so, states are starting to include coverage of treatments like applied behavior analysis for kids with autism within their Medicaid programs. California is believed to be the first state to roll out the new coverage in response to a mandatethis summer from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The federal agency issued a bulletin in July clarifying that Medicaid programs nationwide must offer "medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services" to children with autism including behavior therapy and other offerings like speech and occupational therapy, personal care services and medical equipment. To read more,click here

Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies

Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won't provide any long-term benefits for infants. After analyzing the effects of magnesium sulfate given to pregnant women, researchers in Australia found it had no benefit on brain, behavioral, growth or functional outcomes among those children when they were assessed at between 6 and 11 years old. The new findings don't negate the fact that the drug is helpful in preventing cerebral palsy in infants, the researchers pointed out in the study, published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. To read more,click here


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Kanye West Faces Backlash Over Wheelchair Incident

Kanye West is taking heat for calling out two concertgoers for not standing up only to find out that they had disabilities. During a show Friday in Sydney, West insisted that everyone stand before he continue with his performance. Video of the incident shows the singer pausing to scan the audience to ensure everyone complied. "This is the longest I've had to wait to do this song. It's unbelievable," he said after noticing two people who were not standing. One was in a wheelchair and the other had a prosthetic leg, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To read more,click here

Study Ties Multiple Births to Higher Costs, Complications

Births of multiple babies cost more and pose greater risks for complications and death than singleton births, researchers report. The researchers suggest that limiting embryo transfers for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) could ease some of that burden. Over the past 30 years, multiple births have increased in tandem with births to older mothers and use of assisted reproductive technology, noted the researchers from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Their study, published online Sept. 15 in JAMA Pediatrics, was based on more than 233,000 infants born in Western Australia between 1993 and 2003 and followed until 2008. To read more,click here

Economic Study Confirms Growth in Autism

The number of autism cases has soared over the past three decades, leading some to wonder if mental health professionals might be overdiagnosing the disorder. Two economists who used market theory to study the trend in autism growth, however, have confirmed that at least part of the increase is real. Researchers Jose Fernandez and Dhaval Dave analyzed the number and wages of auxiliary health providers based on California Department of Developmental Services data from 2002 to 2011. Each time autism cases doubled, the number of autism health providers grew by as much as 14 percent over that of non-autism health providers, they found. 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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Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan

Too few students with asthma and food allergies have emergency plans in place at school, which can leave the schools inadequately prepared in a health crisis, a new survey finds. Just half of students with food allergies and only one in four kids with asthma have emergency action plans in place at their school to help manage serious reactions, according to researchers at Northwestern University. The researchers cautioned that many schools are not well prepared to deal with the daily needs of these students and effectively handle potentially life-threatening situations. To read more,click here

Molecular Mechanisms of Birth Defects Among Older Women

Dartmouth researchers studying cell division in fruit flies have discovered a pathway that may improve understanding of molecular mistakes that cause older women to have babies with Down syndrome. The study shows for the first time that new protein linkages occur in immature egg cells after DNA replication and that these replacement linkages are essential for these cells to maintain meiotic cohesion for long periods. The study appears in the journal PLOS GeneticsAs women age, so do their eggs and during a woman's thirties, the chance that she will conceive a Down syndrome fetus increases dramatically. Most such pregnancies arise from mistakes in a process called meiosis, a specialized cell division that creates gametes, or sex cells (sperm and eggs). To read more,click here

New Myelin Loss Linked to MS Severity: Study

There's a strong connection between the severity of disease and the loss of myelin in the brain's gray matter for who have multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study says. MS causes the loss of myelin, the fatty, protective sheath around nerve fibers that is most abundant in the brain's signal-conducting white matter. That's why MS is typically considered a disease of the white matter, the researchers noted. But myelin is also present in smaller amounts in gray matter, which is the brain's information processing center, and the researchers used MRI to spot the impact of that loss as well, according to the study, published online Sept. 10 in the journal Radiology. To read more,click here

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Stem Cell Research Offers Clues About Schizophrenia

New research involving stem cells may provide clues about the chemical basis for schizophrenia, scientists report. Brain cells of people with this chronic and disabling brain disorder give off higher amounts of three neurotransmitters linked to a range of psychiatric disorders, researchers found. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that trigger or block the transmission of electrical signals in the brain. Although the cause of schizophrenia remains unknown and there is no cure, the study authors suggested their findings shed new light on the chemical basis of the disorder. Ultimately, they believe the study results could help scientists treat patients with schizophrenia more effectively. To read more,click here

Brain Scans Used to Forecast Early Reading Difficulties

UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges. In the United States, children usually learn to read for the first time in kindergarten and become proficient readers by third grade, according to the authors. In the study, researchers examined brain scans of 38 kindergarteners as they were learning to read formally at school and tracked their white matter development until third grade. The brain's white matter is essential for perceiving, thinking and learning. To read more,click here

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