Week in Review - January 2, 2015


NewNASETPublications and Articles of Interest in Special Education and Disabilities That Were Reported This Week

January 2, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 1


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Dear NASET News,

Happy new year to allNASETmembers!  We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best in 2015.

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 # 57 - December 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:
* LD 1.06-Auditory Language Classification Processing Disorder
* LD 1.07-Auditory Long Term-Memory Processing Disorder
* LD 1.08-Auditory-to-Written Expression Processing Disorder

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NASET Special Educator e-Journal
January 2015

Table of Contents
* Update from the U.S. Department of Education
* Parental Advocacy Training -- Feature Article by Monica Babich
* National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
* Legislative Announcements, Calls to Participate and New Projects
* Resource - - Buzz from the Hub
* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET
* Upcoming Conferences and Events
* Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
* Acknowledgements

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Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth, Study Reports

High blood sugar may slow brain growth in young children with type 1 diabetes, a new study indicates. The research included children aged 4 to 9 years who underwent brain scans and tests to assess their mental abilities, as well as continuous monitoring of their blood sugar levels. Compared to children without diabetes, the brains of those with the disease had slower overall and regional growth of gray and white matter. These differences were associated with higher and more variable blood sugar levels, according to the study. But, the researchers didn't find any significant differences in the children's thinking and memory skills ("cognition"). To read more,click here

President Obama Signs ABLE Act

With his signature, the president has paved the way for people with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts where they can amass more than $2,000 without losing government benefits. President Barack Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act Friday before leaving Washington for the holidays. The new law will allow people with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. What's more, individuals can keep their Medicaid coverage no matter how much money is accrued in an ABLE account. Modeled after 529 college savings plans, interest earned on savings will be tax-free. Funds accrued in the accounts can be used to pay for education, health care, transportation, housing and other expenses. To read more,click here

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ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking

Teens are more likely to start smoking or drinking with each additional symptom they have of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorder, new research suggests. "Our findings underscore the need to counsel families about the risk of substance use as [these] children approach adolescence," said study author Dr. William Brinkman, research director at Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, which is part of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. "This need is heightened among children with ADHD and/or conduct disorder diagnoses or symptoms." Brinkman's team analyzed data on more than 2,500 teens, aged 12 to 15, in a national survey conducted with their parents between 2000 and 2004. To read more,click here

With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations

As new rules roll out mandating better pay for in-home care workers, federal officials say states must not compromise the rights of people with disabilities in the process. Starting in January, home care workers will qualify for the first time for federal minimum wage and overtime protections. Now, the Obama administration is warning states not to forget the needs of people with disabilities - who often rely on in-home care providers - as they implement the new policy. In a "Dear Colleague" letter issued this week, officials from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services said that states must be cognizant of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide services in an integrated setting. To read more,click here

Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraines in Adulthood

Adults who experienced childhood abuse or neglect have a higher risk of migraine headaches, suggests a study published online Dec. 24 in the journal Neurology. "Childhood maltreatment can have long-lasting effects, like associated medical and psychological conditions including migraine in adulthood," study author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, said in a journal news release. "When managing patients with migraine, neurologists should take childhood maltreatment into consideration," concluded Buse, who is also an associate professor in clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. 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: Carol Hanania, Prahbhjot Malhi, Olumide Akerele, Sheila Lachelt, Karen Bornholm, Kimberly Rehbaum and Laurine Kennedy who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: TRUE OR FALSE:  Under the federal law (IDEIA), children with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education complete with academics, therapies and other supports even if they're incarcerated.

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High-Fat Diet, Obesity During Pregnancy Harms Stem Cells in Developing Fetus

Physician-scientists at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital reveal a high-fat diet and obesity during pregnancy compromise the blood-forming, or hematopoietic, stem cell system in the fetal liver responsible for creating and sustaining lifelong blood and immune system function.The life-long burden of a western-style diet on the heart and circulatory system have long been appreciated. However, prior to this study, no one had considered whether the developing blood stem cells might be similarly vulnerable to prenatal high-fat diet and/or maternal obesity. The findings are published in the journal Molecular Metabolism. To read more,click here

Scans May Spot People Who'll Benefit From Surgery for OCD

Though most patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successfully treated with medication and therapy, between 10 percent to 20 percent have a form of the illness that doesn't respond to standard care, experts say. However, patients with this so-called "refractory OCD" do have hope in the form of a type of brain surgery that disables certain brain networks believed to contribute to OCD. The challenge: to distinguish between patients most likely to benefit from the surgery, known as "dorsal anterior cingulotomy," from those who probably won't. To read more,click here

Echolocation Acts as Substitute Sense for Blind People

Human echolocation operates as a viable "sense," working in tandem with other senses to deliver information to people with visual impairment, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.Ironically, the proof for the vision-like qualities of echolocation came from blind echolocators wrongly judging how heavy objects of different sizes felt. The experiment, conducted by psychological scientist Gavin Buckingham of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and his colleagues at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in Canada, demonstrated that echolocators experience a "size-weight illusion" when they use their echolocation to get a sense of how big objects are, in just the same way as sighted people do when using their normal vision. To read more,click here

Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically Ill Kids: Study

Very sick children with complex chronic illnesses can receive effective, less expensive care from a clinic that functions as a "medical home," with easy access to a team of dedicated health care professionals, a new study shows. Children were less likely to become seriously ill and need either hospitalization or a trip to the emergency room when they received treatment at an enhanced medical home clinic at the University of Texas in Houston versus usual care, according to a report published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "These are very complex children at high risk, and we don't wait until they're really sick for them to get treatment," said study author Dr. Ricardo Mosquera, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School. "We save money because these patients are not often in the hospital," he added. To read more,click here

High Socioeconomic Status Increases Discrimination, Depression Risk in Black Young Adults

An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education -- which has a protective effect for white youth -- can also increase the risk of depression for black youth. The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black youth, greater perceptions of being discriminated against cancelled out the protective effects of parental education.To read more,click here

Can Fast Food Hinder Learning in Kids?

A steady diet of fast food might hurt your child in the classroom, a new study finds. Kids who frequently ate fast food in fifth grade lagged behind by eighth grade, said researchers who reviewed questionnaires and test scores of more than 8,500 U.S. students. "The largest effects were found for the kids who reported daily consumption of fast food," said study leader Kelly Purtell, assistant professor of human sciences at Ohio State University. "On average they were scoring three or four points lower than the kids who did not report eating fast food at all in the past week." To read more,click here

'Deep Learning' Finds Autism in Unexplored Regions of Genome

Scientists and engineers have built a computer model that has uncovered disease-causing mutations in large regions of the genome that previously could not be explored. Their method seeks out mutations that cause changes in 'gene splicing,' and has revealed unexpected genetic determinants of autism, colon cancer and spinal muscular atrophy. CIFAR Senior Fellow Brendan Frey (University of Toronto) is the lead author on a paper describing this work, which appears in the Dec. 18 edition of Science Express. The paper was co-authored by CIFAR senior fellows Timothy Hughes (University of Toronto) and Stephen Scherer (The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto) of the Genetic Networks program. Frey is appointed to the Genetic Networks program, and the Neural Computation & Adaptive Perception program. The research combines the latter groups' pioneering work on deep learning with novel techniques in genetics.To read more,click here

Greater Cooling of Oxygen-Deprived Infants Fails to Improve Survival

Longer and colder body cooling does not reduce the risk of death in newborns who have brain damage from a lack of oxygen, a new study finds. The risk of death and disability in newborns with this condition -- called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy -- can be reduced by lowering their body temperature to 33.5 degrees Celsius (92.3 Fahrenheit) for 72 hours, experts say. Research has shown that longer and deeper cooling protects the brains of animals, so this study examined if the same would be true in humans. To read more,click here

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Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required

Teachers have long observed the effect that music education can have on students, but recent research is showing just how integral learning a musical instrument is to a child's development. Using the most advanced brain analysis technology, Dr. Nina Kraus from Northwestern University has been able to show precisely what happens to "the brain on music." Music and language have a special relationship that Kraus and her team are only beginning to understand. In the study, which appears online in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology, the team showed that exposure to music lessons physically stimulated the brain and changed it for the better. However, simply being exposed to music education does not seem to be sufficient, you have to also be actively involved. To read more,click here

Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds

A large increase in the number of U.S. school-age athletes receiving treatment for concussions is likely due to new laws and increased public awareness, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data collected from privately insured 12- to 18-year-olds across the United States between 2006 and 2012 in order to assess the impact of concussion laws. Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws about concussion treatment. In states where such laws were in place during the study period, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of young athletes receiving treatment for concussion. Even in states without such laws, there was a 75 percent increase in concussion treatment for student players, according to the researchers. To read more,click here

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Mother's Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids

Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana -- and to do so at an earlier age -- if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics. The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed would be most likely to engage in risky behaviors "since those children may be missing both the supervision and support that a parent can offer during an emotional time," said study co-author Ian Colman. He is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. To read more,click here

Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism

Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added. No two people with autism have the exact type and severity of behaviors, according to background information from the study. Investigators analyzed hundreds of autism patients and nearly 1,000 genes to determine how gene mutations influence autism symptoms. They found that more damaging genetic mutations usually result in more severe autism symptoms, that autism patients with little or no verbal skills often have mutations in genes that are more active in the brain, and that those with less severe autism symptoms were less likely to have mutations that completely shut down genes. 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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Food For Thought..........

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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