Week in Review - January 23, 2015


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January 23, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 4


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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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How To Determine If You Have Positive Teaching Qualities
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Part II - Negative Teaching Characteristics

Now let us take a look at some personality characteristics and teaching styles that increase the chance of children developing negative self esteem or low self worth.

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NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities series will cover the following topic:

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)


The following Power Point will descriube the Individual Family Service Plan procedures (IUFSP) used with early intervention. The IFSP is a written treatment plan that maps out the EI services that a child will receive, as well as how and when these services will be administered. It details a child's current levels of functioning, specific needs and goals for treatment (referred to as outcomes).

The IFSP takes a family-based approach to services, due to the central concept that supporting a child's family lends itself to supporting the child. This means that the IFSP is developed with input from the child's entire family, and it includes features that are designed to support the entire family.

Although IDEA is a federal law, each state implements its own EI programs. Specific regulations and procedures vary from state to state; the required time frames for implementing the IFSP can differ, for example. Check with your state education agency for more information on state-specific procedures regarding the IFSP.

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Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998. That decrease means 1,300 fewer babies are born annually with neural tube defects such as spina bifida, the most common neural tube defect that, in severe cases, can cause partial or complete paralysis of the parts of the body below the waist. However, even with folic acid fortification some women don't get enough of the B vitamin, especially Hispanic women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To read more,click here

In Practice, IDEA Remedies May Not Be Available To All

Family income appears to be a major factor influencing whether parents will seek mediation or due process in special education disputes with their child's school district. A nationwide survey of over 500 parents with children on the autism spectrum finds that families earning more than $100,000 a year are significantly more likely to pursue litigation compared to those with incomes that are half that level. The findings published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders may point to fundamental inequities in the special education process, researchers said.To read more,click here

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One in 5 Adults With Epilepsy Also Has ADHD Symptoms: Study

Nearly one in five adults with epilepsy also has symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study finds. Researchers surveyed almost 1,400 adult epilepsy patients across the United States. They found that more than 18 percent had significant ADHD symptoms. In comparison, about 4 percent of American adults in the general population have been diagnosed with ADHD, the researchers noted. Compared to other epilepsy patients, those with ADHD symptoms were also nine times more likely to have depression, eight times more likely to have anxiety symptoms, suffered more seizures and were far less likely to be employed. 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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Recess Promotes Healthy Eating by School Kids: Study

School kids are a lot more likely to eat the green beans and peaches on their lunch tray if they have recess beforehand, a new study suggests. Students in the federally funded U.S. National School Lunch Program must select a fruit and a vegetable side, the researchers explained. But many school officials say these healthy foods often end up in the trash. "Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to 'finish' so that they can go play. This results in wasted fruits and vegetables," said study co-author David Just, of Cornell University. To read more,click here

Special Education Law Symposium

The 40th Anniversary of the IDEA: The Past is Prologue

REGISTER NOW: June 21 - June 26, 2015

Lehigh University's intensive one-week institute provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and case law relating to the education of students with disabilities.The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state officials, and other individuals interested in legal literacy concerning the education of students with disabilities.

The program offers two parallel tracks, one for basic that offers in-depth foundation knowledge about the IDEA and Section 504: Eligibility, FAPE, LRE, Student Discipline, and Remedies. The other track is for advanced participants, offering brand new "hot topics": Settlement Process, Exiting Special Education, "Meaningful" Parental Participation, Inadequate IEP Implementation as a FAPE Denial, Transition Services, Noncustodial Parent Issues, and State Complaint Resolution Process.

The experienced program faculty features attorneys Laura Anthony (Ohio), Edward Bauer (Florida), Maria Blaeuer (Washington, DC), Esther Canty-Barnes (New Jersey), Andrew Cuddy (New York), Laura Gillis (Massachusetts), Zvi Greisman (Maryland), Dana Jonson (Connecticut), Michael Joyce (Massachusetts), Isabel Machado New Jersey), Deborah Mattison (Alabama), Kevin McDowell (Indiana), Michael Stafford (Delaware), and-from Pennsylvania--Andrew Faust, Joshua Kershenbaum, Dennis McAndrews, Gabrielle Sereni, and Dr. Perry Zirkel.

The symposium begins on Sunday evening with a dinner and keynote lecture by Dr. Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.

The workshop is offered for graduate and continuing education credit. Weekly and daily options are available.  Full information is now available on our website:coe.lehigh.edu/law.  For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson atspecialedlaw@lehigh.eduor (610) 758-5557.



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, Laurine Kennedy and Pamela Downing-Hosten who knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

According to the latest research in the field, when a parent has a history of attempting suicide, the odds of a suicide attempt in his/her child rises by how much, compared to the offspring of people without such histories?



Fill in the blank:  In 1898,Miller Reese Hutchisoninvented theAkoulathon.  It is considered by many to be the first electric  ______.

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All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Supplement Maker Accused of Misleading Parents

A dietary supplement maker will pay $200,000 and change its ways after federal officials accused the company of making false claims that its products could treat speech difficulties associated with autism. Under a settlement agreement, the Federal Trade Commission said NourishLife, LLC and its owner, Mark Nottoli, will stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products are effective at treating various speech disorders. The supplements called Speak were sold online since at least 2008 as softgels, capsules and in liquid form at a cost of more than $70 per bottle, the FTC said. To read more,click here

Child Medicaid Recipients Become Healthy, Productive Adults: Study

Adults who received expanded Medicaid benefits as children contribute more in taxes, were more likely to attend college, and have a lower risk of premature death, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the tax returns of nearly all people born in the United States between 1981 and 1984, to compare those from similar backgrounds who were eligible for Medicaid during childhood for different lengths of time. Medicaid, created in 1965, is a public health insurance program for low-income people. There was a significant expansion of Medicaid coverage for children in the 1980s and 1990s. To read more,click here

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Taking Sightlessness for a Spin Can Harm People's Attitudes Toward Blindness

Using simulation to walk in the shoes of a person who is blind -- such as wearing a blindfold while performing everyday tasks -- has negative effects on people's perceptions of the visually impaired, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study."When people think about what it would be like to be blind, they take from their own brief and relatively superficial experience and imagine it would be really, really terrible and that they wouldn't be able to function well," said Arielle Silverman, who is lead author of the paper and blind. She conducted the research as part of her doctoral dissertation in CU-Boulder's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and now is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. To read more,click here

Vaccination Can Cut Rates of Common Infection in Infants

Rotavirus is a relatively common infection of infants and -- especially in poorer countries -- can cause sometimes fatal diarrhea and vomiting. However, a new U.S. study finds that widespread vaccination against rotavirus cuts children's rates of infection. In the study, researchers led by Leila Sahni, immunization action plan coordinator at Texas Children's Hospital, tracked the use of the rotavirus vaccine among doctors treating children for acute gastroenteritis. The study looked at cases over two years at the emergency department of Texas Children's Hospital. Just over 80 percent of the children had been vaccinated against rotavirus. To read more,click here

Athletes With Disabilities Eye College Competition

Growing up blind, the closest Ann Kwong came to a competitive sport, even in P.E., was a marshmallow-eating contest. Judith Lung never learned how to throw a ball. "I never knew what it was like to block a ball and take one for the team," said Kwong, a senior psychology major at the University of California, Berkeley. Now she does. And it happens to be a nearly 3-pound rubber ball with bells inside that she can hear only as it comes bouncing and jingling toward her at as fast as 30 mph. To read more,click here

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Bilingualism Changes Children's Beliefs

Most young children are essentialists: They believe that human and animal characteristics are innate. That kind of reasoning can lead them to think that traits like native language and clothing preference are intrinsic rather than acquired. But a new study suggests that certain bilingual kids are more likely to understand that it's what one learns, rather than what one is born with, that makes up a person's psychological attributes.To read more,click here

Genetic Discovery about Childhood Blindness Paves Way for New Treatments

Finding genes for retinal degenerations has immediate benefits for people living with blindness and vision loss, their families, and their physicians. Establishing a genetic cause confirms the clinical diagnosis at the molecular level, helps predict the future visual prognosis, suggests therapies, and allows some patients to join clinical trials. While more than 200 genes for retinal degenerations have been identified, approximately 40-50 percent of cases remain a mystery.To read more,click here

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Doctor Visits May Be Insufficient To Spot Autism

Routine visits to the pediatrician are often far too short to accurately identify children at risk for autism, a new study suggests. Researchers say even trained autism experts missed 39 percent of children on the spectrum when they were asked to screen kids by observing them in 10-minute videos in a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The finding is significant, researchers say, since pediatrician visits often last just 10 to 20 minutes. For the study, researchers videotaped 42 children ages 15 to 33 months while they were being assessed for autism. The kids in the study were evenly divided between those with the developmental disorder, individuals who were typically developing and children with speech delays but no autism. 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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Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids' Post-Op Pain, Study Finds

Going through a surgery often means post-operative pain for children, but listening to their favorite music might help ease their discomfort, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised by the finding. "It is well known that distraction is a powerful force in easing pain, and music certainly provides an excellent distraction," said Dr. Ron Marino, associate chair of pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. Finding new ways to ease children's pain after surgery is important. Powerful opioid (narcotic) painkillers are widely used to control pain after surgery, but can cause breathing problems in children, experts warn. To read more,click here

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Family Income, Child Behavior Factors in Legal Disputes about Kids with Autism

Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children's education, according to a recent survey of parents.The Web survey, which gathered responses from more than 500 parents in 47 states and Washington, D.C., examined characteristics of children with ASD, their families and family-school relationships to identify factors that might predict parents' utilization of procedural safeguards to protect their and their children's rights. To read more,click here

Does 'Dyslexia' Disable Teachers?

Different labels for difficulties with reading have been found to be associated with varying beliefs in how effective teachers believe they can be. Researchers asked a sample of primary school teachers to complete two questionnaires about children who were having difficulty with learning to read. One questionnaire sought to discover how much the teachers believed they could do to help the children. The other questionnaire sought to discover the extent to which the teachers believed that the children's difficulties were 'essential'- that is, how far they marked out the difficulties as having a distinct biological basis.To read more,click here

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Major Study Sends Clear Safety Message to Prevent Brain Injury in Children

An exhaustive analysis of data from more than 40,000 cases of brain trauma in children -- published by the New England Journal of Medicine-- provides convincing evidence that protecting children in advance from head injuries is the key to reducing their severity.The new findings, obtained during one of the largest multi-center prospective studies of its kind ever conducted in the United States, show that the most common cause of brain injury among children younger than 12 is falling -- typically from a moving bicycle, scooter or other wheeled device. Among U.S. adolescents, the three major causes of brain trauma are automobile accidents, assaults and sports-related injuries. Based on a previous study of pediatric brain trauma that studied children's medical histories at 25 sites in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the newly-released findings send a clear safety message to parents and caregivers alike, said Children's Hospital of Michigan Division Chief and Research Director of Emergency Medicine Prashant V. Mahajan, M.D., one of the authors. To read more,click here

Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Needs

Finding care for children with medically complex or rare conditions can force parents to tap into networks of highly specialized physicians and hospitals scattered around the country. This is especially challenging when the children are covered by Medicaid, because each state-run program has a different benefit package, payment structure and provider network. Conflicting regulations and paperwork requirements can delay treatment and lead to unnecessary hospitalizations. Medicaid's state-based rules also have thwarted efforts to develop a national clinical database researchers could use to find ways to improve the care of children with rare conditions. To read more,click here

ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder, Study Suggests

A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests. At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive food consumption that characterizes binge-eating disorder, researchers said. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is solely approved in the United States to treat ADHD, and no drug has been approved to curb binge-eating disorder. Binge-eating -- only recently recognized by the psychiatric community as a distinct disorder -- is characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive food consumption accompanied by a sense of loss of control and psychological distress, the study authors noted. It is also associated with obesity. To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Teachers and Psychologist- Legacy Traditional Schools is opening its 9th campus in Surprise, Arizona! LTS is hiring for all kindergarten, elementary, junior high and special education teacher positions for the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more -Click here

* Arizona: Special Education Teacher- $46,000/year with 16 weeks off.  Special Education Teachers needed in Arizona (Phoenix and surrounding cities). Needs are in the self-contained setting serving students with emotional disabilities (ED), Autism (A), Severe/Profound (S/P), and Intellectual Disabilities (ID). To learn more -Click here

* Learning Specialist- To provide Special Education students with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. To learn more -Click here

* Early Childhood Special Educator- Magnum Medical seeks adventurous Early Childhood Special Educator to work with infants and toddlers of American military families stationed overseas, in a home-based early intervention program in Okinawa, Japan. To learn more -Click here

* Service Coordinator- Provides therapeutic intervention with children and their caregivers as needed on assigned cases. Provides service coordination of assigned cases, including home visits, crisis management collateral contacts, and transition planning. To learn more -Click here

* Clinical Position focused on Exceptionalities- The School of Education at the University of Michigan is seeking an individual who will collaborate with other teacher educators to enhance attention to exceptional children and youth across the teacher education program through instruction, program design, mentoring, and faculty professional development. To learn more -Click here

* Achievement Center Director- The Director, a member of the administrative council reporting to the Head of School, will be responsible for ensuring that this model program is guided in all respects by CCES's mission, and that it maintains its strengths and retains the community's confidence. To learn more -Click Here

* Program Manager (Alternate Assessment)- The Assessment Program at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a well regarded organization that is growing rapidly. We focus on providing our clients with customized assessments that not only measure student achievement against state standards, but also provide meaningful score reports that can help students, parents, and educators address any areas of student weakness. To learn more -Click here

* Teacher- We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming and improving educational outcomes for our students. To learn more -Click here

* Classroom Teacher- A Great Place to Work! The Sand Hill School Classroom teacher possesses a passion for teaching children who learn differently and team-teaches a class of about 12 students with learning, attention and social challenges. To learn more -Click here

* Director of Education- The Director of Education will directly supervise Assistant Principals, the Mental Health Director, and the IEP Coordinator. The Director of Education will have proven leadership abilities who will provide strong management, work collaboratively with school staff and senior leaders of other areas of the organization. To learn more-Click here

* Head Literacy Curriculum Developer - $100K Salary- The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School (www.tepcharter.org) is seeking a Head Curriculum Developer for TEP's middle school literacy curriculum. To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Teacher (125K Annual Salary-Immediate Start)- The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for Special Education Teaching position. To learn more -Click here

* Music Teacher (125K Annual Salary-Immediate Hire)- The Equity Project Charter School is now hiring for Music Teaching position. Immediate hire! To learn more -Click here

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