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How To Design Your Classroom
Step I - Classroom Design-(Resource Room and Self Contained classroom only - Inclusion Class teachers proceed to Step II)
Setting up the physical structure of your classroom is a personal choice. However, some logical reasoning should be utilized when determining the layout of the room. In a resource room and self- contained special education classroom, there are several designs that you can consider....
How To Gather Information on your Students Before the Start of School
There are a variety of settings in which you may be hired in the field of special education including a resource room, self-contained special class or an inclusion setting. This article, which will be presented in several parts over the next few weeks, focuses on various steps that should be taken to insure the welfare of the children, the appropriate educational setting, information that should be gathered, communicating with related service providers, parents, paraprofessionals, assistant teachers, and other areas to make your job easier and more rewarding. This article assumes nothing and provides important information for all three settings. When noted, certain information is best suited for a specific type of setting. If not noted, then assume that the information being presented applies to all three settings.
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* Literature Review: On Second Thought, Maybe They are Helping. By Pia Surgent
* Literature Review: Parent Participation In Special Education Classrooms. By Kaitlyn Gagner
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Dad's Involvement With Child with Autism Helps Mom, Too
Involved parenting by the father of a child with autism improves the mother's mental health, a new study finds. Researchers looked at the families of 50 children with autism. They found that when fathers took an active role in parenting during infancy, it benefited both the child's development and the mother's mental well-being. When children with autism were 4 years old, their mothers had lower levels of depression and stress if fathers read to the children and engaged in "responsive care giving activities" -- such as taking them to the doctor or soothing them when they were upset. "In family systems that include children with autism, the stressors are huge, and mothers need all the support they can grasp," study co-author Brent McBride, a professor of human development and director of the Child Development Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a university news release. To read more,click here
Spending On Community Living Hits Record
For the first time ever, Medicaid is spending more on community-based services than on institutional care. A new report finds that more than half of Medicaid spending on long-term services and supports went toward home and community-based services during fiscal year 2013, which spanned from October 2012 through September 2013. During that time, state and federal Medicaid programs allocated $146 billion toward long-term care services, 51 percent of which went to community-based options. That's up from 49 percent the year before, according to the report produced for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To read more,click here
Poverty May Hinder Kids' Brain Development, Study Says
Poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance, researchers report. Poor children tend to have as much as 10 percent less gray matter in several areas of the brain associated with academic skills, according to a study published July 20 inJAMA Pediatrics. "We used to think of poverty as a 'social' issue, but what we are learning now is that it is a biomedical issue that is affecting brain growth," said senior study author Seth Pollak, a professor of psychology, pediatrics, anthropology and neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To read more,click here
$28 Million Effort Aims To Identify Autism Biomarkers
With millions in funding, a public-private partnership is launching a national study aiming to better classify children with autism in order to improve treatment options. The National Institutes of Health said this week that it is teaming with the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative and other private partners to fund a $28 million effort over four years. The project will focus on establishing better clinical measures of social impairment. "The heterogeneity in people with an ASD makes it imperative that we find more precisely diagnosed groups of research subjects so that we can objectively evaluate the clinical effects of an intervention," said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. "This consortium project will develop reliable tools and measures that clinical researchers can use to assess potential treatments." To read more,click here
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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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TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
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 and Yvonne Harris who knew the answer to last week's trivia question: Approximately how many spinal cord injuries(SCI) happen each year in the United States.
ANSWER: According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 12,500 SCI that happen each year in the United States.
THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION:
A diverse group of states spanning the nation came out on top in an annual ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The analysis released this month by United Cerebral Palsy looks at Medicaid services offered across the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
For the fourth year in a row, which state took first place in the listing?
If you know the answer, send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, August 3, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?
Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. The study found that children and teens prescribed antibiotics had about twice the risk of developing juvenile arthritis compared to children the same age who were not prescribed the drugs. "This risk was greatest within a year of receiving antibiotics and increased with the number of antibiotic courses children were prescribed," said study lead author Dr. Daniel Horton, a research fellow with the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Child Health Institute of New Jersey. To read more,click here
Finding A Formula For 'Medically Complex' Kids
Five-year-old Lakota Lockhart talks about Batman nonstop. When his mom, Krystal, can wedge in a word, she describes what life has been like since Lakota was born with a rare central nervous system disorder that causes his breathing to stop every time he falls asleep. She says they're lucky Lakota was born across the street, at Brandon Regional Hospital, or she might never have known about the Chronic Complex Clinic at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. The brainchild of Dr. Daniel Plasencia, the St. Joseph's clinic was created 14 years ago to improve care for kids with chronic conditions affecting more than one organ system. "Their treatment was too complex for most pediatricians," Plasencia said. "They needed a medical home and we provided it for them." To read more,click here
Antibiotics Myths Still Common Among Parents
Many American parents still have misconceptions about when their children should receive antibiotics and what the medications do, a new study finds. Looking at data results spanning more than a decade, researchers saw that parents with Medicaid insurance were more likely to misunderstand appropriate antibiotic use than parents with private commercial insurance. Medicaid is the government-run insurance program for lower-income Americans. "While not confirmed, it is possible that the combination of health literacy and underlying socioeconomic factors could contribute to both the misconceptions and expectations for antibiotics," said Dr. Louise Vaz. She is assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases and medical director of the Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. To read more,click here
Obama: ADA 'Fight Is Not Over'
In marking a quarter century since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act became law, President Barack Obama said much more work is yet to be done. Obama spoke Monday before a packed house in the East Room of the White House about the impact of the ADA at an event just days ahead of the law's 25th anniversary, which will occur Sunday. "Thanks to the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American life - schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses, buses, baseball stadiums, national parks - they truly belong to everyone," the president told the crowd, which included former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, former U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho and other leaders responsible for making the ADA a reality. To read more,click here
Will Good Students Be Able to Sidestep Alzheimer's?
Kids at the head of the class not only have better college and job prospects, they may also stave off Alzheimer's disease, two new studies suggest. People with the best school grades and most complex jobs later on -- as managers, teachers or executives, for example -- have roughly a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of developing dementia, according to two teams of Swedish researchers. But, both Swedish studies only found an association between school grades, later jobs and risks of dementia, and not a proven cause-and-effect link. To read more,click here
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Gun Access May Be Banned For Many With Disabilities
Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, which could affect millions of people whose monthly disability payments are handled by others. The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others. A potentially large group of people receiving Social Security benefits are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to "marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition or disease." To read more,click here
Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail
Hospitalization for mental health problems is far more common among kids behind bars than among children and teens in the general population, a new study finds. Juvenile inmates also have longer hospital stays, which suggests they have more serious underlying mental health problems, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. "We know young people in the juvenile justice system have a disproportionate burden of mental illness, but I was really surprised by the magnitude of the problem, because hospitalizations typically occur for very severe illness," lead author Dr. Arash Anoshiravani, a clinical assistant professor of adolescent medicine, said in a university news release. To read more,click here
Does Heart Disease Begin in Childhood?
Are the first signs that someone is at risk of developing cardiovascular disease detectable in toddlers and preschoolers? There's evidence that low vitamin D levels in adults are linked to cardiovascular disease, as well as other health issues such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. But that link hadn't been studied in children. Researchers in Toronto examined vitamin D levels in children ages one to five and the non HDL- cholesterol level in their blood, a marker of cardiovascular health. (Non-HDL cholesterol is basically all of a person's cholesterol minus his or her HDL or good cholesterol.) In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, they found a "statistically significant association" between higher vitamin D levels and lower non-HDL cholesterol, even after taking into account such things as Body Mass Index, consumption of cow's milk and levels pf physical activity. To read more,click here
Teen Drinking, Smoking on the Decline, U.S. Study Finds
Although more American teens are using marijuana, their use of alcohol and cigarettes has decreased, a new study finds. Penn State researchers reviewed information from nearly 600,000 high school seniors surveyed about their substance use between 1976 and 2013. The results showed an increase in marijuana use, particularly among black teens. The study also found a significant decline in cigarette use, particularly among white teens. In 1993, black teens were equally likely to use marijuana or cigarettes. Their use of marijuana has risen since then, the study revealed. White teens were more likely to smoke cigarettes than use marijuana until 2011. At that time, their use of marijuana became slightly higher than their use of cigarettes, the study showed. To read more,click here
Potential Target Pathway May Pave Way for New Therapeutic Approaches for Fragile X Syndrome
Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have discovered that the protein APP plays a significant role in the development of fragile X syndrome (FXS) at young stages. They identified an unexpected biological pathway as a promising target to ameliorate deficits associated with FXS and autism. The results have recently been published in Neuron. FXS is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability worldwide, and the most frequent cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The syndrome is a consequence of the absence or incorrect production of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). So far, no cure has been discovered for FXS. To read more,click here
Hormone Linked to Social Difficulties With Autism, Early Study Finds
Low levels of a certain hormone may play a role in the social difficulties that children with autism spectrum disorders experience, new research suggests. Vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure, may play a role in social behavior, according to Karen Parker, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. "Vasopressin may be a biological marker of, and potential drug target for, social impairments in autism," Parker said. "There are currently no medications that effectively treat the social deficits in people with autism." To read more,click here
Toddlers Who Chill in Front of TV are at Later Risk of Being Victimized by Classmates
For young children, the number of hours spent watching TV at the age of 29 months correlates to the likelihood he'll be bullied in sixth grade, says Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital. "It is plausible that early lifestyle habits characterized by less effortful interactive experiences, such as early television viewing, can ultimately result in social skill deficits. More time spent watching television leaves less time for family interaction, which remains the primary vehicle for socialization," Professor Pagani explained. "Early television exposure is also linked with developmental deficits associated with brain functions that drive interpersonal problem solving, emotional regulation, socially competent peer play, and positive social contact. Finally, TV viewing may lead to poor eye-contact habits -- a cornerstone of friendship and self-affirmation in social interaction."To read more,click here
Child Paralysis Outbreak: Different Virus May Be Cause
A mysterious outbreak of child paralysis cases previously linked to enterovirus D68 may instead have another cause, doctors at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital are cautioning after determining that a stricken child appeared to be suffering from a different virus. A 6-year-old girl arrived at UVA Children's Hospital in October after her parents noticed that her right shoulder was drooping and that she was having difficulty using her right hand. She had previously exhibited cold-like symptoms, including a cough, a slight fever and headache. The child's paralysis symptoms were similar to those seen in more than 100 other children during an outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis that began in the summer of 2014. To read more,click here
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