Week in Review - May 22, 2015


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

May 22, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 21


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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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Comprehensive Overview of Traumatic Brain Injury ( TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by the head being hit by something or shaken violently. (The exact definition of TBI, according to special education law, is given below.) This injury can change how the person acts, moves, and thinks. A traumatic brain injury can also change how a student learns and acts in school. The term TBI is used for head injuries that can cause changes in one or more areas, such as:
* thinking and reasoning,
* understanding words,
* remembering things,
* paying attention,
* solving problems,
* thinking abstractly,
* talking,
* behaving,
* walking and other physical activities,
* seeing and/or hearing, and
* learning.

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Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life

Adults with autism have a better chance of finding and keeping a job if they can effectively perform basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, new research reveals. Investigators found that having strong self-care skills appears to be a more important predictor of employment success than an individual's intellect or symptom severity. "What we know about adult outcomes for people with autism is not very positive in terms of independent living and employment," said study lead author Laura Klinger, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and executive director of the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. To read more,click here

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Kids Born to Older Dads May Face Risk of Blood Cancers

Adults who were born to older fathers may be at increased risk for blood and immune system cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, a new study suggests. This association is particularly strong among only children, the American Cancer Society investigators added. However, the study did not prove there was a cause-and-effect link between the two. There was no association between having an older mother and increased risk of these cancers, according to the study published online May 11 in the American Journal of Epidemiology. To read more,click here

CDC: 1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD

One in 10 children and teens has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new government report. That number has remained relatively steady since 2007, according to government estimates. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report offers a snapshot of how many children and teens currently have ADHD. However, it's tough to draw conclusions from this data about the reasons for the findings, said lead author Patricia Pastor, a researcher in the CDC's Office of Analysis and Epidemiology. To read more,click here

How Amphetamines, Cocaine Harm the Brain

A new study reveals how cocaine and amphetamines affect the brain, and researchers hope the findings will lead to new addiction treatments. The drugs disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain, reported the team from Oregon Health & Science University. Currently, there are no approved drug therapies for amphetamine abuse, and people addicted to amphetamines and cocaine have a high relapse rate, the researchers said. To read more,click here

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Congratulations to: Mary Amason, Deborah Pittman, Marilyn Haile, Marie Wise-Miu, Olumide Akerele, Ope-Oluwa Olubela, Rena Root and Pamela Downing-Hosten who all knew the answer to last week's Trivia Question: According to the latest research in the field from Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of a certain type of eating disorder. What is the name of this eating disorder?
ANSWER:  LOC-ES (Loss of Control Eating Syndrome)
An estimated 194,000 toddlers and preschoolers (age 2-5 years) in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately what percentage ofthem is not receiving the recommended treatment?
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Adults With Autism Fare Poorly in Job Interviews, Study Finds

"High-functioning" adults with autism may face significant communication challenges that could make landing a job difficult, new research from Canada suggests. The finding is based on an audio-analysis that examined the conversational skills of the adults as they embarked on a series of job interviews. "Our work focused on people with autism who test as well as those without autism when it comes to problem-solving and non-verbal IQ," explained study lead author Wendy Mitchell, a doctoral candidate in the faculty of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. To read more,click here

Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems -- such as anxiety and depression -- at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6. Due to the study's design, however, it wasn't possible for the researchers to prove that sleep problems caused mental health issues or vice versa; the researchers could only show an association between these factors. To read more,click here

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Under New Law, Self-Advocates To Train Police

Self-advocates will take a role in training police on interacting with people who have developmental disabilities under a first-of-its-kind law. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed the law Tuesday establishing the Ethan Saylor Alliance for Self-Advocates as Educators. The new effort, which will operate out of the state's Department of Disabilities, will bring together people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to teach law enforcement officers about the unique needs of this population. To read more,click here

Girls With Autism Fare Worse Than Boys, Study Finds

While girls are far less likely than boys to be diagnosed with autism, girls with the developmental disorder show more impairments compared to their healthy female peers than comparable sets of boys do, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of California Davis MIND Institute contend that girls with autism may suffer from greater social deficits than boys with the condition, which is characterized by problems with emotional and communication skills. To read more,click here

Nearly 40 Percent Of Students With Disabilities Don't Graduate

A new report is sounding alarm bells about lagging high school graduation rates among students with disabilities. Some 85 to 90 percent of kids with disabilities are estimated to be capable of completing the requirements for a high school diploma. Yet, just 6 in 10 of these students graduated in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available. The findings come from an analysis of federal education data in the annual Grad Nation report released Tuesday, which is produced by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. To read more,click here

Despite Laws, Mental Health Coverage Often Falls Short

Under federal law, insurance plans that cover mental health must offer benefits that are on par with medical and surgical benefits. Twenty-three states also require some level of parity. The federal law, approved in 2008, and most of the state ones bar insurers from charging higher copayments and deductibles for mental health services. Insurers must pay for mental health treatment of the same scope and duration as other covered treatments; they can't require people to get additional authorizations for mental health services; and they must offer an equally extensive selection of mental health providers and approved drugs. To read more,click here

Stamp To Honor Special Olympics World Games

A competition bringing together athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world will be immortalized on a new postage stamp.The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a commemorative stamp in honor of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer. The Forever stamp went on sale nationwide Saturday. It features the logo for this summer's competition, which will be held July 25 to August 2. To read more,click here

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Autism May Differ in Brains of Boys and Girls

A new imaging study of preschoolers has seemingly identified gender differences in the way autism may manifest itself in the brain. "This research adds to a growing body of evidence that there are differences between boys and girls with autism," said study lead author Christine Wu Nordahl. "This is not surprising given that there are so many more males with autism than females," said Nordahl, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute. To read more,click here

Environmental Concerns Led to Jump in Cost of Asthma Inhalers: Study

Federal action to protect the ozone layer has resulted in a dramatic increase in the cost of asthma inhalers in recent years, according to a new study. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), substances that contribute to the depletion of ozone in the upper atmosphere. Immediately following the ban, the mean cost of asthma inhalers rose from $13.60 per prescription in 2004 to $25 in 2009, said lead study author Dr. Anupam Jena, an assistant professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. To read more,click here

Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage

People with the digestive disorder celiac disease are at increased risk for nerve damage, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers looked at more than 28,000 people with celiac disease and a "control" group of more than 139,000 without the disorder. The researchers found that those with celiac disease were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with nerve damage, medically known as neuropathy. However, the risk of nerve damage among the study patients was still low and the association seen in the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. 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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Peanut Allergy Exposure Occurs Most Often at Home, Study Says

For children with peanut allergies, home is more dangerous than school, researchers say. The Canadian study also found schools that ban peanut products are not less likely to have an accidental exposure occur than schools that don't have these policies in place. "Our study looked at 1,941 children who had been diagnosed as being allergic to peanuts to determine how exposure occurs, how serious the outcomes of the exposure are, and what treatment is given," said the study's first author, Sabrine Cherkaoui, of the University of Montreal. To read more,click here

In First, State To Ban Subminimum Wage

With legislation signed this week, New Hampshire is set to become the first state in the nation to make it illegal for people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage. Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Thursday prohibiting subminimum wage in New Hampshire. The new law will take effect in 60 days. "New Hampshire has a strong tradition of treating all of our citizens with respect and dignity, and by making New Hampshire the first state to prohibit employers from paying subminimum wages to people who experience disabilities, Senate Bill 47 helps build on that tradition," Hassan said. To read more,click here

Concussion May Hurt School Performance for a While

Children and teens recovering from a concussion may experience difficulty with school work until they fully recover, a new study suggests. "The most notable finding was the range and degree of problems and concerns that students with concussions and their parents reported with school," said study lead author Gerard Gioia, chief of neuropsychology at Children's National Medical Center in Rockville, Md. "The brain is one's organ of learning. When it is injured, it should not be surprising that learning will be affected." To read more,click here

Common Sports, Hobbies Often Popular Among People With Autism

The stereotype of a person with autism often includes a "hobby" focusing on a highly specialized, obsessive activity. But a new study finds that -- just as in typically developed people -- people with autism often love sports, books or just watching TV. "Adults with an autism spectrum disorder [ASD] expressed an interest in many of the same hobbies and activities that non-ASD adults enjoy," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. To read more,click here

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