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October 16, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 42


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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 REVIEWat news@naset.org.Have a great weekend.


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In This Issue:

Elements of Good Teaching and Good Teachers: A Theoretical Framework and Effective Strategies for Special Educators

What Factors Contribute to Self-Efficacy

Hildy Straus and Rhonda BondieCo-Teaching and Collaboration: Preservice Teachers' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Sense of Efficacy in Teaching Students with Disabilities

Creating a Common Table: Using Peer Mediated Intervention to Promote Social Communication Skills with At-Risk and Autism Spectrum Disorder Populations

Home-School Collaboration for Students with ASDs: Parents' Perspectives

Validating an Observation Protocol to Measure Special Education Teacher Effectiveness

Teaching Play Skills Through the Use of Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies: A National Survey

Student Outcomes in a Blended Preschool Program

A Meta-Analytic Review of Tactile-Cued Self-Monitoring Interventions Used by Students in Educational Settings

Teachers' Knowledge of Special Education Policies and Practices

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Issue #16

Response to Intervention with Emphasis on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Adhwaa Alahmari

This issue ofNASET'sRTI Roundtableseries was written by Adhwaa Alahmari. This paper reviewed the literature on the response to intervention framework with respect to culturally and linguistically diverse students. This discussion begins with a rationale for implementing response to intervention (RTI) as an identification model. Then, it discusses the most important characteristics for teachers to consider when working with diverse learners in order to improve the learning environment for all students. It reviewed literacy research on RTI tiers, including the limitations and outcomes of each model. There is a paucity of research on the implementation of RTI with diverse students, which means fewer outcomes are available regarding producing RTI.

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Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk

Children who have a lot of infections in the first 18 months of life may have an increased risk for celiac disease, a new study from Norway suggests. The study found that children with 10 or more respiratory and gastrointestinal infections during the first 18 months of life were 30 percent more likely to develop celiac disease than kids who had fewer than five infections. The researchers also found that youngsters with repeated respiratory infections were at greater risk than those with repeated gastrointestinal infections. "We think there are many pieces to the puzzle that must fit together for someone to develop celiac disease, where heredity, gluten intake and possibly many other environmental factors are important," study first author Dr. Karl Marild, from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, said in an institute news release. To read more,click here

For Those With Spina Bifida, Medical Advances Lead To Longer Lives

The voices of the characters from "Toy Story" carried through the waiting room as Tammy Williams waited for her clinic appointment at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio on a recent Friday morning. You might figure that a 46-year-old would prefer something else, but Williams said she doesn't mind the Disney Channel. And it suits most of the patients, after all. Williams, as the oldest patient in the hospital's spina bifida clinic, is used to being surrounded by kids and parents when she sees her team of caregivers at her annual visit. To read more,click here

Parents Can Take Steps to Help Make Homework Less Stressful

Homework may be stressful for kids and parents alike, and it can be especially difficult for children with learning and behavior challenges, experts say. Parents can take steps, however, to make homework less of a burden for the entire family, said education specialist Barbara Resnick, of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. "Establish a routine for homework, and dedicate a set time for it to get done," she suggested in a university news release. "Check the nightly planner with your child when they come home, and clarify assignment expectations by reading and highlighting instructions." 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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Doctors Use 3D Printing to Safeguard Baby Before Birth

When Michigan doctors saw a large mass on the face of a fetus late in pregnancy, they feared it might block the baby's airway at birth. The doctors didn't know what the abnormality was, or if the infant would need lifesaving care in order to breathe. Use of 3D printing technology removed the guesswork, the team reported in the Oct. 5 online edition of the journal Pediatrics. It's the first time 3D printing technology has been used in utero "to diagnose facial deformity and severity of airway risk with a newborn," said Dr. Albert Woo, a pediatric plastic surgeon at St. Louis Children's Hospital. To read more,click here

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who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:As high schools across the country continue to reduce physical education, recess, and athletic programs, a new study shows that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and attempts among students who are bullied. Using data from the CDC's National Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 13,583 high school students, researchers at the University of Vermont found that being physically active four or more days per week resulted in what percentage of a reduction in suicidal ideation and attempts in bullied students? ANSWER:  23%

According to the latest research in the field, children whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for what medical condition, even if their own mothers did not smoke?

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'Tweeners' Who Think Pot Is Cool More Likely to Drink and Drive Later: Study

"Tweeners" who think marijuana is acceptable may be more likely to drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver when they reach high school, a new study suggests. The researchers followed nearly 1,200 U.S. middle school students from 2009 to 2013. The kids were assessed at ages 12, 14 and 16. The scientists found that positive beliefs about marijuana and confidence in their ability to not use marijuana when the kids were 12 were significant predictors of later driving drunk or riding with a drinking driver when they were 16. "It is crucial to intervene early to help prevent DUI or riding with a drinking driver in high school," said lead researcher Brett Ewing, a statistical project associate at RAND Corp in Santa Monica, Calif. To read more,click here

New MS Drug Yields Mixed Results in Study

Multiple sclerosis patients taking a new drug experienced fewer relapse rates but more side effects than patients receiving a standard MS therapy, new research indicates. In a trial comparing two sets of more than 900 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, scientists found that those taking the drug daclizumab HYP had a 45 percent lower relapse rate than those taking interferon beta-1a. But patients on the new drug, which has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saw more side effects. Also, they did not experience significantly slower disease progression than those in the interferon beta-1a group over the first several months. To read more,click here

Bedtime Texting May Be Hazardous to Teens' Health

Many American teens text in bed, leading to lost sleep, daytime drowsiness and poorer school performance, a new study says. Researchers from New Jersey looked at nearly 3,200 middle and high school students in the state. They found that nearly 62 percent of the kids used their smartphones in some capacity after bedtime; nearly 57 percent texted, tweeted or messaged in bed; and nearly 21 percent awoke to texts. "Our study confirms that many teenagers are texting late at night when they should be sleeping. This behavior is more common among older teenagers, especially those in high school, and among girls," said study co-author Vincent DeBari. He is director of research at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, in South Orange. To read more,click here

Infants Born to Drug-Abusing Mothers Often Readmitted to Hospital

Newborns with drug withdrawal syndrome are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than those without the condition, a new study finds. Drug withdrawal syndrome can occur shortly after birth in babies whose mothers abuse narcotic painkillers during pregnancy. These infants are at increased risk for breathing and feeding problems, seizures and low birth weight, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville explained. Drug withdrawal syndrome among babies is becoming more of an issue in the United States due to the epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, previous studies have reported. To read more,click here

Hispanic, Poor Children May Have Greater Risk of Losing Eye to Cancer

Hispanic and poor children with a rare eye cancer are at somewhat greater risk of losing an eye due to late diagnosis of the disease, a new study shows. The finding suggests that these children have less access to primary care than white children and those from families with higher incomes, researchers said. "Because retinoblastoma is most often diagnosed during well-child visits, the disparities uncovered in this study raise questions about inequities in primary care that go beyond the few children who develop this rare cancer," said study senior author Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo. He is clinical director of the Solid Tumor Center at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. To read more,click here

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Autism Coming-Of-Age Documentary To Debut On HBO

A film following a group of young women on the spectrum as they prepare for the social challenges of attending a dance is set to air on HBO later this month. The documentary "How to Dance in Ohio" focuses on three Columbus, Ohio women with autism who work with a psychologist for 12 weeks leading up to a spring formal. Marideth, 16, Caroline, 19, and Jessica, 22, open up in therapy sessions, work on their social skills and learn to dance ahead of the big day. Detailed preparations include reviewing the layout of the venue, understanding how to accept an invitation to dance and learning to touch another person. To read more,click here

Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors May Have Memory Troubles

Adult survivors of childhood brain tumors appear to have worse working memory than other adults, a small study finds. Researchers tested 17 adult survivors of pediatric brain tumors in the posterior fossa part of the brain. Then they tested a control group of 17 healthy adults. The brain tumor survivors scored significantly lower on tests of working memory, the study found. Working memory is the ability to retain and use information for short periods of time. The researchers said working memory is an important component of higher-level thinking. To read more,click here

Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Seems Good for Teen Hearts: Study

Could just a few minutes of intense exercise three times a week reduce teens' risk of potential heart problems? That's the suggestion of a small study by British researchers. "We know that activity levels drop significantly as children reach adolescence, and so far attempts to increase this to an hour a day have proved fruitless. This study indicates that, providing the intensity is high, health benefits are achievable with just 8 to 10 minutes of exercise," research team leader Alan Barker, from the University of Exeter, said in a university news release. 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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Long-Delayed Caregiver Wage Protections To Take Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for an Obama administration rule mandating minimum wage and overtime for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities to be implemented. Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Tuesday denying a request from industry groups who sought to delay the new rule. Under the 2013 rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, most home care workers must be paid at least the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour and earn time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours per week. To read more,click here

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Behavior Issues in Kids

Early exposure to secondhand smoke may lead to behavioral problems in children, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 5,200 primary school students in France and found that those exposed to secondhand smoke while in the womb and/or at a young age were at higher risk for behavioral problems, particularly emotional and conduct disorders. The association was strongest among children exposed to secondhand smoke both during pregnancy and after birth. However, because this was an observational study, the authors can't say for sure that secondhand smoke caused the behavioral problems. To read more,click here

Feds: School Resource Officers Must Be Mindful Of ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice is weighing in on the responsibilities of law enforcement officers stationed at schools when they interact with children who have disabilities. The federal agency filed a statement of interest late last week in a lawsuit charging that Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner handcuffed an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl while working as a school resource officer in Covington, Ky. In three incidents involving the children, Sumner is accused of handcuffing the children around their biceps for 15 to 30 minutes at a time while the kids cried and struggled. The restraint was allegedly used as punishment for behavior relating to the children's disabilities, the lawsuit states, and neither child was arrested or charged with a crime. To read more,click here

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Routine Screening for Child Abuse Might Spot More Cases: Study

The early signs of child abuse among infants and toddlers -- head trauma, cracked ribs or abdominal injuries -- are often missed, and that may be due in part to a lack of standardized screening, researchers report. "We probably need to increase testing for abusive injuries, but these data are less about an increase or decrease and more about consistency," said study author Dr. Daniel Lindberg, from the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver. To read more,click here

State Anti-Bullying Laws May Lead to Fewer Bullied Kids

States that get tough on bullies by enacting anti-bullying laws appear to reduce bullying and cyberbullying among high school students, a new study suggests. Among 25 states that adopted at least one component of the U.S. Department of Education guidelines on bullying in their anti-bullying laws, 24 percent saw lower odds of bullying, the researchers found. In addition, these states saw 20 percent lower odds of cyberbullying, the study revealed. "This research is important because it gives us a sense that anti-bullying legislation works," said lead researcher Mark Hatzenbuehler, co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at Columbia University in New York City. To read more,click here

The 11 Biggest Myths And Misconceptions About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

People who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find life a little more challenging than those who don't. Most of us procrastinate big projects or lose interest in accomplishing difficult tasks at times, but people living with ADHD experience these things on a whole other level. While ADHD patients may want to focus, they're unable to; disorganization and impulsivity permeate almost every moment of their lives. ADHD is a disorder that involves problems in focusing, attention, controlling behavior, and being hyperactive. Researchers aren't entirely sure what leads to ADHD, but they believe it might have to do with genes or the environment, or a mixture of both. Perhaps what makes it even more difficult to live with ADHD is the amount of misinformation and negative stereotypes that surround the diagnosis. ADHD patients are often written off as over-diagnosed, undisciplined, or simply lazy. To read more,click here

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* Special Education Coordinator - Coordinates and implements pupil personnel services and programs; planning, organizing and implementing programs, activities, and curriculum for special education students. To learn more - Click here

* Program Manager (Alternate Assessment) - will assist with managing all aspects of state testing projects, especially for special education students. They must be able to work collaboratively in a fast paced environment; anticipate problems and come up with creative methods of solving them; develop strong, positive, constructive relationships with clients; coordinate among the various project teams; and make sure that quality control procedures are adhered to in order to produce high quality assessments within deadline and budget. To learn more - Click here

* Senior Test Developer, Alternate Assessment - will lead state assessment projects and project tasks that include the development and management of alternate assessment programs for students with severe cognitive disabilities. The person in this position also would lead tasks related to test administration accommodations, research on alternate assessment and accommodations, and technical assistance in assessment and special education. To learn more- Click here

* Special Ed Teacher (MA) - Elementary - The Community Reach Center is a growing, multiple-location, mental health care provider in Denver, Colorado that is seeking Special Ed Teachers who will provide educational and support services. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher (ES, MS, HS) - The Special Education Coordinator or Teacher is passionate about supporting the students who are at-risk for academic under performance due to emotional and/or physical challenges so that they can succeed in the school's rigorous academic program. To learn more - Click here

* Assistant Professor (Moderate Disabilities (SPED) - The Graduate School of Education seeks a collaborative and energetic colleague to assume a tenure track position in the field of special education. Currently, the GSE offers a limited number of courses at the master's level for those seeking initial license as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities; however, we are developing a Bachelor or Arts in Education degree with an option in special education. To learn more - Click here

* Head of School - Star Academy is a non-profit, non-public school, located in San Rafael, CA, serving students with learning differences in grades 1-12.  Star Academy is a calm, nurturing and stigma-free school whose therapeutic model seamlessly integrates classroom and specialist instruction. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Are you a Special Education Teacher with experience in a self-contained setting?  Progressus Therapy has a position for you in one of the multiple locations available, starting immediately! To learn more - Click here

* Elementary Special Ed PALS Teacher - Cave Creek Schools has a $4,000 Sign On Bonus for a Self-Contained Special Education classroom teacher. To lead students toward the fulfillment of their potential by translating the district curriculum goals and objectives into learning experiences for each individual student in the district. To learn more - Click here

Food For Thought..........

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
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