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NASET's HOW TO Series Issue 29A
How To Prepare for a Triennial Review
What is the Triennial Evaluation?
Under IDEA, a child must be re-evaluated at least every three years. This is known as a triennial review. The purpose of the triennial review is to find out:
* if the child continues to be a "child with a disability," as defined within the law, and
* the child's educational needs.
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NASET's HOW TO Series Issue 29B
How To Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment
Identifying the underlying causes of behavior may take many forms; and, while the Amendments to IDEA advise a functional behavioral assessment approach (which could determine specific contributors to behavior), they do not require or suggest specific techniques or strategies to use when assessing that behavior. While there are a variety of techniques available to conduct a functional behavioral assessment, the first step in the process is to define the behavior in concrete terms. In the following section we will discuss techniques to define behavior.
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NASET Special Educator e-Journal October 2015
Table of Contents
* Update from the U.S. Department of Education
* What a Transformation Special Education Director Would Look Like: Characteristics of Transformational Leadership. By Angelise M. Rouse, Ph.D.
* Buzz from the Hub
* Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work
* Legislative Announcements, Calls to Participate and New Projects
* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET
* Upcoming Conferences and Events
* Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
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Parents Should Be Involved in Teen's Bulimia Treatment: Study
Teens with bulimia recover faster when their parents are involved in their treatment, new research reports. Traditionally, parents have been excluded from the treatment and counseling of teens with bulimia, the researchers said. But, the study's authors found that having parents play a role in their children's treatment was ultimately more effective. "Parents need to be actively involved in the treatment of kids and teens with eating disorders," said the study's leader, Daniel Le Grange, the Benioff UCSF professor in children's health at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. To read more,click here
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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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States Work To Help People With Disabilities Find Work
Michael Bethke, 19, works part time at a grocery store in Clark, S.D. He started out as an intern through the state's Project Skills program for high school students with disabilities, and now performs tasks like unloading vans. "I like it a lot," he says of his job. It's been 25 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibited employment discrimination against people with disabilities. Yet as the nation celebrates the law's anniversary, a stark divide remains: men and women like Bethke are still less likely to have jobs than people who don't have a disability. To read more,click here
Childhood Cancer Devastates Family Finances, Too
Although money may be the last thing a parent worries about after a child is diagnosed with cancer, new research shows that a cancer diagnosis can take a significant toll on a family's financial well-being, too. Researchers surveyed 99 families of children being treated for cancer at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center within a month of diagnosis and again six months later. One-quarter of the families lost more than 40 percent of household income. Nearly one-third of the families had difficulty affording food (20 percent), housing (8 percent) or energy (17 percent), the study found. To read more,click here
Despite Growth, SSI May Be Under-Serving Kids
The number of children receiving disability benefits from the federal government is on the rise and for good reason, a national panel of experts suggests. Supplemental Security Income added more than 328,000 children with disabilities to its rolls between 2004 and 2013. The increase is largely in line with population and economic trends, according to a report out this month from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Institute of Medicine. To read more,click here
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Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region That Manages Multistep Tasks
Scientists say they have pinpointed a region of the brain that helps you complete a series of activities in the right order, such as getting dressed and carrying out typical daily routines. The study authors say that the area, the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex (RLPFC), is like a foreman that helps you remember what to do step by step. "We're interested in the errors people make in everyday sequences of behavior," study co-author David Badre, associate professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University, said in a university news release. "You have to internally monitor where you are and what you are doing." To read more,click here
Smartphones, Apps Prove Liberating For Those With Special Needs
Ruben Morales, a 59-year-old retired engineer who is blind and lives in Silicon Valley, has used a specialized screen-reading program for years to write and run spreadsheets on his desktop computer. But recently, he figuratively cut the cord to his desktop and joined the mobile revolution. Morales was visiting an area Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center, learning how to use an iPhone's features for people with vision impairment. "It's pretty amazing," Morales said, demonstrating how he can call up a song and play it with a few taps. "Whatever I can do on the computer I can basically do it on the iPhone. It has the same capability." To read more,click here
Girls Who Are Impulsive, Poor Planners May Be Prone to Weight Gain
Girls who are impulsive and have difficulties planning at age 10 may tend to gain more weight as they enter puberty, and binge eating may be a common path to that result, new research suggests. Girls at age 10 with poorer "executive function" -- characterized in part by problems with self-regulating or planning ahead -- were significantly more likely to have episodes of binge eating by 12 and gain excess weight by 16, the study found. "The novel finding here is that binge eating partially explains the relationship between impulsivity and later weight gain," said study author Andrea Goldschmidt, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. To read more,click here
Feds Dole Out Millions For Disability Employment
Millions in federal funds are headed to six states in an effort to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor said this week that Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York and Washington will share in the grants totaling nearly $15 million. Each state's labor department or workforce development agency will use the money to address various needs of job seekers with disabilities including improving job training, facilitating the transition from school to work or offering customized approaches for those with significant needs. To read more,click here
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Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery
Some newborns who undergo complex heart surgery may be more likely to have neurological or motor disabilities -- such as cerebral palsy -- as they grow older, a new study suggests. However, one pediatric surgeon not involved with the study said such complications were relatively rare. The Canadian study authors said that it's not necessarily the surgeries that might have led to the disabilities. Instead, a likely reason for later trouble is that the children's hearts pumped too little oxygen to the body and brain before the surgery, the authors suggested. To read more,click here
Study of Leukemias in Children Living Close to Heavily Used Roads
Researchers from CRESS (Epidemiology and Biostatistics Sorbonne Paris Cité Research Centre, Inserm -- Paris Descartes University -- University of Paris 13 -- Paris Diderot University -- INRA) studied the risk of acute leukemia in children living close to heavily used roads. To address this question, the research team considered all 2,760 cases of leukemia diagnosed in children under 15 years of age in metropolitan France over the 2002-2007 period. The results show that the incidence of new cases of myeloblastic leukemia (418 of 2,760 cases of leukemia) was 30% higher in children in the population whose residence was located within 150 m of heavily used roads, and had a combined length of over 260 m within this radius. In contrast, this association was not observed for the more common, lymphoblastic type of leukemia (2,275 cases). The researchers particularly studied the case of the Île-de-France region of Paris with the help of data modeled by Airparif, which is responsible for the monitoring of air quality in Ile-de-France. To read more,click here
Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids: Study
Children who have their tonsils removed to treat sleep apnea are more likely to suffer breathing complications than kids who have the procedure for other reasons, a new review shows. Researchers found that across 23 studies, about 9 percent of children undergoing a tonsillectomy developed breathing problems during or soon after the procedure. But the risk was nearly five times higher for kids with sleep apnea, versus other children. Experts said the findings, reported online Sept. 21 in the journal Pediatrics, should not scare parents away from a procedure that could help their kids. To read more,click here
Exercise Reduces Suicide Attempts by 23 Percent Among Bullied Teens
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 a 23 percent reduction in suicidal ideation and attempts in bullied students. Nationwide nearly 20 percent of students reported being bullied on school property. To read more,click here
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'Preemie' Birth Linked to Less Wealth, Education in Adulthood
Adults who were born preterm tend to have less education and wealth, a new study suggests. "Our findings suggest that the economic costs of preterm birth are not limited to health care and educational support in childhood, but extend well into adulthood," said study author Dieter Wolke, a psychological scientist at the University of Warwick in England. "Together, these results suggest that the effects of prematurity via academic performance on wealth are long-term, lasting into the fifth decade of life," he added. To read more,click here
FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
A new antipsychotic drug to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug, Vraylar (cariprazine), is a capsule taken once a day. "Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be disabling and can greatly interfere with day-to-day activities," Dr. Mitchell Mathis, director of the division of psychiatry products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "It is important to have a variety of treatment options available to patients with mental illnesses so that treatment plans can be tailored to meet a patient's individual needs," Mathis said. To read more,click here
Childhood Vaccines Debate Rekindled at GOP Presidential Debate
Some parents' long-simmering concerns over the safety of childhood vaccines received unexpected -- and, in some quarters, unwelcome -- notice during the second Republican presidential candidates' debate. While the link between vaccines and autism has long been discredited, an exchange toward the debate's end addressed a more recent parental concern -- whether children are receiving too many vaccines too soon. And the potential fallout from that exchange has infectious-disease experts worried. Candidates Ben Carson and Rand Paul -- both doctors -- both argued that children probably are receiving too many vaccinations in too short a time, and that parents ought to have the right to deviate from the recommended schedule. The candidates said vaccines are safe and important, and dismissed fears that some vaccines might cause autism, but argued for parental freedom in scheduling vaccinations farther apart. To read more,click here
Post-Secondary Programs See Signs Of Success
As a growing number of colleges offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities, a new report provides the most comprehensive look yet at who's attending and their outcomes. The federally-mandated report out this month from the Think College National Coordinating Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston offers a snapshot of what's happening at post-secondary programs across the country using data solicited from 50 programs that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the vast majority of students in the college programs were between the ages of 18 and 25 and nearly all were diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism or both, the report found. A quarter were dually enrolled while still receiving special education services from their local school district. To read more,click here