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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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What is Dance Therapy?

From time to time your students may receive related services to help them deal with their present special education situation. There are time when parents may not fully understand what exactly a related service does. ThisParent Teacher Conference Handoutexplains to parent what the role of dance therapy will be if their child has it on his/her IEP.

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ADHD May Mask Autism in Young Kids

Symptoms attributed to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may overshadow or mask autism spectrum disorder in very young children, a new study reveals. This can create a significant delay in the diagnosis of autism. It took an average of three years longer to diagnose autism in children initially thought to have just ADHD, the researchers said. That delay can make a big difference in the future of the child, said study author Dr. Amir Miodovnik, a developmental pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital. To read more,click here

Obama Administration Makes Push For Preschool Inclusion

Federal officials say that all children with disabilities should be able to attend preschool alongside their typically-developing peers. Nearly four months after requesting public feedback on the issue, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are jointly issuing guidance to states, school districts and early childhood providers urging them to make a place for kids with special needs. "As our country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early learning programs for all children, we must do everything we can to ensure that children with disabilities are part of that," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in announcing the effort this week during his annual back-to-school bus tour. To read more,click here

Antidepressant Paxil Isn't Safe for Teens, New Analysis Says

A controversial clinical trial of the antidepressant Paxil came to the wrong conclusion when it declared the drug safe and effective for treating troubled teenagers, according to a reanalysis of the original data more than a decade later. This new look finds Paxil (paroxetine) can make some teenagers suicidal and likely to harm themselves, claims a report published Sept. 17 in the BMJ. "The original study says paroxetine is safe and effective for the treatment of depressed adolescents," said co-author Dr. John Nardo, a psychiatrist with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta. 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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Uber, Lyft Under Pressure To Improve Accessibility

The conference Andy Arias planned to attend on a recent weekday was less than a mile from his apartment in downtown Los Angeles, but he called an Uber to stay out of the oppressive summer sun. As Arias approached the sedan, the driver saw that he was in a wheelchair. He recalls telling her that he could slide into the back seat on his own, and she would only need to stow the folded, 10-pound wheelchair frame in the trunk. But she refused to get out of the car. Eventually, a bystander lifted the wheelchair into the trunk. "It was a teachable moment, and that's putting it gently," said Arias, an actor in his late 20s, who has cerebral palsy. "I've met drivers who were surprised or shocked that I was in a wheelchair, but you can't just refuse to help." To read more,click here

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Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.

Congratulations to: Rebecca Jurado, Martha Hale, Kimberly Rehbaum, Shameem Banu, Prahbhjot Malhi, Margaret Buck, Andrew Bailey, Alfred Arcuri, Olumide Akerele and Carla Adler who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: According to a new federal government report, almost a third of U.S. children were diagnosed with a particular disorder before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young.  What is the disorder?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, what is the current jobless rate for Americans with disabilities?

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Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants

Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes. The findings, published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that breast-feeding might enhance social development in certain at-risk infants. However, the authors and other experts stressed that the study offers no evidence that breast-feeding ultimately affects a child's odds of developing autism, or that it lessens the severity of autism symptoms. To read more,click here

Brain Scans May Take Guesswork Out of Schizophrenia Treatment

A brain scan might someday help psychiatrists quickly determine which antipsychotic drugs work best for patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, researchers say. This personalized approach could eliminate a lot of trial-and-error and hasten critical time to treatment, the study authors suggested. "The ultimate goal is to develop a strategy in which a simple brain scan could provide the necessary information to help select the best medication -- or treatment approach -- for an individual patient," said study co-author Dr. Anil Malhotra, director of psychiatry research at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York City. To read more,click here

Using Humor to Help Toddlers Learn

We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but a team of French scientists has discovered that using humor also appears to help toddlers learn new tasks, reports a new study in the journal Cognition and Emotion. Building on the knowledge that making older children laugh can enhance many aspects of cognition, Rana Esseily and her colleagues designed an experiment to see whether using humor could also have an effect on the ability of infants to learn. Each of the 18-month-olds selected to participate in the final part of the study observed an adult using a tool to grab an out-of-reach toy. In one group the adult simply played with the toy after retrieving it; but in the other group, the adult threw the toy immediately on the floor, which made half the children in that group laugh. To read more,click here

Disaster Aftereffects May Linger for Children

Natural and man-made disasters can put children's health and development at risk for years to come, a new report from a leading group of pediatricians suggests. "Disasters touch the lives of millions of children every year, and children are especially vulnerable to the aftereffects of these events," said Dr. David Schonfeld, lead author of the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "As pediatricians, we are in an excellent position to detect and address a breadth of problems following a disaster, as well as to counsel families and communities on how to be prepared for a crisis situation," he said in an academy news release. Schonfeld is director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. To read more,click here

Physicians Have Greater Ability to Help Child Abuse Victims

Only a few years ago, Pennsylvania had one of the narrowest definitions of child abuse in the country. Statistically, it showed. According to a June 2011 article by Rachel Berger MD of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh appearing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1.4 per 1,000 children in 2010 were victims of child abuse, compared to the national rate of 9.3 percent. However, since then, Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) was amended and a number of changes have occurred. Changes included expanding the definition of abuse, lowering the threshold for abuse, and requiring physicians as mandated reporters to make child abuse reports even if they learn about the suspected abuse outside of the work environment. To read more,click here

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Pregnancy Intervals May Affect Autism Risk, Study Suggests

The amount of time between a woman's pregnancies may matter when it comes to the possible risk of her children developing autism, new research suggests. "Children conceived in less than two years after the birth of their older sibling or greater than six years have [about] a two- to threefold increased risk of being diagnosed with autism," said study researcher Lisa Croen, director of the autism research program at Kaiser Permanente division of research, in Oakland, Calif. Croen said that previous studies have shown an increased risk associated with very short pregnancy intervals, and a higher risk with longer than usual intervals. "We are finding the same thing. I think now there is a growing body of evidence that is pointing in the same direction," she said. To read more,click here

Rise in Disability Benefits for Children with Mental Disorders Consistent with Population Trends

The percentage of poor children who received federal disability benefits for at least one of 10 major mental disorders increased from 1.88 percent in 2004 to 2.09 percent in 2013, and such growth is consistent with and proportionate to trends in the prevalence of diagnosed mental disorders among children in the general U.S. population, says a new report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The increase also is not unexpected. This is because a sizeable number of low-income children with disabling mental disorders do not receive federal benefits, and their number consistently exceeds the amount of children who receive benefits each year. Therefore, large numbers of children who are eligible for such benefits may not be receiving them. To read more,click here

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health

Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests. British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health. "Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this," said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these." 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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Are Early Childhood Educators Undervalued?

With the federal election around the corner, child care has become a major ballot issue. While every party has its own idea of how best to offset the costs of raising children, no one is looking at how we perceive and value those who provide the education and care. Concordia researcher Sandra Chang-Kredl wants that to change. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, she writes that "invariably, the focus of the debate is on the children's needs, the parents' needs and society's needs. The educator is rarely mentioned." Her study calls for a rethinking -- and revaluing -- of the work being done by child-care educators in order to generate social change. To read more,click here

Short Lunch Periods Leave Kids Eating Less, Study Finds

Children who have less than 20 minutes to eat lunch at school end up eating less and wasting more healthy foods, a new study reveals. Federal government guidelines have enhanced the nutritional quality of school lunches, but there are no guidelines on how much time students should have for a lunch period, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The study authors said that 20 minutes or less may not be enough time to eat. In addition, waiting in serving lines or arriving late to lunch sometimes left children in the study with as little as 10 minutes to actually sit and eat, the investigators found. To read more,click here

Money Doesn't Buy 'Tweeners' Self-Esteem

Children who struggle with low self-esteem sometimes believe that they can buy their way out of feeling bad by acquiring "cool" things and striving to look good, experts say. But new research finds the opposite may be true, with materialistic behavior actually aggravating already-existing depressive tendencies. "Consumer culture may be perceived as a coping mechanism by vulnerable children, but it is one that is detrimental to their well-being," study author Matthew Easterbrook, a psychology professor at the University of Sussex in England, said in a university news release. To read more,click here

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Childhood Abuse Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Later in Life

Adults who were physically or sexually abused as children may be at increased risk for the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis, a new study finds. University of Toronto researchers analyzed data from nearly 22,000 Canadians aged 18 and older. They found that those with a history of childhood abuse were nearly twice as likely to have ulcerative colitis as those who hadn't suffered abuse. In ulcerative colitis, inflammation and sores develop in the innermost lining of the large intestine, according to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Symptoms include diarrhea, bloody stools and abdominal pain. To read more,click here

Google Gets Top Neuroscientist To Lead Mental Health Project

After visiting Silicon Valley this summer for a tour of tech companies including Apple, Google and IBM, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health is coming back - this time to work here. Google's life sciences division, now its own subsidiary of parent company Alphabet, said Tuesday that it has hired Thomas Insel, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who since 2002 has run the branch of the Maryland-based National Institutes of Health that works on understanding and treating mental disorders. "Tom is coming on board to explore how the life sciences team at Google could have an impact on the huge challenges related to understanding, diagnosing and treating mental illness," the company said in a statement. "We're thrilled that he's joining the team and look forward to sharing more once he has a chance to get up and running." To read more,click here

Researchers Question Efficacy Of Brain Balancing

Roxanne Carlson vividly remembers the shock she felt three years ago when a psychologist said her son Levi had issues he might never overcome. He'd need to get a job coach, the psychologist told her, and may even have to spend his life on government disability. "We were mortified," she said in her home in Marinette. "We were like, 'You've got to be kidding. This is the answer we're getting?'" Roxanne and Perry Carlson had known for five years - ever since they adopted Levi, then 10, and his brother Anthony from the Philippines - that Levi had problems. He was behind many of his peers, academically and socially. He had trouble returning affection, couldn't process language quickly and struggled just to make conversation. To read more,click here

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