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September 4, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 36


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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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Table of Contents

* Update from the U.S. Department of Education

* How One National Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Helps Students with Special Needs Succeed. By Andrew C. Brown, M.Ed. (SPED); M.Ed. ( Ed. Leadership)

* 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

* Acknowledgements

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ADHD Risk Rises for Each Week a Preemie Is Born Early

The more premature a child is born, the higher the likelihood of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recent Finnish study. Babies born particularly underweight or overweight for their gestational age also had an increased risk of ADHD, researchers found. "Although ADHD is more common in babies who are either underweight or overweight, the risks are greatest for those babies with the most severe degree of poor growth in the womb," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "The reality is that the additional risk for ADHD is relatively low for babies born close to their due date but is significantly greater for babies born seven weeks or more prematurely," said Adesman, who was not involved in the study. To read more,click here


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Feds Clarify Rights Of Parents With Disabilities

The Obama administration is warning state and local officials not to discriminate against people with disabilities who have children or would like to. Technical assistance issued jointly this month from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services clarifies that children should not be taken from their moms or dads simply because a parent has a disability. Similarly, federal officials said that people with disabilities should not face added barriers to becoming foster or adoptive parents due solely to their special needs. The move comes in response to an increasing number of discrimination complaints that the federal agencies say they've received from people with disabilities. To read more,click here

Medical Groups Endorse Early Exposure to Peanut Products for High-Risk Infants

Infants at high risk for peanut allergies should be given foods containing peanuts before they reach the age of 1 year, a new consensus statement from 10 medical groups states. The interim guidance, which runs counter to conventional thought, was issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other expert groups in response to a study published in February that found early exposure to peanut products reduced the risk of a peanut allergy developing by 80 percent. The statement will be published in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics. To read more,click here

Disney Doesn't Want Executive Questioned In ADA Suits

Walt Disney Company and its attorneys are battling a request to have one of its top executives sit for a deposition in controversial lawsuits over access to theme park attractions for people with disabilities. Tom Staggs, currently chief operating officer of Walt Disney Co., was formerly the division chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, when the theme parks adopted a new policy on disability access in 2013. Dozens of families with children with autism have sued, alleging that children with cognitive disabilities don't have the patience required to wait for a certain ride - even if they are not waiting in line. While Disney has generally declined to comment on the lawsuits, it has argued in court filings that it went to great lengths to provide service to its guests with disabilities. To read more,click here

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According to a report by UCLA's Civil Rights Project released earlier this year, just over 5 percent of elementary-school children with disabilities had this happen to them during the 2011-12 school year, more than double the overall rate. Among secondary-school students, 18 percent of kids with disabilities had this happen to them, versus 10 percent overall. Even more striking, a third of all K-12 children with emotional disabilities-such as anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder had this happen to them at least once.  What is the issue to which is being referred?
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According to the latest data from the U.S. government experts, are the number of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) rising, declining or remaining relatively the same?

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Who've Had One Stroke at Risk of Second

Childhood cancer survivors who've had one stroke are at high risk for having another, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from more than 14,300 people in the United States and Canada who were diagnosed with childhood cancers between 1970 and 1986 and took part in a long follow-up study. Of the 271 patients who had a stroke, 70 suffered a second stroke. Over 10 years, 21 percent of stroke survivors had a second stroke, which is twice the rate seen in non-cancer stroke survivors, the researchers said. To read more,click here

Study: Dads' Involvement Key For Families Affected By ASD

Many women struggle to deal with stress associated with having a child with autism, but new research suggests that fathers can play a big role in boosting moms' mental health. The extent that dads take a hands-on role in caregiving when children are young is directly tied to the level of depressive symptoms mothers experienced later, according to a study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. The findings come from an analysis of data on more than 3,500 children - some of whom had autism or other disabilities - collected through the National Center for Education Statistics' Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort. To read more,click here

Brief Drop in Blood Sugar at Birth Tied to Poorer School Performance

Children who experience a brief drop in blood sugar right after birth may have a harder time with reading and math when they go to school, a new study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,400 fourth-graders, found that kids who had so-called "transient hypoglycemia" as newborns typically had poorer reading and math skills than their peers. Experts stressed that the findings show only a correlation, and do not prove cause and effect. But the study, published online Aug. 24 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, could add to a long-standing controversy over transient hypoglycemia. To read more,click here

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Theaters, Museums Increasingly Catering To Special Needs

When the lights dim and a play starts, all eyes are on the stage. But what if you can't see it? How do people who are blind experience a live theater show? A museum exhibit? "The biggest problem we face is that many people assume people who are blind can't or don't experience theater or other sources of entertainment," said Chris Danielsen, spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind. "And that is not correct." Yes, they can hear the actors, their motions - the pouring of a glass, the shot of a gun. And they've been going to live shows for a long time, Danielsen said. To read more,click here

'Goth' Teens Report More Depression, Self-Harm

The dark look associated with Goths may not be all show: Teens in this subculture appear more prone to depression and self-harm than their peers, researchers report. Fifteen-year-olds who strongly identified as Goth -- recognized by their distinctive black clothes, white and black makeup and black hair -- were three times more likely to be depressed at 18 compared with teens who did not identify as Goth, the British researchers found. And they were five times more likely to report self-harming behaviors such as cutting or taking an overdose of pills as non-Goth teens, according to the study published Aug. 27 in The Lancet Psychiatry. To read more,click here

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Scientists Trace Autism 'Pathway' From Gene To Brain

There is much that scientists don't know about autism. They don't know, for example, why the complicated, vexing disorder has become more common. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that about 1 in 150 children in the U.S. were on the spectrum; in 2010, that number was 1 in 68. And scientists still don't have a physical explanation for the symptoms of autism, which include a wide range of social impairments. Most experts agree that a combination of genes and environmental factors are at play. Autism has been linked to air pollution, maternal nutrition, certain pesticides and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in flame retardants and other products, said Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. To read more,click here

Preteen Football Tied to Brain Changes in Retired NFL Players: Study

Playing tackle football before the age of 12 may be linked to brain changes seen in pro football players who developed memory and thinking problems later in life, new research suggests. "It makes sense that children, whose brains are rapidly developing, should not be hitting their heads over and over again," said lead author Julie Stamm, who conducted the study as part of her doctoral dissertation at Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. "This study supports that idea and suggests that there may be later-life consequences associated with experiencing these repeated hits during childhood," said Stamm, who is now a postdoctoral researcher in radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. To read more,click here

Study Finds Association Between People Who Have had a Traumatic Brain Injury, ADHD

A new study has found a "significant association" between adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives and who also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder. The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, supports research that found a similar association in children, said Dr. Gabriela Ilie, lead author of the study and a post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael's Hospital. The data used in the adult study was collected by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Monitor, a continuous, cross-sectional telephone survey of almost 4,000 Ontario residents age 18 and older. Traumatic brain injury was described as any injury to the head that resulted in loss of consciousness for at least five minutes or overnight hospitalization. ADHD was measured by self-reported history of an ADHD diagnosis or the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale known as the ASRS. To read more,click here

Magnetic Stimulation Effective in Reducing Bed-Wetting

Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, causes distress in children and young adults, as well as for their parents or caregivers. The causes are not fully understood and there may be both physiological and psychological components to the condition. In a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, researchers report that repetitive sacral root magnetic stimulation (rSMS) can reduce the frequency of nighttime bedwetting and improve quality-of-life for sufferers. In a study conducted by researchers at the Assiut University Hospital, Assiut, Egypt, 41 patients experiencing nocturnal enuresis were divided into two groups receiving either real magnetic stimulation or a sham stimulation using the same equipment and procedures. The identities of the real vs. sham patients were unknown to both the researchers and the patients. Each participant received 10 sessions, five per week. A magnetic stimulator was placed over the sacral vertebrae in the lower back and 15 Hz pulses were applied for 10 seconds on and 30 seconds off. For the sham procedure, the stimulator was internally adjusted so that little magnetic stimulation could reach the underlying tissue. All patients had been taking the tricyclic antidepressant drug imipramine (25mg once at night /day) for at least three months without satisfactory results and they continued taking their prescribed medication throughout the study. To read more,click here

Autism: Transforming Behavioral Therapy with Technology

From iPods to cell phone networks, power generation to GPS systems, electrical and computer engineers are producing the technologies we depend on every day. But one electrical engineer, a second-year doctoral student at the University of Kentucky, is combining the latest technologies to support young children on the autism spectrum. Using computer vision, signal processing and privacy protection, Nkiruka Uzuegbunam, along with electrical and computer engineering Associate Professor Sen-ching Samson Cheung, have developed "MEBook," a combination of a social narrative and gaming system that psychologists and parents can use as behavioral therapies for children with autism. To read more,click here

Genetic Study Finds Association Between Reduced Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Genetic findings support observational evidence that lower vitamin D levels are associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis, according to a new research article by Brent Richards, from McGill University, Canada, and colleagues published this week in PLOS Medicine. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis and it usually presents between the ages of 20 and 40 years. While some observational evidence suggests there may be a link between lower vitamin D levels and multiple sclerosis risk, it is difficult to infer a causal relationship because individuals who develop multiple sclerosis in these studies might share another unknown characteristic that increases their risk of multiple sclerosis (this is known as confounding). To read more,click here

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Four-Day School Week Can Improve Academic Performance, Study Finds

Shortening the school week to four days has a positive impact on elementary school students' academic performance in mathematics, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Montana State University. The study, published in the journal Education, Finance and Policy in July, analyzed the impact of a four-day school week on student achievement by comparing fourth-grade reading and fifth-grade math test scores from the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) for students who participated in a four-day school week, versus those who attended a traditional five-day school week. The researchers found a four-day school week had a statistically significant impact on math scores for fifth-grade students, while reading scores were not affected. To read more,click here

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Kids with ADHD May Have Bad Memory Even in Adulthood

Adolescents diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may perform poorly in memory tests compared to their peers even in adulthood, suggests new research. ADHD is a disorder characterised by short attention span, restlessness and impulsivity, and is usually diagnosed in childhood or adolescence.  "Memory problems can certainly hold people back in terms of success in education and the workplace," said lead researcher Graham Murray from the University of Cambridge. Estimates suggest that more than three in every 100 boys and just under one in every 100 girls has ADHD. Less is known about the extent to which the disorder persists into adulthood, with estimates suggesting that between 10-50 percent of children still have ADHD in adulthood. The researchers followed 49 adolescents diagnosed with ADHD at age 16, to examine their brain structure and memory function in young adulthood, aged between 20-24 years, compared to a control group of 34 young adults. The results showed that the group diagnosed in adolescence still had problems in terms of reduced brain volume and poorer memory function, irrespective of whether or not they still met diagnostic checklist criteria for ADHD. To read more,click here

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