Week in Review - April 29, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

April 29, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 17

Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET'sWEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASETto 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 the WEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASETNews Team


Autism Spectrum Disorder Series

Issue #38 The Social Live and Work Experience of Adults with High Functioning Autism: An Indian Scenario  By Nylla Lyngdoh

This issue ofNASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Sanpalei Nylla Lyngdoh from Texas Tech University. The purpose of this exploratory study is to attempt to understand how ASD affected the social lives and work of individuals at adulthood stage. The ability to attribute mental states to self and others is called Theory of Mind. The lack of theory of mind means that individuals with ASD have difficulty understanding others' points of view; drawing inferences from what others say, and extracting the thoughts and assumptions of others from their words and actions. The study aims at exploring how ASD affects individuals in their social lives and how it affected them at their workplace in India. Findings and implications are discussed.  Read More


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Diagnostic Tests for Women with Autism Fall Short

Women with autism show fewer repetitive behaviors than men with the condition on a standard diagnostic test. This difference may lead to a 'partial' diagnosis for many women, qualifying them for only limited services, according to the largest study of adults with autism to date. Clinicians may diagnose just 1 girl with autism for every 10 boys in children of average intelligence, and her diagnosis may be years overdue, according to some reports. Most diagnostic assessments are based on research in boys with autism and may be biased toward behaviors typically seen in these boys. So it is unclear whether fewer girls have autism, or whether the features of autism in girls and women are simply distinct and harder to recognize. Read More
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Undetected ADHD May Explain Poor SSRI Response in Depression

Adults who fail to respond to antidepressant therapy may have underlying attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and not treatment-resistant depression, as is often assumed, new research suggests. "ADHD is relatively new as an adult diagnosis, so people will present with symptoms of depression, and physicians won't ask any further questions about their history. They'll just give them a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor [SSRI]," Tia Sternat, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, University of Toronto, in Canada, told Medscape Medical News.Read More

A Boy Wrote a Poem About Living with Aspergers and it Will Break Your Heart a Little

A poem written by a 10-year-old as part of his homework assignment is offering people a glimpse into what it's like living with Aspergers. The student called Benjamin had to write a poem entitled 'I Am.' He was given the first two words of each sentence and he was asked to write the rest. His mom shared the poem with the National Autism Association (NAA), a parent-run non-profitorganisation in the US, over the weekend. It has now been liked over 11,000 times and is helping people understand how isolated people with Aspergers can feel, and how much of a struggle it is to fit in. Or, as Ben puts it, 'I feel like a boy in outer space, I touch the stars and feel out of place.'Read More

Interactive Whiteboard Brings Out Best in Students with Special Needs

Meryl Huckabey calls the addition of an interactive whiteboard to her special-education classroom a "miracle." "Students who never participated in class ... are now thoroughly thrilled with themselves that they can go pick an answer or move an answer from one place to another," Huckabey said. The Georgetown High School teacher is the latest in Georgetown County to receive an interactive whiteboard from Toomey's Kids Inc., a non-profit based in Murrells Inlet that provides schools with special-education classroom needs. Huckabey saw the effect the new technology had almost immediately. The first day the whiteboard arrived, a student who had never written anything in years walked up to the whiteboard and wrote his name. Read More

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Genetic Syndrome Causing Common Disabilities in Children Identified

Researchers found an array of birth defects that affect the brain, eye, ear, heart and kidney are caused by mutations to a single gene, according to a new study. A gene called RERE is responsible for the broad range of developmental, physical and intellectual disabilities, researchers at the University of California San Francisco and Baylor College of Medicine found, representing a significant step in treating, or possibly preventing, the disabilities. Previous research had narrowed the mutation down to the 1p36 region of the human chromosome, but only to smaller areas within the region, each of which contains dozens of individual genes. Read More

How Girls With ADHD Are Different

I've always been a space cadet. Prone to lateness and losing things, brought crashing back from daydreams by people clapping their hands in front of my face. "Earth to Rae," they'd say, exasperated. As a kid I read for hours but the simplest homework assignments reduced me to a tearful mess. "You can do this," my bewildered parents insisted. "You know this stuff!" "No, I can't," I'd bawl. "I'm not normal enough to be a normal person. Something is wrong with me." Years later, a few months after my 21st birthday, that "something wrong" finally got a name: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Why did it take so long? Read More

New Steps Taken to Help People with Disabilities and Student Loans

The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven, safeguarding their Social Security payments. The Education Department on announced a new process to better identify hundreds of thousands of borrowers who are eligible to apply for an existing federal loan forgiveness program. The program is for people who are permanently disabled and cannot work. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell says too few borrowers have been taking advantage of the program because they may not know about it or the process of applying was too complicated. Mitchell said one woman who had been suffering with side effects from breast cancer treatment that left her permanently disabled tried repeatedly to get her debt discharged - a process that took seven years. Read More

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Once-a-Day Epilepsy Drug May Prevent Seizures as Well as Twice-a-Day Drug

A new study suggests that an epilepsy drug that can be taken once a day may control seizures as well as a drug that must be taken twice a day, according to a preliminary study released today that was presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016. The study compared the once-a-day drug eslicarbazepine acetate to the twice-daily drug carbamazepine for people newly diagnosed with partial seizures, which start in one area of the brain. "Seizure control is crucial," said study author Elinor Ben-Menachem, MD, of Gothenburg University in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "A once-a-day drug may help people stick to their medication schedule." For the study, 815 people newly diagnosed with partial seizures received either eslicarbazepine or carbamazepine for about six months. Participants started the study at the lowest of three dosing levels. Those who had a seizure at the lowest level were then moved up to the second dosing level. If they had another seizure, they received the highest dosing level. Read More

Schools Make Prom Dreams Come True for Students with Special Needs

Most of the nearly 100 students who filled Bolton High School's gym Friday morning had never made a prom. Yet, they knew just what to expect going into what some Rapides Parish educators decided is a milestone event not to be missed. All week, the high-schoolers talked of suits and ties, gowns, hairstyles, corsages and boutonnieres. They worried about dates. When it came time for the big day, everyone arrived dress to the nines with dance moves to match. The first prom for students with special needs at all six Rapides Parish high schools was, by all accounts, a success. And as it turned out, organizers were the ones unprepared for the sight. Read More

Study Estimates Number of Births, Terminations with Down Syndrome in Massachusetts

A multi-institutional research team has estimated for the first time the number of children born with Down syndrome each year in Massachusetts over the past century, along with the numbers of pregnancies of a child with Down syndrome lost to either termination or miscarriage. Their report receiving advance online publication in the journal Genetics in Medicine is a follow-up to a 2015 paper describing such estimates on a nationwide level. "With recent rapid advancements in prenatal testing, the public has been debating the ethical dimensions of testing. And as more expectant couples learn they may have a child with Down syndrome, the need for services like genetic counseling and family support will increase," says Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Down Syndrome Program and senior author of both studies. Read More

Too Much 'Noise' Can Affect Brain Development

Using cutting-edge imaging technology, University of California, Irvine biologists have determined that uncontrolled fluctuations (known as "noise") in the concentration of the vitamin A derivative Retinoic acid (RA) can lead to disruptions in brain organization during development. Identifying how a cell responds to a signal made by another cell, despite the level of noise present, may improve our understanding of developmental disorders. Thomas F. Schilling, professor of developmental & cell biology, and his colleagues, published this study online at eLife. Read More

Autism Wandering Bill Gains Momentum in Congress

Federal legislation addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is one step closer to becoming law. In a 15 to 5 vote this week, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary cleared the bill known as Kevin and Avonte's Law. It will now go before the full Senate for consideration. The legislation would expand an existing federal program that provides resources for people with Alzheimer's disease who are at risk of wandering, making offerings available to those with autism and other developmental disabilities who have a tendency to elope. Read More

I Shouldn't Have to Fight to Get My Son with Special Needs into a Public School Classroom

A few years ago, I participated in the strange ritual familiar to parents of young children in D.C.: I visited a dozen or more public and charter school open houses so I could figure out how to rank the schools in my son's preschool lottery application. As I sat in tiny chairs, taking notes on aftercare availability and amount of recess, something else came up repeatedly: most of the schools said they expected all incoming 3-year-olds to be potty trained. I fidgeted, my backpack loaded down with diapers. My son has developmental delays due to a brain injury around the time of birth. Read More

Northwestern to Pilot Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Northwestern College will pilot a new program, Northwestern NEXT, for college-age students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, during the 2016-17 school year. The two-year certificate program is for 18- to 22-year-olds with documented intellectual or developmental disabilities. Participants will live in a campus residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor, participate in campus activities and social events, and take individually customized classes in practical academics, health and wellness, independent living and career readiness. Read More

Brain Imaging 'Growth Chart' May Flag Early Attention Problems

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show distinctive patterns in brain maturation that are evident on neuroimaging, suggesting the potential to develop a neurologic growth chart similar to other types of growth charts used in standard pediatric care, new research shows. "We mapped the normative maturational trajectories of major components of the functional connectome and showed that downshifted component expression relative to the normative profile (shallow maturation) is implicated in both impaired attention task performance and ADHD," the authors write. Read More


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* K-12 Special Education Teacher(Multiple Locations) - Coney Island Prep is a college preparatory public charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Merging growth, performance and commitment, the Coney Island Prep community takes its responsibility to prepare students for the college and career of their choice very seriously. To learn more - Click here

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