Week in Review - April 8, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

April 8, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 15

Dear NASET News,

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


NASET News Team


NASET's Parent Teacher Conference Handout Issue 

Benefits of Respite Care

In the last PTCH Respite Care wad defined and explained as a service for parents of children with severe disabilities. This PTCH will explain the benefits to parent of respite care
In addition to providing direct relief, respite has added benefits for families, including:
* Relaxation: Respite gives families peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humor and their energy
* Enjoyment: Respite allows families to enjoy favorite pastimes and pursue new activities
* Stability: Respite improves the family's ability to cope with daily responsibilities and maintain stability during crisis
* Preservation: Respite helps preserve the family unit and lessens the pressures that might lead to institutionalization, divorce, neglect and child abuse
* Involvement: Respite allows families to become involved in community activities and to feel less isolated
* Time Off: Respite allows families to take that needed vacation, spend time together and time alone
* Enrichment: Respite makes it possible for family members to establish individual identities and enrich their own growth and development. Read More

NASET Special Educator e-Journal

April 2016

Table of Contents

* Update from the U.S. Department of Education

* NCWD: Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Latest Research in the Field --Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Functional Outcomes in a School-Based Sample of Children

* From the Journal of American Academy of Special Education Professionals ( JAASEP): Preventing and Responding to Student Escalation: Combining De-Escalation Strategies and Function-Based Support By Chelsea Martel and Brian Cavanaugh

* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

* AcknowledgementsRead More

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CDC Finds No Change In Autism Prevalence

For the first time in over a decade, new federal autism statistics suggest that prevalence of the developmental disorder is steady. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 1 in 68 school-age kids across the country are estimated to have autism. The figure published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is consistent with the CDC's last estimate released two years ago. This marks the first time since 2002 that the agency has released new autism numbers that do not reflect an upward trend. Read More

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.Read More

Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds

When a pregnant woman smokes, the fetus' DNA is altered in ways also seen in adult smokers, researchers say. The researchers were also able to pinpoint new development-related genes that were affected by a mother-to-be's smoking. The findings may help improve understanding about the connection between smoking during pregnancy and children's health problems, the study authors said. For the study, researchers collected blood samples from newborns, mainly from the umbilical cord. Compared to babies of nonsmokers, those born to regular smokers had over 6,000 spots where DNA was chemically modified. Read More

Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians' offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD -- which accounted for close to two-thirds of all of those cases. Just over 3 percent of kids were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 2 percent with depression, the findings showed. However, there were large differences from one pediatrician's office to the next, the study found. The proportion of kids diagnosed with ADHD at each practice ran anywhere from 1 percent to 16 percent -- making it the disorder with the greatest variability. Read More

Disability Providers Warn Overtime Rule May Impact Services

A federal proposal to require overtime pay for many professionals who support people with disabilities living in the community could force service cuts, providers say. The U.S. Department of Labor is weighing whether to move forward with finalizing a proposed rule that would dramatically increase the number of American workers eligible for overtime pay. Currently, salaried employees earning more than $23,660 annually don't have to be paid extra for working more than 40 hours per week. However, the Labor Department is looking to more than double that threshold to about $50,000, with additional automatic increases over time. Read More


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

For people with disabilities, new figures suggest that the odds of having a job varies dramatically depending on where an individual lives.  According to the latest Disability Statistics Annual Report, which state is the best across the nation when it comes to disability employment?

If you know the answer, send an email to contactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

ER Visits Double For Adults With ASD

Adults with autism are increasingly showing up in emergency rooms, with a new study finding that such visits more than doubled over a five-year period. In an analysis of emergency room visits across the country, researchers found that individuals with autism ages 22 to 64 accounted for 2,549 per 100,000 admissions in 2006. That figure skyrocketed to 6,087 per 100,000 admissions by 2011. The findings, published in the April issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, are based on data collected through the federal government's Nationwide Emergency Department Sample. Read More

Study Explores Mechanism Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects

Scientists say they've discovered how the Zika virus might cause severe brain and eye birth defects. The Zika outbreak in Brazil and other parts of Latin American and the Caribbean has coincided with a sharp increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, which results in abnormally small heads and brains. There has also been a rise in other brain and eye birth defects in countries affected by the Zika outbreak. But firm evidence of a link between the virus and these birth defects has been lacking. Read More

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Program Helps Families Address Developmental Concerns

Three and a half years ago, Bibi Brown took her 18-month-old son to a pediatrician after the child stopped talking and started screaming. The doctor told the Orlando-area mom to relax. The child's height and weight, after all, were fine. She just needed to give her son a little time. It was the same advice she'd hear a few months later - and a third time after that. "But I knew there was something wrong," Brown says. "My son had talked before; why couldn't he now? And he had started screaming and crying all the time - I think because he was so frustrated at not being able to communicate what he wanted."  Read More

Genes May Link Risks for Pot Use, Depression

A genetic risk for marijuana dependence may be associated with a higher inherited risk for major depression, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the gene profiles of more than 14,000 people and identified several genetic variants that significantly boost the risk of marijuana dependence. According to the researchers, it's the first study to pinpoint those variants. The investigators also examined whether people with some forms of mental illness might also be at higher risk for marijuana dependence, as they are for alcohol and other substances. Read More

Brain Metabolism Predicts Fluid Intelligence in Young Adults

A healthy brain is critical to a person's cognitive abilities, but measuring brain health can be a complicated endeavor. A new study by University of Illinois researchers reports that healthy brain metabolism corresponds with fluid intelligence -- a measure of one's ability to solve unusual or complex problems -- in young adults. The results are reported in the journal Cerebral Cortex. "Fluid intelligence is one of the most useful cognitive measures available," said U. of I. Ph.D. candidate Aki Nikolaidis, who led the research with Ryan Larsen, a research scientist at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer.  Read More

Preterm Births Tied to Smog Cost U.S. Billions

Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of preterm birth, and the consequences may be costing the United States more than $4 billion a year, a new study estimates. In recent years, a number of studies have found that pregnant women exposed to heavy air pollution have a slightly higher risk of delivering prematurely than those who breathe cleaner air. Experts said the new study, published March 29 in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to put a price tag on the issue. "Studies like this can put us in a stronger position to advocate for cleaner air," said Dr. Edward McCabe, chief medical officer for the non-profit March of Dimes. "The effects on the U.S. economy are not trivial." Read More

Children with Heart Issues Benefit from Treating Entire Family

A newly published national study by the Children's Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers shows that "parental impact and family functioning" become increasingly abnormal when children with cardiomyopathy-related chronic heart disease are more severely ill than children less affected by the disease. The findings, published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, appear to suggest that "chronic heart disease [caused by cardiomyopathy] is in many ways a family disease," and that finding ways to include the entire family in the affected child's treatment might be a more effective approach for many pediatric heart disease survivors. Read More

How to Tell If a Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don't receive treatment until years later, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent psychiatrist and Transitional Living Service chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. "Only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive necessary mental health services. As a society, we have to do a lot better than that," he said in a hospital news release. Read More

Autism Intervention Studies Lack Diversity, Study Suggests

Autism affects children from all walks of life, and education professionals need scientifically based interventions to help those affected develop reading and other life skills. However, a recent study has found that the research used to identify "evidence-based practices" very rarely reports racial and ethnic status of its participants. That presents a problem because response to an intervention is not guaranteed and it's not always clear why one child will respond positively to certain methods while another will not, a University of Kansas researcher has found. Read More

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Children with Cushing Syndrome May Have Higher Suicide Risk

Children with Cushing syndrome may be at higher risk for suicide as well as for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions long after their disease has been successfully treated, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Cushing syndrome results from high levels of the hormone cortisol. Long-term complications of the syndrome include obesity, diabetes, bone fractures, high blood pressure, kidney stones and serious infections. Cushing's syndrome may be caused by tumors of the adrenal glands or other parts of the body that produce excess cortisol. It also may be caused by a pituitary tumor that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce high cortisol levels. Treatment usually involves stopping excess cortisol production by removing the tumor.  Read More


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

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
Harper Lee
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