Week in Review - August 12, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

August 12, 2016                                           Vol 12 Issue # 32

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 at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASET News Team


NASET's Education Children with Severe Disabilities Series Issue #41

Strategies for Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


One of the most important areas for intervention for children with autism will be in the area of social skills development. Most students with ASD would like to be part of the social world around them. They have a need to interact socially and be involved with others. However, one of the defining characteristics of ASD is impairment in social interactions and social skills. Students with ASD have not automatically learned the rules of interaction with others, and they are unable to follow these unwritten rules of social behavior. This article will focus on this very important and relevant issue. Read More

NASET's Classroom Management Series - August 2016

Co-Teaching Comprehension Strategies in the General Education Classroom
Due to both the Iowa Core Curriculum and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, special education students are receiving core reading instruction in the general education setting alongside their peers. One problem that has emerged, however, is that some students are unable to apply comprehension strategies to grade level texts because the texts are too complex for them. Co-teaching comprehension strategies with the general education teacher is one way to address this issue. This issue of NASET's Classroom Management series, written by Holly Foarde, discusses the rationale for co-teaching comprehension strategies in the general education classroom and explains to how to implement co-teaching during reading core instruction time. Read More

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Mental Illness May Make Teens More Vulnerable to Drugs and Alcohol

Teens who are struggling with mental health disorders are more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and use marijuana, a new Brazilian study suggests. Researchers reviewed self-reported data from more than 4,000 high school students in Sao Paulo. The teens were between the ages of 15 and 18. They came from 128 public and private schools. Just under half had clinically significant symptoms of mental health conditions. Another 8 percent had some symptoms, and 44 percent had no symptoms, the study revealed.  Read More

Timing of Autism Diagnosis Ties to Treatment

Children diagnosed with autism before age 4 are more likely to get behavioral therapy and less likely to be treated with drugs than those diagnosed later on, a new study says. There is strong evidence that behavioral therapy directed at core symptoms such as poor social skills and inflexible behaviors is an effective treatment. And, such therapy may offer long-term benefits for patients' functioning, according to an American Psychiatric Association news release about the study. Other treatments -- including medications such as antidepressants, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs and complementary and alternative therapies such as nutritional supplements -- are not as strongly supported by research, the study authors said.  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

Amish Lifestyle Brings Unexpected Benefit: Less Asthma

It can't be easy living a 19th-century life in the midst of 21st-century technology, but new research suggests the Amish people have at least one distinct advantage over the rest of the population -- much lower rates of asthma. "We found Amish children had extremely low levels of asthma and allergic sensitization. Their kids were pretty much protected from asthma and allergies," said study senior author Anne Sperling, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. That was particularly true when they were compared to the children of another dairy farming population, the Hutterites. Hutterites are similar to the Amish in many ways, except that the Hutterites use mechanical farming equipment. The Amish asthma rate is 5 percent; for Hutterite children, it's 21 percent, the study authors said. Read More

Sickle Cell Trait not Linked to Early Death in Study

New research challenges the long-held belief that people with sickle cell trait, who are born with only a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant, are at risk of premature death. People with the sickle cell gene variant do not have sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that shortens life span and causes sudden episodes of severe pain. People with the disease carry two copies of the gene, one from each parent. In the first-of-its-kind study, researchers followed nearly 48,000 black American soldiers on active duty in the U.S. Army over a four-year period. All had undergone tests for the genetic trait. Read More


Congratulations to: Prahbhjot Malhi, Sharon Thompson, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Carren Carroll, Laurine Kennedy, Olumide Akerele, Rena Root, Patsy Ray, Catherine Parker and Denise Keeling who all knew the answer to last week's Trivia Question: 

Many kids with autism spectrum disorderstruggle with processing sensoryinformation, becoming overloaded by -- or, sometimes, desensitized to -- touch, taste, sight and sound. It makes it extremely difficult for families with children on the spectrum to visit places like amusement parks. What amusement park has recently partnered with Autism Speaks to create a calming room for children who need a place to go to escape the sensory stimulation of the theme park?

ANSWER:  Dollywood Theme Park in Tennessee has created a calm room for children with autism to escape the sensory stimulation of the theme park.

This Week's Trivia Question:

Which health insurer says it will soon include coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis in every group plan it offers? (starting next year, every small and large group plan it sells across the country will feature coverage of the autism therapy)
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by Monday, August 15, 2016. We will acknowledge you in the next Week in Review

Stressed Dads Can Affect Kids' Development

When dads are stressed out about parenting, it may take a toll on their toddlers' development, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 730 families, found that when fathers had high levels of "parenting stress," their sons tended to have poorer language skills at age 3. And both boys and girls typically scored lower on tests of cognition -- which refers to abilities such as paying attention, learning and reasoning. Researchers said the findings add to the growing understanding of how fathers affect their children's development. Read More

Breast Fed Preemies Do Better on Skills Test

Breast milk gives a boost to premature babies' mental and physical development, a new study finds. "Our data support current recommendations for using mother's milk to feed preterm babies during their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization," said study author Dr. Mandy Brown Belfort. She is a researcher and pediatrician from Brigham and Women's Hospital. The study included 180 babies who were born before 30 weeks gestation and followed until age 7.
Babies who were mostly fed breast milk during the first 28 days of life did better in IQ, math, working memory and tests of motor skills at age 7 than those who received less breast milk. Read More

Hearing Test May Predict Autism Risk Sooner: Study

A simple hearing test may help identify young children at risk for autism before they're old enough to speak, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., say they've identified an inner-ear problem in children with autism that may impair their ability to recognize speech. "This study identifies a simple, safe and noninvasive method to screen young children for hearing deficits that are associated with autism," said study co-author Anne Luebke, an associate professor in the departments of biomedical engineering and neuroscience. Read More

4 Out of 5 Kids with Epilepsy Have Other Health Problems

Nearly 80 percent of children who have the seizure disorder epilepsy also have other health conditions, such as digestive troubles and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a large Norwegian study finds. "Parents should be aware of the increased risk of [other] problems for their children," said study author Dr. Richard Chin. Epilepsy is a chronic seizure disorder. It is estimated that nearly 4 million people in the United States have epilepsy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More

Jobs Report Offers Mixed Message on Disability Employment

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell significantly in the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The jobless rate declined to 11.1 percent in July, the Labor Department said, down from 12.1 percent the month prior. However, the shift appears to be at least partly due to fewer people being counted in the total disability population that the monthly jobs report reflects. Read More

Pressure Mounts to Abandon Sheltered Workshops

Seventy years ago, Goodwill Industries of Houston was founded in order to employ people with disabilities whom nobody else would hire. That whole time, a portion of those with the most severe disabilities have been paid less than minimum wage, which is allowed under a 1938 federal law enacted on the grounds that even a small paycheck is better than none. About 40 people perform tasks like stuffing bags for giveaways, or re-packaging a retailer's returns, for a few cents an item. At the end of July, that program came to an end - not because any laws have changed, but because Goodwill sees where the political winds are blowing. Read More

Alcohol Advertising Linked to Adolescent Alcohol Drinking

A study published in the scientific journal Addiction finds that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and frequency of drinking among adolescents across Europe. These findings support the demand for legal restrictions of the amount of alcohol marketing in the European Union, where the Audio Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) is the only EU regulation currently in place. The AVMSD regulates the content of alcohol marketing in audiovisual media but does not restrict the amount of alcohol marketing on TV or elsewhere. Read More

Study Examines Symptom Spikes in Kids After Concussions

Symptom exacerbations after concussion appeared to be common in a secondary analysis of a clinical trial that included 63 children studied for 10 days after injury, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Little is known about the incidence, natural history and clinical significance of activity-related symptom exacerbations after pediatric concussion. Danny G. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and coauthors characterized symptom exacerbations, also called spikes. Read More

Virtual Brain Helps Decrypt Epilepsy

Researchers at CNRS, INSERM, Aix-Marseille University and AP-HM have just created a virtual brain that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time. From this work we understand better how the disease works and can also better prepare for surgery. These results are published in Neuroimage. Worldwide, one percent of the population suffers from epilepsy. The disease affects individuals differently, so personalized diagnosis and treatment are important. Currently we have few ways to understand the pathology's mechanisms of action, and mainly use visual interpretation of an MRI and electroencephalogram. This is especially difficult because 50% of patients do not present anomalies visible in MRI, so the cause of their epilepsy is unknown. Read More

Fido a Friend to Parents of Children with Autism

Raising a child with autism can be fraught with stressful days, but new research suggests the family pooch might bring parents some relief. For more than two years, British researchers followed families of children with autism that got a dog. "We found a significant, positive relationship between parenting stress of the child's main caregiver and their attachment to the family dog," said study leader Daniel Mills, a professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Lincoln. "This highlights the importance of the bond between the caregiver and their dog in the benefits they gain. Read More

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Aging Poses New Challenges for Those with Special Needs

For more than 20 years, Tricia McGee has lived, worked and taken classes at Misericordia, a sprawling campus serving people with developmental disabilities on Chicago's North Side. But when the 56-year-old woman with Down syndrome began forgetting her work schedule, becoming disoriented around campus and feeling too confused to do her job in the mailroom, administrators at the Catholic facility moved her to a new program designed to meet a need that advocates say will only be more pressing in the years ahead: caring for people with disabilities as they age.  Read More

Combining Medications Could Offer Better Results for Those with ADHD

Three studies to be published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) report that combining two standard medications could lead to greater clinical improvements for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than either ADHD therapy alone. At present, studies show that the use of several ADHD medications result in significant reductions in ADHD symptoms. However, so far there is no conclusive evidence that these standard drug treatments also improve long-term academic, social, and clinical outcomes. Research suggests that both the severity of ADHD symptoms and the degree of cognitive dysfunction that remain despite treatment contribute to poorer outcomes. As a result, more effective treatments need to be identified. One method for identifying more effective treatments is by including objective measures of the effect of ADHD treatments on brain function, which most clinical studies do not do. Using objective biological markers (or biomarkers) of patients' response to ADHD treatments could substantially advance knowledge of the neural mechanisms underlying treatment effects, helping researchers understand why there are differences in individual response. Read More



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

You can have all the talent in the world, but without determination, you won't get very far.

Malorie Blackman

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