Week in Review - August 19, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

August 19, 2016                                           Vol 12 Issue # 33

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



HOW TO Pre-Empt Inappropriate Behavior

This technique is a good "tool" to have when students are exhibiting certain inappropriate behaviors in a classroom and asking them to stop in front of the class has not worked.

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HOW TO Find Each Student's Emotional Aura

The purpose of this technique is to learn how to prevent and short circuit potential outbursts and inappropriate behavior. Read More

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Young People with Epilepsy Struggle on Many Fronts

Children and young adults with epilepsy face an array of psychological, physical and social challenges, a new analysis reveals. Australian researchers reviewed 43 studies that included a total of more than 950 children, teens and young adults, and delved into their experiences with the seizure disorder. "Children with epilepsy feel vulnerable from a physical and a social perspective," said study author Deepak Gill. He is a pediatric neurologist who heads the Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Service at the Children's Hospital of Westmead, in New South Wales. Read More

Schools Told Not to Skimp on Behavior Supports

Frequent discipline may be a sign that kids with disabilities are not receiving a free appropriate public education, according to new federal guidance reminding schools of their obligations to provide behavior supports. In a 16-page letter sent this month just before classes begin in many school districts, the U.S. Department of Education signaled its concern over data that shows students with disabilities are disciplined far more often than their typically-developing peers. Read More

Treating Early Symptoms of MS May Extend Time to Diagnosis

Starting multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment when the first signs of the disabling disease appear may delay the period before the condition is definitively diagnosed or a relapse occurs, new long-term research indicates. Researchers found that people who received early treatment for symptoms consistent with the onset of MS were one-third less likely to eventually be diagnosed with MS than participants whose treatment was delayed. Those symptoms include numbness, or vision or balance problems. 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

Study IDs 2 Zika Virus Proteins Linked to Microcephaly

Researchers say they've identified two proteins in the Zika virus linked to the severe birth defect microcephaly. Babies with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and brains. The discovery may be the first step in finding ways to prevent the birth defect, the researchers said. The Zika virus contains 10 proteins, but only two -- called NS4A and NS4B -- are linked to microcephaly, according to the researchers. Read More

Study: Younger Siblings Face Higher Autism Risk

Younger siblings of those with autism are over a dozen times more likely than other kids to have the developmental disorder too, a new study suggests. The risk did not appear to be affected by a child's race or whether they were born early, at term or late. However, gender did seem to make a difference, according to findings published online this month in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. For the study, researchers looked at medical records for Kaiser Permanente members in Southern California in cases where at least two siblings were born to the same mother between 2001 and 2010. Out of 53,336 children in the study, 592 were diagnosed with autism. Read More


Congratulations to: Ruby Brock, Nicole Deleo, Prahbhjot Malhi, Katrina White, Norma Harris, Olumide Akerele, and Patsy Ray who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.

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

ANSWER:  UnitedHealth Care

This week's question:  According to the least research in the field, approximately what percentage of children with epilepsy also have other health related conditions?

If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by August 22, 2016.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the August 26, 2016 Week in Review

Keep Illicit Drugs, Alcohol Out of the Home to Lower Teens' Addiction Risk

Easy access to alcohol and drugs at home can raise the odds that teens will become drinkers and drug users as young adults, a new study suggests. According to the study, "the availability of illegal drugs and alcohol in the home while growing up is a critical factor in the later use of substances," said study author Cliff Broman, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University. His team analyzed data from about 15,000 young Americans who, on average, were surveyed at ages 16, 22 and 29.  Read More

School Quality, Genetics Play Role in Child's Reading Ability

Good genes can give a young child a head start when it comes to learning to read, but it's not enough to overcome the effects of a poorly rated school. Those are the findings of Florida State University researchers who looked at whether schools or genetics play a greater role in influencing a child's ability to read. The research is outlined in a new study published in the journal Developmental Science. The study indicates that while attending a top or "A" school will help a child's natural intellectual abilities flourish, that same child might falter if he or she attended a school with a lower ranking. Read More

Is Depression in Parents, Grandparents Linked to Depression in Grandchildren

Having both parents and grandparents with major depressive disorder (MDD) was associated with higher risk of MDD for grandchildren, which could help identify those who may benefit from early intervention, according to a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry. It is well known that having depressed parents increases children's risk of psychiatric disorders. There are no published studies of depression examining three generations with grandchildren in the age of risk for depression and with direct interviews of all family members. Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D., of Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, studied 251 grandchildren (average age 18) interviewed an average of two times and their biological parents, who were interviewed an average of nearly five times, and grandparents interviewed up to 30 years. Read More

Steep Rise in Babies Born to Opioid Addicted Mothers

Triggered by a national epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse, the number of babies born with opioid withdrawal symptoms quadrupled in the United States between 1999 and 2013. That's the finding from a study of nearly 30 million births across 28 states, tracked by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC team said better addiction-prevention efforts "are needed to reduce inappropriate prescribing and dispensing of opioids" to curb this increase in what's medically known as "neonatal abstinence syndrome." Read More

States Urged to Strengthen Community-Based Options

Federal Medicaid officials are pushing states to do more to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the care they need in order to remain in the community. In a bulletin issued this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is outlining a number of steps that states and disability service providers can take to ensure a strong home care workforce is in place. The guidance comes as an increasing number of people with disabilities are receiving supports in the community rather than in institutional environments. Read More

New, Improved Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The new guidelines clarify and expand upon widely used guidelines issued in 2005, which were the first to help clinicians distinguish among the four distinct subtypes of FASD described by the Institute of Medicine. The updated guidelines, developed over one year by a cadre of experts in the field, are based on analysis of 10,000 individuals involved in studies of prenatal alcohol exposure funded by NIAAA, part of the National Institutes of Health.  Read More

Brain Training Helps 8 Paralyzed People Regain Some Movement

A regimen of brain training has restored partial sensation and muscle control in the legs of eight people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, researchers report. The step-by-step training appears to jump-start the connection between brain and body through the use of virtual reality walking simulations, specially designed exoskeletons and tactile feedback, said senior researcher Dr. Miguel Nicolelis. He is director of the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering. Weekly training with these machines re-awakened undamaged but unused spinal cord nerves that had survived the car crashes, falls and other accidents that caused paralysis, he said. Read More

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U.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart Health

Most American children fall short of ideal heart health, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. An analysis of 2007-08 federal government survey results found that about 91 percent of youngsters did not have healthy diets. Those between the ages of 2 and 19 get most of their calories from simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks and desserts. "A primary reason for so few children having ideal cardiovascular health is poor nutrition," statement author Dr. Julia Steinberger said in an association news release. "Children are eating high-calorie, low-nutrition foods and not eating enough healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, fish and other foods strongly associated with good heart health and a healthy body weight." Read More

Negative Attention from Teachers Can Lead to More Negative Student Behaviors

Previous research has found that student-teacher interactions during the school day are important factors in behavioral and academic outcomes for the students. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Education have developed a new method for observing and measuring teacher interaction with every child in a classroom. As a result of testing this method within K-3 classrooms, Wendy Reinke, an associate professor of educational, school and counseling psychology, found that students who receive more negative attention from teachers experience increases in problems with emotional regulation, concentration and disruptive behaviors. The researchers also found teachers gave African-American students, boys, and students who received free or reduced lunch more negative attention than other students. Read More


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

When you choose your behavior, you choose your consequences.

Dr. Phil

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