Week in Review - January 22, 2016


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January 22, 2016 - Vol 12, Issue 4


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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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New This Week on NASET

Importance of Inclusion Classrooms for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Literature Review

By Paola M. Esquijarosa
Florida International University

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disability that has caught attention in today's educational world. ASD has had a severe increase in the United Stated over the past couple of years. According to recent statistics, 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with ASD and it is more prevalent in males than in females. Through research studies, researchers have found that environmental factors, family history, and what expectant mothers are exposed to during pregnancy can be factors in causing ASD but it is not completely clear as of today. Children diagnosed with ASD can vary. Most children will have trouble in their communication skills and social interactions as well as their behavior and academically. This issue ofNASET'sAutism Spectrum Disorderseries was written by Paola M. Esquijarosa from Florida International University and focuses on the importance of inclusion classrooms for students with autism spectrum disorder

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NASET's Severe Disabilities Series #35

Least Restrictive Environment Placements

When considering educational placements for children with severe disabilities the IEP Committee must review the least restrictive setting. The least restrictive setting is based on how far from a child's peers they will be placed. The more severe the problem the more restrictive the setting may be which places children farther from their general education peers. In order to accomplish this task, the Eligibility Committee, CSE, or IEP Committee has a variety of placements from which to choose. These placements range in levels of restriction, including class size, student teacher ratio, length of program, and degree of mainstreaming.
In the normal course of events it is hoped that children should only be placed in a more restrictive environment if it is to their educational advantage. However, they should be moved to a less restrictive setting as soon as they are capable of being educated in that environment.

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Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experiences included neglect or physical, sexual or psychological abuse. They also included living in a household with domestic abuse or with a household member who was in jail or prison, had a mental illness or had an addiction or substance abuse problem. To read more,click here


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.


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Kids With ADHD May Be More Likely to Have Accident in Traffic

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more likely to have accidents when crossing busy intersections on their bicycles because they're impulsive and have trouble paying attention, a new study suggests. Researchers said it was known that these children were at increased risk, but the reasons were unclear. "Crossing roads on a bicycle requires decision and action. What we found is children with ADHD have deficits in both areas," study corresponding author Molly Nikolas said in a University of Iowa news release. Nikolas is an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences. Bicycle crashes are a leading cause of severe injuries in children. Each year, nearly 400,000 kids are treated in U.S. emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries, according to the study. To read more,click here

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Rise in Kidney Stones in Teens a Cause for Concern

A growing number of teens, women and blacks are being diagnosed with kidney stones, and the trend is cause for alarm, researchers report. Historically, middle-aged white men have been most likely to develop the painful condition, which involves small, hard mineral deposits that form in the kidneys, often when urine becomes concentrated. The researchers analyzed data from South Carolina from 1997 to 2012, and found that the annual incidence of kidney stones among children and adults rose 16 percent during that time. The largest increases were among teens (4.7 percent a year), females (3 percent a year), and blacks (nearly 3 percent a year). To read more,click here

Stressed Teens May Face Higher Diabetes Risk as Adults: Study

Teens who have trouble coping with stress may be at increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults, new research suggests. For the study, researchers examined data from more than 1.5 million 18-year-old men who were conscripted into the Swedish military between 1969 and 1997. The participants all underwent standard testing for stress resilience, and none of them had diabetes at the age of 18. But during the follow-up period, from 1987 to 2012, more than 34,000 of the men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to Dr. Casey Crump, from the department of medicine at Stanford University in California, and colleagues. To read more,click here

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Special Education Law Symposium at Lehigh University

LehighUniversity announces its week-long Special Education Law Symposium to be held June 19-24, 2016 on its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campus.

Dr. Perry Zirkel will offer a day-long National Case Law Update and Crystal Ball to all registrants on Friday, June 24, chronicling the important decisions of the prior year and predicting issues likely to emerge.
LehighUniversitygraduate credit is available. In addition to week-long registration, one-day and multiple-day options are available. For further information, see the symposium website atcoe.lehigh.edu/law.

Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller Use

More babies are being born with drug withdrawal syndrome, possibly due to increased use of powerful prescription painkillers by pregnant women, according to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. It's estimated that 14 percent to 22 percent of pregnant women in the United States are prescribed narcotic ("opioid") painkillers. These drugs include brands such as OxyContin and Percocet. In addition, there has reportedly been an increase in the rate of painkiller abuse among pregnant women. Between 2000 and 2009, the incidence of drug withdrawal syndrome among newborns -- also called neonatal abstinence syndrome -- rose from 1.2 to 3.4 per 1,000 live births, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow reported in an article published in the Jan. 12 issue of the BMJ. To read more,click here

Autism Speaks Names New President

The nation's largest autism advocacy group is getting a new leader who's ripe with experience from some of the nonprofit sector's biggest names. Angela Timashenka Geiger will take over as president and CEO of Autism Speaks in February, the organization said this week. Geiger comes to Autism Speaks after nearly a decade at the Alzheimer's Association where she served as chief strategy officer. She previously held leadership roles at the American Cancer Society. To read more,click here

Fewer Childhood Cancer Survivors Dying From 'Late' Effects

Fewer childhood cancer survivors are dying years later from lingering effects of the treatment that conquered their cancer, a new study finds. Experts called the report, published in the Jan. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, "very good news." "The findings substantiate what experts in the field have hoped would be true," said lead researcher Dr. Gregory Armstrong, of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn. Survival rates from many childhood cancers are high, but survivors still face what doctors call "late effects" -- health problems that develop months to years after the cancer treatment has ended. To read more,click here

NASET Member Looking for Content Expert for Dissertation

My name is Lisa Rutner and I am looking for a content expert for my dissertation.  I am a student at Grand Canyon University and have already attended my first residency. My topic is: Exploring strategies middle school teachers need to implement the Multi-tiered Support System with fidelity.  Please contact me at 954-288-6627954-288-6627 or lisa.rutner@marion.k12.fl.us.  Thank you

Illegal Hits Play Big Role in Youth Ice Hockey Concussions: Study

Concussions in youth ice hockey are as common as in youth football and soccer, and often occur when players break the rules of the game, a new study finds. While the concussion rates in youth ice hockey are no greater than in other contact sports, more than 40 percent are caused by illegal hits, especially from behind, researchers said. And younger players were at higher risk, according to the report. "These findings highlight the importance of providing medical assistance, not only during ice hockey games, but also during practices, where more concussions occurred than expected," said Anthony Kontos, the study's lead author. Kontos is research director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sports Medicine Concussion Program. To read more,click here

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Proms Expected To Draw 30,000 With Special Needs

This Valentine's Day weekend, hundreds of proms planned specifically for people with special needs will take place on a single night at sites around the globe. Two hundred churches in 48 states and eight countries are expected to host the events organized by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow through his foundation. Dubbed "Night to Shine" all of the parties scheduled for Feb. 12 will feature a red carpet entrance with "friendly paparazzi," corsages and boutonnieres, karaoke, dancing and hair, makeup and shoe-shining stations. To read more,click here

Researchers Further Illuminate Pathway for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

It is well established that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) have two faulty copies of the CFTR gene, but debate continues on the question of whether certain symptoms of the airway disease are caused by the mutation or if the genetic defect precedes, but does not directly lead to some of the worst symptoms patients face. Carla Ribeiro, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and her colleagues at the UNC Marsico Lung Institute/Cystic Fibrosis Research Center fall into the latter camp. A paper from this group, published in the American Journal of Critical Care Medicine, suggests new targets for therapy and further bolsters the case for inflammation as an acquired response unrelated to the CFTR genetic mutation. To read more,click here

For Some, Wait for Disability Services is Over

The number of Minnesotans with disabilities who endure prolonged waits for crucial social services has fallen sharply in recent months, as the state removes long-standing barriers to families most in need of assistance. State officials are pressuring counties to spend more of the billions of dollars allocated annually - much of it unspent in recent years - for a coveted form of Medicaid assistance that helps people with disabilities build more independent lives in the community. To read more,click here

Lead Exposure Linked to ADHD in Kids with Genetic Mutation

Exposure to small amounts of lead may contribute to ADHD symptoms in children who have a particular gene mutation, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. "This research is valuable to the scientific community as it bridges genetic and environmental factors and helps to illustrate one possible route to ADHD. Further, it demonstrates the potential to ultimately prevent conditions like ADHD by understanding how genes and environmental exposures combine," says lead researcher Joel Nigg, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the OHSU School of Medicine. To read more,click here

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Demand for Special Education Teachers Continues as Nation Faces Shortages

The demand for special education continues, as more tthan six million children and youth nationwide are enrolled in special education programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.  The United States Department of Education has reported a shortage of qualified special education teachers for the current academic year. John Merbler, chairman for the Department of Special Education in Teachers College, said special education has been listed as a critical shortage area for the last 20 to 30 years. To read more,click here

Bill Would Expand Access To Community Living

At present, it's often far easier for people with disabilities to receive institutional care than community-based supports, but proposed legislation would ensure equal access to both. Under a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., all individuals with disabilities who are deemed eligible for institutional care would be guaranteed the option to receive the services they need at home or in the setting of their choice. Known as the Disability Integration Act, the legislation would dramatically alter the status quo. Current law generally assures people with disabilities care in nursing homes and other institutional facilities if they need assistance with eating, bathing, housekeeping and other daily activities. But, the availability of community-based services is often more limited and subject to long waiting lists. To read more,click here

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French Scientists Have Found Where Autism Hides in the Brain

Autism is hiding in one of the brain's folds, and a new biomarker discovered by French scientists can be detected in children as young as two. The breakthrough could make diagnosis of the condition much easier. The abnormality manifests itself in a shallower-than-usual fold located in Broca's area, the region of the brain responsible for language and communication that autism affects. The researchers are confident the new findings will go a long way to earlier diagnosis and management of autistic patients. To read more,click here

Kids With Vision-Damaging Cancers May Face Ills Later

Some survivors of childhood cancers that affect vision may face increased risk for long-term health and economic problems, two new studies suggest. The studies, published online Jan. 11 in the journal Cancer, provide new insight that could help improve patient care and follow-up, the researchers say. One study included 470 adult survivors of retinoblastoma who were followed for an average of 42 years. Retinoblastoma, the most common eye tumor of young children, can occur in one or both eyes. Most patients live for many years after treatment. To read more,click here

Special Ed Testing Accommodations Backfire

Last spring, Julia Kim's students with disabilities at Fairmount Elementary in San Francisco were ready to take a new standardized test. They were excited that it had been built especially for them. In past years, students with visual perception disorders had test questions read out loud. This time, the students sat in front of their computers awaiting the new technology designed to help them complete the test on their own for the first time. But as soon as the first question appeared, students complained that the print was too small. To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Early Childhood Special Educator- Magnum Medical has openings for  Early Childhood Special Educators to work with children of American military families stationed at Bahrain.  Position works in a home-based early intervention program, providing services to infants and toddlers of American military families stationed overseas. To learn more -
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* Special Education Teachers - needed in Arizona (Phoenix and surrounding cities). Needs are in the self-contained and resource settings serving students with emotional disabilities (ED), Autism (A), Severe/Profound (S/P), and Intellectual Disabilities (ID). To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher (2016-17) - RePublic Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS with a mission to reimagine public education in the South and prepare all of our scholars to graduate from college. To learn more- Click here

* Director, Newton's Early Childhood Program - The Newton Early Childhood Program, which is part of the Student Services Department of the Newton Public Schools, operates 8 inclusive classrooms of approximately 15 students each ages 3-5 who reside in Newton.  To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Coordinator/Teacher - We are looking for candidates who have experience in progressive education and diverse communities, and a solid understanding of supporting the academic, social and emotional development of young children of all learning styles and needs. To learn more -
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