Week in Review - July 29, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

July 29, 2016                                                Vol 12 Issue #30

Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET'sWEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASET 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


Autism Spectrum Disorder Series #40

Autism Spectrum Disorder Collection: Tools
This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder Series presents an extensive collection of materials and resources from IDEA Partnership to assist you in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and implementing appropriate interventions and supports for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. Topics include: characteristics, supports/interventions, eligibility, programming, functional behavior assessment and tips for effective school wide PBIS for students with ASD. Tools include: dialogue guides, presentation guides, facilitator handbooks and fact sheets.


How To Adapt the Adapt Response Mode for Students

Another very important factor in adapting the curriculum is to consider the use of a variety of response modes for the child with a learning disability. Providing many different options will increase the likelihood of success. Some options for changing response mode include...
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How To Adapt Grading Systems for your Students with Special Needs

One of the most difficult decisions for teachers working with children with special needs is grading students. This process presents a dilemma for all educators. If we use traditional competitive grading systems then students who try, participate, finish assignments but because of their disability fail tests will receive a failing grade when compared to their peers. This type of approach may lead to frustration, loss of motivation, parent frustration, and a "why bother attitude" on the part of the child. On the other hand, grading students solely on attitude, effort, accountability, responsibility etc., despite failing grades, may mislead both parents and students into setting unrealistic goals. Read More

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Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses

More U.S. children are getting diagnosed and treated for autism in states that require commercial health insurers to cover these services, a new study finds. But countless more kids with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder still aren't receiving needed medical attention, said researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "These are encouraging findings," said study leader David Mandell, a professor in the department of psychiatry. "We now know that more children are being served, but we are also acutely aware that these numbers are well below the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in our society, indicating that the mandates have not had the full effect that advocates desired," he explained. Read More

Epilepsy May Triple ADHD Risk, Danish Study Finds

Children who suffer from epilepsy or fever-related seizures may face a higher risk of also having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new Danish research suggests. The findings echo those of some previous research. But, U.S. experts said the new study is notable because of the large number of study participants -- nearly 1 million -- and the length of follow-up, which was up to 22 years. The study looked at children born in Denmark from 1990 through 2007, tracking them until 2012. The investigators found those with epilepsy seemed to have nearly three times the risk of developing ADHD compared to children without epilepsy. And children who had fever-related seizures appeared to have an almost 30 percent increased risk of ADHD.  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

If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study

Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased risk surprised us -- it really is a potent factor," said senior study author Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski. She is associate director of precision health with the University of California, San Francisco's Preterm Birth Initiative. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 160,000 women who gave birth in California between 2005 and 2011. The study authors defined "preterm" as birth at less than 37 weeks' gestation and "early term" birth at 37 to 38 weeks' gestation. Read More


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

On July 1, 2016, which U.S. state was the first to legally guarantee quality universal pre-K access to all three- and four-year-olds for the two years before they enter kindergarten?

If you know the answer, send an email to contactus@naset.org

All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, August 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Concussion Rates Have Doubled Among U.S. Kids

Concussion rates are rising sharply among U.S. kids and teens, researchers report. The study, which looked at health insurance claims for almost 9 million Americans, found that concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. The big question is whether the increase reflects a true rise in the number of injuries or an increase in diagnoses -- or both. The most significant jump was seen among 10- to 14-year-olds, whose injury rate more than tripled, the study found. They were followed closely by 15- to 19-year-olds. Read More

Obese Preschoolers More Likely to Be Hospitalized

Obese preschoolers are two to three times more likely to end up in the hospital than their healthy weight peers are, new research suggests. The Australian study also found that health care costs are about 60 percent higher for obese kids. "Childhood obesity is a serious public health issue, and is becoming an increasing problem in children under 5 years old," said study lead author Alison Hayes. She is an associate professor of health economics at the University of Sydney. "In addition to the health impacts of childhood obesity, there are major economic impacts, which may occur earlier than previously thought," she said in a university news release. Read More

London's Great Smog of 1952 Linked to Asthma Surge

London's Great Smog of 1952 might have affected the health of young children and unborn babies, resulting in thousands of additional cases of asthma, a new study contends. "Our results suggest that the harm from this dreadful event over 60 years ago lives on today," said the study's leader, Matthew Neidell, in a Columbia University news release. He is an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The Great Smog of London lasted five days in December 1952. The smog developed when a weather phenomenon that pushes air downwards helped trap the pollution from residential coal fires (to heat homes) and industrial pollution low to the ground, according to the United Kingdom's public weather service. Read More

Global Team Taps Into DNA Behind Type 2 Diabetes

An international team of scientists appears to be advancing knowledge about the genetic factors contributing to type 2 diabetes. The researchers say they have also identified more than 12 genes that directly increase risk for the condition. "Our study has taken us to the most complete understanding yet of the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes," said the study's co-senior author, Michael Boehnke. He is director of the Center for Statistical Genetics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. "With this in-depth analysis, we have obtained a more complete picture of the number and characteristics of the genetic variants that influence type 2 diabetes risk," Boehnke said. He made his comments in a news release from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford in England, which also contributed to the study. Read More

Allergies Less Common in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails

If your kid's nail-biting or thumb-sucking habit drives you nuts, you'll be happy to hear that a new study suggests those habits may have a health benefit. Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails past preschool age may be less prone to allergic reactions when they reached adolescence, researchers said. What's more, the study found that the protective effects seemed to last into adulthood. Still no one is suggesting that kids be encouraged to take up the habits, said senior researcher Dr. Robert Hancox, of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.  Read More

Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says

Anesthesia eases the pain of millions of children who must have surgery every year, but parents who are worried about the safety of these medications should talk to their anesthesiologist about their fears, experts advise. "Particularly in infants and toddlers, surgery is only recommended when necessary for the child's health, so parents should not avoid an important procedure out of fear," said Dr. Randall Flick. He is chair of the Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). "Physician anesthesiologists have completed years of special training to ensure safe, high-quality care, which should set parents' minds at ease," said Flick, who is also associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  Read More

Does Living Near a Fracking Site Make Asthma Worse?

Living near fracking sites may make asthma worse for many of those who suffer from the respiratory condition, a new study suggests. Fracking is a controversial process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped deep into the ground at high pressure to extract hard-to-reach pockets of natural gas. "The unconventional natural gas development process [fracking] has numerous environmental impacts that could affect health," said lead researcher Dr. Brian Schwartz. He is a professor of environmental health sciences, epidemiology and medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.  Read More

Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say

Media violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians' group recommends. The new policy statement, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), calls on pediatricians to routinely ask about children's "media diet," and for parents to limit the violent content their kids see -- whether on TV, online or in video games. Video gaming is a particular concern, partly because of the advent of 3D technology that creates a "more immersive experience with violence," said statement author Dr. Dimitri Christakis. Read More

New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to stop its progression. But, kids coping with its effects have reason to be optimistic, according to Dr. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "We don't have a cure for juvenile arthritis -- we're not there yet," Nikolov said in an FDA news release. "But we're making progress." Read More

Mouse Study Hints at Hope Against Blindness

Researchers report they have regenerated parts of damaged optic nerves in a handful of blind mice, a breakthrough that might lead to a human cure for glaucoma and other nerve-related blindness. A combination of gene therapy and visual stimulation prompted partial regrowth of the optic nerves, restoring some communication between the brain and the eye in these mice, said study senior researcher Andrew Huberman. "We didn't regenerate every cell from the eye to the brain," said Huberman, an associate professor of neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, Calif. "It was a small fraction of the total number of cells. Read More

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Do ADHD Medicines Boost Substance Abuse Risk?

Parents often worry that their children who take stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be at higher risk for substance abuse later. Now, a surprising new study finds that risk was actually lower when medicines such as Ritalin and Adderall were started earlier and taken longer. "Most notably, the risk of substance use in adolescents who had been treated at an earlier age and for a longer duration with stimulant ADHD medications was the same as for the general population of children," said study leader Sean Esteban McCabe. He is research faculty chair at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender.Read More

Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness

Children and teens who feel confident handling a chronic illness on their own appear better able to learn to manage their health as adults, a new study finds. The University of North Carolina investigators concluded that kids who believe their health is controlled by adults or by chance may not develop the health self-management skills they will need as adults. This could put them at increased risk for health problems. The study included 163 youngsters, aged 6 to 17, attending a camp for young people with chronic diseases. Researchers asked the participants whether they felt they had control over their health. The researchers also assessed whether the children took medications as prescribed and their readiness to transition to adult care. Read More


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