Week in Review - June 10, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

June 10, 2016                                                Vol 12 Issue # 23

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 atnews@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASETNews Team


The Practical Teacher

Creating a Classroom for Diverse Learners By Kaitlynn M. Penner

Culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students are the topic of much discussion in education forums, creating many avenues for research of this topic. Current research points to the imminent need for culturally relevant teaching practices to be better utilized in successfully including these students in the classroom environment. Disproportionality, the cultural divide, and the achievement gap are all very real issues facing minority students. The articles and research reviewed prove to educators that these problems exist, as well as strategies to improve upon them. This issue of NASET's Practical Teacher was written by Kaitlynn M. Penner from Florida International University and focuses on creating a classroom for diverse learners. Read More

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ADHD Meds May Pose Heart Risks for Some Kids

Ritalin, a popular drug for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), might increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm shortly after a young person starts taking it, a new study suggests. Children and teens who were prescribed methylphenidate -- sold under the brand names Ritalin, Daytrana and Concerta -- had a 61 percent increased risk of arrhythmias during the first two months of use, according to the analysis of South Korean patients. But most children on the medication should not experience heart problems, stressed senior study author Nicole Pratt, a senior research fellow at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Center at the University of South Australia. Read More

Kids' Concussion Rates May Be Higher Than Thought

Because most young children who suffer a concussion aren't first seen in hospital emergency rooms, official tallies of these injuries may be greatly underreported, a new study finds. "Four in five of this diverse group of children were diagnosed at a primary care practice -- not the emergency department," said study author Kristy Arbogast. Also, "one-third were under age 12," she said, "and therefore represent an important part of the concussion population that is missed by existing surveillance systems that focus on high school athletes." 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

Researchers Uncover Surprises About Celiac Disease

New research has revealed some surprising findings about who develops celiac disease in the United States. The study found that it's most common among people whose ancestors came from India's Punjab region. Previously, experts thought celiac mostly affected white people with European ancestry. Celiac also seems to affect men and women equally, regardless of ethnicity, the researchers said. "It is now recognized as one of the most common hereditary disorders worldwide," said the study author, Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. Lebwohl is an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. Read More

Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids' Asthma Meds

Only half of parents of children with asthma fully understand the use of their youngsters' asthma medications, a new study finds. A survey of parents of 740 children with probable persistent asthma found just 49 percent knew what kind of medication their child was prescribed and how often to use it.
Following recommended guidelines is key to controlling asthma symptoms, experts say. "Adherence to the guidelines has demonstrated improved outcomes: decreased hospitalizations, emergency department visits and outpatient visits," said study primary author Dr. Ann Chen Wu, of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston. Read More


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

Congratulations to: Chaya Tabor, Patsy Ray, Rachel Butler, Raquel Tolentino, Joanna Blau, Olumide Akerele and Pamela Downing-Hosten who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.
QUESTION: Which city will host the next Special Olympics USA Games in July of 2018?


Money, Language Barriers Can Affect Kids' Brain Injury Care

Children with traumatic brain injuries may be less likely to receive rehabilitation care if they come from poor families with a limited grasp of English, a new study suggests. After a traumatic brain injury, children require services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years. But University of Washington researchers found that it's very hard for some patients to get this care. The researchers surveyed almost 300 health care providers around Washington state. These included providers of physical and occupational therapy; speech, language and cognitive therapy; and mental health services. The researchers found that less than 20 percent accepted Medicaid and also provided language interpretation to children with traumatic brain injuries. Read More

Lifestyle May Be Key to Improving ADHD in Kids

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often treated with medications, such as Adderall or Ritalin. But a new study suggests that parents can also help their kids by promoting healthy lifestyle habits. For the study, researchers looked at 184 children with ADHD and 104 without the disorder. The investigators found that those with ADHD were less likely to adhere to healthy behaviors recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Sleep Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read More

New Test Helps Identify Rare Genetic Diseases in Newborns

New gene screening methods may greatly improve doctors' ability to quickly diagnose rare genetic diseases in newborns, researchers say. The new test includes all of the more than 4,800 genes currently known to be linked with rare diseases. Canadian researchers used the test to try to diagnose 20 newborns who had a variety of medical problems. Half of the infants had neurological symptoms, such as seizures. The babies were all being treated in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The gene sequencing panel provided a genetic diagnosis for eight of the infants (40 percent). For two babies, their diagnoses directly affected their medical care, the study authors said.Read More

Center Focuses On ABA Therapy For Hispanics

At first, when Marytza Sanz found out her 18-month-old grandson, Santiago, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, she went into the bathroom and cried. "Then, I wiped my tears and we all sat down and said, 'OK, from now on our life is different. Everything is going to be different. We have to all work together,'" Sanz said. A lot has changed since that day five years ago for this Puerto Rican grandmother. Read More

New Insights into Muscular Dystrophy Point to Potential Treatment Avenues

The average healthy man is 54 percent muscle by mass, but people with muscular dystrophy, an incurable, genetic condition, have almost no muscle at terminal stages of the disease. New research from The Rockefeller University provides insights about what causes patients' muscles to degenerate and offers potential avenues for drug development. In work published recently in Nature Communications, the team led by professor Sidney Strickland identified a group of proteins whose function appears to prompt the production of muscle. Read More

Improvement Seen In Disability Employment

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is down significantly, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. Figures released in the agency's monthly jobs report show that the jobless rate for Americans with disabilities fell to 9.7 percent in May, down from 10.7 percent the month prior. The shift comes as the economy as a whole added just 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate for the general population declined slightly to 4.7 percent. Read More

Antipsychotic Prescribing Trends in Youths with Autism and Intellectual Disability

About one in 10 youths treated with an antipsychotic are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability. Conversely, one in six youths diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been prescribed antipsychotics. Furthermore, the results suggest that the proportion of adolescents with autism or intellectual disability has increased among youths treated with antipsychotics and that more youths with autism or intellectual disability have received antipsychotics. Read More

Ford Eyes Workers With Autism

A major American automaker is looking to tap the potential of workers on the spectrum. Ford Motor Company said it is launching a pilot program this week designed to employ people with autism. Through the initiative dubbed "FordInclusiveWorks," the company said it will establish five new positions in product development that were "created to suit the skills and capabilities of people with autism." Read More

Teenagers and Young Adults Still Fare Worse than Children for Many Common Cancers

More young people of all ages are surviving cancer than ever before, but new research published in The Lancet Oncology journal shows that adolescents and young adults have a lower chance of surviving eight relatively common types of cancer than children, according to the latest data from a long-running study of cancer survival across Europe. The authors say that variations in survival between age groups are due to a number of factors including: delays in diagnosis and treatment, a lack of treatment guidelines and clinical trials specifically for teenagers and young adults, as well as differences in the biology of some cancers. Read More

ABLE Accounts Make Debut

For the first time, people with disabilities can open special accounts where they can save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. This week, Ohio became the first state to offer accounts made possible through the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act with the launch of its program. ABLE accounts are available to individuals with disabilities nationwide through the state's offering known as STABLE. Read More

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Clinton Plan To End Subminimum Wage Stirs Debate

Hillary Clinton's call to raise the minimum wage for Americans with disabilities who earn pennies per hour has families and caregivers fiercely debating whether the real benefit of the jobs comes from pay or an intangible sense of self-worth. The lower pay, permitted by a policy in place since 1938, has been scrapped for federally contracted employees, and Clinton and Bernie Sanders say states should do the same. The issue, with shades of the national row over raising the minimum wage to $15, is hardly one of economics alone. It pits individuals' capability and dignity against a business model built on a cheap labor pool willing, day in and day out, to stuff envelopes or fold bath towels.Read More


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

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you are passionate about something, then you are more willing to take risks. 
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