Week in Review - June 17, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

June 17, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 24

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.


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Table of Contents
JAASEP Editorial Board of Reviewers

The Implications of a System-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention Initiative: From Design to Successful Implementation

Vance L. Austin, Micheline S. Malow, Nikki L. Josephs and Andrew J. Ecker

Creating an Environment for Pre-Service Teachers to Work with Learners with Special Needs
Jeanne Hager Burth

Are We Ready to Have Teachers with Learning Disabilities? A Study of School Principals' Observations
Heidi Flavian

Follow-Up Study to Family Members' Reactions to the Initial Special Education Meeting
Lawrence Ingalls, Helen Hammond, Carlos Paez and Ivan Rodriguez

Perceptions of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Towards Their Partnerships with Teachers
Yun-Ju Hsiao

Brain Gym: Pseudoscientific Practice
Kevin Kroeze, Keith J. Hyatt, K. J. and M. Chuck Lambert

Housing and Independent Living for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Debra Leach

Using the "ASKED" Model to Contrive Motivations and Teach Individuals with ASD to Ask wh-Questions in Natural Settings
Cheryl Ostryn

An Analysis of Factors Influencing Low Enrolment and Retention of Girls with Disabilities in Integrated Primary Schools in Embu County, Kenya
Njeru Idah Muthoni, Nelly Otube and Samson Rosana Ondigi

Employing Case Study Methodology in Special Educational Settings
Angelise M. Rouse

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Sound Sleep Elusive for Many Kids With ADHD

A new study supports a claim parents have long made about children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- kids with ADHD don't sleep as well as other kids. "Children with ADHD have huge sleep problems," said study leader Anne Virring Sorensen, a researcher at Aarhus University in Risskov, Denmark. "We verified [their sleep problems] by polysomnography, which hadn't been done before," she said. Polysomnography is a sleep study. It evaluates brain waves, breathing and other parameters to check sleep quality. The researchers also looked at how quickly the children fell asleep at night and during the day. Read More

Study Questions Use of Antidepressants for Children, Teens

Treating children and teens suffering from depression with antidepressants may be both ineffective and potentially dangerous, a new analysis suggests. Of the 14 antidepressants studied, only fluoxetine (Prozac) was more effective in treating depression than an inactive placebo in children and teens, the review found. And Effexor (venlafaxine) was linked to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts compared to a placebo and five other antidepressants, the researchers reported. 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

Can Frequent Moves in Childhood Spell Trouble Later?

Moving may increase a child's risk for mental health and behavioral problems later in life, a new study suggests. This was especially true for those who changed addresses frequently during early adolescence, the researchers suggested. However, the study didn't establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship between moving and psychiatric issues, just an association. "Childhood residential mobility is associated with multiple long-term adverse outcomes," contended lead investigator Roger Webb. He's with the Center for Mental Health and Safety at the University of Manchester, in England. Read More

Double Stem Cell Transplant May Help Fight a Childhood Cancer

Young children with a rare and often deadly cancer of the nervous system might have a better chance of survival if they receive two stem cell transplants, a new study reports. The double stem cell transplant allows children with neuroblastoma to withstand two rounds of chemotherapy rather than one, improving their odds by killing more cancer cells, said lead researcher Dr. Julie Park. She is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Three years after diagnosis, about 61 percent of children who received a double transplant remained alive and cancer-free, compared to 48 percent of children who only received a single transplant, the researchers reported. Read More

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

A major American automaker is looking to tap the potential of workers on the spectrum by launching a pilot program designed to employ people with autism. Through the initiative, 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.  What is the name of this American automaker?

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Anesthesia Safe for Infants, Toddlers, Study Says

General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, new research concludes. "A number of animal studies have suggested that exposure to commonly used anesthetic agents in early development could lead to deficits in learning, memory, attention and other cognitive functions," said study author Dr. Lena Sun. She is a professor of pediatric anesthesiology and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "However, few clinical studies have adequately addressed whether this is also true in humans," Sun said in a Columbia news release. Read More

Childhood Vaccinations Rarely Spur Seizures, Study Finds

Certain vaccines can trigger fever-related seizures in young children, but the risk is so low that pediatricians might see one case every five to 10 years, a new study estimates. It has long been known that some vaccines carry a small seizure risk. But the researchers said the new report offers some hard numbers. And it suggests that even when babies and toddlers get three vaccines at once, they only develop fever-related seizures at a rate of 30 per 100,000 -- at most.Read More

'Retarded' Comedy Routine Pulled From Showtime

After being blasted by disability advocates, a comic who repeatedly used the word "retard" and mocked people with intellectual disability as part of a Showtime special has removed the content. Gary Owen met with four self-advocates this week in Washington, D.C. after agreeing to yank a portion of his 2015 Showtime special called "Gary Owen: I Agree With Myself," which remains available via On Demand. As part of the 75-minute program, Owen discussed his "retarded" cousin Tina and spoke of her contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Read More

Trauma in Childhood Linked to Drug Use in Adolescence

Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of experimentation with drugs in adolescence, independent of a history of mental illness. Results of the study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This is the first study to document these associations in a national sample of adolescents.Read More

National Data Shows Kids With Disabilities Face Deep Disparities

Students with disabilities are more frequently absent from school and continue to be disciplined at far higher rates than their typically-developing peers, federal officials say. New data released from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that kids with disabilities are twice as likely to be suspended and they account for two-thirds of those secluded or restrained at school. The figures come from data on more than 50 million students representing nearly every one of the nation's public schools during the 2013-2014 school year. Read More

Autism Documentary Headed To Theaters

A coming-of-age documentary about a man with autism is set to debut at theaters across the country this summer. "Life, Animated" will be released starting July 1 at movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles, with at least a dozen other markets already committed to showing the film later in July and August. The film is based on the best-selling book "Life Animated: a story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism" by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind about his son, Owen, who has autism. Read More

Study Highlights Multiple Factors of ADHD Medication Use

Youth who take Ritalin, Adderall or other stimulant medications for ADHD over an extended period of time early in life are no more at risk for substance abuse in later adolescence than teens without ADHD, according to a University of Michigan study. The findings also show that teens who start using stimulant medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for a short time later in adolescence -- during middle or high school -- are at high risk of substance use. The U-M research is believed to be the first national study to compare early-use and longer-duration stimulant medication therapy with nonstimulant therapy for ADHD. Read More

Autism with Intellectual Disability Linked to Mother's Immune Dysfunction During Pregnancy

Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found. The research also suggests a potential immune profile for the differentiation of autism combined with intellectual disability, as distinct from either autism or developmental disability alone. Read More

Preschool Academic Skills Improve Only When Instruction is Good to Excellent

New research combining eight large child care studies reveals that preschools prepare children to succeed academically when teachers provide higher quality instruction. Margaret Burchinal, senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led a research team whose findings have groundbreaking implications for publicly-funded early care and education. They found as the overall quality of instruction in preschool classrooms increases, children experience better outcomes across a range of skills, but the needle only moves on language and reading skills when instructional quality is at or above a threshold. Read More

Anti-Epileptic Drug Linked to Birth Defects When Taken with Other Drugs

In an analysis of pregnancies in Australia from 1999 to 2014 in which women were taking anti-epileptic drugs, fetal malformation rates fell over time in pregnancies where only one drug was taken, but rates increased in pregnancies where multiple drugs were taken. The rise in such "polytherapy" malformation rates began around 2005 when levetiracetam and topiramate use began to increase. Malformation rates were similar in polytherapy pregnancies whether or not levetiracetam was included (7.14 percent versus 8.38 percent), but were higher in polytherapy pregnancies involving topiramate (14.94 percent versus 6.55 percent). Read More

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Anorexia Nervosa: Pleasure at Getting Thin More than Fear of Getting Fat

A study from Inserm, Paris Descartes University and Sainte Anne Hospital suggests that anorexia nervosa might not be explained by fear of gaining weight, but by the pleasure of losing it... and that the phenomenon might be genetically influenced. Published in Translational Psychiatry, this study, directed by Prof. Gorwood, head of the Clinic for Mental and Brain Diseases, challenges the notion of fear of weight gain in anorexia patients. Often associated with major psychological distress, anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that mainly affects girls and young women. Diagnosis is based on three international criteria: restriction of food intake leading to weight loss, a distorted perception of weight and body, and an intense fear of becoming fat. Read More

Clinical Trial Opens New Avenues for Pharmacological Therapy in Down's Syndrome

A team of scientists led by doctors Rafael de la Torre at Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and Mara Dierssen at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) have shown that epigallocatechin gallate, a compound present in green tea, together with a cognitive stimulation protocol, might improve some of the intellectual capacities in individuals with Down's syndrome, and might modify the excitability and functional connectivity of their brains. The scientists present the results of their research in an article published in the The Lancet Neurology. Their discovery is the fruit of prolonged basic, pharmacological, and clinical research efforts, and shows the importance of research cooperation under a multidisciplinary strategy, and the commitment of the centres to conduct translational research. This is a scientific and social landmark for people with Down's syndrome and their families, and for the Catalan research system, as proof of the quality and leadership of its centres. Read More


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