Week in Review - March 25, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

March 25, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 13

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 atnews@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASET News Team


Assessment in Special Education

Part 17 - - Special Education Interpreting: Challenges and Legal Aspects By Silvia Gonzalez Koch

This edition of NASET's Assessment in Special Education series was written by Silvia González Koch from Arlington Public Schools, Virginia. This article provides analysis of the challenges that educational language interpreters face in providing services in Special Education procedures and focuses on interpreting in Eligibility Meetings. The author provides relevant information about Special Education and the laws that guide it, as well as resources and ideas for coping with these challenges.
Keywords: Interpreting, k-12 education, Special Education, Eligibility Meetings. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read More

NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities Series

Residential Placement Options for Individuals with Severe Disabilities

Part I
This section of the series will look at the various residential care facilities available when a student ages out. It will also provide information on who should plan, how to plan, when to plan, and who to contact to ensure placement at an appropriate time. Read More



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Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Kids Under 9: CDC

One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report. Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, looking for reported speech and language problems, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and more. "Based on the number of kids affected, this is something we need to pay attention to," said lead researcher Jennifer Kaminski, team leader for child development studies at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read More

Nike Expands Shoe Line For People With Special Needs

Nike is adding to its lineup of sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities, with a fresh range of offerings for both kids and adults. The athletic-wear giant is introducing three new shoes that use its FLYEASE entry system, which relies on a wrap-around zipper to secure the shoe and features a larger opening to make it easier to slide feet in and out. "Once zipped, FLYEASE provides performance-ready lockdown without the need for tying laces - perfect for athletes on the go and for those who may need a little extra assistance," the company said in announcing the new products.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

Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

Children entering kindergarten need to be socially and behaviorally ready for school or they may struggle in later grades, a new study suggests. "In 2015, kindergarten teachers rated more than half of students behind in social and behavioral skills needed for learning, and it's painful for the children who want to succeed, but become frustrated and hopeless," study author Deborah Gross, a professor of mental health and psychiatric nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a university news release. The research included more than 9,000 public school students in Baltimore who were followed from kindergarten to fourth grade. Read More

Brain Maps Highlight Autism Disorders

Brain maps of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show different levels of connectivity between parts of the brain compared with typical individuals. Autism spectrum disorder is a group of neurological dysfunctions ranging from hyperactivity to Asperger's syndrome, resulting in challenges in thinking, talking, recognizing and expressing emotion, and social interactions. Researchers at University of Malaysia Sarawak compared the brainwave patterns of ten individuals with ASD to those of ten typical individuals to try to pinpoint what anomalies might be associated with particular disorders. 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.

Congratulations to: Patsy Jo Ray, Sandy Joiner, Olumide Akerele, Irene Swedroe, Madonna Gamez-Catiis, Polina Telerman, Mindy Wracher, Liz Williams and Michael Levine who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:
QUESTION: What is the name of the type of autism spectrum disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and affects the way the brain develops, causing a progressive inability to use muscles for eye and body movements and speech?


Autism Wandering Bill Gets New Look

A revamped approach to federal legislation aimed at addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is garnering bipartisan support. Two years after U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., originally proposed a bill to establish federal resources related to kids with disabilities who wander, aides say that the senator has reached an agreement to get the legislation off the ground. Originally, Schumer sought $10 million in federal funds for a new U.S. Department of Justice program that would provide free electronic tracking devices for children with autism and other developmental disabilities who are prone to bolting. Read More

If You Treat a Parent's Depression, Will His/Her Child's Asthma Improve?

Studies have shown that children with asthma are at higher risk for depression. Research also has shown an association between a parent or caregiver's depression and worsening symptoms in an asthmatic child. Now researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Texas, Dallas are exploring this connection further: They are beginning a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to determine whether treating a depressed caregiver will improve the child's asthma. The findings could have major implications for the way children with asthma are treated. The researchers say the findings also eventually may reduce health disparities in child asthma because there is a higher percentage of depressed caregivers among children with asthma from minority and socio-economically disadvantaged groups. Read More

Good Sleep Habits Ready Kids for School Success

Children who have good sleep habits by age 5 do better at school, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed the sleep behavior of nearly 2,900 children in Australia from birth until they were 6 or 7. They found that one-third had mounting sleep problems in their first five years that put them at added risk for attention disorders and emotional and behavioral problems in school. "We now know 70 per cent of children are regulating their own sleep by five years, but for the remaining third it may be detrimental to them developmentally over time," researcher Kate Williams said in a Queensland University of Technology news release. Williams is on the faculty in its School of Early Childhood.Read More

Review Finds Mixed Success With Hemophilia Treatment

Though the past 50 years have brought major treatment advances, men with severe hemophilia are still at high risk for bleeding and physical disability, experts say. Hemophilia is a genetic disease that prevents blood from clotting normally, leading to an increased risk of serious bleeding. More common in men than in women, it affects about one out of every 5,000 men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,500 male hemophilia patients in the United States between 1998 and 2011. Their findings were published online March 16 in the journal Blood.  Read More

What It's Like: College with a Learning Disability

His kindergarten teacher kept him inside during recess to complete classwork everyone else had already finished. Basic writing assignments in grade school took the entire class period. Once, Nicolas Vavuris even wrote his entire name backward. Vavuris knew from a young age that he was different from his classmates. A 2012 study by the U.S. Department of Education found that about five percent of children nationwide have some type of learning difference, and four percent have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well. It wasn't until first grade that Vavuris was tested. The junior history major would later discover he had dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD."They're all very intertwined," Vavuris said. "Typically, when someone has one of those things, they probably have others." For Vavuris, the dysgraphia makes writing by hand a significant challenge.Read More

3D Printing May Soon Treat Arthritis, Sports Injuries By Repairing Cartilage In Ears, Noses, And Knees

3D printing has expanded into nearly every arena of the medical world of late, from creating 3D-printed organs to developing completely live body parts. Scientists have even developed tiny printedsurgical tools that can make surgeries less invasive. Most recently, a team of researchers from the Wallenberg Wood Science Center in Sweden have found a way to create 3D-printed cartilage that may one day heal damaged noses, ears, and knees."Three-dimensional bioprinting is a disruptive technology, and is expected to revolutionize tissue engineering and regenerative medicine," said Paul Gatenholm, lead author of the study, in the press release. "Our team's interest is in working with plastic surgeons to create cartilage to repair damage from injuries or cancer. We work with the ear and the nose, which are parts of the body that surgeons today have a hard time repairing. But hopefully, they'll one day be able to fix them with a 3D printer and a bioink made out of a patient's own cells." Read More

YouTube Fame Draws Attention To Special Ed Dispute

In some circles, Sarah Grace Morris is a celebrity, especially in circles where her brother, the rapper known as MattyB, is a star. Sarah Grace has her own YouTube channel with, at last count, over 218,000 subscribers. The pageview count for a video she shot with her brother is at over 62 million. But in an ornate courtroom in downtown Atlanta, Sarah Grace was simply "S.M.," a 10-year-old with Down syndrome whose parents are suing the Gwinnett County school system over her placement in special education classrooms. Read More

These Gifs Let You See Through The Eyes Of The Visually Impaired

According to the World Health Organization, around 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired, with 39 million characterized as completely blind and 246 million experiencing various degrees of low vision due to a number of impairments. Recently, the team at Clinic Compare, a UK-based group that gives advice and guidance on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, created four GIFs that demonstrate what vision is like for someone suffering from certain eye conditions. Though fun and fascinating, the GIFs also give us an important glimpse of what life is like for those with visual impairments. Read More

Stomach Troubles Not Linked to Autism, Study Finds

Children with autism are not at higher risk for certain digestive system problems than those without the neurodevelopmental disorder, a small study suggests. The researchers focused on gastrointestinal disorders that previous studies suggested might be linked to autism. These include intestinal inflammation; deficiency of the digestive enzyme lactase, associated with lactose intolerance; and increased intestinal permeability, often called "leaky gut." The results showed that the children with autism were no more likely to have these conditions than typically developing kids.Read More

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Therapy May Lessen Effects Of Cerebral Palsy

Spending time standing on a special vibration plate may lead to stronger bones, better mobility and an improved outlook for those with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. Researchers say that after 20 weeks of what's called whole-body vibration training, kids and young adults with cerebral palsy saw a range of benefits. For the study, 40 individuals ages 11 to 20 with the developmental disability stood on the vibration plate for nine minutes a day, four times a week. Read More

10 Ways to Teach Social Skills in Your Classroom

Research and experience has told us that having social skills is essential for success in life. Inclusive teachers have always taught, provided and reinforced the use of good social skills in order to include and accommodate for the wide range of students in the classroom. Essentially, inclusive classrooms are representations of the real world where people of all backgrounds and abilities co-exsist.  In fact, there are school disctricts with curriculum specifically for social and emotional development. Here are some ways in which you can create a more inclusive classroom andsupport social skill development in your students. Read More


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

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
Johnny Cash
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