Week in Review - May 13, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

May 13, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 19

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 REVIEWat news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASET News Team

Autism Spectrum Disorder Series Issue #39

Making Connections: Teaching Parents Classroom and Therapeutic ABA Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Children with ASD and their Families By Josefina Beyra

This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series is written by Josefina Beyra from Florida International University. The focus of the article is on teaching parents various classroom and therapeutic ABA strategies to improve quality of life for children with ASD and their families. Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience high levels of stress due to sacrifices in daily living and their children's problem behaviors. Though very little can be done to lighten the burden of raising a child with a disability, it is possible to increase the quality of life of families with children in the spectrum. The most effective intervention for increasing positive and appropriate behavior in children with ASD is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This common intervention for children is widely known and used in both the classroom and in therapy. Research available on parent training in ABA focuses on learning outcomes of children with ASD. This literature review analyzes the effects of family-friendly ABA programs and parent training in ABA strategies on quality of life and potentially higher learning gains. Read More


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For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC

Behavior modification therapy is preferable to drugs for treating children 2 to 5 years old who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.S. health officials say. "Behavior therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms in young children with ADHD and can be as effective as medicine, but without the side effects," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Research has shown that the benefits of behavior therapy can last for years," she said Tuesday during a midday media briefing. Read More

Preemies' Brains Get Boost From Breast Milk

Breast milk may help promote brain growth in premature infants, a new study found. "The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not fully developed," explained senior investigator Dr. Cynthia Rogers, an assistant professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis."But breast milk has been shown to be helpful in other areas of development, so we looked to see what effect it might have on the brain," Rogers said in a university news release. "With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development," she said. 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

Training Program for Those With Autism Often Results in Low-Paying Jobs: Study

While a U.S. government-funded job training program for people with autism has a high success rate, many who get jobs earn well below the federal poverty line, a new study finds. "We found that over half of the people with autism who used Vocational Rehabilitation services got jobs," said study author Anne Roux, a researcher at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia. The Vocational Rehabilitation system is one of the nation's largest sources of public assistance for people with disabilities seeking work. Read More

Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

A new study led by a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and Cystic Fibrosis Canada reinforces the benefits of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Despite the fact that newborn screening has been implemented across North America and in several European countries as a way to improve overall survival rate and health outcomes of people living with CF, it is still not available in Quebec. The findings, recently published online in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, add to the increasingly overwhelming evidence in favour of newborn screening as a way to improve the quality of life for patients living with this chronic disease that is still incurable. 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: Joanna Blau, Heather Warner, Jennifer Western-Burrough, Patsy Ray, Olumide Akerele, Kerry Drossos, Danielle Jordan, Jennifer Klump, Dawn Nordeen, Melody Owens, Patty Timmins, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Denise Keeling, Heidi Sylvestri and Prahbhjot Malhi who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question
What is the word that means "the rate and smoothness of reading, demonstrated by reading text quickly and accurately"?
ANSWER:  Fluency

According to the latest analysis of U.S. Department of Education data (conducted by Education Week), are the number of American students reportedly utilizing special education services in the nation's public schools increasing, decreasing or remaining the same?

If you know the answer, send an email tocontactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, May 16, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Children with Autism Learn New Words Much Like Others Do, Study Finds

A new study has found that children with autism are capable of learning new words the same way any child would -- by following someone's gaze as they name an object. They just take longer to pick up the skill. The study, which appears in the March 2016 issue of the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, showed that autistic children scored almost exactly the same as neurotypical children (those who don't have autism) in tests of learning new words, and were able to follow their teachers' eye movements 75 percent of the time, compared to neurotypical children's 78 percent.Read More

Children with ADHD May Benefit from Following Healthy Behaviors

A new study shows that children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder follow fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors than non-ADHD youth, suggesting that they may benefit from improving lifestyle choices such as increasing water consumption, decreasing screen time and getting at least one hour of physical activity per day. The disorder is typically managed with prescriptions like Adderall or Ritalin, though many parents are worried about side effects from these medications, and are interested in alternative ways to minimize symptoms in their children. The new study, published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders, is the first to examine the total number of healthy lifestyle behaviors children with ADHD follow, as compared to typically developing children. Read More

Inadequate Financial Savings Tied to Increased Childhood Health Risks

The connection between a family's income and childhood health has been well-established, with lower income linked to poorer health and a greater likelihood of more chronic conditions. Now a new study by UCLA researchers shows that the size of the paycheck is not all that matters when it comes to children's health risks. So does the amount that a family has tucked away in savings. The study is the first to look at child health in the context of what economists call "asset poverty," or economic strain caused by a lack of ready financial resources such as savings, rather than income relative to the Federal Poverty Level. Read More

Mental Health Diagnoses Rise Significantly for Military Children

Mirroring national estimates, a new study that will be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting found the percentage of children enrolled in the U.S. Military Healthcare System diagnosed with and treated for mental health disorders increased significantly during the past 15 years. Roughly 1.6 million children received care in the Military Health System each year from 2001 to 2015, according to authors of the study, "Increasing Mental Health Diagnoses and Visits for Military-Connected Children." The proportion of those with one or more mental health diagnosis, they said, rose from 10 percent in 2001 to 16 percent in 2015, representing a nearly 4 percent increase each year. Over the same period, the researchers said, diagnoses for suicidal ideation, adjustment, anxiety, attention deficit, conduct, cognitive, mood, psychotic, eating and other disorders all increased. The largest of these increases was among youth who had thoughts of suicide, which researchers said rose by 22 percent.  Read More

Could Infant Colds, Other Infections Raise Type 1 Diabetes Risk?

Colds and other infections in the first six months of life may boost the odds of a child developing type 1 diabetes by nearly 20 percent, new research suggests. The suspicion that infections play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes isn't new. Experts have long suspected that viral infections may trigger the disease. "This study really just bolsters the idea of early life events being crucial for the development of the immune system," said Jessica Dunne, director of discovery research for JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). JDRF provided some of the funding for the new study. Read More

Providing Children with Tablets Loaded with Literacy Apps Yields Positive Results

For the past four years, researchers at MIT, Tufts University, and Georgia State University have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve the reading preparedness of young children living in economically disadvantaged communities. At the Association for Computing Machinery's Learning at Scale conference this week, they presented the results of the first three deployments of their system. In all three cases, study participants' performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness indicated that the tablet use was effective. Read More

High Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Large Population of Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

During the past two decades, vitamin D status, defined as serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, has emerged as a predictor of key clinical outcomes including bone health, glucose metabolism, cardiovascular health, immune health and survival. Now, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) team, including senior author Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, has examined the association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D and diabetes control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.Read More

Complaints To Education Department Largely Disability-Related

As the U.S. Department of Education fielded a record number of civil rights complaints last year, the agency said nearly half alleged some form of disability discrimination. The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights received over 4,800 complaints asserting violations of disability laws during the 2015 fiscal year, according to a report released this week. Disability issues accounted for the largest group of complaints logged, representing 46 percent of the record-high 10,392 complaints received by the Office for Civil Rights, which is tasked with ensuring equal access and prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability and age in education programs.Read More

Uber Settlement Requires Drivers To Accommodate Service Animals

Uber is settling a discrimination suit brought by blind passengers with an agreement to carry the passengers' guide dogs in their vehicles and to fire drivers who refuse, advocates for the blind said over the weekend. The suit, filed by the National Federation of the Blind in September 2014, said many Uber drivers have refused to take passengers with dogs. For example, the suit said, one Uber driver agreed by phone to take two passengers to a home in Menlo Park but when he arrived and saw a guide dog, he shouted, "No dogs," and sped away. Another driver locked a Sacramento passenger's guide dog in the trunk, the suit said, and Uber tried to charge cancellation fees to some blind passengers after its drivers refused to transport them. Read More

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Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less

A new study from Aarhus University has now documented that there is some truth to the claim by parents of children with ADHD that their children have more difficulty falling asleep and that they sleep more poorly than other children. Studies have shown that up to seventy per cent of parents of children with ADHD report that the children have difficulty falling asleep and that they spend a long time putting them to bed. However, scientific studies that measure sleep quality using electrodes have so far failed to demonstrate a correlation between sleep quality and ADHD. But a new Danish study now shows that children with ADHD actually do sleep worse than other children. Read More

Playground-Related Brain Injuries on Rise in U.S.

For some kids, playgrounds aren't all fun and games. Playground-related brain injuries have risen significantly in the United States over the last decade, health officials say. Despite improvements in playground safety and design, between 2001 and 2013, emergency rooms treated an average of 21,000 playground-related traumatic brain injuries annually among kids 14 and younger. The statistics were compiled for a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's not just sports. This study highlights the importance of other causes of traumatic brain injuries and concussion among children," said study researcher Dr. Jeneita Bell. She is a medical officer at the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Read More

Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces

At first look, it's hard to tell who in the peer mentoring program has autism and who is in regular education at Belleville's Westhaven Elementary school. But then a balloon pops, and a kindergartner with autism shrieks - as would many regular eduction kindergartners - and a sixth-grader claps his hands over his ears and keeps them there. "Did you hear that POP?" he excitedly asked a few minutes later. "Did you hear POP?" James Moton, 11, was soon calm on a recent morning, alternately appearing either bored or highly engaged when talking about outer space or the show "How it's Made" with his peer mentor, William Hein. Read More


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