Week in Review - October 14, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

October 14, 2016                                            Vol 12 Issue # 41

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


NASET News Team



  • Examining the Attitudes of Secondary General Education and Special Education Teachers Toward Inclusion of Children with Autism in General Education Classrooms
    Action Research Report: Using Objects to Increase Reading Comprehension in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
  • The Redundancy Effect on Retention and Transfer for Individuals with High Symptoms of ADHD
  • Guidelines for the Administration of Educational Programs for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Visually Impaired, or Deafblind
  • Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Social Studies Classrooms: Middle School Teacher Perceptions
  • General Education and Special Education Teachers' Attitudes Towards Inclusion
  • Steps to Becoming Independent: Toilet Training Challenges Facing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Leadership Style of Head Teachers of Basic Special Schools as Correlates of Retention of Special Needs Educators in Southern Ghana
  • Revisiting the Regular Education Initiative: Multi-tiered Systems of Support Can Strengthen the Connection Between General and Special Education
  • Effects of Inclusion Classrooms on Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities and Students in General Education
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NASET's Parent Teacher Conference Handout Issue #132

Parent Involvement in their Child's Educational Treatment Plan

One of the most important approaches to the education of students with special needs is to develop a practical, worthwhile and sound educational treatment plan. Treatment plans are used in many other professions and represent a total plan for an individual which heightens the success rate of the goals in the plan. For instance, in the medical field this treatment plan usually involves several different personnel; social worker, psychologist, and psychiatrist. In the educational field this usually only involves the teacher and the student and leaves out a very crucial part of the childís chances for success in school, namely the parent. An educational treatment plan that involves the school, the child, and the parent will have the greatest chance of helping the student succeed in school. Read More

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Proposed Changes to ABLE Act Draw Opposition

In an unusual move, dozens of disability advocacy groups say they're ready to line up against efforts in Congress to expand the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act over concerns that the changes don't go far enough. More than 80 groups say they will oppose legislation that would enhance options for individuals with disabilities who are currently eligible for ABLE accounts. That is, they say, unless lawmakers also act to increase the eligibility age for the new savings vehicle. Under the ABLE Act, people with disabilities can establish special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without jeopardizing Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid eligibility is not affected by any level of funds accrued in the accounts. Read More

How a Special Education Teacher Included her Students in her Wedding

When Kinsey French, a special education teacher, married her middle school sweetheart, she was determined to include her six students in her life-changing moment. French's students, who all have Down syndrome and range in ages from 7 to 11, accompanied her down the aisle as ring bearers and flower girls during the ceremony. French says their presence made her special day feel like a fairy tale. "I wanted to grow up and get married to my Prince Charming, and have all my loved ones there with me," the 25-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native told TODAY Parents. French met her now-husband in the seventh grade at Christian Academy of Louisville Rock Creek. She has been teaching at the school for three years as part of a program that offers an inclusive educational opportunity for students with Down syndrome. Read More

Bullying: A Module for Teachers

Children's social lives - and their academic lives go hand in hand, whether or not they have friends, whether they are accepted or rejected by their peers, or whether they are victims or perpetrators of aggression. This means that we cannot fully understand the factors that lead to academic achievement without knowing about the social environment of children in school. For example, children who have few friends, who are actively rejected by the peer group, or who are victims of bullying are unlikely to have the cognitive and emotional resources to be able to do well in school. Bullying can have long-term effects on students' academic achievement. Commonly labeled as peer victimization or peer harassment, school bullying is defined as physical, verbal, or psychological abuse of victims by perpetrators who intend to cause them harm. Read More

Prenatal Factors May Raise Child's Risk for OCD

Pregnancy behaviors and certain childbirth complications may influence a child's risk of developing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a new study suggests. Cesarean sections, preterm and breech (backward) births, smoking while pregnant, and unusually large or small babies were all associated with increased risk for the mental health disorder, Swedish researchers reported. "The specific causes of OCD are unknown," said lead researcher Gustaf Brander, from the Center for Psychiatry Research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "While both genetic and environmental risk factors are thought to be associated with OCD, this is the first time that a set of environmental risk factors is convincingly associated with the condition," Brander 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

Unique Genetic Basis Found in Autism Genes That May Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers are a step closer to understanding the genetic basis of autism, which they hope will lead to earlier diagnosis of what is rapidly becoming the most prevalent developmental disorder worldwide. In the study published in Behavior Genetics, the researchers examined the sequences of more than 650 genes associated with autism and discovered characteristics that distinguish them from other brain-specific genes and genes of other diseases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 50 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder which can severely impair communication and social skills. These figures have skyrocketed since the 1980s, when only one in 5,000 were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read More


Congratulations to: Bernetta Washington, Trish Burnett-Corrigan, Olumide Akerele, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Patsy Ray, Denise Keeling, Melody Owens and Laurine Kennedy who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

For the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. Supreme Court says it will consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. What was the name of the first special education court case in 1982 that also focused on FAPE, defining an "appropriate education" and addressing "educational benefit"

This week's question:
According to research recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), did births to U.S. teens reach a record low, record high or remain the same last year?
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by October 17, 2016.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review

Girls with ADHD May Face Higher Risk for More Severe Mental Disorders

Young girls living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at a higher risk of developing additional mental disorders, a UCLA study suggests. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is typically found in children between 6 to 12 years old. The condition is characterized by problems paying attention, difficultly moderating behavior, and excessive activity. The World Health Organization estimated roughly 39 million people were living with the condition in 2013. Read More

Sharp Drop Seen in Disability Unemployment Rate

New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show a steep decline in the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities. The jobless rate for this population fell to 8.7 percent last month, according to the federal agency's monthly jobs report released Friday. That's down significantly from 11.3 percent the month prior. The change reflects a growing number of people with disabilities in the workforce relative to the size of this demographic. Read More

Zika Causes Widespread Damage to Fetal Brain

A new study shows that Zika virus causes so much varied damage throughout the fetal brain that researchers are suggesting the term "congenital Zika syndrome" be used to describe the numerous birth defects. Microcephaly -- an underdeveloped skull and brain -- is the hallmark birth defect caused by Zika, which is mainly transmitted by mosquito bite. But the study of 11 Zika-infected infants in Brazil -- the epicenter of the Zika epidemic -- found that microcephaly is only one of many brain injuries caused by the virus. Brain scans of eight living babies and autopsies of three infants who died found lesions on the brain. These tests also showed excess fluid in the brain, an underdeveloped cerebellum, an absence of folds in the cerebral cortex, and abnormal voluntary and involuntary muscle contractions. Read More

Low Lead Levels in Children Negatively Affect Test Scores

A decrease in the average level of lead in a preschooler's blood reduces the probability of that child being substantially below proficient in reading by the third grade, a new National Bureau of Economics Research working paper reports. And because poor and minority children are more likely to be exposed to lead, the study suggests that lead poisoning may be one of the causes of continuing gaps in test scores between children from different socioeconomic groups. "This study underscores the importance of looking at factors outside the educational setting to help explain persistent gaps in test scores," said Anna Aizer, professor of economics at Brown University.Read More

ABA Therapy Difficult To Access for Many Military Families

It's difficult for some military parents at Fort Bragg, N.C., and other bases nationwide, to find in-network specialists for their children with autism and that's due, in part, to the way federal officials changed health insurance plan reimbursements earlier this year, according to a group of U.S. senators. North Carolina's Thom Tillis has joined the group of senators in a bipartisan call for Congress to reverse the reimbursement cuts via additional funding for the U.S. Department of Defense. Tillis, a Republican, is one of six lawmakers who sent a letter to federal funding decision-makers this week asking for the issue to be addressed. Read More

Pre-K Program Helps Low-Income Kids Succeed in School

A pre-kindergarten program designed to help low-income minority children develop social and other skills appears to boost school performance, a new study shows. Researchers conducted a three-year follow-up on ParentCorps -- a family-focused, school-based program -- at New York City public schools with pre-kindergarten programs. The program helps teachers and parents create safe, nurturing environments for kids to develop social skills. It's also designed to help youngsters improve skills around "self-regulation," which involves helping kids to monitor and control their behaviors to reach healthy goals. The study included nearly 800 children, with about half of them at five schools with ParentCorps in pre-kindergarten and the other half at schools without the program. Read More

Feds Order State to Comply With Special Ed Laws

The federal government on Monday told Texas state officials that they must eliminate their special education enrollment target unless they can prove that it has not kept children with disabilities from getting services. The U.S. Department of Education gave the officials a month to either provide the evidence or outline a plan to end so-called "PBMAS Indicator 10," which penalizes school districts that give specialized education to more than 8.5 percent of students.Read More

Children with Diabetes Can Have Bright Future

With proper monitoring and management, children with diabetes can live long and healthy lives, a diabetes expert says. "Although there is no cure at this time, treatment options have significantly improved over the years," said Dr. Jason Klein, a pediatric endocrinologist and head of the Pediatric Diabetes Program at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. "With insulin pens, pumps and modern devices that allow more precise and continuous day and night monitoring of blood sugar levels, we can make small adjustments in the dosage of insulin to prevent sugar levels from rising or dropping too fast. Excellent glucose control gives patients and their families peace of mind," Klein explained in a university news release. Read More

Ranking Names States With Best Disability Services

A new national ranking of developmental disability services finds states with top offerings coast to coast, but warns that a growing number of people are facing long waits for supports. The best Medicaid service systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are found in Arizona, Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan and Hawaii, according to the annual Case for Inclusion report released by United Cerebral Palsy. This is the fifth year that Arizona has taken the number one spot on the list. Read More

Children with ADHD May Be More Sensitive to Punishment

Children with ADHD may have an impaired tolerance to being punished, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The finding could have implications for several areas of study, including behavior modification and neuroscience. Children with ADHD often run into problems with people in supervisory positions because of their symptoms. Distractibility, fidgeting, and apparent daydreaming are just a few of many potential behaviors associated with the condition that can be perceived as disruptive and result in punishment from authority figures. The research shows punishment-based behavior correction can have unexpected consequences for children with ADHD. Read More


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* Special Education Teacher - We are looking for highly dedicated educators who will bring an unwavering commitment to helping children succeed. KIPP DC's teachers are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, rigorous instruction in their content areas, producing unmatched academic results and student growth. To learn more - Click here
*Special Education Teacher - Under general supervision of the House Manager, the incumbent is responsible for teaching and supervising a class of special needs students utilizing various techniques to promote learning. Duties include planning, organizing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating class activities, developing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and working with assigned staff, therapists and students to achieve the IEP goals and objectives. To learn more -Click here
*Assistant/Associate Prof. Special Ed/Psychology - The successful applicant will assist in the development of coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis for Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst (BCaBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) preparation. To learn more - Click here
*Special Services Manager - This is an exciting opportunity to support school district staff as they increase the post-secondary successes of students with disabilities through job exploration, work-based learning, post-secondary education exploration, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy. To learn more - Click here
*Special Education Teacher - is sought by Barstow Unified School District in Barstow CA. At present there is a single job opening for a full time position for 7 hours a day 185 days per year. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To learn more - Click here
*NYS Special Ed Certified Teacher- Catapult Learning is seeking Special Education Teachers in New York for the 2016-17 school year at locations in New York - Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. To learn more - Click here
*Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (HS) - Plans and implements classroom instruction, specializing within one or more areas of curriculum, to specifically meet the educational needs of students and to encourage the best possible student educational experience. To learn more - Click here
*Special Education Teachers - The special education teacher will develop, implement and monitor the students' Individualized Education Programs in collaboration with parents and other IEP Team members. The teacher will promote a collaborative relationship with school staff and parents that will foster inclusionary practices. To learn more - Click here

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

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

W. Clement Stone

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