Week in Review - July 7, 2017



National Association of Special Education Teachers

July 7, 2017                                                Vol 13 Issue # 27


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


NASET's Early Intervention Series

Part 3 - Writing the IFSP
Having collected a great deal of information about your child and family, it's now possible for the team (including you as parents) to sit down and write anindividualized plan of action for your child and family. This plan is called the Individualized Family Service Plan, or IFSP. It is a very important document, and you, as parents, are important members of the team that develops it. Each state has specific guidelines for the IFSP. Your service coordinator can explain what the IFSP guidelines are in your state. Read More

Engineering Professor Develops Potential Method of Objectively Detecting ADHD

Despite the growing number of children and adolescents identified as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there is no objective diagnosis protocol. Current methods rely on subjective observations by parents, teachers, and physicians. Louis Beex, professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is changing that process. Beex has spent the last 15 years researching and developing a method to diagnose ADHD based on data alone, which may not even require a physician to be present. In collaboration with Martha Ann Bell, professor of psychology in the College of Science, Beex found that an electroencephalogram (EEG) can record data to discern the brain wave patterns associated with ADHD. Read More

Behavior is Getting Worse in Wichita Classrooms, Data Shows

Discipline problems have increased substantially in Wichita schools over the past four years, particularly among the district's youngest students, according to data obtained by The Eagle. The situation is frustrating teachers, prompting some of them to leave the profession, and has inspired a new program aimed at teaching elementary school students how to pay attention, follow directions and control their emotions. A district team also is crafting a multi-year plan to improve student behavior. Officials say it will be presented to school board members in August and rolled out to principals and teachers before students report to class this fall. Read More

Treating Autism by Targeting the Gut

Experts have called for large-scale studies into altering the make-up of bacteria in the gut, after a review showed that this might reduce the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Until now, caregivers have relied on rehabilitation, educational interventions and drugs to reduce ASD symptoms, but now researchers suggest that treating this condition could be as simple as changing their diet. A review of more than 150 papers on ASD and gut bacteria found that since the 1960s, scientists have been reporting links between the composition of bacteria in the gut and autistic behavior. The review highlights many studies showing that restoring a healthy balance in gut bacteria can treat ASD symptoms. Read More

US School for Blind Aims to Train 1 Million Teachers for Children with Disabilities

A U.S. school for the blind plans to train 1 million teachers around the world by 2030 to educate the 6 million visually impaired children who also have other disabilities, to increase their chances of living independently and finding jobs. The Perkins School for the Blind aims to work with governments to train specialist teachers who can meet the complex needs of these children and young adults. Many lack educational opportunities and are often left at home, or put into orphanages and care facilities in poorer countries. "This is one of the most vulnerable populations in the world," said Dave Power, chief executive of the Massachusetts-based school, which taught deaf and blind writer Helen Keller. Read More

As Social and Emotional Learning Expands, Educators Fear the 'Fizzle'

Four minutes late to his first class of the day, an 11th-grade boy at Oakland's Skyline High School swung into his seat and blurted an explanation: "I had a bad nosebleed last night." His U.S. history teacher, Jimmy Barbuto, looked up. Being late to class can wreck the morning flow at school, provoking confrontations and derailing lesson plans. "I'm sorry to hear that," Barbuto replied. The remark was a nod to their shared humanity as well as an academic strategy, a tiny moment of modeling social skills that is part of a blooming movement in education known as social and emotional learning. While the term is jargon, the concept is straightforward: Help students recognize and manage their emotions so they can get excited about academics and get along with others. Read More

Lehigh University Looks to Study Cannabis' effect on Children with Autism

As Pennsylvania prepares to award its first licenses for the fledgling medical marijuana industry, Lehigh University intends to partner with one of the potential growers in the Lehigh Valley to study the effect of the drug on children with autism. While some parents of children with autism have preached the benefits of cannabis for years, Lehigh's Dean of Education Gary Sasso confirmed Monday that the university wants to collect some of the first quantitative data on the controversial drug therapy. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that specifically allows children with autism to be treated with cannabis. He said the anecdotal evidence is interesting, because marijuana appears to lack the side effects of the psychotropic drugs that are accepted in the treatment of autism. But, he cautioned, the effect of marijuana is largely unknown, underscoring the need for the study. 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

Infections in Early Life Associated with Increased Risk for Celiac Disease

Infections during infancy are associated with increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease) later on. Apparently the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life. This conclusion was drawn by scientists of the Institute for Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), after analyzing data provided by the Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. Results from this study have now been published in the current issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. In previous publications, a team of scientists led by Professor Anette-Gabriele Ziegler had already demonstrated an association between infections in early childhood and the development of type 1 diabetes. The highest risk for type 1 diabetes was observed in children with repeated respiratory infections in the first six months of life. Read More

Students of All Ethnicities Benefit from Ethnically Diverse Middle Schools

More than half of school-age youth in the United States are members of ethnic minority groups, yet the nation's public schools are becoming less ethnically diverse. Recognizing these conflicting trends and the lack of research on the effects of ethnic diversity, a new study sought to determine how the diversity of middle school students and classrooms shapes students' self-reported well-being and their views on race. The study found that in general, as the ethnic diversity of a middle school increases, students of different ethnicities have better outcomes in these areas -- but class composition also plays a large role in their views. The research was conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and appears in the journal Child Development. Read More


Congratulations to: Patsy Ray and Alexandra Pirard who knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

Earlier studies have pegged the risk of motor vehicle crashes with teenagers suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) behind the wheel, as much higher than what a recent study has revealed. Now it is known that the risk of a motor vehicle crashes with adolescents with ADHD is what percentage higher than all other newly licensed teenagers and young drivers?
ANSWER:  36%

This week's question:  This summer, Morgan's Inspiration Island, opened up in San Antonia, Tex. What makes Morgan's Inspiration Island so special?
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by July 11, 2017.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review

Positive Engagement in Preschool Key to Developmental Gains

Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children's lives focus on providing high-quality early-childhood education. Preschool classrooms that are emotionally supportive, well-organized, and cognitively stimulating can help boost children's learning and development. Yet for the most part, focusing on the quality of early-childhood education has emphasized teachers, often missing the central role that children play in their own development. A new study has found that children's individual engagement with teachers, peers, and tasks was important to the gains they made during the preschool year, even after taking into account differences in classroom quality. The study, conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, Montana State University Billings, and the University of Virginia, is published in the journal Child Development. Read More

Potential Teachers in North Carolina May Get a Full Ride - If They Teach the Right Subject

College tuition could come free of charge for students headed for careers teaching science, math or special education in North Carolina classrooms. State lawmakers are headed toward reviving - in more limited form - the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program that offered forgivable loans to education students until 2015. It's a program that helped educators like Shanta Lightfoot. Coming to N.C. State University in Raleigh from her home in Elizabeth City, Lightfoot said she had some initial fear of how big the university was. Teaching Fellows provided support and connections. As part of the program, she took trips to schools around the state, preparing her for her first job at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh. Read More

Emotional Problems Facing Siblings of Children with Disabilities

According to a 2011 report of the US Census Bureau, 2.8 million children have a disability, defined as an impairment in visual, auditory, cognitive, and ambulatory domains, as well as self-care or independent living.  A significant proportion of these children have at least 1 sibling. But despite these overwhelming numbers, the needs of siblings are frequently neglected. "Parents are offered services to assist with their special needs child, be it physical or mental health or developmental needs. These services are not routinely offered to siblings. But all the clinical research suggests that siblings have the same issues as parents, plus issues that are uniquely theirs," said Don Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project and founder of the SEFAM (Supporting Extended Family Members) program at the University of Washington, Seattle. Read More

Fidget Spinners are Hugely Popular with Kids. They're Also a Choking Hazard, Consumer Group Warns

Fidget spinners - those little lobed gizmos that come in various shapes and colors, mesmerizing children - have been dubbed one of the top 10 "summer safety traps" by a consumer watchdog group. World Against Toys Causing Harm released a report warning parents about the dangers of the toys, which it said "have the potential to lead to tragic or deadly consequences." "Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it is popular," James Swartz, the group's director, said in a statement. Read More

What's the Link Between a Low-Income Status and a Kid's Chance of Developing ADHD?

Does growing up in impoverished circumstances increase a child's chance of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or does it intensify existing symptoms? Marian F. Earls, director of pediatric programs at Community Care of North Carolina who also serves on the guidelines committee for people with ADHD at the American Academy of Pediatrics, says that it's a "bit of a chicken-and-egg situation" in that there may be some overlap. Ultimately, she believes that "poverty exacerbates rather than causes" ADHD. A child living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, she says, will find that such circumstances will likely create an impact on his or her childhood that will intensify existing symptoms. Read More

Could Flu During Pregnancy Raise Risk for Autism?

Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. They did, however, find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness. This trend did not achieve statistical significance. The study is the first to assess the risk for ASD based on laboratory-verified maternal influenza infection, not just survey data or medical records. Results appear in the journal mSphere. Read More

Genetic Gains and Losses in Tourette Syndrome Uncovered

Researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics. The study, published in the journal Neuron, was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. "Our study is the tip of the iceberg in understanding the complex biological mechanisms underlying this disorder. With recent advancements in genetic research, we are at the cusp of identifying many genes involved in Tourette syndrome," said Jeremiah Scharf, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and co-corresponding author of the study. Read More

Honor Society for Special Education Teachers




*Special Education Teacher - We are seeking inspired and dynamic educators to join our team and provide a top quality education for all of our students. Whether you are starting your teaching career or are looking to launch a new chapter, your passion and experience will be deeply valued and your opportunities for growth and impact will be limitless.  To learn more - Click here
*Special Education Teacher - Come teach in Agua Fria where all students are college and career ready! We currently have openings for Certified Special Education Teachers.  Our competitive salary and benefits package paired with our amazing students, family atmosphere and strong community make Agua Fria Union High School District THE place to teach. To learn more - Click here
*Special Education Teacher - Responsible for planning and providing for appropriate learning experiences for students based on the district's AKS curriculum as well as providing an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of individuals. To learn more - Click here
*Teacher of Students with Autism - The 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
*Early Childhood Special Education Teacher - The 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
*Special Education Preschool Teacher -  Longview School District seeks lead teacher for special education preschool classroom serving three and four year old children with a range of communication, social-emotional, and physical developmental delays, including those with autism spectrum disorder. To learn more - Click here
*Inclusive Specialist (Special Education) Teacher - Bright Star Schools is a free, publicly funded and open enrollment non-profit organization with seven public charters in urban Los Angeles. We are seeking a certified Inclusive Specialist (Special Education) Teacher to join our people-first and student-first family! We are also currently offering a $5,000 signing bonus to all new 2017-18 Inclusive Specialist Teachers. To learn more - Click here
*Teaching in New York City - New York City public schools offer competitive starting salaries ranging from $54,000 to $81,694, based on prior teaching experience as well as your undergraduate and graduate education. To learn more - Click Here

*Special Education Specialist - The primary responsibility of the Special Education Specialist is to provide instruction and other related services to Special Education students. The Special Education Specialist will also facilitate diagnostic assessment including administration, scoring and interpretation. To learn more - Click here

If you are an Employer looking for excellent special education staff - Click here for more information

Food For Thought..........
We are all different. Don't judge, understand instead
Roy T. Bennett

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