Week in Review - April 13, 2018




National Association of Special Education Teachers

April 13, 2018                     Vol 14 Issue #15

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.


NASET News Team
NASET's Bullying of Children series

Student Reports of Bullying: Results from the School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
This issue of NASET's Bullying of Children series reports data from the 2015 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The Web Tables show the extent to which students with different personal characteristics report being bullied. Estimates include responses by student characteristics: student sex, race/ethnicity, grade, and household income. The U.S. Census Bureau (Census) appended additional data from the 2013-14 Common Core of Data (CCD) and the 2013-14 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) to the SCS to show the extent to which bullying victimization is reported by students in schools with different characteristics. This document will provide an overview of the information and then send the reader to the actual report via a link at the end of the paper. Read More
NASET'S Career Center
Professional Development Course Free for Members only

Postsecondary Education And Students With Disabilities: A Guide For High School Educators
Several years ago, students with disabilities had limited choices when it came to choose a college or university that could provide accommodations. With the advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the disabilities rights movement, accommodations for students with disabilities became commonplace. Now, one can apply to several different types of postsecondary educational institutions.
The focus of this NASET Professional Development Course will be to cover the following areas related to postsecondary education and students with disabilities:
  • Disability-Related Support Services
  • Social Skills
  • Financial Aid
  • Disability Related Expenses
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Financial Aid
  • Issues to Consider When Looking into Postsecondary Education
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Admissions Process
  • Checklist for Assessing Colleges for Accessibility
  • Accommodations for Specific Disabilities
  • Distance Learning and Adults with Disabilities
  • Enrolling in a Distance Learning Program Selecting a Program
  • Access to the Student Services at the College
  • Conclusion:  Keys to Success
To access this course click on this link -
Postsecondary Education And Students With Disabilities: A Guide For High School Educators
In Oklahoma, Special Education Teachers Fight for More Funding as Classrooms Struggle
With day four at the Capitol, special education teachers want to remind lawmakers this isn't about them. Instead, they're thinking about students that aren't getting the tools they need. "We have to sometimes use resources from the regular class and we don't get the materials we need specifically for the needs of our kids because of the finances. So we take what the regular teacher has and we try to modify or adjust it and adapt as best we can," Kendall-Whittier Elementary teacher Donna Lemonier said. These educators are also losing the para-professionals that assist the individual concerns of students. One East Central High School teacher said his school lost five aides in the last two years. Now, he often teaches multiple subjects at one time. Read More

Lagging Decades Behind on Autism Care, France Plays Catch-Up
When Gaspard Bigand was 3 years old, his pre-school teachers labeled him "different." But his parents got zero advice from the French education or health care systems, and it took two years for him to be diagnosed with autism. The family's challenges were only beginning, in a country where only 20 percent of children with autism go to school. Despite France's lauded public health care system, it's shockingly behind the curve on providing basic education and therapy for people with autism. Seeking to change that, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a long-awaited, 340-million-euro autism plan Thursday. The plan includes a push for earlier diagnosis, help for families, teacher training and research to better understand autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by repetitive behaviors and impairment in verbal communication and social interaction. Read More
Attention Deficit Disorders Could Stem from Impaired Brain Coordination
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and colleagues have discovered how two brain regions work together to maintain attention, and how discordance between the regions could lead to attention deficit disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. People with attention deficits have difficulty focusing and often display compulsive behavior. The new study suggests these symptoms could be due to dysfunction in a gene -- ErbB4 -- that helps different brain regions communicate. The gene is a known risk factor for psychiatric disorders, and is required to maintain healthy neurotransmitter levels in the brain. In a study published in the current issue of Neuron, researchers showed mice lacking ErbB4 activity in specific brain regions performed poorly on timed attention tasks. People who lack efficient top-down attention are at a higher risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study is the first to connect ErbB4 to top-down attention. Read More
Scoliosis Surgery in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Quality of Life Benefits Outweigh Risks
For children with severe cerebral palsy (CP), surgery for scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine) significantly improves the quality of life (QoL) for them and their caregivers, reports a study in the April 4, 2018, issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer. "Scoliosis surgery in patients with CP leads to a significant improvement in health-related QoL, which is maintained five years following surgery," write Firoz Miyanji, MD, of British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, and colleagues from seven other North American medical centers. Their study provides evidence that surgery for scoliosis improves outcomes important to severely disabled children with CP and their parents/caregivers -- outweighing the substantial rate of complications during the first year after surgery. Read More
One-Day Conference for Legal Currency for K-12 Special and General Educators
One-Day Conference for Legal Currency for K-12 Special and General Educators.  Professor Perry A. Zirkel will present a professional development program on the latest legal issues of significance for school personnel under the IDEA and Section 504 on Wednesday, April 18, at the Westchester Marriott  in Tarrytown, NY.  For further information and registration, go to https://schoolleadersforchange.com/conferences
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

Apple has proposed a new group of emoji intended to better represent individuals with disabilities, from icons of prostheses to guide dogs of various breeds. The suggested emoji represent "basic categories for people with disabilities," according to the technology company's proposal, submitted to the Unicode Consortium.  Four categories have been suggested. What are the four categories?
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by .  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review

Hollywood's Diversity Push Snubs Actors with Disabilities
Eileen Grubba was working alongside other actors on a TV commercial when she realized the director's eye was caught by her uneven gait. He started positioning her out of the shot - and then it got worse. Shooting a scene on a bus, the director ordered Grubba to get up and move from her seat in the middle to one in the rear and fully out of the frame. "So now we're going to make the disabled people sit at the back of the bus? That's awesome," Grubba, who uses a leg brace as a result of childhood spinal cord damage, recalled thinking some six years ago. The disheartening experience reflects the broader picture for many actors with disabilities, whose progress in Hollywood has lagged that of other minority performers demanding to be seen and hired. The reasons are complex, insiders and observers say, including unfounded concerns about added production costs, disability stereotypes and an industry clinging to entrenched habits. Read More
Inside the Story: Utah Coffee Shop Offers Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Tucked away in a corner of the the Park City Library is a brand new coffee shop. It's called Lucky Ones Coffee, where each of the 14 employees have some sort of disability. "We wanted to make it a place where they are proud and excited to come to work," said Katie Holyfield, who owns the shop with her friend Taylor Matkins. Holyfield and Matkins have been working out this business plan for more than a year. Both work at the National Ability Center in Park City and wanted to find a way to help those with disabilities find work. "This is something that is a nationwide problem," said Holyfield. "70 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed." They named the shop "Lucky Ones" because they feel they are lucky to work with their employees. "We feel that we are really blessed to work with these individuals and we've gained great friendships and great experiences spending so much time with them," said Matkins. Read More
New App Designed to Help Detect Autism as Early as 12 Months Old
For parents, one of the most difficult decisions they may face early in their child's life is whether to test that child for autism spectrum disorder. "A lot of parents are afraid of knowing their children need those kids of services," Wenyao Xu, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, said. Xu is one of the researchers who helped create the free app EarlySee, which helps detect autism in children as young as 12 months old. "The earlier diagnosis, the early therapy and intervention, the more benefit we will have," Xu said. The average age of autism diagnosis is 5 years old, but the research team here at UB hopes this app will help families detect autism years earlier. Read More
Fragile X Imaging Study Reveals Differences in Infant Brains
For the first time, UNC School of Medicine researchers have used MRIs to show that babies with the neurodevelopmental condition fragile X syndrome had less-developed white matter compared to infants that did not develop the condition. Imaging various sections of white matter from different angles can help researchers focus on the underlying brain circuitry important for proper neuron communication. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, shows that there are brain differences related to the neurodevelopmental disorder established well before a diagnosis is typically made at age three or later. Read More
Class Clowns: Playful Boys Viewed More Negatively than Playful Girls, Study Finds
New research shows that playful boys are viewed as rebellious and disruptive by their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teachers whereas playful girls are not. As a result of observing teachers' attempts to discourage the expression of playfulness, the boys' classmates changed their view of these "class clowns" from initially positive to increasingly negative. The playful boys also developed more negative perceptions of themselves over time. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, indicates that teachers' negative perceptions of playful boys in their early school years may forebode a longer-term negative trajectory for the boys as they continue through their formal school years. "Children regularly observe playful boys, or 'class clowns', being treated negatively by their teachers, and over time come to change their view of them as desirable playmates in 1st and 2nd grades to being seen as boys who should be avoided or spurned in 3rd grade," says author Dr. Lynn A. Barnett, Associate Professor at the Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Read More
Prescribing Antipsychotic Medication for Children with Special Needs
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalization for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other medical side effects. Antipsychotic medication can be prescribed for young people with serious mental conditions such as schizophrenia. Some antipsychotic medications have also been used to reduce aggression in children with disruptive behavior. They are also sometimes used for short term management of young people with explosive anger. Read More
Obesity Impacts Liver Health in Kids as Young as 8 Years Old
A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics is the first to show that weight gain may have a negative impact on liver health in children as young as 8 years old. The study found that bigger waist circumference at age 3 raises the likelihood that by age 8, children will have markers for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. "With the rise in childhood obesity, we are seeing more kids with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in our pediatric weight management practice," said Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and lead author of the paper. "Many parents know that obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions, but there is far less awareness that obesity, even in young children, can lead to serious liver disease." Read More
Shaping Behavior, Not Changing Minds, More Effective in Boosting Vaccination Rates
A comprehensive review of scientific literature surrounding the psychology of vaccinations has shown that shaping behavior rather than trying to change minds is far more effective at persuading people to get immunized. "There is very little evidence to suggest that we can change people's beliefs or knowledge in a way that will lead to increased immunizations," said study co-author Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "What the evidence shows is that interventions tied to directly facilitating vaccination and changing behavior without trying to change beliefs are the most effective." Those interventions, she said, include things like sending vaccination reminders by calls, mail or texts, using standing orders and presumptive announcements that patients are due for vaccination in the primary care site and generally reducing barriers to immunizations. Read More

Kansas City Royals Become First Team to Sign a Player with Autism
Tarik El-Abour is not a Major League Baseball player yet, but his signing by the Kansas City Royals marks a historic first for the national pastime. After signing a minor league contract in early March, El-Abour is believed to be the first pro baseball player on the autism spectrum. The California native's mother says her son has always envisioned this day, even before he understood that he had autism. "Those of us without autism think in concepts, he thinks in numbers. The greater the number of times he did anything, the better he was at it," Nadia Khalil told the San Marino Tribune. "He told me that when he grew up and played baseball, he would buy me a house wherever he plays... He did not know yet how different he was. He did not know yet how autism was going to speak for him before he could speak for himself." Read More
Three-Month-Old Infants Can Learn Abstract Relations Before Language Comprehension
Three-month-old babies cannot understand words and are just learning to roll over, yet they are already capable of learning abstract relations. In a new study, Northwestern University researchers show for the first time that 3-month-old infants can learn same and different relations. "Recent theories have suggested that humans' fluency in relational learning -- our ability to make comparisons between objects, events or ideas -- may be the key difference in mental ability between us and other animals," said Dedre Gentner, professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and a senior author of the study. "While some non-human primates can learn abstract relations, they require extensive training -- sometimes thousands of trials -- to do so." Read More
Genes Can Help Predict Children's Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
A type 1 diabetes genetic score can identify infants at risk for pre-symptomatic type 1 diabetes and could be used to enroll children into type 1 diabetes prevention trials, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Anette Ziegler of the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany, and colleagues. Around 0.4% of newborns will develop autoimmunity to pancreatic beta cells in childhood and receive a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes before adulthood. In the new study, researchers calculated genetic scores from over 30 genes for more than 3000 children with no family history of type 1 diabetes but with gene variants known to convey type 1 diabetes risk and who participated in the TEDDY prospective cohort study. Each participant was enrolled at infancy, between 2004 and 2010, and followed in 3 to 6 months intervals for 10 years to track any development of islet autoantibodies and subsequent type 1 diabetes. Read More
Honor Society for Special Education Teachers


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* Teacher of the Visually Impaired - The Teacher for the Visually Impaired is responsible for providing itinerant services to students who are served under contract with schools in the Greater New Orleans area.  In addition, TVI duties include collaboration with VRS team members to provide extracurricular activities for skill development through transition, recreation, and summer camp programs. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - This position reports to and is evaluated by the site principal. Special Education teachers plan and provide learning experiences for students with disabilities, including cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities, in a variety of educational settings.  Special Education Teachers create a flexible program and learning environment that provide specialized instruction; establish effective rapport with students; may modify general education curriculum to meet students' needs with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports; and establish good relationships with parents and with other staff members. To learn more - Click here

* Assistant Principal / BCBA - We are currently seeking a qualified and enthusiastic Assistant Principal / BCBA for our school in Sherman Oaks. This is an exciting hybrid role that will work directly with our current Assistant Principal, as well as serve as the BCBA. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year. JCFS is currently seeking a Special Education Teacher to work with individuals and small groups of children (K - 12) with emotional and behavior disorders in a therapeutic special education classroom. The Therapeutic Day School is located in West Rogers Park, Chicago, IL. To Learn More - Click here

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Food For Thought..........
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
Jim Rohn

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