Week in Review - July 6, 2018



National Association of Special Education Teachers

July 6, 2018                     Vol 14 Issue #26

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
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Preparing For The Start Of The School Year As A Special Education Teacher
The best advice in preparing for a new school year is to begin as early as possible. There are many things that you can do before the start of school that will facilitate your experience and make the school year more productive for you and your students. The first day of school should not be the first day you learn about your students. This would be a major mistake and will inevitably make classroom management more difficult.  The focus of this course is to address how to prepare for the beginning of the school year. After taking this course you should understand the following steps involved in classroom preparation:

STEP #1: Learn About Your Incoming Students
STEP #2: Learn the Number and Types of Schools Attended by Each Student
STEP #3: Review Available Medical Records
STEP #4: Review Each Student's Permanent Record Folder
STEP #5: Review Past Teachers' Reports or Comments
STEP #6: Review Prior Report Cards
STEP #7: Review Standardized Test Scores (Both Individual and Group)
STEP #8: Review, Very Carefully, Each Student's IEP (Individualized Educational Program)

To access this course click this link- Preparing For The Start Of The School Year As A Special Education Teacher
Learning Disabilities: Kids and Families Struggle Beyond the Academics
Most research on learning disabilities focuses on remediating specific academic skills like reading and math. But struggles at school and with homework can create an enormous amount of stress and anxiety for children and families, finds a study published June 4 in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. "At least half the time when I give feedback from an evaluation, a parent becomes teary," says neuropsychologist and study leader Deborah Waber, PhD, who directs the Learning Disabilities Program at Boston Children's Hospital. "The effect on families is not trivial, and it's been under-appreciated. It's always good to ask families about stress and anxiety if they report concerns about academics." Read More

Novel Drug Therapy Partially Restores Hearing in Mice
A small-molecule drug is the first to preserve hearing in a mouse model of an inherited form of progressive human deafness, report investigators at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). The study, which appears online in Cell, sheds light on the molecular mechanism that underlies a form of deafness (DFNA27), and suggests a new treatment strategy. "We were able to partially restore hearing, especially at lower frequencies, and save some sensory hair cells," said Thomas B. Friedman, Ph.D., chief of the Laboratory of Human Molecular Genetics at the NIDCD, and a coauthor of the study. "If additional studies show that small-molecule-based drugs are effective in treating DFNA27 deafness in people, it's possible that using similar approaches might work for other inherited forms of progressive hearing loss." Read More
Less than a Quarter of American Youths Previously Treated for Anxiety Disorders Stay Anxiety-Free
For the majority of affected youth, anxiety disorders are chronic, even after a successful course of evidence-based treatments, reports a study published in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Pediatric anxiety disorders are common psychiatric illnesses, affecting approximately 10 percent of children. In one of the largest comparative treatment studies, researchers found that 12 weeks of sertraline and/or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) were effective in reducing anxiety and improving functioning. In the newly released follow-up study, researchers re-contacted these youths an average of six years later and then re-assessed them annually for up to four additional years. Researchers found that 22 percent of youth who received 12 weeks of treatment for an anxiety disorder stayed in remission over the long term, meaning they did not meet diagnostic criteria for any anxiety disorder (defined as any DSM-IV TR anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder). Read More
Dietary Supplement Increases Muscle Force by 50% in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Model
A dietary supplement derived from glucose increases muscle-force production in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) mouse model by 50% in ten days, according to a study conducted by researchers from Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine and Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Québec Research Centre-Université Laval. The results, which were recently published in the scientific periodical The FASEB Journal, pave the way for a clinical study to test the treatment's effectiveness on humans. DMD is a hereditary disease characterized by progressive muscle degeneration. The disease puts affected people in a wheelchair by their teens. It also affects the heart and respiratory muscles, reducing the life expectancy of patients to less than 40 years. DMD affects roughly 1 out of 3,500 boys, making it the most common form of muscular dystrophy. There is no known cure for the disease. A steroid-based treatment can slow down muscle degeneration, but it causes serious side effects. 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

Congratulations to: Susan Daniel, Michelle Hull, Diane Campbell-Mitchell, Laura Malena, Melody Owens, Jessica Gaspar, Laurine Kennedy, Olumide Akerele, Patsy Ray, and Cindi Maurice who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.

QUESTION: According a new study by Purdue University researchers, what type of play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills -- mathematics and executive functioning -- critical to kindergarten readiness?
This week's question:  According to new research published by the American Psychological Association in the journal Developmental Psychology, a certain type of parenting can negatively affect a child's ability to manage his or her emotions and behavior and thereby be less able to deal with the challenging demands of growing up, especially with navigating the complex school environment. Children who cannot regulate their emotions and behavior effectively are more likely to act out in the classroom, to have a harder time making friends and to struggle in school. What is this type of parenting?
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by July 9, 2018.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review
New Insight into how Autism Might Develop in Human Brain
In a study published in Stem Cell Reports, a McGill team of scientists led by Dr. Carl Ernst, researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, revealed a molecular mechanism that may play a role in the development of autism. By taking skin cells from patients and reprogramming those cells to become brain cells through genetic engineering, Dr. Ernst, graduate student Scott Bell, and Edward A. Fon and Thomas M. Durcan, colleagues at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, tracked how a brain cell with the patient's own mutation develops improperly. The team focused on a gene named GRIN2B, a gene known to cause autism when mutated. Almost all genes in humans have two copies. A mutation in one copy of GRIN2B is sufficient to cause moderate intellectual disability and autism. Read More
Narcissistic Adolescents May Perform Better at School
A researcher at Queen's University Belfast suggests that the growing rate of narcissism in society could be linked with school achievement. Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou, Director of the InteRRaCt lab in the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast, has discovered that adolescents who score high on certain aspects of subclinical narcissism may be more mentally tough and can perform better at school. The findings are the result of an international collaboration, which included Professor Yulia Kovas, Director of InLab at Goldsmiths University of London (UK); as well as leading experts from King's College London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Huddersfield University and the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Read More
Delivering Insulin in a Pill
Given the choice of taking a pill or injecting oneself with a needle, most of us would opt to regulate a chronic health condition by swallowing a pill. But for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes, a painful needle prick once or twice daily is the only option for delivering the insulin that their bodies cannot produce on their own. Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an oral delivery method that could dramatically transform the way in which diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check. Not only does oral delivery of insulin promise to improve the quality of life for up to 40 million people with type 1 diabetes worldwide, it could also mitigate many of the disease's life-threatening side effects that result from patients failing to give themselves required injections. Read More
How Music Lessons Can Improve Language Skills
Many studies have shown that musical training can enhance language skills. However, it was unknown whether music lessons improve general cognitive ability, leading to better language proficiency, or if the effect of music is more specific to language processing. A new study from MIT has found that piano lessons have a very specific effect on kindergartners' ability to distinguish different pitches, which translates into an improvement in discriminating between spoken words. However, the piano lessons did not appear to confer any benefit for overall cognitive ability, as measured by IQ, attention span, and working memory. "The children didn't differ in the more broad cognitive measures, but they did show some improvements in word discrimination, particularly for consonants. The piano group showed the best improvement there," says Robert Desimone, director of MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the senior author of the paper. Read More
Can the Kids Wait? Today's Youngsters Able to Delay Gratification Longer than those of the 1960s
Some 50 years since the original "marshmallow test" in which most preschoolers gobbled up one treat immediately rather than wait several minutes to get two, today's youngsters may be able to delay gratification significantly longer to get that extra reward. This was the key finding of a new study published by the American Psychological Association. "Although we live in an instant gratification era where everything seems to be available immediately via smartphone or the internet, our study suggests that today's kids can delay gratification longer than children in the 1960s and 1980s," said University of Minnesota psychologist Stephanie M. Carlson, PhD, lead researcher on the study. "This finding stands in stark contrast with the assumption by adults that today's children have less self-control than previous generations." Read More
Exposure to Air Pollution in Pregnancy Does Not Increase Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder
Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may not be associated with an increased risk of attention-deficit and hyperactivity symptoms in children aged 3 to 10 years. This was the conclusion of a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation. The study included data on nearly 30,000 children from seven European countries. With a worldwide prevalence of 5%, ADHD is the most common childhood behavioral disorder. ADHD is characterized by a pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity that is atypical for the child's age. These symptoms can interfere with development and have been associated with academic problems in school-aged children as well as an increased risk of problems with addiction or risky behaviors. Read More
Hearing-Related Problems Common among Preschool Teachers
Seven out of ten female preschool teachers suffer from sound-induced auditory fatigue, one out of two has difficulty understanding speech and four out of ten become hypersensitive to sound. This is a considerably higher share than among women in general and also higher than in occupational groups exposed to noise, according to research at Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. "We have an occupational group with much higher risk for these symptoms, and if nothing is done about it, it's really alarming. We have to lower sound levels, have a calmer preschool," says Sofie Fredriksson, an audiologist with a doctorate from the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Department at Sahlgrenska Academy. She has previously attracted attention with a study of hearing-related symptoms such as tinnitus among obstetric personnel due to the screams of women giving birth. In continued work on her dissertation, she has studied preschool teachers. Read More
Broken Shuttle May Interfere with Learning in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Other Disorders
Unable to carry signals based on sights and sounds to the genes that record memories, a broken shuttle protein may hinder learning in patients with intellectual disability, schizophrenia, and autism. This is the implication of a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine and published online June 22 in Nature Communications. Specifically, the research team found that mice genetically engineered to lack the gene for the gamma-CaMKII shuttle protein took twice as long as normal mice to form a memory needed to complete a simple task. "Our study shows for the first time that gamma-CaMKII plays a critical role in learning and memory in live animals," says Richard Tsien, PhD, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology and director of the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health. Read More

Special Training for Teachers May Mean Big Results for Students with Autism
Special training for teachers may mean big results for students with autism spectrum disorder, according to Florida State University and Emory University researchers. In a new study, children whose teachers received specialized training "were initiating more, participating more, having back-and-forth conversations more, and responding to their teachers and peers more frequently," said researcher Lindee Morgan. Morgan and FSU Autism Institute Director Amy Wetherby were co-principal investigators of a three-year, 60-school study that measured the effectiveness of a curriculum, called SCERTS, designed specifically for teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). SCERTS (pronounced "serts") was developed in 2006. It targets the most significant challenges presented by ASD, spelled out in its acronym: "SC" for social communication, "ER" for emotional regulation, and "TS" for transactional support (developing a partnership of people at school and at home who can respond to the ASD child's needs and interests and enhance learning). Read More
Teacher Shortage Becoming a Growing Concern in Hawaii
The number of Hawaii teachers quitting their jobs and leaving the state is becoming a growing concern. The Department of Education's employment reports show that 411 teachers resigned and left the state from 2016-17, up from 223 in 2010. Fewer graduates from Hawaii teacher education programs are entering the profession. Hawaii Teachers Association President Corey Rosenlee told the Board of Education's Human Resources Committee Thursday that the number of graduates joining the Department of Education fell by nearly 30 percent, from 545 in the 2010-11 school year to 387 in the 2016-17 school. "This is of course a huge alarm," he said. "We have a collision of two really big problems." The state's high cost of living and low teacher salaries are among the factors driving away Hawaii educators. Carrie Rose is one of the teachers leaving the state. She worked as a special education teacher at Waialua Elementary School and is getting ready to move to Colorado. Read More
Make Learning Products Accessible for Students with Disabilities
Assistive technology-tools designed for users with disabilities-can give all students the opportunity to develop their strengths and share their skills, said Luis Perez, the incoming president of the Inclusive Learning Network for the International Society for Technology in Education, during a Tuesday keynote session at the group's annual conference being held here. Perez is also a technical assistance specialist at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at the Center for Applied Special Technology, a research organization that advocates for inclusive learning environments. As an adult, he developed an eye disease that damaged his retinas, but assistive technology allowed him to pursue his passions and change the conversation around his disability, he said during his address. The first time he heard the synthesized voice that supports the iOS text-to-speech capability, it was a "magical moment," he said. Read More
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The Choice Should be There: More Colleges Enroll Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Emily Scott has been part of the West Chester University family for a long time. In her first year of life, West Chester students learning about child development regularly visited Emily and her twin sister, Elizabeth, at the family home in East Goshen Township. At age 3, Emily took swimming classes on campus. She's since participated in nutrition, fitness, and dance programs. So when it came time to think about college, West Chester was the logical choice. But Emily has Down syndrome, and the state university she had grown to love had no place for her or others like her. That changes this fall. Emily and one young man will become the first full-time students with intellectual disabilities at West Chester. And with that move, West Chester reflects what has been an exponential growth in such college offerings. Read More
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Food For Thought..........
When you're so consistent, people have to stand up and take notice. I don't think people recognize or praise consistency enough.
Katie Taylor

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