Week in Review - June 15, 2018

June 8 2018



National Association of Special Education Teachers

June 15, 2018                     Vol 14 Issue #23

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
JAASEP Spring/Summer 2018

Table of Contents
Special Education Students on the Rise
The number of students receiving special education in public schools is rising, with about 13 percent of all students receiving such instruction, according to a recent study. A Department of Education report, titled the Condition of Education 2018, states the number of students aged 3 to 21 receiving special education services increased from 6.6 million to 6.7 million from the 2014-2015 school year to the 2015-2016 school year. Among those, 34 percent had specific learning disabilities, of which 20 percent had speech or language impairments and 14 percent had other health impairments. Joel McFarland, lead author of the report, says despite a slight increase from the previous year, 13 percent is still within the range of special education representation seen in previous years. Read More

Quebec Schools Get Failing Grade for Treatment of Students with Special Needs
A new report by the Quebec Human Rights Commission gives the province a failing grade on the organization of educational services for special needs students.The report shows close to half of the province's students with special needs and learning disabilities aren't graduating. The commission is calling on the education minister to show more leadership while equal rights advocates are calling on the commission to stop dismissing complaints. "You could call it an alarming situation," said the Quebec Human Rights Commission's interim president Philippe-André Tessier. "Forty per cent of them will not graduate." The commission has issued 22 recommendations, including a complete overhaul and reorganization of services for Quebec's 200,000 special needs students. Read More
What Can Parents Do if Their Child's Private School Won't Follow His 504 Plan?
Accommodations for students with ADHD are only effective when both teachers and students commit to following them. Unfortunately, schools vary widely in how willing and able they are to do so, especially outside the public school system. A 504 plan only works if both teachers and students make use of the accommodations it dictates. By high school, breakdowns often start with the student because he doesn't want to be singled out or he feels that extra help is unnecessary. But lapses can come from school staff as well. I have seen psychoeducational reports that offer pages and pages of suggestions, but all of this good advice falls on deaf ears if it cannot be implemented. Read More
Governor of Colorado Rejects Medical Marijuana for Autism Treatment
Adults and children with autism and their parents and caregivers held an early rally at the Colorado state capitol building maintaining the vigil for the rest of the day. Their cause was gaining support of Colorado HB 1263, which would have granted children with autism access to legal medical marijuana treatments. The bill would have also allowed adults to treat autism with cannabis, although anyone 21 or over can purchase adult-use cannabis in Colorado. State chapter director of Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA) Michelle Walker said HB 1263 was about giving "hope to families who have children with autism as well as autistic adults throughout the state of Colorado," The Gazette reports. 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: Albert Slater, Laurine Kennedy, Patsy Ray, Darlene Desbrow, Katherine Millette, Sharon Johnson-Hiltz, Olumide Akerele, Jessica Gaspar, Diane Campbell-Mitchell, Melody Owens, and Denise Keeling, who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.

QUESTION: According to research done at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the annual economic impact of this serious problem in the U.S. is far-reaching and costly: In 2015, the total economic burden was approximately $9.3 billion and includes costs associated with health care, child welfare, special education, violence and crime, suicide and survivor productivity losses. What is the serious problem that has this economic impact?
This week's question:  Starting in 1946 at the University of Illinois, a new version of a sport was played primarily between AmericanWorld War II veterans with disabilities. Dr. Timothy Nugent founded the National Association of this game in 1949. Today, there are 82 National Organizations for this sport throughout the world, with this number increasing each year. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people play this sport from recreation to club play and as elite national team members. What game is it?
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by June 18, 2018.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review
June 15th
Millions of Children on ADHD Meds Decide Their Treatment as Adults
When Erin Delaney March was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, she was 8 years old. Like most children with the disorder, March was prescribed medicine to help keep her focused and took it every day. But now, at 21, she self-regulates her medication. "I still take my medication. I usually take it Monday through Thursday, because that's when I'll have my (college) classes, and then if I need to study on the weekends, I'll take it," March said. "When I graduate college, I'm not sure if I'll still be taking it. Because I've found that I'm more creative without it." With more than 6 million children ages 4 to 17 diagnosed with ADHD in the United States, more and more are going into adulthood and wondering whether to continue taking their medication to combat symptoms and, if so, how often. March is just one of them. Read More
Wristband Aims to Help People with Autism
Scientists are testing new biometric technology which they believe will dramatically improve the lives of people with autism. David Adamson has been in a care home for 17 years and is the first to wear the biometric wristband. Armed with highly sophisticated sensors, it can tell a carer how an autistic person is feeling and predict extreme behavior before it happens. Robin Bush of charity Autism Together explains that aggressive or challenging behavior is always a form of communication, often indicating stress and anxiety. "Basically they're constantly barraged with information all the time from a sense, from their sensory environment," he says. "Now if we're able to understand to what extent the sensory environment is affecting the anxiety of the individual, then we can provide, hopefully some very low level strategies for those individuals to help reduce their stress anxiety." Read More
Deep Search Reveals Gene's Link to Intellectual Disabilities and Other Disorders
Harmful mutations in a gene called NAA15 may lead to intellectual disabilities, autism, and delayed speech and motor function. NAA15, a gene that modifies other cellular proteins, has known ties to developmental delay. And a few sequencing studies identified harmful mutations in the gene in people with autism. In the new study, researchers sought to characterize the effects of mutations in NAA15. They identified and characterized 38 people who carry an NAA15 mutation. Overall, mutations in the gene are more common in people with a neurodevelopmental condition than in the general population, says lead researcher Gholson Lyon, assistant professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Read More
Preterm Newborns Sleep Better in NICU While Hearing their Mother's Voice
Hearing a recording of their mother's voice may help neonates maintain sleep while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to preliminary data from a new study. About 10 percent of U.S. newborns require treatment in a NICU, which is a noisy environment that could influence the development of newborn sleep patterns. This study explored the possibility that infants' exposure to their mother's voice in the NICU could modulate that impact. Results indicate that newborns in a NICU were less likely to be awakened by noises when a recording of their mother's voice was playing. The study also found that newborns born at or after 35 weeks gestation show sleep-wake patterns that appear to respond increasingly with age to recorded maternal voice exposure. Similar associations were not found for infants born before 35 weeks gestation. Read More
Teenage Girls More Impacted by Sleepiness than Teen Boys
Preliminary results of a recent study show that teen girls reported a higher degree of interference of daytime sleepiness on multiple aspects of their school and personal activities than boys. The study examined whether teen boys and girls report similar negative impact of sleep disturbances on their daytime functioning. "What was most surprising is the fact that teenage girls reported a higher degree of interference of daytime sleepiness than teenage boys on multiple aspects of their school and personal activities," said co-author Pascale Gaudreault, who is completing her doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology under the supervision of principal investigator Dr. Geneviève Forest at the Université du Québec en Outaouais in Gatineau, Québec, Canada. "For example, teenage girls have reported missing school significantly more often than teenage boys due to tiredness, as well as reported having lower motivation in school due to a poor sleep quality." Read More
Rules about Technology Use Can Undermine Academic Achievement
Parents who restrict their children's use of new media technologies may be acting counterproductively in the long run, particularly if they invoke afterschool homework time as the reason. Their children's scholastic achievements at college lag behind the academic performance of same-age peers, a University of Zurich study shows. Modern technologies such as computers, smartphones, TVs and gaming consoles are alleged to exert a variety of impacts, both positive and negative. There are concerns, for instance, that their constant availability may harm communication skills and cognitive performance, particularly in teenagers. Against this backdrop, parents are frequently advised to set restrictions and clear rules on how long children are allowed to use certain technologies. Read More
Brain Training for ADHD: What Is It? Does It Work
Search "brain training" and you'll find countless apps, games, and tools promising to make you smarter, slow cognitive decline, and/or boost creativity. From Lumosity to CogniFit, brain training has overtaken the mainstream and seeped in to ADHD treatment plans - through at-home apps, in-office neurofeedback programs, and everything in between - claiming to improve attention, lower impulsivity, or boost brain-based skills like processing speed or working memory. But what do these tools actually do, and do they make any real, measurable impact on symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD)? In this FAQ and accompanying chart, we dive into what brain training comprises, how various programs work, and what you or your child can expect from popular solutions. Read More
Teachers who Give Cookie Rewards Score Better in Evaluations
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark and due for publication in the journal Medical Education shows that teachers who reward their students with chocolate cookies can score significantly better in evaluation surveys. The study is by Dr Christina Massoth and Dr Manuel Wenk together with colleagues at Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University Hospital of Muenster, Muenster, Germany. End-of-course evaluation of teaching (SETs) surveys are widely used and taken seriously by faculties, forming part of the decision making process for the recruitment of academics, distribution of funds, and changes to educational curricula. There is some doubt, however, as to whether this type of evaluation method can accurately measure the quality of course material and the extent to which important knowledge is transferred. Read More
When it Comes to School Recess, a Quality Playground Experience Matters
Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience. Playground safety, access to play equipment, peer conflict resolution and quality engagement between adults and students are among the factors that contribute to a quality recess experience, new research from Oregon State University shows. "Kids are inherently wired to play and they need recess," said William Massey, an assistant professor in OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences and lead author of the study. "But we can't just think of recess in terms of having it or not having it. Recess can be good for child development but it also can be an absolute disaster if not done well." Read More
Trauma from Parents' Youth Linked to Poorer Health, Asthma in their Own Children
Trauma experienced by a parent during childhood has long-reaching consequences -- maybe even to the point of negatively impacting their own children's health, a new Drexel University study found. "It is well known that adverse childhood experiences can lead to serious and wide-ranging effects on the health of the people who go through them," said Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, the study's lead researcher and an assistant professor in Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health. "A lot of these health problems -- such as substance abuse, depression or chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease -- can affect how parents care for their kids and the environments where they grow up." "Adverse childhood experiences" are described as serious traumas or stress a person experiences during their formative years. This might include something like abuse or exposure to violence and/or drugs. The study, published in Pediatrics, looked into surveys taken by 350 Philadelphia parents who answered questions about their own "ACEs." Read More
Childhood Cancer: The Four Survival Strategies of Tumor Cells
Cancer cells in children tend to develop by following four main trajectories -- and two of them are linked to relapse of the disease, research led by Lund University in Sweden shows. The four strategies can occur simultaneously in a single tumor, according to the study that is now published in Nature Genetics. The researchers mapped out the genome of cancer cells from more than 50 tumors in order to identify the four strategies. The genome of cancer cells often evolves, both in order to avoid the body's own defense mechanisms and to survive treatment with chemotherapy or other drugs. When cancer cells multiply, mutations are formed and thus new types of tumor cells, known as clones, can occur. Read More
Honor Society for Special Education Teachers

Preschool Program Preps Kids for Academic Success through Elementary School
A program that helps low-income parents prepare their children for school has benefits that extend beyond kindergarten and into third grade, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers found that the preschoolers of parents who participated in the program performed better academically, acquired better social emotional skills and needed fewer additional school services when they were in third grade. Karen Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology, said that because the transition from preschool to kindergarten is such an important period of development for children, she and the other researchers wanted to help parents -- especially those of limited resources -- set their kids up for success. Read More


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Food For Thought..........
Teachers who put relationships first don't just have students for one year; they have students who view them as 'their' teacher for life.
Justin Tarte, Educator

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