Week in Review - November 2, 2018



National Association of Special Education Teachers

November 2, 2018                     Vol 14 Issue #43


Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK 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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NASET Special Educator e Journal

Table of Contents

  • Special Education Legal Alert. By Perry A. Zirkel
  • Laws and Policies of Independent Living for Individuals with Disabilities in the United States. By Sarah Al-Sharif
  • Book Review: Leading in a Culture of Change. By Adianez Alfonso
  • Intrinsic Motivation: Motivating Gifted Students in the Classroom. By Qamrah Alsubaie
  • Book Review: Leadership is an Art. By Melissa Smiley
  • The Impact of Full Inclusion on Students with Disabilities. By Sarah Gomez
  • Teacher Preparation for Instruction of Exceptional Student Education Students in the General Education Classroom. By Katherine J. Ramirez
  • Immigrant Parents Advocating in Special Education: A Literature Review. By Amairany Paniagua
  • Book Review: How Autism is Reshaping Special Education. By Stephanie Zacharias
  • Buzz from the Hub
  • Latest Job Postings Posted on NASET
  • Acknowledgments


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NASET Professional Development Course

Sensory Integration Disorders-Specific Types

In taking this course it would be helpful if you are familiar with the:

  • definition
  • causes
  • prevalence
  • age of onset
  • gender features
  • cultural patterns
  • familial patterns
  • characteristics and

comorbidity of learning disabilities. If you are not familiar or would like a review of these areas, then you may also want to take the PD courses on Learning Disabilities before moving on to these types of courses.

To access this course: Sensory Integration Disorders-Specific Types
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Canine 'Aptitude Test' Might Offer Clues to Service and Assistance Dogs

The canine labor market is diverse and expansive. Assistance dogs may be trained to work with the visually or hearing impaired, or with people in wheelchairs. Detection dogs may be trained to sniff out explosives, narcotics or bedbugs. Other pups even learn to jump out of helicopters on daring rescue missions. Despite the wide variety of working roles available for man's best friend, those jobs can be tough to fill, since not every dog will qualify. Even among dogs specifically bred to be assistance dogs, for example, only about 50 percent that start a training program will successfully complete it, while the rest go on to be very well-trained family pets. As a result, the wait list for a trained assistance dog can be up to two years. Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, is exploring ways to identify the best dogs for different jobs -- before they start the long and expensive training process -- by looking at their cognitive abilities. Read More

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Unique Patterns of Neural Communications Found in Brains of Children with Autism

Think of the brain as a complex transportation hub, a place where neural traffic heads off in any number of directions to make connections while processing something as simple as a mother's smile. Now consider the same center in a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At a time different parts of the brain are supposed to be talking to each other or working together, this traffic--the communication between different regions of the brain--takes unexpected exits and detours for no apparent reason. A team of San Diego State University researchers, studying MRI scans of school-age children's brains, found just such unique patterns of neural communication involving the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for processing social information. In children with ASDs, the amygdala connections with other parts of the brain proved to be weaker with some regions --and stronger with others--when compared with typically developing children of the same age. Read More

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In Ohio, Technology Helps Some Voters with Disabilities

Nearly a quarter of Ohio adults have some type of disability. Voting can be a difficult process for some of them. But there are things that are being done to make it easier for Ohioans with disabilities to cast ballots. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. Sharyn Rigsbee demonstrates a special voting machine at the Franklin County Board of Elections.  This machine is designed for low vision or no vision voters. And Rigsbee says the technology is available at county boards of elections throughout the state. "Think of it. You have the ability to submit and cast your own independent vote.  To know that you can do that without the assistance of a poll worker or another person, it has to be incredibly rewarding to know they can do that like any other person on Election Day." Voters with disabilities have been able to cast ballots by mail for many years. They've also been able to cast ballots at the board of elections with assistance. But this technology allows them to vote without anyone's help. Mike Brickner with the group. Read More

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In China, New Approach Offers Hope of Early Autism Diagnosis

Routine screening could help toddlers in China get diagnosed with autism about 14 months earlier than they are on average. The finding, from a trial in one district in Shanghai, represents a new push in the country to increase awareness of the condition. The trial used a multi-step screening method that also identified children whose parents would otherwise not have pursued a diagnosis. Autism was not reported in China until 1982 - nearly 40 years after it was first described in the United States - and awareness continues to lag behind that of other countries. Many Chinese parents view the condition as a severe disability with a poor prognosis and may be unaware of subtle autistic traits in their children, says lead researcher Xiu Xu, chief of child healthcare at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai. Read More

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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 

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Congratulations to: Dennis Bunch, Laurine Kennedy, Darlene Slade, Olumide Akerele, Leila Barnes, Teresa Pitts, Antonio Aguilar Diaz, Cindi Maurice, Diane Campbell-Mitchell, Jennifer Womble-Ericson, Patsy Ray, and Elaine Stephens who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

QUESTION: This Hall of Fame Super Bowl winning quarterback and his wife are on their way to creating a legacy that's bigger than winning the Super Bowl. The two decided to build a house in Arizona that will help people managing with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The house, which they have called "Treasure House", was built after they discovered their adult son, who has a developmental disability, had no place to live on his own in Arizona. They decided to build Treasure House to not only help their son, but to assist others as well. Who are they?


ANSWER: Kurt and Brenda Warner 


This week's question: 

Children with developmental disabilities are far more likely to be missing a lot of school, according to a new federal report, with those who have certain conditions at especially high risk. Among kids ages 5 to 17, reported absenteeism was highest among children with which type of disability? 


If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by November 5, 2018.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review


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Children with Developmental Delays at Higher Risk for Obesity

Young children with developmental disorders, including autism, are at substantially greater risk of being overweight or obese than the general population of children the same ages, according to a new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, and five other research centers. The study included nearly 2,500 children between 2 and 5 years old - an age group that can present a valuable window of opportunity for early obesity prevention. The research findings were published this month in the Journal of Pediatrics. The report's authors say it is the first large study to show that young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and youngsters with other developmental delays or disorders are all at significant risk of becoming overweight or obese. Read More

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Football Players' Concussions Linked to Dyslexia Gene

A gene associated with dyslexia, a learning disorder, may make some athletes less susceptible to concussions, reports a new study from Penn State University and Northwestern Medicine. This is believed to be the first time that this gene has been implicated in concussion or mild traumatic brain injury in athletes of a high-impact sport. "This suggests that genotype may play a role in your susceptibility for getting a concussion," said co-corresponding author Dr. Hans Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Northwestern Medicine Warren Wright Adolescent Center. "If replicated, this information may be important to parents." The paper was published Oct. 23 in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Read More

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Academy Helping Individuals with Disabilities Gain Independence

A local parent created an academy to help adults with disabilities after they age out of the school system at 18 years old. SA Life Academy teaches skills that helps students achieve independence. "We volunteer at the food bank and the Children's Hunger Fund and Meals on Wheels," said Olivia Morkovsky, a 22-year-old student. "Every time I come here, it feels really good," said William Bissmeyer, a 21-year-old student. Morkovsky and Bissmeyer have attended SA Life Academy since it opened about a year ago. "They taught me how to be independent," Morkovsky said. "I like being independent because I like to do things on my own," Bissmeyerr said. Read More

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Brain Training App Helps Reduce OCD Symptoms

A 'brain training' app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Baland Jalal and Professor Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry, show how just one week of training can lead to significant improvements. One of the most common types of OCD, affecting up to 46% of OCD patients, is characterized by severe contamination fears and excessive washing behavior. Excessive washing can be harmful as sometimes OCD patients use spirits, surface cleansers or even bleach to clean their hands. The behaviors can have a serious impact on people's lives, their mental health, their relationships and their ability to hold down jobs. Read More

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New Rules May Bring Updated Rights to Flyers with Disabilities

Flying isn't what it used to be, as everyone who's taken a flight in the past 15 years or so knows. Flyers with disabilities can have a particularly challenging time dealing with airports, airlines, and aircraft. Airports are crowded and stretch forever. Airplanes are crowded, their seats are small, and bulkhead seats are hard to nab. If you're traveling with a scooter or a wheelchair, you look out the window, watch it being loaded into the cargo bay, and wonder, "When will I see my wheels again and in what kind of shape?" On one flight from Washington, D.C., to Venice, with a change of planes in Frankfurt, my scooter went to Copenhagen. Fortunately, the scooter and I were reunited the next day, before my two-week cruise departed. On a flight from Baltimore to St. Kitts, the scooter was returned right to the cabin door, but its seat back had been broken off, somehow, during the nonstop flight. Read More

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In Canada, Fully Accessible Haunted House Delivering Scares to People with Disabilities

Some of the traditional fixtures of a haunted house -- flashing lights, loud noises and creaky stairways -- can often force people with disabilities to avoid the Halloween tradition. Robin Frolic, the self-proclaimed haunt overlord of Frolic's Haunt in Toronto, is aiming to change the way these spooky attractions are built by forming one of the first fully accessible haunted houses in Canada. "We are the only haunt built by disabled people for disabled people," Frolic said in a recent telephone interview with CTVNews.ca. "There weren't any accessible alternatives for older kids in Toronto, so we set out to fill that niche." Frolic's Haunt is heading into its second year and has increased the variety of attractions from a single haunted house to an entire haunted yard on Frolic's property. "We had people last year who were in their late teens who'd never been able to go to a haunted house and always desperately wanted to, but they couldn't," Frolic said. "We had kids in line shaking, not because they were scared, but because they were so excited. This is something they'd been looking forward to for so long." Read More

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Social Stigma Contributes to Poor Mental Health in the Autism Community

Stress related to social stigma may be the reason why people with autism experience more mental health problems than the general population, dispelling past theories that the condition itself is the origin of such distress. In the first study of its kind, published in the Journal of Society and Mental Health, researchers from the University of Surrey and University College London examined how stress related to social stigma, such as discrimination and rejection, impacts on the mental health of autistic people. Researchers testing the 'minority stress theory' conducted an online survey with 111 participants, who considered themselves autistic, to assess stressors that were thought to lead to a decline in their mental health. Minority stress describes chronically high levels of stress faced by members of stigmatized minority groups, which the researchers believed would also apply to people with autism. Read More

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How Schools Can Optimize Support for Children with ADHD

New research gives the clearest guidance yet on how schools can best support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximize their academic outcomes. The study, led by the University of Exeter and involving researchers at the EPPI-Centre (University College London), undertook a systematic review which analyzed all available research into non-medication measures to support children with ADHD in schools. Published in Review of Education, the paper found that interventions which include one-to-one support and a focus on self-regulation improved academic outcomes. Around five per cent of children have ADHD, meaning most classrooms will include at least one child with the condition. They struggle to sit still, focus their attention and to control impulses much more than ordinary children of the same age. Read More

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Multiple Sclerosis Genes Formerly Missing-in-Action Have Been Found

An international collaboration led by scientists at Yale has cracked a tough nut in multiple sclerosis: Where are all the genes? Previous work by the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC) has identified 233 genetic risk variants. However, these only account for about 20% of overall disease risk, with the remaining genetic culprits proving elusive. To find them, the IMSGC pooled more than 68,000 MS patients and control subjects from Australia, ten European countries, and the United States. This time, researchers looked for rare variants that directly damage gene sequence. They found four new genes that act independently as risk factors for the disabling autoimmune disorder, they report Oct. 18 in the journal Cell. "We simply would not have found them by continuing to look at common genetic variants; we had to look for rarer events, which means looking at many, many more people," said Yale's Chris Cotsapas, associate professor of neurology and genetics and corresponding author of the study. "These variants explain an extra 5% of risk." Read More

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The Encouragement Resistant Writers Need

One truth I have learned about resistant writers has helped me more than any other: Many are better at resisting than they are at writing because they have practiced resistance. To change this pattern, we need to move these students in the opposite direction and help them practice writing. Our initial response to resistant students is important. "I've tried everything, but if they won't write, I can't do anything about it," I've often thought to myself. This kind of negative thinking assumes that the writer cannot change. Instead, when we take an inquiry stance, we are more likely to support a positive change. When we see resistance as an opportunity to learn more about our students, we are more likely to provide meaningful support. Try thinking to yourself, "I wonder why this writer resists so much. Some days are better for him than others. What do I need to know about this writer to help him write more?" Read More

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Should Student Behavior Be Factored Into Teacher Evaluations? Study Says Yes

Determining teachers' impact on test scores isn't enough to measure effectiveness-policymakers must also look at how teachers affect their students' behavior, a new study suggests. In fact, teachers' impact on non-cognitive skills, like adaptability, motivation, and self-restraint, is 10 times more predictive of students' long-term success than teachers' impact on student test scores, according to the study, which was published in the journal Education Next.  "Test scores are certainly a measure of a set of skills students need to be successful in school and perhaps later in life," said C. Kirabo Jackson, a professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University and the author of the study. But test scores don't measure social-emotional and non-cognitive skills, he said. And the way that policymakers measure teacher quality is rooted in how their students perform on standardized tests. Read More

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Week in Review - November 2, 2018



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