Week in Review - September 7, 2018



National Association of Special Education Teachers

September 7, 2018                     Vol 14 Issue #35

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
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
NASET's IEP Components Series
Transition "Starters" for Everyone

Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team, and updated annually, thereafter, the IEP must include appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills; and the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals. This issue of NASET's IEP Components series is designed to connect you with basic information about transition planning. We've included articles, guides, and online trainings designed for specific audiences, because we all process and use information from the vantage point of why we want to know and what we're going to do with the info. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
NASET's Professional Development Course
Auditory Processing Disorders - Specific Types

What you will learn from this one-hour course:
  • Overview of Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Diagnostic symptoms of APD
  • Characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Common skills affected
  • Auditory association processing disorder
  • Auditory Blending Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Closure Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Discrimination Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Figure Ground Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Language Classification Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Long Term-Memory Processing Disorder
  • Auditory-to-Written Expression Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Sequential Memory Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Short-Term Memory Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Visual Integration Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Verbal Reproduction Processing Disorder
For access to this course Click Here: Auditory Processing Disorders - Specific Types
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Children with Depression 6 Times More Likely to Have Skill Deficits
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that as many as 2 to 3 percent of children ages 6-12 might have major depressive disorder. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that children who show mild to severe symptoms of depression in second and third grades are six times more likely to have skill deficits, such as difficulties with social skills or academics, than children without symptoms. Parents and teachers also had difficulties recognizing depression in children. "When you ask teachers and parents to rate a child's level of depression, there is usually only about 5-10 percent overlap in their ratings. For example, the teacher might report that a child has difficulties making friends in class, but the parent might not notice this issue at home," said Keith Herman, professor in the MU College of Education. "Some people would view that overlap as the truth about a child's well-being and areas of disagreement as errors, but we need to explore the possibility that they each are seeing different aspects of children's behavior and mental health." Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
7 Companies Making Fashion More Inclusive For Kids with Disabilities
In recent years, well-known brands like Target, Zappos, and Lands' End have begun introducing adaptive clothing lines for children. Aerie recently featured a model who uses a wheelchair and another with an ostomy pouch. These are surely great strides, but behind all that big-name marketing are the people leading a grassroots movement for more inclusion in the fashion world, especially for kids. Gracie Benedith-Cane's 11-year-old son, Wani, is legally blind. As he got older, she looked for a way to give her son the pride many kids feel when they get themselves dressed in the morning. Enter Braille Code Inc., Benedith-Cane's company that sells Braille patches to help people with vision impairments differentiate between the parts of their clothes. She currently offers socks with patches that designate the back from the front, numbered adhesive patches to help kids match the buttons and buttonholes on their shirts, and patches that go on the inside of the tongue of shoes to label one as the right shoe and the other as left.  Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Online Education is a Disability Rights Issue
From a young age, I fantasized about getting a Ph.D. more than I ever dreamed of my wedding. Learning was, and continues to be, my greatest love. For that reason, when the onset of a physical disability forced me to leave college after my sophomore year, I was faced with the task of recalibrating. How could I continue to learn and grow in an academic environment if my body did not allow me to return to campus? How could I forge a path to self-sufficiency? As an education major, could I still contribute to the field even if my standing at the front of a classroom was precluded? Though isolated, I knew that I was not alone in my predicament. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Study Finds 1 in 12 Children Taking Multiple Medications at Risk
According to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago, about one in five children regularly use prescription medications, and nearly one in 12 of those children are at risk for experiencing a harmful drug-drug interaction. The findings from the study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics, indicate that adolescent girls are at highest risk of potential adverse events due to drug-drug interactions, or DDIs. Although adverse drug events are a leading cause of injuries and death among both children and adolescents in the U.S., information on how younger populations use the prescription medications that potentially could lead to these adverse events is lacking. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
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 
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Congratulations to: Kimberly Smathers, Kerrenina Gutierrez, Darlene Desbrow, Olumide Akerele, and Michele Williams who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.
QUESTION: In what case did the United States Supreme Court rule unanimously that a school board in Texas had to provide catheterization services during class hours to a student with a disability (spina bifida)? The decision, the court's first to distinguish legally between a related health service and a medical service under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, expanded the definition of related services to include certain health care measures that did not require a doctor. The case stands out as the United States Supreme Court's first attempt to define the distinction between "school health services" and "medical services." What is the name of this case?
ANSWER: Irving Independent School District Vs. Tatro
This week's question:  According to the latest research in the field, when adults are participants in this part of the school day-- leading games, monitoring play and ensuring conflicts are mediated quickly -- children are more likely to be engaged in the activities of this part of the school day. What part of the school day is this? 
If you know the answer, email us at contactus@naset.org by September 10, 2018.  We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review
Week in Review - September 7, 2018

Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Epilepsy Research: Electronic Device Implanted in the Brain Could Stop Seizures
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic seizures. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines and INSERM in France, implanted the device into the brains of mice, and when the first signals of a seizure were detected, delivered a native brain chemical which stopped the seizure from progressing. The results, reported in the journal Science Advances, could also be applied to other conditions including brain tumours and Parkinson's disease. The work represents another advance in the development of soft, flexible electronics that interface well with human tissue. "These thin, organic films do minimal damage in the brain, and their electrical properties are well-suited for these types of applications," said Professor George Malliaras, the Prince Philip Professor of Technology in Cambridge's Department of Engineering, who led the research. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Children's Bone Cancers Could Remain Hidden for Years Before Diagnosis
Scientists have discovered that some childhood bone cancers start growing years before they are currently diagnosed. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Canada discovered large-scale genetic rearrangements in Ewing Sarcomas and other children's cancers, and showed these can take years to form in bone or soft tissue. This study will help unravel the causes of childhood cancers and raises the possibility of finding ways to diagnose and treat these cancers earlier in the future. Reported in the journal Science today (31st August 2018), the research also showed that cancers with the complex genetic rearrangements were more aggressive and could benefit from more intense treatment than other cancers. This will help doctors decide on the best treatment for each patient. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
In Canada, People with Disabilities Face Significant Barriers in Education System
Ontario's education system needs to modernize its approach to supporting students with disabilities at every age level and do more to eliminate persistent barriers they face in school, the province's Human Rights Commission said Wednesday. In updating its education policy for people with disabilities for the first time in 14 years and issuing recommendations on accessible education, the Ontario Human Rights Commission said it wanted to offer everyone tools to address society's evolving approach to disability issues. Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane said both legal and social understandings of disability have changed, adding the education system now needs to take that new knowledge into account when engaging withstudents with disabilities. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Siblings Could Shed Light on Roots of Autism
When Erin Lopes' son Tommy was 15 months old, she became alarmed when he stopped saying "yes" and "no" and holding her gaze. It wouldn't be until he was three years old that Tommy was finally diagnosed with autism. Tommy had two first cousins on the autism spectrum, so Lopes suspected it ran in families. So she was relieved when her daughter Evee Bak, who was born 17 months after Tommy, was talking in full sentences by her second birthday. The toddler appeared to not be on the autism spectrum-what autism advocates today call "neurotypical." Erin's children exemplify a question that's mystified scientists for decades: Given that autism, a developmental disorder that impairs a person's ability to communicate and interact, is inherited in most cases, why do girls get it at much lower rates than boys? Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Behind-the-Camera Crews with Disabilities Demand Inclusion
Hollywood, aiming for more diversity, hopes inclusion riders will help broaden the composition of behind-the-camera crews. But so far, people with disabilities - who comprise nearly 20% of the population - have been left out of the conversation. David Shore, creator of Sony TV-ABC's "The Good Doctor" is one of the few execs who has been scrupulous about giving opportunities to people with disabilities behind the scenes. "These people are incredibly underrepresented in films and TV," he says. "It's important to have characters like this on-screen, but it would be hypocritical to put them in front of the camera and not behind. They're capable of so much, and we should make it possible." Though statistics on below-the-line hiring are shockingly low, some individuals are proving that the practice is successful. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Children Suffering from Tics Can be Helped by Both Group and Individual Therapy
Therapy against tics works, and both group and individual treatment are suitable methods to achieve a good effect. This is the conclusion reached by a group of Danish researchers after comparing the effect of different types of tics training based on a new Danish manual. This means that therapists in future can plan a much better course of treatment for those children who experience a very difficult life with tics. One of the researchers behind the study, Judith Becker Nissen, who is associate professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University and a consultant at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Risskov under the Central Denmark Region, explains: "The study confirms that children and young people with tics can be effectively treated by training in accordance with the strategies that are described in the manual we have developed. This treatment can take place both in groups and individually. This means that many more children and young people can be offered relevant treatment, which is very welcome news for the affected families," says Judith Becker Nissen about the research that has been published in the scientific journal European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Quality of Life After Spinal Cord Injury: What Functional Abilities Have the Greatest Impact?
Independence in mobility is the single most important factor affecting quality of life in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Based on validated clinical questionnaires, the study by Julien Goulet, MD, and colleagues of Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal is the first objective evaluation of the relative importance of specific functional abilities following TSCI. "Our findings could help clinicians to guide the rehabilitation plan based on importance of specific functional abilities in relationship with health-related quality of life," the researchers write. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Researchers 3D Print Prototype for 'Bionic Eye'
A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. This discovery marks a significant step toward creating a "bionic eye" that could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better. The research is published today in Advanced Materials, a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering materials science. The author also holds the patent for 3D-printed semiconducting devices. "Bionic eyes are usually thought of as science fiction, but now we are closer than ever using a multimaterial 3D printer," said Michael McAlpine, a co-author of the study and University of Minnesota Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Better Understanding of Potential Regeneration after Brain/Spinal Cord Injury
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have uncovered new information on the pathways involved in neuronal regeneration, hopefully bringing the medical community one step closer to managing brain and spinal cord injuries. By observing neurons after injury, they found that by changing the levels of sugars that cover the surface of proteins (called O-GlcNAc modifications), they could alter neuronal metabolism and thus were able to significantly enhance neuronal regeneration after injury. Using an experimental model, the researchers compared neurons in which O-GlcNAc levels were either absent or in abundance. The researchers then used a specially designed laser to injure individual neurons and measure subsequent regeneration in each of these conditions. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Study Helps Children Hit the Right Note in Supporting Peers with Autism
Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students. The research investigated the impact of school-based music lessons on children aged nine to eleven years old, both with and without autism. Split into two groups, one a combination of those with and without the condition, and the other group consisting of those without, the children received eleven weekly singing classes that were specifically designed to increase social interaction and communication skills. After the completion of the classes, children were asked about their experiences and were presented with a scenario of a child with autism being excluded by their peers. Read More
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
Honor Society for Special Education Teachers
Week in Review - September 7, 2018
* Special Education Coordinator Statewide- Wisconsin- This position will work from home and can be based anywhere in the state. This is a statewide position and will provide support to districts throughout Wisconsin. This includes day and some overnight travel. The Wisconsin RtI Center works in a virtual office environment. To learn more -  Click here
* Special Education Teacher Chicago, IL - The Invo-Progressus Team has incredible opportunities for Special Education Teachers...or, as we like to call them, Superheroes. If you use your super powers to help ensure that children have access to the best education possible in the least restrictive environment, we would love for you to join the Invo-Progressus team! To learn more - Click here
* Special Education Teacher Philadelphia, PA - The Invo-Progressus Team has incredible opportunities for Special Education Teachers...or, as we like to call them, Superheroes. If you use your super powers to help ensure that children have access to the best education possible in the least restrictive environment, we would love for you to join the Invo-Progressus team! To learn more - Click here
* Development Intervention (Per/Diem)  Springfield, NJ- The Arc of Union County's Early Intervention Program is in search of Development Intervention Consultants to join our multi-disciplinary team providing services to children ages 0-3 with developmental needs ages in their homes or community settings throughout Union County. Schedules are flexible and based on the needs of the children and families. To learn more - Click here
* Deputy Commissioner of Special Populations Austin, TX - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is the state agency that provides statewide leadership for the primary and secondary public schools. It is headed by the commissioner of education. The mission of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students. To learn more - Click here
* Teacher - Special Education (all categories) Suwanee, Georgia - 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. GCPS offers full benefits and 2 Retirement Packages! To learn more - Click here
* Special Education Teacher Willmar, MN - DCD Center Based at Roosevelt Elementary School - Provides research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student's IEP. Assesses student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques. Employs various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet their IEP goals. To learn more -  Click here
If you are an Employer looking for excellent special education staff - Click here for more information
Food For Thought..........
The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.  
                  Robert John Meehan

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