Week in Review - January 26, 2024

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January 26, 2024   |  Vol 20 Issue #4

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Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW. Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET 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’s Inclusion Series

Promoting Success: The Role of Advocacy and Family Involvement in Fostering Academic and Social Development for Students with Down Syndrome


By Madelyn Llaneras

This literature review and issue of NASET’s Inclusion series was written by Madelyn Llaneras. It explores the role of advocacy and family involvement in supporting the academic and social success of students with Down syndrome. It highlights the crucial roles played by family involvement in facilitating the well-being of these students in both academic and social domains. The review commences by providing an overview of Down syndrome, its prevalence, characteristics, and its impact on learning. Subsequently, it delves into the academic challenges these students face in school and examines diverse interventions to improve their academic performance. Social challenges, including communication difficulties and establishing friendships, are also discussed. The review then explores practical approaches to help students with Down syndrome develop positive social skills.

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Top Stories of the Week

19 States Lack Strong Policies to Support Science of Reading

Child Care Experts Offer Optimism Amid Growing Challenges

What is 'Parent Training' for Families of Children with ADHD?

Neurodiversity is an Identity, Not a Disorder

PROOF POINTS: How to Get Teachers to Talk Less and Students More

FAA’s Diversity Push Includes Focus on Hiring People with ‘Severe Intellectual’ and ‘Psychiatric’ Disabilities

Dance Class Teaches Kids with Disabilities to Express Themselves through Movement

Autism Can be Predicted from Routine Developmental Surveillance Data

Kindergarteners Who Weren’t in School During Pandemic Struggle too


Congratulations to

?Martha Spennato, Daisy Leonor, Patsy Ray, Cindi Maurice, Karen Frantz-Fry, Lauro Esquilona III, Rebekah Budziszews, and Joann P. Judge who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

A recent study examining children with ADHD found that a greater discrepancy in sleep time between school nights and weekend nights correlates with poorer cognitive functioning. The term to define this discrepancy is a modern phenomenon that for most people is characterized by earlier and shorter sleep on weekdays and later and longer catch-up sleep on weekends. The term is used to describe the discrepancy between biological time, determined by our internal body clock, and social times, mainly dictated by social obligations such as school or work. In industrialized countries, two-thirds of the studying/working population experiences it, often for several years. What is the term that means sleep time between school nights and weekend nights, and earlier and shorter sleep on weekdays and later and longer catch-up sleep on weekends?


This week's trivia question: 

Exposing babies and toddlers to TV and other digital media could be linked to a heightened risk for dysfunction in a specific area of processing. Kids with atypical processing in this area are often hypersensitive to the touch, sound, taste or look of stimuli in their environment. For example, kids might try to avoid the feel of certain clothing, the taste of certain foods or necessary activities like getting their hair washed. Conversely, they might seek out twirling in place, staring at bright lights or ceiling fans -- to the neglect of other activities. These processing issues are highly correlated with other psychiatric conditions, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism. About 60% of kids with ADHD have issues with this type of processing, as do about 70% of kids with autism. What is the “processing” area?

If you know the answer to this week's trivia questions, email it to us at contactus@naset.org by January 29th, 2024. If you are correct, you will be acknowledged in next week's NASET's Week in Review


Texas School Districts Lose $300 Million in Federal Special Education Funding

Assistive Technology is AI's Next Billion-Person Market

Special Education Program Creates Increased Desirability

More Adults Sought Help for ADHD During Pandemic, Contributing to Drug Shortages

With School Services Strained, Students Go Online for Mental Health Support

Q&A: Identifying the Barriers to Earlier Autism and ADHD Diagnosis

Cash to Go to Kindergarten? Ohio Lawmakers Consider Incentives to Boost Attendance

Reading Comprehension Hinges on Building Knowledge. New Curricula Aim to Help

Latest Job Listings on NASET

* Special Education Teaching Position in the Greater Boston Area - Reed Academy in Framingham, MA, offers a structured and therapeutic environment to boys with variety of education needs. Teach in a small and family-like, nurturing environment for Students with Moderate Needs. To learn more- Click here

* EC Teacher - Well established NC Charter School Seeking Full-time EC Teacher. Under the general supervision of the School Principal, to maximize the learning experience of students with special needs, in academics, interpersonal skills and activities of daily living by implementing district approved curriculum. To learn more- Click here

* Head of School - Gesher Yehuda seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the role of Head of School (HOS). This is a new position designed to work closely with the Board President and current Principal, overseeing and supporting the Administration and Business Manager. To learn more- Click here

* High School Special Education Teacher - New Visions for Public Schools is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of public education in New York City. Today, we support almost 2,000 public schools and thousands of teachers, serving over a million students, in their most critical work: deciding what and how to teach, helping keep students on track to graduation, and preparing students for success beyond high school. To learn more- Click here

* SY23-24 High School Special Education Math Teacher - Working alongside general classroom teachers and in coordination with related service providers, Special Education Teachers serve as case managers, assess and monitor students' progress, design and update IEPs, and collaborate with parents and other school staff to track students' progress. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher – San Jose, CA - Private School in San Jose, California has Special Education Teacher Opening starting January 2024. The Special Education Teacher teaches elementary and/or secondary school subjects to students with emotional impairments in specialized school programs. This position plans and prepares a comprehensive annual classroom syllabus. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - As a teacher at Beacon Day School you join a supportive community of educators, behaviorists, therapists, administrators, and staff who care deeply about our students and their families. We look forward to welcoming you! To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - You will have the opportunity to change lives through education as you connect and work one-on-one with students needing special support to understand both their capabilities and disabilities as you develop and apply personalized learning approaches and programs that support their growth, progress, and success. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - STARS is the largest school contract agency in AZ. STARS is owned and operated by Occupational Therapists. You will be an employee and receive full benefits. Summers off with year-round pay and year-round appreciation. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - We are seeking a Special Education teacher for Thresholds High School! Thresholds High School is an Illinois State Board of Education certified Therapeutic Day School for students ages 16 to 21 years old with ongoing serious mental health needs. The Thresholds High School provides a distinct combination of flexibility and support in order to help students achieve both their high school diploma and their transition goals. To learn more- Click here

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.

Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University

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