OHI Tourette Syndrome: Fact vs. Fiction

OHI Tourette Syndrome: Fact vs. Fiction

Tourette syndrome is estimated to affect roughly 2% of the world’s population. This neurological disorder, while relatively rare, can severely impact a child’s learning and social development. Tourette syndrome falls under the other health impairment (OHI) category of special education…

An Emotional Disturbance Diagnosis Broken Down

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines emotional disturbance as, “A condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance: An…

Fighting off Germs in the Winter Months

Considering December is the month when we celebrate Handwashing Awareness and Influenza Vaccination Week, now is the perfect time to discuss all things germy and icky! A common misconception regarding cold and flu season is the belief that it is…

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Everyone has likely (and unfortunately) experienced acid reflux or heartburn symptoms at some point. The burning fullness, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and stomach discomfort can be unbearable at times. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), however, is diagnosed when these acid reflux…

Abdominal Migraines

Abdominal migraines may sound like an oxymoron. The truth is, they are not migraines at all, but are named after the sensation in the stomach that they cause. They affect children in their elementary and middle school years, and usually…

Anaphylaxis

Most schools require all staff to receive training for anaphylactic reactions, including preventative strategies and emergency plans. For example, Montgomery County Public School teachers and support staff receive mandatory refresher courses each year to make sure that preventative measures and…

Down Syndrome in the Classroom, Part II

In the previous blog on Down syndrome we discussed strategies and accommodations for the classroom, including consistent behavior expectations, purposeful scheduling, frequent breaks, physical therapy strategies, and various instructional techniques. While Down syndrome affects a child’s physical, intellectual, and language…

Down Syndrome in the Classroom, Part I

Down syndrome is the most common form of all chromosomal abnormalities. According to globaldownsyndrome.org, this disorder is the number one cause of intellectual and developmental delay in the world. With such statistical significance, it is surprising how little is known…

Physical Therapy in the School Setting

There are any number of reasons why a child may require physical therapy in the school setting. Whether injury, illness, or disability-related, physical therapists, as part of the IEP team, are a critical part of a student’s physical and academic…

Outsmarting Asthma

Chances are, you know someone who suffers from asthma. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, asthma is the number one leading cause of school absenteeism due to a chronic illness. With such prevalence, asthma is a crucial…

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