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, 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…

Celiac Disease in Children

Background For people with wheat sensitivities or celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is much more than a health fad or celebrity-inspired weight loss trend. Celiac sufferers must rely on a strict diet, as ingesting gluten can result in symptoms ranging…

Concussions: Guidance in the Classroom

  Whether mild or severe, concussions or any sort of brain injury has inevitable effects on the brain’s ability to operate at its typical capacity. For students in the classroom, concussions are a major consideration for teachers with regard to…

Heat Sensitivity

Hot summer days bring plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, which many families embrace during the warmer months. However, heat sensitivity and heat-related conditions can have a severe impact on children, especially those with chronic medical needs or neurological conditions….

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