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Pediatric Disorders

Pediatric Disorders
Current Topics and Interventions for Educators

Edited by:
  • Paul C. McCabe - Certified School Psychologist, New York, Brooklyn College and the Graduate School, City University of New York
  • Steven R. Shaw - McGill University, Canada

February 2010 | 184 pages | Corwin
Educators often face the pressure to address children's medical needs within the school setting, but sometimes find themselves having to make difficult decisions without adequate training, support, or information about important pediatric issues. When faced with a medical question, many may turn to the Internet where information is sometimes reliable, sometimes not.

This concise and well-researched investigation into pediatric health issues provides credibility and verifiability of data and establishes a foundation of confidence for any educator who must make policy, differentiate instruction, provide educational accommodations, offer special education services, collaborate with families, and work with the community to serve to children's medical, physical, and psychological needs.

Written for school psychologists, counsellors, administrators, and teachers, this highly practical and easy-to-understand reference explores childhood immunizations and describes common childhood ailments, such as otitis media, Tourette syndrome, bacterial meningitis, and Lyme disease.

This book discusses behavioural issues that may manifest themselves in classrooms as well as treatment options and intervention strategies. Each chapter includes a case study, parent handouts, and a literature review based on the latest and most reliable scientific research.

I. Introduction: Schools as Partners in Health Care Delivery
Paul C. McCabe, Steven R. Shaw
1. Trends in Health Care Delivery: The Increased Burden on Schools as Health Care Providers

Pediatrics in the Schools

Role of Federal Legislation

Keeping Pace with the Trends in Health Care

Meeting the Additional Burden


Sarah Glaser, Tia Ouimet, Steven R. Shaw
2. Collaboration Between Educators and Medical Professionals: Models, Barriers and Implications


Why Collaboration between Educators and Medical Professionals is Necessary

Models of Collaboration

Independent functions model

Multidisciplinary team model

Interdisciplinary team model

Transdisciplinary team model

Obstacles and Barriers to Effective Collaboration

Dual systems

Interprofessional tensions

Financial and administrative issues

Legal issues


Ethical issues

Implications for Educators

Strategies for Effective Collaboration between Educators and Medical Professionals

Respecting professional boundaries

Encouraging active participation

Promoting frequent and clear communication

Fostering community relationships

Developing prevention and health promotion programs for students

Conclusions and Future Directions

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Strategies for Effective Communication Between Educators and Medical Professionals

II. Current Issues in Pediatric Disorders and Treatments
Amy M. Racanello, Paul C. McCabe
3. Role of Otitis media in Hearing Loss and Language Deficits


Disease Overview

Medical Treatment

Risk Factors for Developing Otitis Media




Chromosomal Disorders



Otitis Media and Speech and Language Development

Implications for Educators

Student specific strategies

General classroom strategies

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Otitis Media

Michelle Klein Brenner, Paul C. McCabe
4. Childhood Immunizations: The Power of Misinformation


Development of Vaccinations

Opposition to Immunize

Fear of side effects

Fear of developing another disorder

Hemophilus influenza B (Hib) and diabetes

Pertussis and asthma

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and autism

Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Childhood Immunizations: Know the Facts

Tiffany Folmer Lawrence, Paul C. McCabe
5. Shaken Baby Syndrome: Immediate and Long Term Consequences and Implications for Educators


Prevalence and Risk Factors for Shaken Baby Syndrome

Clinical Presentation of SBS

Differential Diagnosis

Prevention and Intervention

Implications for Educators


Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Joseph A. Buckhalt, Mona El-Sheikh
6. Assessment and Intervention for Sleep Problems


Diagnostic Considerations for Sleep Disorders

Sleep and health Correlates

Adolescent Sleep Patterns

Assessing Sleep Problems

Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Sleep Disorders

Paul C. McCabe
7. Cognitive Effects of Childhood Leukemia Treatments


Definition of Leukemia

Etiology and Treatment

Learning Outcomes

Attention and Memory

Cognitive Abilities

Gender Effects


Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Cognitive Effects of Leukemia Treatments

Sarah A. B. Wilson, W. mark Posey, Emily E. Powell
8. An Overview of Pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)


Scope of the Problem

Motor Development and Visual-Motor Effects of HIV

Cognitive Effects

Language Development

Executive Functioning

Psychological Adjustment


Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Pediatric HIV

Paul C. McCabe, Fallon Lattari
9. Bacterial Meningitis



Clinical Symptoms

Neurological Effects


Epidemiology, Immunization, and Treatment

Research Limitations


Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Information about Bacterial Meningitis

Ronald A. Hamlen, Deborah S. Kliman
10. Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Infections: Etiology, Physical and Neuropsychological Sequelae in Children


Infection Incidence and Risk


Neurological and Cognitive Deficits

Developmental Delay, Attention and Austistic Spectrum Disorders

Depressive, Panic and Aggressive Disorders

Long-term Outcome

Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-pediatric Lyme Disease and Associated Tick-Bourne Infections

III. Prevention and Wellness Intervention
Jessica Blom-Hoffman, Laura Anderson
11. Childhood Obesity Prevention: A Review for Educators


Child & Family Context

Biological Factors

Behavioral Factors

Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors at the Family Level

The Community

The School

Intra-School Processes

School Environment

Family, Community, & School: Healthy Weight Facilitated

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Strategies to Help Children Achieve a Healthy Weight

Rebecca Lakin Gullan, Julie Paquette MacEvoy,
12. Low Level Aggression in the School: Issues and Interventions


What is a Normal Level of Aggression?

Conflict versus Aggression

Cultural Differences

Classroom Differences

Defining Non-Physical Aggression

Bullies, Victims, and Aggressive-Victims


Aggression and Social Status: The Role of Perceived Popularity

Implications for Educators

Evaluation at the Child Level

Evaluating Context

Matching Intervantion to Child Contextual Characteristics


Intervening with Victims

Intervening with Aggressors

Intervening with Bully-Victims

Changing Social Norms

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Helping Children with Aggression

Marybeth Bailer-Heath, Sarah Valley-Gray
13. Accident Prevention


Motor Vehicle Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Bicycle Safety

Sports, Recreation, and Swim Safety

Sports and Recreation Safety

Swim Safety

Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury

Implications for Educators

Educational Strategies

Discussion Questions

Research Summary

Handout-Tips to Prevent Childhood Accidental Injury


"The accessible format delivers a concise overview and research summary of each topic, followed by specific examples and practical educational strategies."

Katy Olweiler, Counselor
Lakeside School, Seattle, WA

"Outstanding on multiple levels. It is a quick read for busy pre-practitioners and practitioners who are increasingly in need of accurate and current information regarding children's health issues. The book also presents thought-provoking questions for professional growth or group discussions. The handouts afford the reader a unique mechanism for sharing the book's contents with parents and colleagues."

Doris Paez, Associate Director, Forsyth Futures
Consulting Psychologist, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Public Schools, NC

"Addresses a number of childhood health issues (e.g., ear infections, HIV) and their implications for education. The book provides fascinating coverage of currently debated topics such as sleep problems, obesity, Lyme disease, and vaccination. The vaccination chapter alone would make this book worthwhile: The discussion about whether or not to vaccinate children makes compelling reading as it leads us through the facts and myths surrounding those decisions."

John E. Desrochers, Editor, Communique
School Psychologist, Westport Public Schools, CT
Key features
  • Includes practical material such as study questions and parent handouts
  • Covers hot topics such as eating disorders, steroid use, and bipolar disorder in children
  • Editors are school psychologists and view the topic through the eyes of the educator
  • Blends research and practice and includes case studies in order to illustrate the topics 

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Chapter 1: Trends in Health Care Delivery

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