Prescription for Health
How schools are meeting medical challenges
The Medicated Child
The number of students who take medication at school is growing. Schools all over the country—in rural, suburban, and urban districts of all sizes—are helping their students manage chronic and acute illnesses, both physical and mental.
Despite being the subject of research for more than 100 years, AD/HD remains one of the most controversial diagnoses for educators and parents. Questions surround the use of medications as part of treatment, the proper way to identify AD/HD, and the role of educators in helping children who disrupt classes and learning. Diagnosis and medication aside, AD/HD interferes with learning.
Twenty-five years ago, people believed it was impossible for children to be depressed. Now, of course, we know that’s not true. In fact, one in every 33 children and one in eight adolescents may be suffering from depression, according to the federal Center for Mental Health Services. And while we’re getting better at recognizing depression in children and teens, a majority still are not getting help. Ready or not, your schools face children's mental health problems.
Nearly one in 13 school-age children has asthma, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That makes it the most common chronic childhood illness and the most frequent health problem that schools must deal with. EPA studies have found that asthma causes U.S. children to miss more than 14 million school days each year. The asthma problem is getting worse, not better, particularly for America’s children.
Online Resources: AD/HD
A list of further online resources covering AD/HD, asthma, depression, IDEA reauthorization, and medication in schools.