School problems and the Family Physician:1
Dr. Latha Ravichandran, DCH, DNB(Pediatric
School learning problems are present in 12-26% of the school children. Children with school problems are constant
Health and safety awareness
Functional academics, and
Leisure and work skills
Chronic illness and physical disabilities: Chronic illness that affects the learning of the children include irreversible and permanent medical conditions such as brain injury, autism, convulsive disorder and cerebral palsy as well as chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, Type I diabetes mellitus, repeated otitis media, thyroid disorders etc. that can interfere with their learning. Physical abilities including visual and hearing impairments or orthopedic problems also affect learning.
The role of Family Physician is to help the child to stay as healthy as possible and to explain to the school staff how this condition and its medication may affect learning.
Attention - deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention and impulsiveness with or without hyperactivity. Diagnosis of ADHD includes impulsive behaviour that is present before the age of 7 with symptoms observed for at least 6 months and in at least 2 settings.
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