Cross County Nurses Conference - Information
"Common Neurological Conditions in the School Setting”
Jennifer Kwon has been a practicing pediatric neurologist for more than twenty years. She is currently an associate professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Discussion of common neurological conditions encountered in schools with a heavy focus on seizure disorders and school accommodations.
Managing students with seizure disorders on buses, determining appropriate participation in physical education, sports, and playground, and making decisions on when, if ever, a one-on-one nurse, aide, monitor, or other adult is warranted will be part of the talk. The potential impact of seizures on learning will be addressed, and guidance for determining how best to approach when a child warrants academic alterations based on a seizure disorder or neurological condition will be addressed.
Neurologic disorders such as seizures and headaches are very common in children: when these conditions are severe, this imposes great stresses on families and schools.
Neurologic specialists are asked to provide answers to such questions as:
- Is it safe for a child with seizures to ride the school bus, swim during gym class, participate in contact sports?
- How should seizure “rescue” medications like Diastat or buccal midazolam be used?
- What are appropriate school and sports accommodations for students with severe migraine headaches?
These questions will be addressed and we will also exploring the differences in perspective between schools, families and physicians about what constitutes “safe practices” and “reasonable accommodations.”