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Supporting Children With Neuroimmune Disorders in The Classroom With Therapist Eileen Devine
Steeped in neuroscience, yet easy to understand through a neurobehavioral lens, this one hour webinar will clearly articulate why traditional classroom behavior management systems don’t work for children with neuroimmune disorders and what children can do instead.
This webinar is for parents as well as teachers.
Eileen Devine, LCSW is a therapist who works with parents of children with special healthcare needs through her private clinical practice.
She has over a dozen years of clinical experience, with a special emphasis on working with families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other brain-based (neurobehavioral) conditions that have challenging and confusing behavioral symptoms. She is an instructor for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Adoption and Foster Family Therapy through Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership where she teaches other clinicians how to use the neurobehavioral model in their work with families. She also has the great fortune of facilitating dozens of other trainings and workshops for parents and clinicians each year on a variety of topics that are relevant to the experience of being a parent of a child with a neurobehavioral condition. In addition to this professional experience, Eileen has the lived experience of parenting a child with significant neurobehavioral challenges. Her goal is to support parents and caregivers of children with these frequently understood brain-based conditions on their unique parenting journey so that they, their children, and their family can thrive.
Understanding PANS / PANDAS in an Educational Setting
Shara Virlan, educator, reading specialist, and parent of a child with PANDAS presents on being an advocate for your child with a neuroimmune disorder, when and how to request a special education referral, the difference between an IEP and 504 plan, and accommodations and modifications that may be helpful for your child. [30 min.]
Accommodations and Modifications
Accommodations and modifications that are appropriate for many children with PANS/PANDAS may include:
- Attendance modifications which may include flexible arrival and departure times, daily delayed arrival, excused absences at the discretion of the parent.
- Bathroom breaks per student’s discretion as urinary frequency is a common symptom in children with PANS/PANDAS.
- Provide a quiet space for student to regroup throughout the day as needed.
- Provide self-regulation tools for student (bean bag chairs, sensory tools, shoes off, aromatherapy, dim lighting, etc).
- Encourage and promote proper handwashing amongst students and regularly disinfect desks and frequently used items in the classroom.
- Notify parents about increased infections within the school such as strep throat without identifying information regarding impacted students.
- Provide flexibility around deadlines during flares or regressions.
- Allow typing instead of written work if handwriting skills are impacted.