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ERIC Number: ED104837
Record Type: RIE
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The School Health Team and School Health Physician: New Role and Operation.
Kappelman, Murray; And Others
The goals of this program in redefining school health were to (a) create a coordinated, educational interdisciplinary school health model to provide diagnoses, referral, or on-site therapy, as well as prescribe a definitive program for children with learning and behavior disorders; and (b) deliver this program in primary schools as on-site health care based on educational and emotional disabilities, with acute and chronic physical problems referred to outside medical agencies. To accomplish these goals, a school health team was developed which included a school health physician, school nurse, social worker, psychologist, speech clinician, specially assigned full-time diagnostic and prescriptive teacher, and secretary. This team operated in 10 elementary schools in the region surrounding the University of Maryland Hospital. Some of the results from this program were as follows: (a) the number of children referred for learning and behavioral problems increased by 70 percent from the previous year's program; (b) it was noted during the program that children with learning and emotional disorders had a multiplicity of problems; (c) a significantly higher percentage of organic diagnoses was present in children aged 5-6, whereas children aged 9-13 had a higher percentage of functional diagnoses; (d) reports indicated that hyperkinesis is not an unusual syndrome among elementary school populations; and (e) a high response to medication was noted. (Tables of referrals, diagnoses, and medication are provided.) (PB)
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