ERIC Number: ED170978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Children on Medication: A Primer for School Personnel.
Gadow, Kenneth D.
Intended as a primer for school personnel, the book discusses children whose various disorders require them to be on medication, and describes the behavioral effects of these drugs along with their major side effects. Fundamental concepts in pharmacotherapy are reviewed, including dosage adjustment and side effects, and a brief introduction to the different kinds of drugs is presented. Research investigating the effects of stimulants (Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Cylert) on activity level, perceptual-motor skills, learning performance, behavior problems, and school achievement of hyperactive children is reviewed. Nonstimulant drugs occasionally used in the treatment of hyperactivity are also mentioned, and the Feingold diet and behavior modification are briefly described. The various types of epilepsy are examined, along with the drugs used to treat them. Also covered are febrile seizures, the management of seizures in the classroom, and how antiepileptic drugs can affect classroom performance. The use of major tranquilizers in the treatment of behavior disorders associated with mental retardation is described. Other topics covered include the use of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of enuresis, school phobia, cerebral palsy, and childhood psychosis. Included in the appendixes are a classification of psychotropic drugs, a classification of the epilepsies, and Conners' Abbreviated Teacher Rating Scale. A glossary is also included. (DLS)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Drug Education, Drug Therapy, Epilepsy, Handicapped Children, Hyperactivity, Mental Retardation, School Personnel, Sedatives, Stimulants
The Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales Unit, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($7.50, Publication No. 191)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
Note: A Product of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children