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ERIC Number: ED445439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Children, Adolescents, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the Classroom.
Purcell, John
This paper explores how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects students and how teachers can help such students lead productive lives in the classroom and elsewhere. It describes the symptoms of OCD in students, including trouble getting to school on time because of rituals while getting cleaned and ready in the morning, inability to finish work or lag behind because of constantly erasing and redoing work, anxiety attacks during tests, and depression. Evaluation methods for screening for OCD in children and adolescents are discussed, along with treatment options. Teachers of students with OCD are urged to partner with others involved in the student's treatment to monitor behavioral therapy or medication, to work together on treatment and share information, and to facilitate changes between grade levels for students with OCD. Classroom accommodations for students with OCD are described and include help with note taking, avoiding large assignments or take home work, setting clear deadlines, providing structure guides for longer assignments, facilitating interaction between students with OCD and peers by having group projects, using alternative ways to evaluate work, providing testing accommodations, using alternative discipline plans with students with OCD, and helping students to practice relaxation techniques. (Contains 23 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A