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ERIC Number: EJ875425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
The Importance of Teacher Involvement in Medication Therapy
Ryan, Joseph B.; Katsiyannis, Antonis
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v6 n2 Article 1 Dec 2009
Over the past several decades, there has been a steady increase in the use of medication therapy to help control student behavior within schools. While psychotropic medications do not "cure" mental illnesses, they have demonstrated efficacy in helping children function better at school and within their home environment. However, it is important educators understand these medications may also pose significant risks for children, with potential side effects ranging from mild discomfort to life threatening complications. In this article, the authors review the major types of psychotropic medications, discuss the therapeutic benefits and potential side effects of medications, and provide recommendations regarding how teachers can assist to ensure the safe use of these medications. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A