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  • Allergies: An Overview

    Allergies are very common. In a national study of children with special health care needs, 53% had allergies of some type.

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  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Behavior management skills that can be included in a Care Plan include

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  • Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools—Developmental Delay

    Children have developmental delay when they do not attain the skills that typically developing children acquire at a certain age. Child development is a process that involves learning and mastering skills such as sitting, rolling over, walking, understanding, and talking. Typically developing children

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem with the brain. Children with ASDs have trouble in 3 core areas of their development.

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  • Gastrostomy Tubes

    Gastrostomy tubes are placed in children for many reasons, including prematurity, feeding problems, and brain disorders, and they have become more prevalent as lifesaving medical treatments for children have improved.

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  • Bleeding Disorders: An Overview

    Bleeding disorders vary in types and severity, so it is best to get details about the specific child’s needs from parents/ guardians and the child’s specialty doctors.

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  • Hearing Loss and Deafness

    The Care Plan for children with hearing loss may include

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  • Celiac Disease (Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy)

    The treatment team includes a pediatric gastroenterologist and registered dietitians or nutritionists.

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  • Cancer

    Ask the child’s oncologist for suggested training resources.

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  • Diabetes

    Physical activity is important to the health of children with type 2 diabetes, so outdoor play is part of their therapy. Children with type 1 diabetes should be able to play normally. Staff should take a portable pack with insulin, syringes, high-calorie supplements, and glucagon in case of emergency

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  • Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools—Childhood Obesity

    Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for the child’s age and height.

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  • Heart Conditions, Functional

    Approximately 4,000 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki disease every year and most are younger than 5 years.

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  • Hydrocephalus and Shunts

    Hydrocephalus is the abnormal accumulation of spinal fluid, called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), within the brain. Hydrocephalus can be caused by a structural defect in the brain or spine that blocks CSF and causes it to accumulate. Sometimes a brain injury, especially one that causes bleeding, can interfere

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  • Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition caused by brain injury that interferes with messages from the brain to the body; this interference affects movements and muscle coordination.

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  • Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools—Food Allergies

    Allergy is the term used to describe the body’s overreaction to something that it views as foreign or different from itself. The body reacts by releasing histamine and other substances that cause allergic symptoms.

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  • Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools—Neurofibromatosis (NF) and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)

    There are many types of neurocutaneous syndromes (syndromes that include skin findings). The most common is neurofibromatosis (NF). There are 7 types of NF. Although they are all different, they all have skin and neurologic findings. Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is the most common type, and, while

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