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K5: Understanding of general medical terminology and the effects of medical treatments and medications as they relate to students with Other Health Disabilities (OHD) in the education setting.

K6: Understanding of how OHD (including terminal illness and emergencies or life-threatening situations) impact learning, including behavioral, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

K8: Understanding specific information related to students with OHD and using this information to take steps to respond to emergency situations within the education setting that involve students with OHD.


Picture of a para comforting a student who is not feeling well. He is resting his head on his desk.Introduction

This unit introduces medical terms, medications and effects, and medical treatments. The health situations discussed will be both general and specific. You will learn about students diagnosed with a variety of acute and ongoing health conditions and be able to apply the principles you learn as you support one or more students who have specific health conditions, take certain medications, or receive specialized medical treatments.

You will learn how students with acute or ongoing health conditions become eligible for special education services under the OHD category. You will also learn five key steps that will help you prepare for, possibly prevent, and respond effectively to emergencies or life-threatening situations you might encounter when you support students with OHD.

Unit Objectives

Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Define specific medical terms, medications, and medical treatments that relate to students with OHD in educational settings.
  • Discuss how medications and medical treatments generally affect students in educational settings.
  • Describe how OHD (including terminal illnesses and emergencies) impact learning, including behavioral, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
  • Describe the steps involved in responding to emergency situations related to students with OHD within education settings.


References  

Information in this unit was used with permission from:

Minnesota Department of Education. (2007). Other Health Disabilities Web page. Retrieved March 27, 2007, from http://education.state.mn.us/mde/Learning_Support/Special_Education/Categorical_Disability_Information/Other_Health_Disabilities/

Minnesota Department of Education. (2007). Other Health Disabilities Companion Manual (Draft). St. Paul: Author. Retrieved March 27, 2007, from http://education.state.mn.us/mdeprod/groups/SpecialEd/documents/Publication/001683.pdf

 

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