Other Health Impairment Lolita Siguenza Eleanor Quichocho ED443G Adaptive Assistive Technology Dr. Jacqui Cyrus November 20, 2008
IDEA Definition Other health impairment means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment, that: (i) is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, and sickle cell anemia; and (ii) adversely affects a child's educational performance [34 C.F.R. 300.7(c)(9)]
At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:
Describe characteristics of other health impairments.
Understand causes of other health impairments.
Lists accommodations and strategies to implement in the classroom
These students are unable to function physically and/or academically with peers of the same age and grade expectancy level. They require the provision of specialized instructional services and modification in order to participate in the school program.
Child may miss school frequently for Dr. appointments or illnesses
May have physical restrictions
Inattentiveness due to health impairment and/or medications
Other medication side effects, such as, increased thirst
These health conditions impair a student’s
ability to perform successfully in their
education UNLESS MODIFICATIONS ARE
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory
disease of the airway“ that causes
the following symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Tightness in the chest
Asthma has no set pattern. Its symptoms:
Can be mild, moderate or severe
Can vary from person to person
Can flare up from time to time
Can vary from one episode to the next
The cause of asthma is not known,
and currently there is no cure.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is
a condition that can make it hard
for a person to sit still, control
behavior, and pay attention. These difficulties
usually begin before the age of seven,
but often may not be noticed until
the child is older.
Diabetes is a chronic illness in which
the body does not produce insulin (type 1)
or does not produce enough insulin or
properly use it (type 2).
Insulin converts sugar, starches or other food
Diabetes is the sixth deadliest disease in the U.S.