Watch Tick Video for Kids Acting under the auspices of an Environmental Protection Agency grant, UMDNJ compiled an expert team to develop the video, TickLES (Tick Learning and Education for Schools), developed especially for younger elementary school children. LDA was a project collaborator and is responsible for hosting the TickLES video on its website for […]
Lyme: Kids & Schools
Information on Lyme disease to educators and students is vital so that children with Lyme disease are understood by their teachers and their peers, and they are given proper educational accommodations by the school. Since children are at the highest risk of acquiring the disease, they need materials on prevention. LDA also provides monies for children without insurance coverage from its LymeAid 4 Kids fund.
C. Tagliabue, M. Ed.
Director of Student Personnel and Community Services, (Retired) Jackson Township, New Jersey
More often than not children who contract Lyme Disease are treated with antibiotics for a few months and do not require any additional educational supports or services to make up for lost time in school. This is the rule for the majority of children who contract Lyme Disease, however there are many children who have a difficult time responding to standard treatments, for any number of reasons, and other children who become re-infected one or more times. These children are considered to have “Chronic Lyme Disease.”
Below is an example of a possible field trip form that could be developed by your school to send home when children are going on a trip where they could encounter ticks. (NOTE: The Lyme Disease Association Inc. does not make recommendations to use or not use repellents. It is an individual decision. Check […]
There are a number of federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities including the ADA, ADAAA, and the IDEA, the latter which ensures children with disabilities get a free public education based on needs. Section 504 of the IDEA is probably the most known portion of the law. Americans with Disability Act (ADA) The Americans […]
Lyme Disease in the Schools: From a Board Perspective By: Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association January 20, 2006 – Twelve years on the Board of Education in my community in New Jersey taught me one thing: board members do not know, cannot know and should not know everything that happens in a school district. […]
The following information is from the District of Columbia (DC) state board of education regarding differences between an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and a 504 plan for a disabled student. This document can provide some beginning guidance for parents of children with Lyme disease as a basis for what schools may need to provide. Different […]
Fifteen-year-old Olivia Goodreau, founder of the Lyme advocacy group, LivLyme Foundation, has introduced the very first emoji icons to feature ticks called “Tickmojis” as a way to educate and spread awareness about TBD. Goodreau’s tick emojis illustrate ten of the most common tick species found in North America and were verified by the Centers for […]
Source Data: CDC Lyme Disease Reported Case Numbers 2001-2017 by Age. Ages 0-19 at High Risk
May Awareness LDA Guest Blogger Brian Dashore: “How My Differing Childhood Experiences Impacted My Educational Life”…. I clearly recall running at baseball practice when my left leg started to drag. I was only 6 years old, and I just kept trying to run. A burning sensation ran up to my pelvis. My coach thought I pulled a muscle and sent me home … After a battery of tests including nuclear full body bone scans and 20 tubes of blood, they put me in a wheelchair […]
Written for Parents & Educators Current research indicates that the longer a tick is attached, the greater the risk of infection. Lyme disease bacteria can enter the central nervous system within 24 hours after a tick bite. Failure of parents and teachers to recognize Lyme disease early in its course can result in a child […]