"Reprinted with permission from Best Practices in School Health, a publication of Federal News Services, Inc. For more info, please visit www.fednewsonline.com" An interview with Pat Smith, BA, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc; Member, Board of Directors, International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS); Former President, Wall Township Board of Education, NJ; Former Chair, Governor’s […]
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.
"Reprinted with permission from Best Practices in School Health, a publication of Federal News Services, Inc. For more info, please visit www.fednewsonline.com" We spoke with Pat Smith about two areas where school nurses can use their clinical expertise and presentation skills to develop in-services on the subject of Lyme disease. She made these […]
Written by Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. for an article in the Lyme Times School districts are subject to budgets constraints, laws, and policies which can often make them unfriendly to parents lost in the maze of obtaining proper services. Here are some tips for negotiating that maze to help children receive the […]
by Pat Kerl, Hunterdon County LDA Representative Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner, NJ Pat Smith, President of the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) gave a presentation to various grades of a Health class at Voorhees High School on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. The school is located in rural Glen Gardner, New Jersey, Hunterdon County, a county […]
Featured in the updated 2019 The ABC’s of Lyme Disease –
The Effects of Lyme Disease on Students, Schools and School Policy ….. While it comes as no surprise that the numbers of classified students are increasing, it may surprise some to know that Lyme disease may be causing many of the learning problems experienced by students in Lyme-endemic areas. New Jersey ranks fourth in the nation in Lyme cases.
Presented by Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association Lyme is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in this country and the most prevalent vector-borne bacterial disease in the world. In 2002, 24,000 were reported, an increase of 35%.That figure equals about 1/10th of actual cases, thus there were 240,000 new cases in 2002. The lack of […]
Although neurologic Lyme disease is known to cause cognitive dysfunction in adults, little is known about its long-term sequelae in children. A Controlled Study of Cognitive Deﬁcits in Children With Chronic Lyme Disease* Felice A. Tager, Ph.D., Brian A. Fallon, M.D., John Keilp, Ph.D., Marian Rissenberg, Ph.D., Charles Ray Jones, M.D., Michael R. Liebowitz, M.D Received August 7, 2000; revised […]
The LDA sponsored a congressional forum with Congressman Robert Andrews (NJ) and Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. gave this talk to the NJ congressional delegation who attended. Education is the key to the future. I am sure everyone in this room agrees with that statement. Yet we have in this country today a […]
Presented by Pat Smith Between Jan 1, 1996 and December 31, 1997, NJ had almost 4000 newly reported cases of LD. These cases are only the ones that fit the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, criteria for surveillance. Many more people were actually diagnosed by physicians with estimates from some medical professionals indicating that the […]
This link contains a pdf of the NJ Lyme Disease Curriculum Guidelines adopted in the mid-90s by the NJ State legislature under 18A, NJ education law (see law below). It is the only state-adopted Lyme curriculum in the US. The curriculum is still in place (note: reference materials cited in the Guidelines are old, but […]