The LDA President Pat Smith presented a webinar to school nurses in the Souderton Pennsylvania School District on May 16, 2023. The 75-minute PowerPoint presentation included an overview of Lyme and the other tick-borne diseases in the US. Included was the geographic spread of Lyme, the statistics, other tick-borne diseases with causes, symptoms, treatment & testing availability, and the ticks that carry the diseases with maps of their ranges. Additionally, she spoke about prevention, Lyme in pets, treatment guidelines, chronic Lyme and research and legislation. A segment also included effects of Lyme on school children and what steps can schools take to help students with Lyme disease based on her experience as a child advocate in the schools for students with Lyme for several decades.
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.
The Rhode Island Chapter of the Lyme Disease Association recently provided Lyme disease educational information to school nurses. The Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teachers Association presented a conference on […]
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.”
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 […]