Other Health Impairment

NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet 15 (FS15) Updated August 2012PDF versionEn español | In Spanish“Other Health Impairment” is one of the 14 categories of disability listed in our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under IDEA, a child who has an “other health impairment” is very likely to be eligible for special services to help the child address his or her educational, developmental, and functional … [Read more...]

Tourette Syndrome

August 2009The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation's special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. One of those categories is "Other Health Impairment," or OHI, for short. Within OHI's definition, numerous disabilities and medical conditions are explicitly named. Tourette syndrome is one such.This short resource page accompanies … [Read more...]

Didn’t Find the Disability You Were Looking For?

If you didn't find the disability of your interest listed in our fact sheets or in IDEA's disability categories, don't give up quite yet. We have three specific suggestions! Look within IDEA's definitions Is it a rare disorder? Use the SEARCH box   ________________________ Suggestion 1: Check the alphabetical list below to see if the disability is listed there. Many of IDEA's disability categories and definitions explicitly mention … [Read more...]

Tourette’s syndrome: A primer for school leaders

Students with TS are a heterogeneous group. The symptoms of some students are mild and require few accommodations.  The symptoms of other students may be extremely problematic for the students and disruptive for their teachers and peers. Find out more in this brief from the National Association of School Psychologists. http://www.nasponline.org/resources/principals/tourettesprimer.pdf   … [Read more...]

OT for students with Tourette syndrome

This article (from the National Tourette Syndrome Association) explores why occupational therapy can be very helpful to many students with Tourette, especially those with fine motor difficulties that affect their ability to write, those who react strongly to sensory inputs (e.g., noises that are too loud), and those with tactile sensitivity (e.g., sensitivity to fabrics and textures). (posted November 5, 2012)http://tsa-usa.org/aeduc_advoc/ts_and_ot.htm  … [Read more...]

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