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Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Yes, but it's tough: A child who is selectively mute is by definition a "special needs child". Their version of communication will be different, and there is generally a good reason why they are mute, either from a social or other phobia, ptsd, antisocial syndromes, or other type of reason. A child who is selectively mute should get an iep (individual ED plan) to ensure a normal school offers the right services. ...Read more

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My child has a cold, how long until they can go back to school?

My child has a cold, how long until they can go back to school?

Depends: If a child has a fever, they should be home 24 hours untreated with no fever before going back to school! otherwise, if they are acting normally, eating fairly well, and sleeping at night and are pretty good with using their "secret space, " the inside of the elbow for coughing or sneezing into, and hand washing then they should be ok to be at school, i doubt they were the first case anyway. ...Read more

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How can I get my child tested for dyslexia without going through the school system?

How can I get my child tested for dyslexia without going through the school system?

The least expensive: way is to utilize a graduate program, since insurances rarely pay, Contact CHOP; http://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/learning-disorders.html or your International Dyslexia Association branch, http://www.pbida.org. Read "Overcoming Dyslexia" by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. 90% of cases are language-based, caused by lack of phonological awareness. "Vision training" & " Brain Balance" are unproven therapies. ...Read more

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How long should a child wait to go back to school after getting his appendix taken out?

How long should a child wait to go back to school after getting his appendix taken out?

Depends: Removal of the appendix is only part of the story. Ruptured at removal or not? Removed by open excision, or thru an endoscope? Delay until normal feeding & stooling?These factors influence a expected return to regular activities. Your surgeon should describe the milestones the kid should meet before returning to school. ...Read more

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How dose autism affect a child going to school ?

How dose autism affect a child going to school ?

Various factors: Children >2 yrs. Old with autism are evaluated through the school district by a multidisciplinary team assessment for levels of development & degree of autism. Then parents & educators make an individual educational plan, placing the child in the least restrictive setting + needed supports. Many kids who start in a pre-k "autism classroom" progress to " regular ed" class + supports after kg. ...Read more

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Should a child go back to school tomorrow, after just being diagnosed with mono?

Should a child go back to school tomorrow, after just being diagnosed with mono?

Probably not: At the onset mosr kids are still contagious but this period of time is hard to determine. The child may be overly tired and lethargic and school would not be beneficial if he can't even stay awake. When to return varies from patient to patient and it probably is best to talk with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a child wait to go back to school after getting their appendix removed?

How long is it normal for a child wait to go back to school after getting their appendix removed?

It depends: With early appendicitis, a laparoscopic appendectomy, and no complications, the child may be ready to return to school in 3-5 days. With ruptured appendicitis, a still-open wound, or significant complications, it may take several weeks. When the child is tolerating a regular diet, comfortable on at most simple pain meds, and strong enough to walk a good bit and carry a backpack, then return is ok. ...Read more

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After how many days is it safe for my child to attend school without being contagious to others? ( older school going child )

After how many days is it safe for my child to attend school without being contagious to others? ( older school going child )

Simple answer: 24hrs: The common advice and the policy in most schools is 24 hrs without fever. However, the truth is that with some viruses, one can continue to shed virus particles for longer. This includes coxsackie virus, which we see in epidemic proportions every summer because of prolonged contagion. ...Read more

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When must my child get immunized for school?

See below: The cdc web site has information on required immunizations, and administration schedules for parents. ...Read more