Volume 16, Issue 4 (1987)
Medications and the School-Age Child and Adolescent: A Review
Teresa A. Hutchens, George W. Hynd
ABSTRACT: Specified within the role of school psychologists is provision of liaison services between education and outside agencies, including medical services. Inquiry into a child’s medication status is essential for comprehensive service, to ascertain the potential influence on behavior. It is also important in facilitating communication among teachers, parents, and medical professionals. Classroom teachers may observe medication-induced changes in a child’s behavior. A lack of experience with or misconceptions about either could alter expectations and reactions to the student. A school psychologist can provide information to help clarify the student’s needs. This may be accomplished by consulting with parents and physicians about the condition and medication. In this context, the purpose of this article is to provide an examination of information available and to serve school psychologists in their role as liaison between the schools and the medical community.
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