Juvenile Arthritis: A Teacher's Guide
A student with JA may need additional help and accommodations to succeed in school.
Students with juvenile arthritis (JA) often require additional support and resources to achieve their educational potential. Teachers have the unique opportunity to help in their successes. However, teachers may be surprised to learn that arthritis affects children. In fact, an estimated 300,000 children and teenagers in the U.S. have arthritis or a related condition.
When a student has arthritis, it’s important for teachers to understand the disease and how it affects a child’s ability to learn and function at school. The severity of the disease and its impact are different for each child and may require different approaches to education. Many children will need some help at school, whether it’s allowing extra time to take tests or change classes, providing an extra set of books to keep at home or helping with missed assignments.
This guide will help teachers understand juvenile arthritis and its treatments; how it affects students physically, socially and emotionally; define students’ educational rights; and provide insights for how teachers can help optimize the success of their students with JA.
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