Lyme Disease and co-infections can affect the central nervous system of a child, sometimes resulting in educational challenges as well as symptoms that can appear to be behavioral. There are many resources noting the potential impact Lyme Disease may have on a child’s learning or ability to participate in an educational environment. Here are a few of those resources:
Children with Lyme have been diagnosed with many of the following, which can impact education and learning:
Countries differ as to disability laws; in some countries, students can be classified as having a health condition so as to receive additional services or accommodations.
- For those in the United States, your child may benefit from a 504 or Individualized Education Plan.
- For those Outside the U.S., the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education or Council for Learning Disabilities International both provide excellent recourses about finding support for your child’s educational needs.
With perseverance on the part of parents and doctors, a greater number of educational organizations will begin to recognize and help to manage the effects of Lyme Disease on the education of our children. In the meantime, we must work to find the best way to educate each child who suffers from Lyme Disease, and maintain the hope that with proper medical treatment, symptoms may lessen or disappear over time.
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