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School Nurses and Dispensing Over-the-Counter Medication

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The role of the school nurse continues to change all of the time. If a child comes into your office with a bug bite that itches, what do you do? Your answer will depend on the state which you live in and the laws that may limit you. In some states, you may simply wipe the bite with alcohol and give them a bandage to stop them from itching. Without a doctor’s note and parent permission, no over-the-counter medications may be dispensed during the school day. In other states, the nurse would be able to give an over-the-counter cortisone cream if a parent allows it. In Colorado, a new bill is trying to allow school nurses to train other individuals to properly dispense over-the-counter medication when needed and approved by families at home.

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Therapy Dogs Help Students in Some Surprising Ways

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Therapy dogs have become very popular and there has been a dramatic increase in them over the years. In the past, therapy dogs were mainly used with patients in hospitals and seniors living in nursing homes. In recent years, they started to utilize the canines in schools to work with students in many different ways. Schools work with therapy dog specialists to come up with different ways that they may assist within your buildings. Below are some ways that they have been used around schools throughout the country.

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Dancing for Student Well-Being

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When you walk into most classrooms, you see children sitting at desks. While these may be in rows or grouped together, the kids are always sitting for long periods of time. This typically begins in elementary school and continues into high school and beyond. Child development specialists know that play, movement, laughter, and fun are needed for social and emotional well-being. The problem is that there is little time in the school day for kids to do this. Much of the focus is on the academic day, and this can be detrimental to many children.

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Concerns that Special Education Teachers and School Therapists Must Address with Districts

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Budget cuts are a major concern in school districts across the country. Schools have to do more with less money and be creative about it. There is increased alarm about cuts within the world of special education and school therapy. More students are being identified with special education needs. In addition to this, more students require different types of therapy to help their mental and physical needs within the school day and beyond. Below are three areas of concern that must be addressed within the district level by school professionals before they become a larger problem.

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Surf’s Up? Thinking Outside of the Box with Therapy

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Schools across the country are seeing an increase of students that require different types of therapy needs. Some of these may be due to special needs, but often times it is for mental, social, and developmental reasons. Sometimes traditional therapy with a school psychologist may be beneficial. However, not all children are willing to open up. In addition to this, some many not simply need to talk things over in their life. They may actually need a form of therapy that is abstract and personalized to them to decrease their anxiety, depression, or stress levels.

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