Students With Ocd: A Handbook For School Personnel

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Students with OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel is the definitive resource on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the school environment. Providing a detailed window into this often misunderstood and overlooked disorder, this comprehensive guide is the key to changing the lives of the estimated 1 out of 100 students who battle OCD at any given time. Empowered to better recognize, understand, and work with the disorder, parents, school personnel, and health professionals become the critical link between OCD and education--allowing bright and promising students to realize their full potential. This book is divided into six parts: Part I is an introduction to what OCD is and why it is so important for school personnel to know about it. Part II provides an overview of obsessions and compulsions in young people with OCD, how they frequently manifest in school, and other important characteristics of obsessions and compulsions. Part III focuses on a number of key issues related to childhood OCD, including prevalence, age at onset, gender, causes, disorders/other difficulties that occur regularly with OCD, and clinical assessment and treatment. Part IV addresses the effects of OCD on school functioning and how school personnel can assist in identifying and referring students with the disorder. Part V is a comprehensive section on school-based treatment for OCD, covering: school-based accommodations and support strategies for students with OCD; special issues related to the school-based treatment of OCD; laws pertaining to educational services for students with OCD; categorizing students with OCD under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004); IDEA, discipline, and OCD behavior; school-based cognitive-behavioral therapy when an outside therapist is involved; and school-based interventions when an outside therapist is not involved. Part VI is the conclusion, which offers some final thoughts about students with OCD.

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