Helping Children With Medical And Mental Health Conditions Get The Best Out Of School

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    Information and Advice on Specific Medical and Mental Health Conditions

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

It is estimated that about 40,000 children in the UK suffer some kind of brain injury each year.

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ADHD

ADHD is the most common form of behavioural disorder in the UK.

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ALLERGIES

An allergic reaction occurs when the body's immune system over-reacts on contact with normally harmless substances.

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ANXIETY DISORDERS

Anxiety Disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder in children and young people. 

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ASTHMA

1.1 million children and young people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma. On average 3 children in every classroom in the UK has asthma.

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AUTISM

Autism is a spectrum condition affecting 1 in every 100 children. Boys are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop autism than girls.

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BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme changes in mood, with alternating periods of extreme happiness (mania) and extreme sadness (depression).

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CANCER

In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.

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CEREBRAL PALSY

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that affects a child’s movement and muscle control and is caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after childbirth.

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CONDUCT DISORDER

Conduct disorder is characterised by challenging behaviour that can affect a child's development and interfere with their ability to lead a normal life.

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CROHN'S DISEASE

Crohn's disease is one of the main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the UK's  most common life-threatening inherited disease.

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DEPRESSION

Depression is a mood disorder characterised by persistent low mood, it affects between 1-3% of young people.

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DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE DISORDER

Developmental language disorder (DLD) is recognised as a speech, language and communication need.

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DIABETES

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children and young people in the UK, with around 29,000 living with the condition.

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DOWN'S SYNDROME

Down’s syndrome is a life-long genetic disorder which affects a baby's normal physical development and causes mild to severe learning difficulties. Down's syndrome is also known as trisomy 21.

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DYSLEXIA

Dyslexia is one of the most common specific learning difficulties (SLD) and affects about 10% of the population.

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DYSPRAXIA

Dyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) causing difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. It can also affect speech, perception and thought.  

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EATING DISORDERS

The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders affect 7 to 10 times more women than men.

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ECZEMA

Eczema is believed to result from a hyperactive response of our immune system to an irritant.

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EPILEPSY

Epilepsy is a condition in which there is a tendency to have seizures.

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HYDROCEPHALUS

Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid on the brain. This can put pressure on the brain and cause damage. 

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KIDNEY CONDITIONS

Some children are born with kidney failure while others develop kidney disease during their childhood.

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MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of inherited genetic conditions that gradually cause the muscles to weaken, leading to an increasing level of disability.

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OCD

OCD is an anxiety related condition and affects people of all ages.

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PSYCHOSIS

Psychosis affects people of all ages but is more common as people reach young adulthood.

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SELECTIVE MUTISM

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as at school or to people they don't see very often.

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SELF-HARM

Self-harm is when someone injures or harms themselves on purpose as a way of coping with difficult feelings that build up inside.

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SICKLE CELL DISEASE

Sickle cell disease is a hereditary blood disorder caused by abnormal haemoglobin found in red blood cells. 

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SPINA BIFIDA

Spina bifida is a birth defect which occurs when a baby's spine does not develop properly. It is a lifelong condition.

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TOURETTE'S SYNDROME

Tourette's syndrome is a neurological condition characterised by a combination of  involuntary noises and movements called  tics.

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TUBERCULOSIS

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that mainly affects the lungs. It is spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.

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