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PANDAS and PANS in School Settings

PANDAS and PANS in School Settings

A Handbook for Educators

Edited by Patricia Rice Doran. Foreword by Diana Pohlman

Quick Overview

Providing readily accessible and practical information, this guide addresses the impact of PANDAS and PANS in school settings. Contributors share their expertise and experience to provide educators with a thorough understanding of the disorders, alongside practical strategies for dealing with associated symptoms, such as tics, OCD and ADHD.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 8.90in x 5.91in / 226mm x 150mm, 264pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-744-8


PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) occur when an abnormal immune response produces brain inflammation, leading to unusual psychological symptoms in children. Symptoms can include OCD, tics, ADHD, anxiety disorders, sensory issues and marked personality changes.

This practical handbook explains how educators can distinguish between these symptoms and pre-existing conditions, and offers strategies for supporting students with PANDAS and PANS in school settings. Contributions from experts provide educators with the understanding needed to be able to collaboratively identify PANDAS and PANS, and carry out effective interventions. As the rate of incidence of PANDAS and PANS increases, this book will be an essential resource for school staff in getting to grips with these complex disorders and overcoming the challenges they present.


'During my thirteen years as an educational specialist working with medically fragile children, I have never encountered an illness as devastating on families and schools as PANDAS/PANS. It is difficult to plan a successful education program for children who are consistently inconsistent. This book will serve as a lifeline to teachers and families who are touched by the devastating diagnosis of PANDAS/PANS. The explanations and recommendations for an appropriate and flexible school program will help to support positive school outcomes for these children.'
- Jeanne Kane, M.A., HEAL School Reentry Program Coordinator and Educational Specialist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

'This book finally gives a voice to those who are directly affected by PANS/PANDAS. After struggling in silence for years, this book tells the stories of families who have searched for diagnosis and shares critical information about medical and educational interventions. This book is the resource that families and educators have been waiting for!'
- Jodi M. Duke, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, George Mason University