Left untreated, OCD not only may persevere but also poses a risk for the development of other psychiatric disorders.
The typical school-aged child spends approximately 1,100 hours per year in the school setting.
The large majority of school personnel have encountered – or will encounter – students with OCD in their classrooms.
Approximately 75-80% of children OCD have at least one co-existing disorder, such as depression, anxiety, AD/HD, and/or Tourette Syndrome.
At any given point in time, OCD affects approximately 1 in 100 children.
Although a common psychiatric illness in childhood, OCD frequently goes unrecognized by teachers, parents, and other caregivers.
Two of the top difficulties students with OCD experience are doing homework and concentrating in class.
Obsessions can include fears of contamination, harm, illness, or death; intrusive thoughts about harming oneself or others; excessive religious fears; a compelling need for symmetry or order; and obsessive doubt.
School personnel may be the first to recognize that a student is experiencing difficulties with OCD.
Difficulties often associated with OCD include problems with sleep, somatic symptoms (e.g., tenseness, shaky hands), psychosocial functioning, and family stress.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions.
…a must-have for school professionals. I’m so glad there will finally be a guide for school professionals and parents to turn to.
Eric Storch, Ph.D.
What a difference this book will make. There is nothing like it out there… I look forward to seeing a copy in every classroom.
Tamar Chansky, Ph.D.
With exquisite detail and organization, Dr. Adams presents guidelines for educators to help students and their families find relief from OCD.
Ellen Sawyer, Executive Director OCD Chicago
… well-researched and very thorough with the complexity of OCD easily explained for educators, parents, and therapists.
Louise Dabkey, M.S.Ed., CAS, NCSP
This is an urgently-needed and inspirational book that offers hope through knowledge. The lives of children struggling with OCD will never be the same.
Gail S., Parent of a child with OCD
Everyone interested in helping children with OCD navigate the educational system—school personnel, parents, and mental health professionals—will find the material in this book invaluable.
John March, MD, MPH