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in the School Setting

Individualized Educational Plans: 
Most students will require individualized school accommodations to some degree, ranging from an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to a 504 plan, to an Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP). 

How does PANS and PANDAS impact school performance?

Many PANS/PANDAS symptoms make school incredibly difficult for students. Anxiety, OCD, tics, fatigue, and other PANS/PANDAS symptoms can create difficulties when it comes to:

  • Attendance 

  • Sensory overload

  • Deterioration in academic performance (including reading, writing and math)

  • Focus and attention make it difficult to complete classwork/homework.

  • Fine motor skills (handwriting and task completion)

  • Urinary frequency and control

  • Appetite and ability to eat throughout the day

  • Social Anxiety

  • Remember, this is a Medical Condition that is extremely difficult on impacted children and families. School staff must be supportive and accommodating to families as a PANS/PANDAS diagnosis is life altering to students, siblings, parents, and caregivers. 

Possible School Accomodations

Accommodations and modifications for PANS/PANDAS in the classroom may include:

  • Attendance modifications which may include flexible arrival and departure times, daily delayed arrival, excused absences at the discretion of the parent.

  • Bathroom breaks per student’s discretion as urinary frequency is a common symptom in children with PANS/PANDAS.

  • Provide a quiet space for student to regroup throughout the day as needed.

  • Encourage and promote proper hand washing amongst students and regularly disinfect desks and frequently used items in the classroom.

  • Notify parents about increased infections within the school such as strep throat without identifying information regarding impacted students.

  • Provide flexibility around deadlines during flares or regressions.

  • Allow typing instead of written work if handwriting skills are impacted.


PART I : Diagnosis and Symptoms

PART II: Impact On Home and School Performance

PART III: Educational Team 

Part IV: Educational Intervention

Part V: Educational Plans

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PANS/PANDAS Training for School Personnel and Support Staff 
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