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(1/7) Care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs: a descriptive, multisite study of activities, personnel costs, and outcomes.

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(2/7) Special health care needs among children in the child welfare system.

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(3/7) Financial burden in families of children with special health care needs: variability among states.

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(4/7) Managing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the public school system: a needs assessment pilot.

BACKGROUND: Published data and Canadian population reports suggest that approximately 1% of students in Toronto may have learning problems related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). It is therefore imperative to understand how the needs of affected students are being met by various practitioners in their school environment. To date no comprehensive follow-up studies on FASD-affected children, families and educators in Toronto public schools are available. Documentation of school experiences associated with FASDs is needed to aid in developing appropriate and efficient intervention models for FASDs. OBJECTIVES: Identify and document needs as related to school capacities and education practitioner capabilities with respect to their abilities to support children diagnosed with FASDs. METHODS: A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews was utilized for this exploratory pilot study. Twelve practitioners from various disciplines, all of whom work for Toronto public schools participated. RESULTS: Participants represented approximately 3500 students enrolled amongst their schools and classrooms. Only one respondent reported having worked with a child diagnosed with an FASD during their career. Education practitioners commonly report a lack of knowledge of FASDs and how to appropriately plan for affected children. CONCLUSIONS: Practitioners need additional supports in order to address FASDs in their schools. As this is the first pilot study on FASDs in the Ontario school system, further study is warranted.  (+info)

(5/7) Pediatric and adolescent mental health emergencies in the emergency medical services system.

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(6/7) Understanding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder--bringing schools and teachers on board.

A new approach to the educational aspects of FASD will help educational experts to be better prepared for students affected by this challenging condition.  (+info)

(7/7) Monitoring consumer satisfaction with the clinical services provided to 'exceptional' children.

Given recent federal and state legislation mandating all necessary services for children with handicapping conditions, it is incumbent upon the providers of health care services to demonstrate accountability for their services to children with special needs. A procedure to assess the satisfaction of parents and community-based case coordinators with clinical services provided to such children has been demonstrated. By focusing on specific service elements, it is possible to align optimum versus actual consumer satisfaction. Through an analysis of observed variance, the modification of documented weaknesses can decrease the difference between optimum and actual consumer satisfaction levels. This procedure will be continued on a bi-annual, longitudinal follow-up basis to monitor progress. The concept of consumer input into the provision of clinical services is relevant to other developments in the field of health care which place importance on administration accountability. Those health care providers who recognize the value of consumer input and allow for its incorporation into their service programs will be better able to adapt their systems to the emerging trend towards medical accountability. Self-ordered accountability is more meaningful, is easier to understand than government imposed regulations, and can be smoothly blended into an organization's goals and objectives.  (+info)