Other Health Impairment

Other health impairment

The umbrella term “other health impairment” covers conditions that limit a child’s strength, energy or alertness. One example is an attention issue like ADHD.

"Other health impairment" means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment that is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, Tourette’s Syndrome, and sickle cell anemia; and adversely affects a child's educational performance.

Characteristics:

  • Fatigue.
  • Mobility issues.
  • Issues involving attention.
  • Coordination difficulties.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Frequent absences or lateness's to school.
  • Stamina.
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods of time.

Accommodations/Modifications: 

  • special feedings;
  • clean intermittent catheterization;
  • suctioning;
  • the management of a tracheostomy;
  • administering and/or dispensing medications;
  • planning for the safety of a child in school;
  • ensuring that care is given while at school and at school functions to prevent injury (e.g., changing a child’s position frequently to prevent pressure sores);
  • chronic disease management; and
  • conducting and/or promoting education and skills training for all (including the child) who serve as caregivers in the school setting.

Resources:

www.parentcenterhub.org/ohi/

https://www.specialeducationguide.com/disability-profiles/other-health-impairment/