Friday, September 2, 2016

Back to School with Telemedicine

Along with new classes and friends, many Kansas students return to school with new telehealth options. KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth (KUCTT) welcomes new and returning families and schools across our rural and urban partners!

While returning to school can be exciting, the stressors and transitions lead to “back to school blues” for some students. In addition to local school resources, some national resources for families can be found at: the American Psychological Association; the National Association of School Psychologists; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the National Association of School Nurses.

For students who have a harder time moving forward in the new school year, or who may be coping with developmental, behavioral, and other health concerns, telemedicine can provide support and keep students close to home and learning.  Telemedicine offers unique advantages as telecommunication brings many to the virtual table to support the student and family—school personnel, primary care teams, developmental and behavioral specialists, and other community members.  For example, in Southeast and South Central Kansas, the Telehealth ROCKS initiatives and many local partners connect students and their families with KU Medical Center specialists/teams using secure real-time videoconferencing. Working together, telemedicine extends evidence-based prevention, support, medication, and therapy strategies across the range of school-age concerns.

For more information about telemedicine near you and about the Telehealth ROCKS programs, please contact KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth at (913) 588-2226.

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