Connected Kansas Kids Presentations

Many educational presentations are available on the web, both as a video and as a pdf file that you can use.

Opportunities for Staff Development and Inservice Programs

(This list of topics is also available as a .pdf file)

Each presentation is approximately 60 minutes in duration, including time for questions and answers. Specific presentations and conferences can be arranged for case-specific needs or to plan for individual students with special health needs. Presentations are supported through the generous support of Kan-ed, and are provided at no cost to participating districts.
The complete list of topic areas is too lengthy to include on one page. The list has been spread to two pages, First page and Second page (this page).

The topic areas, which are listed below, will link you to the proper page:

    Education Issues Related to Chronic Illnesses

  1. Common Pediatric Chronic Illnesses
    (such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, lupus, asthma, sickle cell anemia,and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
    This presentation is somewhat longer (90 minutes) and provides an overview of each of these pediatric diagnoses. Although adequate care can readily be managed within the young person's environment, there are specific issues related to each diagnosis that must be addressed.
  2. Learning Challenges of Chronic Illness
    (such as diabetes, asthma, sickle cell anemia, and cancer)
    Research is now providing information about some of the subtle learning issues that may result from specific diagnoses. Each student will present unique traits, strengths and areas of need. Knowledge and understanding of the research can assist the educational team in planning for the educational and health care needs of students with chronic illness, and will provide guidance in determining when issues may warrant further assessment.
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  4. Supporting Siblings and Peers of Students who are Chronically Ill
    Being a sibling or friend of a young person with a serious health condition is, sometimes, a very difficult task. Guilt, fear, jealousy and many other emotions may impact the young person's ability to support the special health needs child. For siblings, difficulties may arise if parents must be far away from home to care for a hospitalized sibling, or if family changes result in the light of the diagnosis. This presentation highlights how to respond to the needs of siblings and peers, and how to provide education and information without breaching the confidentiality of the child with special health needs.
  5. The School Experience:  Perceptions of Young People with Chronic Illness
    "School" means many different things to children and adolescents. For a student with a chronic health condition, academics, socialization, psychological well-being and much more may be affected by the diagnosis of and treatment for a serious illness. There are ways that educators can help. Learn how to develop plans that address the unique educational needs of seriously ill students.
  6. The Ventilator-Dependent Child
    Students who are ventilator-dependent are now being educated at school, when medically possible. This population of students has unique issues related to their care. This presentation provides information regarding potential needs at school, research on supporting children who are ventilator dependent and their families, and other relevant information.
  7. Cognitive Disabilities Associated with Brain Tumors, Leukemia and Sickle Cell Anemia
    This presentation will cover the research that describes the possible cognitive effects of both treatment and disease in brain tumors, leukemia and sickle cell anemia. Students with these diagnoses may present with unique learning challenges that require intervention.
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    The Many Forms of Abuse

  9. Child Abuse and Neglect
    This presentation provides an overview of issues surrounding child abuse and neglect. It includes information about mandated reporting in the state of Kansas and whom to call if you need to report suspected abuse or neglect. The presentation will include characteristics of vulnerable children, descriptions of various types of abuse (such as physical, sexual, emotional and neglect), the physical and behavioral signs of sexual abuse, the effects of psychological abuse, suggestions for professionals to help protect vulnerable children and their families, and more.
  10. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Medical and Educational Implications
    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is one of the most harmful forms of child abuse, and is insidious. It rypically involves a mother who appears deeply caring but repeatedly fabricates symptoms or even inflicts illnesses in her helpless infant or child. There is evidence that a similar phenomenon exists in the realm of special education. In this variation, parents seek educational diagnoses and services for their child despite the absence of any real need. Our presentation will help you understand and recognize this difficult-to-diagnose form of child abuse.
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    The Grieving Child and End-of-life Issues

  12. Community Response at a Child's End of Life
    A child's death, whether sudden or anticipated, has an overwhelming impact on a school and community. Family, educators, child care providers, activity directors, peers and extended community members seek to find meaning and comfort at a time of great distress. This session talks about ways a school and community may respond to a child's death, common issues of concern, and how to care for one another.
  13. End-of-Life Support in School:  When it is Time to Say Goodbye
    When a child has an illness that may result in death, there is no guide for preparing peers, siblings, school staff and others. How should the school respond if the child is able to continue to come to school during the end-of-life stage? Whether the child is in school, in the hospital or at home, how can the school be responsive to the needs of the child, the family, and other students? This presentation provides information on planning prior to the child's death, coming together as a school, and enabling all involved to participate in positive experiences that may lead to healthy attitudes about life's present and future challenges and losses.
  14. The Grieving Child:  Losses in Childhood, from Divorce to Death
    Children are not miniature adults, and children's grief differs greatly from the grief of adults. However, their grief is very real and often requires special understanding. For a child who has experienced a loss, grief may be displayed as acting-out behavior, sadness, anger, or withdrawal. This session examines ways to determine if a child is experiencing grief and how to support the child through the grieving process.
  15. Focusing on the Needs of the School Community (such as child care, baseball, scouts and youth groups) when a Child is Terminally Ill
    There is no way to create a generic plan for the support needed by the child, family, friends, educators and community. This session allows for individual consultation and creativity to address the needs of unique communities when a student (or staff member) is dying. Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life for the patient and family when facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. It focuses on the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychological, social or spiritual.
    School is often the place where children and adolescents feel the sense of belonging, comfort and care necessary for successful end-of-life palliation. Because any successful palliative care program must be carefully matched to the needs of the patient, family and school, this program will rely on individual sessions to address these needs.
  16. Relaxation Strategies for Children
    Test anxiety, social issues, family problems, overscheduled lives, worrying about one's health — these issues and many more can result in a great deal of stress in a child. Research has linked childhood stress and anxiety to a higher incidence of adult depression. Simple techniques and strategies are taught in this session to help young people manage stress and anxiety. They work great for adults, too!
  17. Pediatric Palliative Care Goes to School:  Caring for Students with Serious Illness
    When a child is near the end-of-life, health care providers offer a special kind of care called palliative care. The focus shifts from "cure" to "care" with special attention paid to the psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the child. It is now realized that kids with serious health conditions need this type of care much sooner than at the end of life. For some, life expectancy will reach into adulthood, but the challenges of being a young person with a serious illness exist throughout the person's life. Health care providers and school professionals partner and work together, from diagnosis forward, toward the child's physical, psychological, social, spiritual and educational health. This session is for everyone, with practical applications for both professional and personal experiences.
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    Depression and Other Mental Health Conditions

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  19. Identifying Children and Adolescents at Risk for Depression
    Depression and anxiety can affect children and adolescents, as well as adults, with children as young as 4 years of age diagnosed with depression. Everyone has periods of sadness or feeling "down". However, some youngsters may have more than the typical amount of sadness and may benefit from additional support. Learn about who is at risk and which young people may need further evaluation.
  20. Depression Goes to School
    (Includes Child Care, Baseball, Scouts, Youth Group, and others)
    Children and adolescents may suffer from depression or anxiety. As a result, concentration, attention and interest in school and activities may be affected. This presentation offers suggestions for supporting these students and interventions that may help pave the way toward school success.
  21. School Interventions for Students with Mental Health Diagnoses
    Depression, bipolar disease, emotional disturbance . . .
    Children come to school with a variety of mental health diagnoses that can complicate learning, relationships with others, and the ability to cope with the school environment. This presentation offers strategies to support these special students.
  22. Cutting and Self-Mutilation
    Self-injury is the act of deliberately hurting one's own body and may include such acts as cutting or burning. The intent is not suicide, nor is it part of an acceptable cultural or artistic ritual. Rather, it is an unhealthy effort to cope with overwhelming negative emotions, such as intense anger, tension or frustration. Learn about this phenomenon, and how to help youngsters who engage in such behavior.
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    School-related Anxiety and Avoidance

  24. Bullying and Bullies
    This presentation examines bullying behavior, and identifies types of bullying, characteristics of targets and bullies, when and where bullying is likely to occur and much more. The presentation offers tips for schools, child care facilities, athletic teams, organizations and others to help both the child who is bullied and the bully. It also includes methods to develop "bully proof" environments.
  25. Chronic Absence and School Avoidance
    Tummy aches, headaches, "I can't go to school because I don't feel good". Many children miss a day or two of school that may not be necessary. But, when does school avoidance become a problem? How do you determine if a student is really ill or if there are other issues causing concern about coming to school? This presentation will discuss school avoidance and how to intervene when a child is having difficulty with school attendance.
  26. Obesity in Childhood
    Results from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 16 percent of children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight. Obesity in childhood can lead to various serious health conditions. This presentation describes current issues related to childhood obesity, and suggests ways to help ensure children develop healthy lifestyle choices at school.
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    Care for the Caregiver

  28. Self Care for those Caring for Seriously Ill Children
    Compassion fatigue is a term used to describe the unique challenges facing caring professionals as they work through the grief, obstacles and frustrations inherent in providing care to a chronically ill child. This presentation gives tips to clergy, child care providers, education professionals, coaches, scout leaders, health care professionals and others on maintaining balance in life — how to care for yourself while caring for others.
  29. Developing Boundaries in the Caregiving World:  Can We Be a Facebook Friend to Those For Whom We Care?
    Those who care for youth have heard the frightening stories about predators on Internet and social media sites. Recently, inappropriate use of social media, between teachers and students, and between health care providers and patients, has come to light. The adult might clearly see the impropriety of these actions, or might honestly believe this is simply "chatting". It is clear, however, that social media is here to stay. It certainly has many effective uses in both education and healthcare. This session will explore privacy issues and appropriate usage of social medial. What is that "line" that should not be crossed? How can we be certain we see it clearly? Will imposing boundaries affect the ability to deliver care? In addition to the discussion, this session will feature "tips and trips" when using social media.
  30. Generational Issues:  Getting Along in the Workplace
    "The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Yers ... "
    So many different perspectives, but we all work in the same workplace. Learn about the unique characteristics and perspectives of each group and see how our early experiences determine our view of the world. Fun and interactive!

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All presentations are available in person, or via interactive televideo. For more information, or to schedule a presentation, please contact:

Kathy Davis, MSEd, PhD
Associate Professor
Project Director, Connected Kansas Kids
Director, KU Kids Healing Place
University of Kansas Medical Center