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PANS and PANDAS in the School Setting

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Ann Martin Center

1375 55th Street

Emeryville, CA 94608

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Professional Lecture Series (PDL)

PANS and PANDAS in the School Setting

Dr. Jamie Candelaria-Greene BCET

with Special Guest, Dr. Linda C. Avery, Clinical Psychologist

Have you noticed how different your student or client has become since he was home with a sore throat awhile back? He’s making strange movements; he’s inattentive; you can’t read his handwriting; and his once stellar math grades are now plummeting. On top of that, his mom tells you that at home he’s become moody, unmanageable, and even starting to wet the bed again- at age 12! These are some of the symptoms that are commonly seen in a medical condition known as Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes (PANS), which also includes the conditions of PANDAS and PITANDS. This seminar will provide an overview of this often- unrecognized autoimmune disorder that is known to profoundly affect behavior, cognition, attention, and motor skills. Specific recommendations for accommodations, assessments, compensatory strategies, and other supportive services will also be offered. This seminar is especially designed for educators, psychologists, administrators, and other providers who serve student communities. Special Guest and Clinical Psychologist Linda Avery Ph.D. will address issues surrounding the psychotherapeutic care of these young people.

Jamie Candelaria-Greene PhD, BCET has served students with special needs of all ages and developmental levels. Her work as a teacher, researcher, practitioner, and professor of Special Education has spanned 30 years and three continents. In her private practice, she provides educational assessments, consultations, and academic support for adults re-entering education, along with multi-sensory readiness skills for young children at risk. As a Visiting Researcher Scholar at UC Berkeley, she investigated the effects of PANS on cognition and behavior. Her findings resulted in the first book devoted exclusively to the study of PANS and education, entitled “PANS, CANS and Automobiles: A Comprehensive Guide for Helping Students. Bay Area Clinical Psychologist, Linda Avery Ph.D. is in private practice in Alameda, CA. A seasoned therapist and advocate for young people with special health needs, Dr. Avery has contributed critical insights on PANS’ psychiatric aspects for various publications, including the PANDAS Network Working Group on Educational Access.

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