School of Education
Ara J Schmitt
Kara E. McGoey
PANS, PANDAS, PITANDS, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) is an emerging disorder affecting school age children causing deleterious cognitive, social, emotional, and academic effects. Most frequently, children with PANS demonstrate severe, rapid-onset obsessive-compulsive symptoms in addition to a variety of other psychiatric disturbances. Symptoms are known to significantly a child’s educational experience. Despite this, little is known about the educational impacts related to the disorder or the supports provided to children with the diagnosis. This research sought to identify the school related impairments of children with PANS, the school-based services provided for children with PANS, and the relationships between obsessive compulsive symptoms and school-based service provision. Results showed that children with PANS often receive educational services, but that these services are provided most frequently as part of a preexisting service agreement. Further, services are minimally related to primary obsessive-compulsive symptoms even in children receiving services only after PANS diagnoses, despite these symptoms being significantly impairing in the sample population. The presence of comorbid diagnoses was found to be most closely correlated with school-based service provision in this sample.
Miglioretti, M. (2019). School-Based Services for Children with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1808