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February 1975

The School Health Team and School Health Physician: New Role and Operation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Learning and Behavior Problems Clinic, University of Maryland School of Medicine (Drs. Kappelman, Roberts, and Cornblath), and Division of Special Education, Baltimore City Public Schools (Mr. Rinaldi).

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(2):191-195. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120390027006

A new concept of school health redefines the school physician's role as dealing primarily with behavior and learning disorders in children. It is an on-site operation, using a multidisciplinary team of professionals. We outline internal team operations, as well as modes of remediation.

Many types of behavior and learning problems were seen by our school health team during the first year of operation. It is important to recognize the multiplicity of diagnoses on individual elementary school children, as well as the differentiation of early organic from late functional primary causes.

We need to reassess the delivery of school health care. The expansion of school health to include the multidisciplinary team approach to behavior and learning problems is a primary priority. We suggest using outside medical agencies for periodic physical illness.

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