TAKING Chiari to School guides
A positive parent-school relationship is critical when a child has a disability or health condition like Chiari. A collaborative approach, working with school staff to promote your child’s success, is in your child’s best interest. As a parent, your positive involvement at school and your relationship with the school affects your child’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral performance at school. Taking Chiari to School - A Parent's Guide is intended to provide you with information to assist you as you navigate the school environment and help your child with Chiari succeed.
This guide is designed for school nurses who are responsible for the care of a child with the Chiari malformation type one (CM1). Chiari malformation type one (CM1), although not a common condition, may present challenges for the child in the school setting. Even though most children with CM1 are generally able to attend school with their peers, some require nursing care and accommodations in the school setting to promote their safety and success. Your familiarity with the CM1 diagnosis, symptoms, treatments, and available resources will reinforce parent efforts and provide continuity of care for the child with CM1 in school.
Developed by the Editor in 2004, the Biomet Microfixation Chiari Plates have been used successfully in serveral hundred Chiari decompressions. Available as Specialty Plates from Biomet Microfixation, the standard plates (used in 3 cm wide suboccipital craniectomies) come in a crescent and a triangular shape. Customized large and extra-large crescent-shaped plates can be requested from Biomet Microfixation and are used when surgical revision in needed in persons referred with wider craniectomies.
Disclosure: The Editors have no financial relationship with Zimmer Biomet.