Other health disabilities is defined as a wide range of chronic or acute health conditions that may be either congenital or acquired. Health disabilities may be mild or severe, progressive, and/or have symptoms that vary in intensity from day to day. Medications, treatments, therapies, and repeated hospitalizations for a range of chronic or acute health conditions can affect a student’s ability to learn and function at school.
Early intervention for children identified with health disabilities need to address inadequate academic progress due to limited strength, vitality, alertness, endurance, excessive absenteeism and the need to include individual health care procedures during their scheduled school day. It is important that staff be aware of how the health disability impacts on learning and functioning and to provide accommodations, modifications and specialized instruction to allow the child to perform within their capabilities.