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How To Use the OCD Education Station

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is one of many childhood and young adult anxiety disorders that can seriously affect a student’s performance in school.  Often, teachers, school social workers, psychologists, counselors, nurses and administrators are caught off-guard when a student begins to exhibit symptoms of OCD.  With the right knowledge, any of these professionals can make the difference in the life of a child struggling with this potentially devastating disorder.

When teachers are unprepared to work with students who have OCD, the students may fall behind in schoolwork and experience social difficulties affecting self-esteem as well as grades.

The OCD Education Station offers information and resources to give educators skills and tools to work more effectively with students who have OCD and their parents.  On this site, you will find:

  • Information -- Learn all you can about OCD and how it manifests in a classroom setting. Get insights about the disorder, how to recognize it in students and what your role is in identifying OCD and providing needed support.
  • Resources - Use this site to:
    • Learn how to manage the classroom when a student has OCD
    • Learn techniques to “reach” a student who may be hiding symptoms
    • Formulate a plan to communicate with parents
    • Learn how to partner with parents and other school personnel to take an active role in helping a child who has OCD by developing accommodations and support strategies

Where to Start

To help you keep track of your placement within the OCD Education Station, please note that the eight major categories included in this site are listed on the left-hand side of each page.  The topics discussed within each of those categories are listed on the right-hand side of each category's page.  We recommend you follow a plan for learning about OCD by reading the sections of the OCD Education Station in the order in which they appear on the site, which is as follows:

  1. OCD Facts -- this section covers:
    • OCD at school
    • What is OCD?
    • What OCD isn't
    • Clinical definition
    • Symptoms of OCD
    • What causes OCD?
    • What doesn't cause OCD
    • Prevalence of OCD
    • Diagnosing OCD
    • Related conditions
    • Evidence-based treatments for OCD
    • Treatment challenges
    • Affordability
  2. Recognizing OCD at School -- this section covers:
    • Introduction
    • OCD symptoms at school
    • Some not-so-obvious symptoms
    • Effect of OCD on studies and grades
    • Effect of OCD on social interaction
  3. The Role of School Personnel -- this section covers:
    • Recognizing OCD at school
    • Intervention
    • Importance of effective communication
    • Managing OCD in the classroom
    • Healthful support strategies
    • Academic support strategies
    • Social support strategies
    • Understanding the law
  4. Tools & Resources -- this section covers:
    • Introduction
    • Selected books
    • Selected web sites
  5. Success stories -- in this section, you'll find:
    • Introduction
    • Eight different stories written by children and teens with OCD and parents of children who have OCD.  Read how OCD makes a child feel and how parents have faced this disorder with their child.
  6. OCD guides -- this section contains 5 different guides, each of which is intended for a specific group: parents of children with OCD, teens with OCD, college students with OCD, individuals with OCD, and school personnel.  The first four guides are downloadable in English or Spanish.  You may also contact us to request a copy of these guides printed in English (Spanish not available in print).  You will also need to contact us if you would like a copy of the guide for school personnel.
  7. Contact Us -- provides ways to contact Beyond OCD for further information and live-person information from OCD-knowledgeable staff
  8. How to Help -- how you can help bring the message of more effective management of OCD in the classroom to others