About Us: Why We Created the OCD Education Station

Why We Created the OCD Education Station

At Beyond OCD, we receive frequent requests for help from school personnel.  When a child or teen develops OCD life changes dramatically -- not only for the student but also for school personnel.  We recognize that OCD can be a very difficult disorder for anyone affected by it but at school, there are particular challenges both in the classroom and with social development.

The OCD Education Station is intended to be a comprehensive resource for school teachers, administrators, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and paraprofessionals who want to help a student with OCD.

Many times when teachers or school social workers contact us, they aren’t sure what is causing the troubling behavior they see in a student.  But often they have exhausted other information resources, and are hoping we can help.  We’ve helped school personnel from all over the U.S. learn about OCD and find new ways to help a struggling student.

Some of the most frequently asked questions are shown below.  The answers can be found on the OCD Education Station web site:

  • What is OCD?
  • What does OCD look like in a child or teen?
  • How can I know if the symptoms I’m observing in a student are OCD -- or some other disorder?
  • How does OCD affect a student?
  • How does a child or teen that has OCD feel?
  • Why does OCD have such a negative impact on learning?
  • What can teachers or school personnel do to help a student who has OCD (or may have OCD)?
  • Are there strategies or specific tactics I can try to help the student perform better academically -- or socially?
  • How can I more effectively communicate with the parents of a child who has (or may have) OCD?
  • Are students who have OCD eligible for special assistance or special education services under federal laws?

It is our sincere hope that the OCD Education Station web site will help school personnel identify and help students who may have OCD or have been diagnosed with OCD.  Early identification and intervention can mean that a student learns to overcome his or her obsessions and compulsions more quickly, and can enjoy learning and social activities along with the normal pleasures of youth.

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