Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Mollie Sanborn, M.S., C.C.L.S.


"Ichthyosis: A manual For Teachers" addresses the needs of children born with a rare, congenital skin disorder. Not unlike children with cancer, asthma or diabetes, children with ichthyosis have special needs regarding their physical comfort and safety in the educational setting. This manual addresses these needs along the developmental continuum. Using Erik Erikson's eight stages of man as a guideline, this manual addresses the physical, medical and psychosocial needs of the ichthyotic child from infancy through adolescence.

Included in this manual is an explanation of the disorder, it's symptoms and treatments. Practical tips for day care workers, teachers, school nurses and athletic coaches are given to aid them in creating a supportive atmosphere for the child. It is designed for use in tandem with parent/teacher conferences, as each child's situation is highly individualized. An annotated bibliography listing resources for children and teachers is included.


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