The impact of the Microsoft Office PowerPoint program on students with medical conditions in a home and hospital program
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While medical progress has brought great change in the epidemiology of child health in the United States, chronic illness and traumatic injuries now account for a growing number of pediatric hospitalizations, posing a major challenge to educators in regards to the availability and provision of academic services. Home-hospital instructional services have been in place for many decades. However, school districts across the nation have home-hospital policies that vary from district to district. Children diagnosed with a chronic illness or injury are absent from school more frequently for extended periods of time, and therefore may require educational adaptations. Home-hospital instructional goals are to help students keep pace academically with their peers and to provide a sense of normalcy. Chicago Public Schools Home-Hospital Instruction Program mandates a provision of regular education and special education instruction and/or related services in the home or hospital to students whose medical provider anticipates their being out of school for 2 or more consecutive weeks or on an ongoing basis due to chronic illness or other medical conditions. Given that illness and frequent and/or extended hospitalizations impair a child's participation in school, educational interventions become an essential component towards supporting the student. PowerPoint has an amazing potential for use as assistive technology to support and deliver instruction to students with various medical conditions as well as an effective cost saving for school districts. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the utilization of the Microsoft Office PowerPoint program as an assistive technology tool to deliver instruction in a hospital.