School failure can impair a child's health. Impaired health can contribute to school failure, but social, behavioral, and emotional problems often contribute more significantly to academic difficulties. Failure usually does not result directly from a single factor, but rather from a combination of multiple risk factors. Pediatric primary care clinicians can work to improve educational and health outcomes through coordination with children, families, and schools in the assessment of and intervention for failing children. Retention alone rarely is the solution to academic failure. Pediatric care practitioners can help by advocating for failing children, both in assessment and intervention. They also can help families provide better environments for learning. Recognition of a failing child's talents may provide strengths to build on in developing an educational plan. Assessment of younger siblings may prevent repeated failure within a family. Earlier assessments and school readiness promotion could help to prevent school failure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Pediatrics in Review|
|State||Published - Jul 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health