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Can migraines affect a student's learning ability?

Expert:   Joshua Cohen, M.D., M.P.H. , St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center »

While migraine is not specifically linked to learning disabilities, it can interfere with a student's ability to reach his or her potential. Watch this to learn more!

Transcript: While migraine is not specifically linked to learning disabilities, it can interfere with a student's ability to reach his or her potential. A migraine attack can be a very painful and disorienting experience and can cause difficulty in thinking, learning and concentrating. Some studies have even suggested that such cognitive disruptions are so common in kids who get migraine that it should be included in the diagnostic criteria of pediatric migraine. The best thing a parent can do to help a child avoid falling behind at school is to look into how to most effectively treat and prevent migraine.They should find a physician who knows about dealing with childhood migraine. And THEY SHOULD reach out to teachers, to get them on board with your treatment approach. But a migraine is not a sign that you child will fail—either in school or life. Consider this list of migraineurs:Thomas Jefferson, Claude Monet, Loretta Lynn, Lewis Carol, Sigmund Freud, Whoopie Goldberg and Lisa Kudrow all dealt or deal with migraine. So when it comes to school, the one thing parents SHOULD NOT DO… pull a child out of school for migraine. Studies have shown that those who frequently miss school for migraine have a worse headache outcome than those who remain in school. More »

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