A GUIDE FOR CARERS AND TEACHERS
What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting young people. It can begin at any age, but it often starts before the age of 5. It affect both boys and girls, although it’s generally more common in girls.
Juvenile means that the arthritis began before the age of 16.
Idiopathic means that the cause is unknown.
Arthritis means that one or more joints are swollen, painful, stiff and may cause restricted movement
At least one child in an average sized secondary school will have chronic arthritis at any one time.
Learning and Teaching
Healthtalkonline.org and Youthhealthtalk.org are new inter-based multimedia resources that provide free, relaible information about health issues, by sharing real-life experiences. Around 3000 people from across the UK and from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds have been interviewed about their experiences of over 75 health conditions and other challenges related to health and wellbeing.
There are around 25,000 video clips on Youthhealthtalk.org and Healthtalkonline.org of people talking about their experiences of more than 75 different health issues and they are a great free teaching resource that you can use to bring to life a range of important topics and stimulate discussion in class. Both websites contain video clips of people from a wide range of backgrounds sharing their experiences of issues that are covered in PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Religious Studies curriculums.