About the Session:
Properly prescribed medications have helped many students to reach their academic potential. However, the risks of side effects must not be ignored. Medications are often administered to children and youth over extended periods, and there may be interactions between growth, development and other pharmacological factors (Correll et al., 2006; Vitello et al., 2003). In addition, some children and youth who struggle with communication for a variety of reasons can have difficulty sharing their experience of side-effect symptoms. Engaging youth and caregivers in side effect monitoring can help ensure students taking psychotropic medications are monitored for safety and efficacy. This presentation will review the initial evidence-based paper checklist solution that informed the development of the app: MedWise. We will overview 1) the youth engagement activities that informed the design, 2) the youth-friendly features of MedWise, and 3) discuss the potential benefits for improving communication within the circle of care.
Jenn Pearce is an E-Learning Trainer & Developer at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), She works with subject matter experts to mobilize child and youth mental health knowledge in online formats. Jenn received her undergraduate degree in Human Resources from King’s University College and her Masters of Education from Western University.