School Evaluations for PANS PANDAS

There are several areas to consider evaluating students with PANS PANDAS in order to determine areas for support and accommodations.  It is important to note that due to the relapsing-remitting course of PANS PANDAS, some students return to baseline in between flares while some skills stay below their baseline. So the timing of assessments in relation to disease course and presence of symptoms is critical.

Areas of Evaluation to Consider
  • Physical Therapy
    • Assess need for Adaped PE & other modifications
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Assess handwriting – dysgraphia skills
    • Assess fine motor skills
    • Assess daily living skills
  • Visual-Motor Processing
  • Speech & Auditory Processing
    • Including Assisted Technology needs
  • Academics & Socio-Emotional Learning
    • Assess gaps and losses in skills
    • Assess memory skills
    • Assess executive functioning
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
    • Assess for Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Ecological Assessment
    • can help to manage antecedents throughout the school day
    • Can help determine areas most/least conducive to learning
  • School Nurse Assessment
    • Assess medical needs at school
    • Establish communication between school, providers, & parents
  • Psychiatric Referrals
    • To help monitor OCD, anxiety, social-emotional learning, and other symptoms


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