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Provide children with atopic dermatitis with training in leadership and public speaking so they can teach classmates about the disorder

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Research has shown that getting to know members of groups decreases othering. Children with atopic dermatitis may be less likely to experience bullying if their classmates get to know them by hearing about their experiences with the disorder. This could also decrease the confusion and fear that may lead the other children into hostile behaviors. Further, offering training courses on public speaking and leadership may have positive impacts for the children with atopic dermatitis that will be beneficial throughout their lives, such as increasing self-confidence, and can help children network with others who also live with atopic dermatitis. A number of studies have demonstrated that training delivered in health-care settings can be effective. The courses could be delivered in settings where children with the disorder are treated.

What is the name of your organization?

Temple University

Where are you and your organization based?

Philadelphia, PA

Please provide a description of your organization.

Temple University College of Education

What is your name?

Jenifer Taylor Eaton


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