Panel to Discuss ‘Lyme and Learning’


Lyme disease can derail a child’s education, impairing learning, causing debilitating fatigue, and requiring lengthy medical treatments. To address this epidemic in our schools, Links Academy – a division of Greenwich Education Group – is hosting a special panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. As space is limited, an RSVP is requested at linksacademy.org.

Drawing from Links’ experience supporting students with Lyme and other tickborne diseases, this forum will provide parents and educators with the opportunity to learn, share resources, come together as a community, and ask questions. The panel will consist of: Jennifer Reid, of the BLAST Prevention Program and Lyme Connection Task Force; Dr. Elena Frid, a prominent pediatric and adult neuro-Lyme specialist; and Tara Vessels & Cathy Mahoney, parent members of Global Lyme Alliance. Topics will include brain dysfunction, learning issues, mental health, support groups, prevention, resources, impact on academic and social abilities, and more.

According to Andrea MacGilpin, Head of School at Links Academy, “Too often, parents feel alone and uncertain when Lyme strikes their family. They need information, resources, support, and flexible options to help their children continue their educations while giving them time to heal. It’s our goal to start a conversation on how best to balance students’ medical needs, learning needs, and social-emotional needs.”

The event takes place at 78 Harvard Ave., Stamford. To RSVP, visit bit.ly/linkslyme. For more information, contact 203-883-0062, amacgilpin@greenwichedgroup.com, or visit linksacademy.org.

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