Wednesday morning at the Jean-XXIII primary school, a school in the Ascot area that looks like a cultural mosaic. The pediatrician Geneviève Beaulieu moves into the local orthopedagogue to see children with different disorders.
Since 2014, about once a month, the pediatrician and her colleague Anne Graillon stop in the school environment, giving a boost to children whose needs sometimes go beyond the school setting. Dr. Beaulieu is on familiar ground, she is already doing social pediatrics at the local neighborhood in Ascot. Its presence has the advantage of simplifying the life of parents, especially by avoiding them to move to hospital. In this Thibault Street school, over 27% of students come from Congo, Colombia, Iraq and Bhutan.
The Commission scolaire de la Region-de-Sherbrooke (CSRS) has named Dr. Beaulieu as its ambassador on Wednesday, at its annual recognition night, to highlight all the “little miracles” it has achieved with young people. The novelist and slammer David Goudreault and Dominic Asselin, founder of the Academy of the Treasury, were also named ambassadors.
“As a pediatrician, we have many consultation requests to evaluate children with school problems. It’s a bit difficult, because if you see children in the hospital or in the office, it’s the parents who come. We try to understand how it happens in school and it’s not always easy. Parents do not always have the information. If I look at the immigrant clientele, there is also the language barrier, she does not really know how the system works. We try to understand in our office how it works in school, but sometimes we miss information. ”
Conversely, she argues, school stakeholders sometimes need the advice of a doctor, especially when children have sleep problems or physical problems. “It seemed more logical to me to say: these are school problems, we would have to be able to see them at school to get the information. ”
Dr. Beaulieu sees all sorts of problems: attention deficit disorders, learning, sleep, migraines, visual problems. “There are patients that we see only once, but for the most part, we have to follow up, for example if we give medication. ”
These are all issues that can interfere significantly in their schooling. “A child who has a deficit of attention and who is not medicated, in the long run, he ends up falling behind. And if we do not intervene, the gap is widening. ”
Many of the children we met do not have a family doctor. “To be seen in pediatrics, most of the time you have to be seen by a family doctor. The various professionals will meet at the beginning of the year and present files of children to the doctors.
Such projects are rare, but Dr. Beaulieu would like to see other initiatives like this come to fruition. It was necessary that the John XXIII school agrees to embark, she says.
Until recently, she was probably the only one in the area. Since last fall, at Desjardins School, a doctor has begun to visit little patients directly in their community.
“He will do some clinics there … Eventually, we would like to be able to do it elsewhere because it is a reality for pediatricians and family doctors, who receive many requests for consultation for this type of problem. LaRocque School is also working to create such a project.
At the same time, she says, waiting lists are growing in pediatrics for requests related to school problems.
Dr. Beaulieu’s tips touch on many aspects of children’s health: eating – sometimes, it will be recommended to sign up for the Breakfast Club to get the day off to a good start – and “many, many” the question of time spent in front of the screens.
The pediatrician is very touched to get this recognition from the CSRS. “The people here are incredible. ”
The presence of Dr. Beaulieu and her colleague makes life a lot easier for everyone, says psychoeducator Roxanne Harel. “It makes everything easier! It’s good to be several to think, “she says.