Children with leukemia may have disruptive school attendance during treatment. They may miss their friends and teachers at school as well as the social life of a normal student. Returning to school could be either a challenge or relief for the children with leukemia. Either way, as a parent, there are certain things you can do to help your child perform better at school, including:
Keep the school informed while your child is absent
Try to maintain communication with your child’s school and encourage the teachers and students to remain an ongoing interest in your child’s welfare. The teachers may be able to help your kid catch up with the missed lessons. You also have to write a letter to the principal regarding the child’s diagnosis and plan of treatment. The school should know about the child’s state of health, the treatment‘s timeline, and how long you child can be absent from school.
Let the teachers/school keep track of your child’s progress. Encourage them to keep a good relationship with the child through visits and phone calls from classmates and teachers as well as cards or posters with thoughtful messages, videos or emails on special occasions. Keep the line of communication with the school nurse is a good thing to do, too. The nurse may be helpful if your child feels bad at school, or in need of medicines or other health services during the school day.
Make a plan for the return to school
Having an appointment with the teachers, principal, and school nurse about your child’s return is very important so that everyone knows what to expect. They should be informed of these things:
– Any medicines the child will need to take and their doses
– Special devices the child will use and how to use the.
– Problems staff of school should watch for and report to you
– Any special precautions that need taking or information you need to know, for instance, if a fellow student gets chicken pox or some other diseases that might be a big problem for your child
– Prepare emergency management of possible problems
– Medicines, treatments, or activities that your child cannot have or take
– Contact information in emergency situations
Encourage the teachers and students to treat the child like any normal student. Prepare others for the way the child may look (pale, perhaps), how your kid might feel about returning to school (worried, happy, self-conscious) and how they might make things easier for their classmate (acceptance, inviting them to ‘participate in’).
Let the kid talk about their feelings of missing school or returning to school. Give them support and encouragement. Ask the social worker at the hospital about having a guest speaker explained the disease to classmates, if possible.
After treatments, children often need aid with learning that they might not need before. Sometimes, special accommodations including special equipment, audio books or certain physical activities may become helpful. The teachers and principal should know about this. In the case of a university or other studies, contacting the tutor and ask about the extensions of time for assignments or deferring the studies may be an option.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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