Learning & Living With Cancer
As the parent of a child returning to school during or after cancer treatment, you will need to be the mobilizing force behind your child's education plan.This booklet is written to guide you in this endeavor. It is a starting point to give you:
- insights about the challenges your child may face and what can be done
- information about the laws that protect your child's educational needs
- specific ways that schools can help meet your child's educational needs
The outward signs of illness can be especially hard for children with cancer because of their need to fit in with peers. Classroom presentations can help peers understand what to expect when the child with cancer returns. Providing straightforward, reassuring answers to children's questions can help turn anxious classmates into supportive friends.
Be sure to keep in mind the ages of the children in the classroom. Classroom presentations that are age appropriate are most effective. Some ideas to keep in mind are listed below.