Consider educating family members, friends, school personnel and healthcare providers about your child's possible long-term and late effects of treatment. In particular, talk with teachers about your child's needs before he or she returns to school, as they and other school personnel may not be aware of the potential for long-term and late effects of treatment.
Work with your child's teachers and healthcare providers to develop a program tailored to his or her needs that features:
- Baseline testing. Baseline testing before treatment, if possible, and continued comparative testing during and after treatment can help identify whether neurocognitive problems or associated learning disabilities have developed.
- Special accommodations. School personnel can take steps to assist your child's return to school, such as allowing him or her more time to complete class work or take exams. Children adversely affected by cancer treatment may qualify for aid under three different federal laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
- Long-term planning. Plans can be developed to help a child through certain situations such as transitioning from middle school to high school or going on from high school to secondary education and adult life.
- Returning to School
- The Trish Greene Back to School Program
Educating Homebound Children Using Virtual Inclusion
- Download or order The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's free booklets:
- Learning & Living With Cancer
- Long Term and Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Leukemia or Lymphoma Facts