Parents often feel overwhelmed after receiving their child's diagnosis. It can take them some time to consider the impact of cancer on their child's education.
A letter your school can personalise to let parents at your school know that a student has cancer. Remember to consult with your student's family beforehand.
Once your student and their family/whānau have a clear idea of what their cancer treatment will involve, it is a good idea for you or someone else at your school to talk with their parents about what schoolwork may be appropriate.
When your student comes back to school after cancer it can be a good sign that their life is returning to their 'new normal'.
Children often have many questions about cancer. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.
Some useful resources to help with a child's re-entry into the classroom after cancer treatment. This is part of a whole section on education when a child has cancer.
In hospital, young children can become used to interacting with more adults than children, and they may need more support from early childhood teachers.
Brothers and sisters of cancer patients may experience feelings of guilt, rejection, fear, depression, or anxiety.
Having cancer often interrupts the normal developmental process a teenager goes through as they become independent from their parents and other adults.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy will damage normal cells as well as cancerous ones. Some children will recover all function completely, but others may have difficulties.
A list of some of the options that may be available to help you plan for and teach your student who has cancer.
There are many reasons why your student with cancer could have to miss school.
Often simple measures can help your student who has cancer get the most from their remaining life.
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