A childhood cancer diagnosis can be difficult for teachers, administrators and families to manage in a school setting. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is committed to providing support and encouragement for school professionals to address the needs of the school community.
ALSF School Guide: Supporting Families and Classmates Affected by Childhood Cancer offers concise, practical guidance including:
- Establishing effective communication between home, school, and healthcare professionals
- Navigating conversations with students in the classroom
- Providing an easier transition back to school
- Offering extra support to siblings of childhood cancer patients
- Encouraging a positive atmosphere for the whole classroom
- Supporting classmates through grief and loss
- And more!
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Common Reactions After a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis
- Feeling physically ill
- Changes in appetite
- Decline in academic performance
- Periods of extreme productivity (overachievement)
- Frequent absences or tardiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased attention span
How to Help Your Students
- Err on the side of concern
- Provide as much positive feedback as possible
- View irritability as sadness or fear rather than confrontation
- Encourage peer support
- Decrease or modify academic demands
- Encourage students to write or draw about their feelings
- Remind students you are available if they want to talk about anything
- Maintain open contact with parents