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To make sure your child can keep up with school as much as possible during treatment, it’s important to be your child’s advocate.
Being an advocate means promoting the needs of your child and making sure they are being met. Parents are excellent in this role because they know their child better than anyone.
However, parenting a child with cancer has many stresses and time demands. Your days are filled with making treatment decisions, parenting concerns, and family matters. So you may want to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you stay on top of your child’s schooling. Also, your worship or community center may have resources and people who can help. You may also ask hospital school personnel about resources for advocacy. Many times, they can help to provide those advocacy services.
Once a school plan for your child has been established, the advocate should work with the school and hospital to re-evaluate the plan often, so it can be changed when necessary:
Keys to being an effective advocate:
Keeping communication regular and positive will help ensure your child’s progress in school.
Reviewed: June 2018