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"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

Serious Illness & Injury

Throughout their childhood, children of all ages may be faced with a serious illness or injury to themselves, a family member, friend, or classmate.  How schools and families respond to these situations will directly impact the child’s ability to cope with the potential emotional and academic challenges these situations may create.

Students living with cancer, brain trauma, and other chronic illnesses and injuries are in your schools and classrooms.  Teachers need information and assistance to help not only the ill or injured student, but the rest of the class (or school) respond appropriately.  School counselors, social workers, and psychologists are important resources within the school setting to assist with these difficult situations.  It’s important to recognize that many of the illness and injuries have long term effects on the student functioning and therefore may impact their schooling many years after the incident or initial diagnosis.

Useful Resources:

Helpful Links

American Cancer Society
Brain Injury Association of NYS
Brave Kids
Lance Armstrong Founcation
Melissa's Living Legacy
The Brain Trauma Foundation

The effect of a disaster or traumatic event goes far beyond its immediate devastation. Just as it takes time to reconstruct damaged buildings, it takes time to grieve and rebuild our lives. Life may not return to normal for months, or even years, following a disaster or traumatic event. There may be changes in living conditions that cause changes in day-to-day activities, leading to strains in relationships, changes in expectations, and shifts in responsibilities. These disruptions in relationships, roles, and routines can make life unfamiliar or unpredictable.

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