Being ill and yet attending school?
Being ill and yet attending school? It is possible! What is more, your pupil is entitled to it. When a pupil is chronically ill, education can be crucial! On this page you will read why.
What does education mean for a pupil who is ill?
Familiar: Education is something that is familiar. In an unfamiliar medical world education may offer something to hold on to.
Structure and distraction: Being busy with schoolwork provides distraction and daily structure.
Preventing social isolation: The pupil normally spends a major part of the week with classmates and friends. Regular admission to hospital means the pupil will not be present at the daily activities. Yet these remain important. Attending school, even at a distance, means belonging to your friends.
Appealing to what a child is still able to achieve: When a child is ill the focus tends to lie on what is wrong with the pupil and what he is unable to do. Education appeals to the healthy part of the pupil. The focus is on what he can achieve and that will be the starting point.
Homework: By doing his homework a pupil may keep up with the class as much as possible.
Offering a perspective: If school achievements are important, sick pupils have a sense of belonging. They offer them the possibility to work on their future.