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Pupils with leukemia and their reintegration into school

Maja Purkat (2013) Pupils with leukemia and their reintegration into school. Diploma thesis.

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    One of the most common childhood malignancies is leukemia. Treatments are now much more successful than in the past, but many children with leukemia are facing difficulties when returning to school. For pupils with leukemia, school is very important, providing them with a feeling of normalcy and hope for the future. But when such a child, with all his or her characteristics, returns to school, he meets with certain requirements. He or she encounters obstacles which are directly or indirectly related to the effects of leukemia treatment. One of the most disruptive barriers are school absences, related to doctor’s appointments, treatment side effects, etc… Children can also experience physical changes, because of the treatment they are also exposed to several life-threatening infections. All of this can lead to challenging emotional states. Parents and teachers can also develop a disturbing level of concern. Sometimes parents tend to overprotect their children, keeping them at home longer than necessary, which can become an obstacle for the child’s social life. Teachers can also act as a barrier, if they express pity for the child with leukemia. Pupils with leukemia can also experience difficulties forming relationships. There is another obstacle to consider: According to some studies, treatment of childhood leukemia may also leave cognitive effects. But it would be wrong to expect such consequences with all children suffering from leukemia. In this paper I gathered suggestions for parents and teachers in order to facilitate the reintegration of those children into school, the most important guideline being that they must all work together. This will help the children reintegrate easier, cope with obstacles and engage in »normal« daily school routines. At the end, I also recommend that they work out a comprehensive reintegration program, covering different aspects (medical, academic, social...). It is important to recognize the child’s strong points and weaknesses, his/her special needs, and to offer him/her overall assistance. To make this work, parents, teachers and medical staff must collaborate closely.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: childhood leukemia, effects of disease/treatment, reintegration into school, guidelines, parents, teachers
    Number of Pages: 31
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Janez JermanMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9799753)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1795
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 11:29
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 16:56
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1795

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