Whether your child misses school for a week due to an acute illness, or frequently due to chronic health issues, doing school work may provide the distraction and sense of normalcy that can help children through tough times like illnesses or health challenges.
When your child misses more than a couple days of school, here are some things you can do to help make the transition back to school easier.
1. The most important thing to do is soothe your child. When you focus on easing your child's discomfort, your child will benefit. 2. You know your child. If he or she is too sick to keep up with school work, that's OK. Wait until your child has energy to attempt learning. 3. Contact your child's teachers or the school counselor, and communicate that your child will be absent for numerous days. 4. Request the school gather work for your child to complete while absent. This may take a day or two. Find out when the work will be ready. 5. Ask the teachers to let you know the most important assignments to complete in case your child is not able to finish all the work before returning to school. 6. If you have technology available to you, encourage the school to email assignments, if possible, so you don't have to make an extra trip to school. 7. Have your child work for short segments of time numerous times throughout the day to avoid over tiring. 8. Whenever possible, make learning fun. Ask questions about the school work to support your child's efforts. 9. Celebrate every completed school activity! Put them aside so your child can see the amount of work dwindling. This fosters a sense of accomplishment. 10. When your child returns to school, continue to advocate for him or her. Help your child keep school work organized. Continue to communicate with teachers to ensure your child receives any additional help necessary to learn the concepts he or she was not at school to learn.