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There may be fluctuating periods of wellness and illness when a young person returns to school after an extended absence. Educators will probably notice some changes in the young person's learning behaviours and social interactions. Help students to navigate these changes by being open-minded and encouraging in your approach. Monitor students closely and offer extra support throughout their transition between hospital, home and school.
Fitting in with friends and peers is a key concern for most young people. Many students experience worry and anxiety about how their peers and friends will respond when they return to school after a long time away. Discuss these worries with your students before their return and offer support strategies during their transition.
Challenges students may face on their return to school or kindergarten include:
It is normal to notice changes in a student's learning behaviours or academic performance during and after a period of illness. Cognitive fatigue, difficulty with memory and reduced concentration are common side effects of many treatments. This can be frustrating for students so it is important to provide encouragement and practical support as they readjust to their classroom environment.
Changes that may present when a student returns to your classroom include:
Educators should be aware of the physical changes or challenges that may present for students as a result of their health condition or treatment. Work with the student, their family and other professionals to ensure that they recieve appropriate support when returning to school.
Physical changes could include:
Health conditions can have a long term effect on a student's capacity to attend school regularly. Monitor attendance closely and work with families to ensure the student's engagement can be as consistent as possible.
Barriers to attendance might include: