Several factors can affect the academic performance of a student with a medical condition. Some of these factors are a direct result of the illness–such as in cases of brain injuries, meningitis, or brain tumors. However, the effects of a medical condition on academic performance and behavior are often indirect, difficult to assess, and require frequent consultation with medical professionals. Common indirect influences that medical conditions can have on academic performance include: pain, fatigue, motivation, stress, anxiety, depression, and more.
We know it takes a community to raise a child, and sometimes parents need special support outside their home. That is why we created this directory of resources that provides local and national services and other programs that benefit children with medical conditions and their families. We started this directory with the help of reader referrals, and we continue to add to it and update it as often as we can. Check back for more information.
If you know of a support program we should add to our list, please email: Wendy@LEPowerUP.com. Just as parents rely on villages to raise children, we rely on the support and recommendations of readers to help us build a community of resources here on LE Power UP!
Website and Online Communities
The following Internet sites provide educators, health-care providers, and parents with information and resources that can help ensure that students with medical conditions succeed in school:
- American Academy of Pediatrics, www.aap.org/parents.html
- Pediatric Development and Behavior, www.dbpeds.org
- National Association of School Psychologists, www.nasponline.org
- Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, www.sdbp.org
- Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, www.candlelighters.org
For more information, please contact Wendy@LEPowerUP.com