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When should a child with a spinal cord injury return to school?

When should a child with a spinal cord injury return to school?

Patricia Mucia, RN

Nurse Care Coordinator, Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago

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Immediately, children with spinal cord injuries should return to school and their normal life as soon as possible. As long as they're medically stable, and can tolerate, sometimes our patients will go back to school for half a day for the first c... Show More

Immediately, children with spinal cord injuries should return to school and their normal life as soon as possible. As long as they're medically stable, and can tolerate, sometimes our patients will go back to school for half a day for the first couple of days. But, getting back into school and into their peer groups is the best thing for them in normalizing their life. We believe that children should go back to their regular school, and the school is under an obligation to accommodate them. Your health care professionals can help you with that, they can assist you with that. We have a letter that goes back to school with them, explaining the disability. I often talk to the school nurses to help them understand the differences in the needs of the child. But in terms of school, they're still just a student, just like every other student, and they should be treated just like every other student, and go back to their regular school.

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When should a child with a spinal cord injury return to school?

Patricia Mucia, RN

Nurse Care Coordinator, Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago

More Videos by Patricia Mucia
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Immediately, children with spinal cord injuries should return to school and their normal life as soon as possible. As long as they're medically stable, and can tolerate, sometimes our patients will go back to school for half a day for the first couple of days. But, getting back into school and into their peer groups is the best thing for them in normalizing their life. We believe that children should go back to their regular school, and the school is under an obligation to accommodate them. Your health care professionals can help you with that, they can assist you with that. We have a letter that goes back to school with them, explaining the disability. I often talk to the school nurses to help them understand the differences in the needs of the child. But in terms of school, they're still just a student, just like every other student, and they should be treated just like every other student, and go back to their regular school.

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