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What will you tell your child with down syndrome if she has leukemia and has to stay in the hospital?

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What will you tell your child with down syndrome if she has leukemia and has to stay in the hospital?

Postby rhisiart » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:33 pm

Is your child already in the hospital, or will be?

Have you thought about taking your child with special needs to the hospital prior to the long term treatments? I think if you bring them to the hospital to see the other children, or the hospitals beds it may ease them why they will be there again in the near future.

Are you able to role play with a doll to show that the doll is sick. The doll needs some medicines and some extra care while in a bed? You can probably ask the hospital or doctors office for some extra scraps of medical tubing or face masks to help dress a doll up as a sick patient.

The other suggestion it to talk to a child psychologist to get a professional opinion about the long term psychological effects of a child who is ill. Then you can always have someone to contact if you feel like you need that extra support system.

Hospitals often also have a social worker on staff. They would be also be able to help you with your child. Just call the hospital and ask for a social worker. Social workers oversee your child's care and they try to coordinate things to help you what ever state your child is at. In hospital care and post care services.
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