Parent Education and Support

This program strives to help parents navigate the pathways of their children’s learning and education, and more generally, to support parents in their parenting roles.

Parent Workshops – Offered or recommended throughout the year on topics related to education, learning, parenting, and family well-being. Return here for upcoming workshops!

Parent Resources – Kids Cancer Care is actively compiling parent resources. Please contact Kelly if you are in need of specific resources or if you have resources to share with the Kids Cancer Care parent community.

Upcoming Parent Workshop 

Managing Challenging Behaviour in Preschoolers and Young Children (up to age 7)

Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:45 am to 12 pm
Kids Cancer Care Office

Managing misbehaviour can be a challenge – especially when you have a child with cancer or another chronic or life-threatening health condition. This presentation will address building a strong relationship with your child, helping your child handle adversity, setting rules and routines, encouraging behaviour you like, and understanding and managing misbehaviour. We will discuss typical development and special considerations for children who are on treatment or post-treatment, as well as their siblings.

This talk, followed by Q & A, will be provided by guest speakers Dr. Melanie Khu, psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program, and ACH Psychology Resident Ms. Sharon Hou. 

About Dr. Melanie Khu.

Dr. Melanie Khu (Ph.D., R.Psych.) is a psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program. Dr. Khu completed her doctoral training through the University of Calgary’s Clinical Psychology program. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS, and completed post-doctoral training at the ACH. Dr. Khu specializes in psychosocial adjustment to chronic and life-threatening illnesses, providing inpatient psychology pediatric consultation and liaison to medical teams, and assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders, including anxiety, depression, and trauma.

About Sharon Hou

Sharon Hou is a Psychology Resident at ACH and a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Guelph. Currently, Sharon’s clinical training is focused on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents experiencing a range of medical and psychological issues. She is particularly interested in working with youths requiring complex care, including those experiencing chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as acute and severe mental health issues. Sharon’s research interests broadly lie within the area of cross-cultural psychology. For her doctoral dissertation, she is examining the influence of parent-child relationship quality on immigrant families’ acculturation process in relation to their well-being.

For more information, please email Kelly.


Cancer in the Classroom

What do you say to a child who says, “Is cancer contagious?”

Cancer in the Classroom is a program designed to help kids with cancer talk to their classmates about their diagnosis and treatment. The goal is to build awareness, understanding and empathy in the child’s school community to mitigate potential social, academic and adjustment difficulties. All this is done through an interactive presentation designed specifically for the level of understanding of the students.

Whether newly diagnosed or re-integrating back into class during/after treatment, this presentation is an effective way to answer questions, clarify misunderstandings, share the facts, provide resources and ease concerns about cancer.

This program is set to tour Calgary schools in the Fall of 2018. Contact Winter to find out more information.

Big thanks to the Canada Post Community Foundation for supporting the launch of Cancer in the Classroom.


Kids Cancer Care matches patients and survivors in Kindergarten to grade 12 with volunteer tutors, who provide home-based  one-to-one tutoring. These tutoring sessions help learners work towards specific academic goals, while  boosting their confidence and helping them develop general learning skills.

Interested Families

Interested Tutors