Helping children affected by cancer succeed in the classroom.
Cancer is not always over when the treatments stop. Survivors of childhood cancer often face complex, long-term side-effects, which can impact their ability to learn and perform academically. Kids Cancer Care is striving to change this by actively supporting children, disadvantaged by cancer, throughout their primary and secondary school years.
To learn more about our Education Support Programs or to register your child for tutoring, please email Karin Schlegel, Education Support Specialist, or call 403 984 6211.
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.
Parent Workshop: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
Saturday, September 22nd, 10 am to 12 pm at Kids Cancer Care Office
Parents, childcare available onsite while parents attend.
Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
Guest speaker, Dr. Melanie Khu, psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program, will provide a talk followed by a Q & A on anxiety in children and adolescents. Dr. Khu will cover anxiety in the general population and specific to the pediatric cancer/hematology experience (including anxiety about medical procedures), normal anxiety versus anxiety disorders, evidence-based treatments, and strategies for parents on how to manage their child’s problematic anxiety.
Please note: Parental anxiety will be briefly touched upon, but the focus of the talk will be on children and adolescents. Kids Cancer Care is working on a future workshop to address parental anxiety specifically.
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 also works with patients admitted to the ACH pediatric inpatient units. 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.
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 Jenna to find out more.
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.