There are a number of positive steps that educators and schools can take to help young people living with Crohn’s disease (CD) feel supported and get the most out of their education.
Enable flexible learning.
Young people living with Crohn’s disease may need more time or additional support to complete school work or exams. It is a good idea to come up with a personal learning plan that is tailored to meet the needs of each young person living with CD. This plan can include:
Prioritising work so that the most important subjects and tasks are done first. That way if a student can’t get everything done at least they will have the basics covered.
Planning for long absences from school by finding or developing learning resources and assessments that can be used from home or hospital. For example, would a student be able to use a video calling service to attend classes remotely?
Assigning less work when a student is going through a bad patch. It can be difficult to judge how much work a young person with CD is capable of handling at any given time. This should be discussed with the student, their parents and, if required, their healthcare team.
Making use of government provisions for students who are ill or experiencing personal hardships. The provisions allow these students to make alternative arrangements for completing their school work and sitting exams (e.g., New South Wales Education Standards Authority Disability Provisions; Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Special Provision; South Australia Special Provisions in Curriculum and Assessment Policy; Queensland’s Policy on Special Provisions for School-based Assessments).