Children undergoing BMT have special needs. Our Center offers pediatric patients a unique set of services especially designed for kids.
- School Resources for BMT Patients & Siblings. We encourage pediatric patients to complete schoolwork during treatment.
- Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy. Many pediatric patients benefit from therapy before, during and after transplant.
- Play & Recreation. It's important to encourage kids undergoing BMT to play and have fun. Learn More.
- Medical Play. Medical play can help children undergoing BMT understand and deal with treatment. Learn More.
- Creative Arts Therapy. Art, music and poetry help BMT pediatric patients explore, articulate and better understand complex feelings.
When your child enters the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Minneapolis Public Schools will assist you in planning for your child's education during his/her treatment and recovery period. This program provides a licensed Special Education teacher to assist your child with either his/her resident school curriculum or materials provided by the hospital teacher. These services are offered in the "Children's Academy" classroom, at patient bedside, as outpatient tutoring in clinic, and/or U of MN/Ronald McDonald House apartments, until your child returns home.
Education is an important component in a child's life. An ongoing daily school routine based on the student's needs and present health status enables the student to continue to build academic skills toward grade level progress. Our hospital school program follows the student's resident school curriculum whenever possible. You should inform the resident school of your child's need to continue school, temporarily, in the hospital school. Ask the school for an outline of curriculum subjects, books, and tests. We can best serve your child if we have accurate school information. Listed below is information that would be helpful to CA staff to ensure that they provide appropriate educational services:
Regular Education/Special Education Information
Name, address, phone number of school, teacher and counselor
Current curriculum courses in which the student is enrolled
Books and tests for duration of treatment time
Overview/outline of assignments for 1-3 months
If child receives Special Education Services-Current IEP (Individual Education Plan) and Assessment Summary Report
For more information, contact your social worker by calling (612) 273-2800 or toll-free (888) 601-0787.
Ronald McDonald House School
If you are staying at The Ronald McDonald House, you may enroll in their Home School classroom. The school is available to patients and siblings in Kindergarten through 12th grade. More Information: The Ronald McDonald House School.
Many BMT patients benefit from working with a physical, occupational, or speech therapist during and after their hospital stay. Working with a rehabilitation therapist can be a valuable and vital aspect of recovery.
Our therapists have extensive experience treating metabolic disorders including neurologic diseases, leukodystrophies, anemias, leukemias and other forms of cancer in infants, children and young adults.
Physical therapy assesses and treats:
Developmental delay or developmental regression
Endurance or coordination
Functional mobility (transfers, standing, walking)
Occupational therapy assesses and treats:
- Developmental delay or developmental regression
- Activities of daily living and self-care
- Strength and endurance
- Range of motion and coordination
- Cognitive, sensory, visual-perceptual deficits
- Adaptive and assistive equipment
- Vocational (school/work) and avocational (leisure/play) activities.
Speech-language therapy assesses and treats:
Language and feeding disorders
Creative Arts Therapy specializes in in art, music, and poetry therapy are available through Fairview's Transitions and Life Choices (TLC) program. The goals of the TLC program are to deliver state-of-the-art care through specialized interdisciplinary teams while improving the quality of care for patients and their families.
Using specialized play, trained and certified art, music, and poetry therapists help children and families explore, articulate and better understand complex feelings. They also help children learn new ways to find comfort from symptoms such as pain and anxiety.
Contact your child's Child-Family Life specialist for further details.