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(p. 117) School and Social Life 

(p. 117) School and Social Life
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(p. 117) School and Social Life
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Tonya M. Palermo

and Emily F. Law

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199330041.003.0008
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date: 29 June 2022

This chapter provides strategies that parents can use to help their child with concerns related to schooling and social life. The chapter begins with information about the ways in which pain can interfere with their child’s schooling. Detailed instruction is then provided for parents on how to make a school plan, which is a concrete set of steps that will help children reach specific school goals. Tips are provided on how to communicate with school staff about school goals. Parents also receive instruction in school re-entry for children who refuse to go to school or who have missed substantial amounts of schooling. Finally, strategies for supporting their child’s friendships are presented. Throughout the chapter examples are provided from children with chronic pain and their parents on how pain has impacted their schooling and friendships and on their experience using a school plan to reach school goals.

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