Young patients receive help to keep up with classmates

Lynne Adkins
May 20, 2019 - 3:45 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's hard to keep up with school work when you're stuck in the hospital for weeks or months at a time. 

As a result, education has become a key part of the treatment plan for young patients at area children's hospitals. 

Jennifer Sciolla, director of school programs at Nemours/Alfred I.duPont Hospital for Children, said her facility has five teachers on staff.

"They're talking to the other teachers that are in that child's home school district and they are sharing curriculum," she said, "and our hospital school teachers have the context and the expertise of understanding the hospital and what school looks like in the hospital."

Keeping children on track with school work also helps them get in a more normal routine, she added, because if they weren't in the hospital, they'd be sitting in class.