School Accommodations for Children With Cystic Fibrosis
In addition to setting IEP accommodations in place for a child with cystic fibrosis. school districts can help by providing teachers with general information about the disorder and the ways in which a student may require assistance in the classroom. Teachers can also benefit from learning a few guidelines about cystic fibrosis in children:
--Students with cystic fibrosis will often need to cough and expel mucous from their lungs. Teachers can either give a student permission to leave the classroom when heavy coughing occurs, or provide the student with tissues at his or her desk. Other children in the classroom should be informed that the cough is not contagious.
--One treatment for cystic fibrosis is enzyme medication, which children must take prior to eating lunch in order to aid in nutrient absorption. Teachers should ensure that the student is taking the medication as scheduled.
--Cystic fibrosis can cause severe gas pains and diarrhea in children. Teachers can help to minimize a student's embarrassment by allowing liberal access to restroom facilities.
--Teachers should always encourage both children with cystic fibrosis and their classmates to wash their hands often in order to reduce the spread of infectious germs.
When it comes to education, managing cystic fibrosis in children requires the help of compassionate, understanding, and informed teachers. In this setting, children with cystic fibrosis can thrive both socially and academically.