Educational Support Services
Early Learning Program
The Early Learning Program is an optional service offered to pediatric patients from birth up to school age at The Nebraska Medical Center. The goals are to support you and your child through individual developmentally appropriate play sessions during hospitalization and to act as a resource. Play and learning activities can contribute to your child having a positive hospital experience.
Services the developmental specialist may provide:
- Obtain information about what your son/daughter likes to do and share what you have observed about your child
- Observe and play with your child to assess strengths and areas of need
- Teach your child through activities that are fun and educational
- Provide information about how your child learns and ways you can encourage learning through play and family routines
- Communicate and discuss developmental milestones and accomplishments
- Share information with the medical team about what your child is learning
- Locate early learning intervention services in your home community if desired
School Age Program
Our School Intervention Program offers patients educational services to assist in preventing or minimizing future educational issues related to medical absences, the diagnosis, and/or treatment. We value normalizing patient stays and coordinating efforts to keep students current in school.
- Direct instruction for K-12 students
- Collaboration with home-school district personnel (teachers, administrators, counselors)
- Adaptation of assignments to fit medical conditions
- Facilitation of patient/classmate communications (letters, phone calls, e-mails, skype)
- Sharing academic progress made during hospitalization with school personnel
- Updating patient's medical chart and working with medical team to communicate academic progress
- Referrals to local school districts
- Assistance with school reentry
- Opportunities to practice normal social interactions
Education for Siblings
If requested, contact information will be provided to enroll siblings in local schools.