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In the classroom

  • Children with CHD are more likely to have academic, behavioural or coordination problems. Of course, many children with CHD will have none of these problems. However, if you believe that a child may have an undiagnosed specific learning difficulty then you should follow the school’s policy and consult with the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).
  • It is not uncommon for children with CHD to need further medical procedures. This will usually mean that he/she will be away from school for a few weeks. It may be necessary to provide additional support and materials to ensure that they do not fall behind and are able to catch up with work missed.
  • Heart disease may be covered in science lessons or during PSHE lessons, in relation to healthy lifestyles. Teachers should be prepared to act with sensitivity, whilst ensuring that the need for confidentiality is respected. 
Last Updated: September 8, 2016