PCHA welcomes back Kyle Herma, School Intervention Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Today, we re-share Kyle’s wealth of information on navigating a school’s system without a dedicated school liaison. Her complete resource list is included for easy reference.
Going to school, for a child with complex medical condition, can be scary for everyone! Families might worry about how their child will transition, schools might worry about how they will care for the child, and children might worry about what to say and how to act around friends they haven’t seen in a while (just to name a few examples). Each and every one of these concerns is valid and understandable. So, how do we swing that pendulum of emotion from feeling anxious to feeling prepared? I like to think of it as a 3-step process: proactive planning, clear communication, and seeking appropriate services. Find useful resources for each step below.
Complete School Intervention Resource List
- Planning Checklist for Returning to School
- Battling the Back-to-School Butterflies
- Back-to-School To Do’s
- Proactive Planning for Necessary Absences
- Ten Tips for Caregivers
- Children with Special Health Care Needs Website
- Getting To Know Me
- Class Letter
- Parents Act Now – Bullying
- Understanding Disabilities
- Whose Responsibility?
- Response to Intervention (RtI) Plan
- 504 Plan
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
- Which service is right for my child?
- DPI Disagreement/Mediation Process
- Project ADAM Website
- Heart Safe Schools Checklist
Kyle Herma is the School Intervention Specialist serving the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Kyle has been at Children’s since February 2015 conducting a formal pilot study on school intervention and the impact it has on a child’s overall medical outcome and quality of life. Prior to this position, Kyle was a teacher at Milwaukee College Prep’s 38th street campus. In both roles, Kyle has shown her dedication to serving children who are placed at-risk for school failure and ultimate mission to achieve equal access to quality education for all.