4 back-to-school tips for kids with psoriatic disease

Helping you and your child thrive in the new school year is one of the reasons NPF launched Our Spot, a site devoted to the 700,000-plus people under the age of 18 in the U.S. who have psoriatic disease. Check out the following Our Spot resources to ease the transition from summer vacation to the classroom.

 

1. Communicate better

Learn how to listen actively, solve problems with your child, and voice your own feelings and worries.

2. School action kit

This kit was designed for you to share with your child’s teachers, administrators and classmates. The kit includes sample letters addressed to the school, fact sheets on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, PowerPoint presentations for classroom use, and a parent guide.

3. Free webinars

Hear from the experts and understand what you need to know about creating a positive academic environment for your child. Watch our free webinars, “Understanding education law and how it applies to your child” and “Coping with psoriatic disease: helping your child navigate school and beyond.” 
 

4. Talk to the school nurse

In the U.S., 82 percent of public schools and 35 percent of private schools have a full- or part-time nurse on staff, according to the National Association of School Nurses. If your school has a nurse, make sure he or she is included in any conversations about your child’s disease or changes in treatment.

More help

The Our Spot Welcome Kit is for newly diagnosed youth with psoriasis or PsA. Two kits are available – one for kids ages 12 and under and one for teens. The kits include information about psoriasis and PsA, a parent guide, recipes to try at home, a free one-year subscription to NPF Advance magazine, and a choice of either an NPF friendship bracelet or a leopard plush toy. 

Explore Our Spot and how you can connect with NPF’s newest community for youth and their families!


Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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