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4 Back-to-School Tips for Kids With Psoriatic Disease

The start of a new school year may stir up emotions: fear of what others might say, or feeling self-conscious, lonely or depressed. We can help.

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.

Free Welcome Kit

The Our Spot Welcome Kit is for youth with psoriasis or PsA. Two kits are available – one for kids ages 12 and under and one for teens. Each kit includes information about psoriasis and PsA, a parent guide, recipes to try at home, a free one-year subscription to NPF Advance magazine, and your choice of a phone charger or leopard plush toy. 

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