Supporting a child after a stroke – new resource for teachers

The Stroke Association has launched a toolkit for teachers and childcare professionals to help support children and young people.

Stroke Association teacher toolkit
Credit: Stroke Association
The toolkit covers children in pre-school, primary and secondary schools, college and further education settings. The Stroke Association stated in the publication: “Stroke is often seen as only affecting older adults, but it can happen to anyone of any age, including babies, children and young people. “Several hundred children have a stroke each year in the UK. “Stroke affects everyone differently and each child who has a stroke will have different needs and challenges as a result of its impact.” The toolkit aims to equip teachers and professionals so they are able to include and support children who’ve had a stroke within a childcare setting or classroom. It contains information about stroke, as well as practical tools to help with communication, planning and documentation. It also signposts additional sources of information and support for professionals and families. This toolkit was developed with support from the team at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Parents and young people helped The Stroke Association shape this resource, and provided their advice and shared stories. The charity also collaborated with professionals working in health and educational settings with experience of stroke and acquired brain injury. The Stroke Association provides a number of resources on childhood stroke, including a guide, handbook, clinical guidelines and resources including films. It also runs parent support and information days.
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