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School Age

Level of Understanding and Developmental Stage

  • Dependent on their parents, family life and routine, but beginning to want to spend time outside the family with friends.
  • Beginning to think logically and understand right from wrong.
  • Able to understand past, present and near future.
  • Starting to understand how the body works, as well as it what it means to be seriously ill.
  • Feelings can be expressed, but children may be overwhelmed with the depth.

Helping them Cope

  • Provide clear, honest information. Without it, they will use their imagination and come to incorrect assumptions.
  • Ask your child if they have questions or concerns.
  • Show your feelings to encourage them to share their own.
  • Reassure the child that they are healthy and that is not their fault their parent is sick.


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