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School Liaison Program

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  • What is the School Liaison Program?

    The School Liaison Program (SLP) supports pediatric patients who have completed cancer treatment involving the central nervous system at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our clinicians work with caregivers and educators to help them better understand the various effects – including psychosocial and neuropsychological changes – of their child or student’s cancer treatment. We also assist in facilitating appropriate supports for our patients’ specific learning needs.

    Who is eligible?

    Your child must be a patient who has completed treatment for cancer(s) related to the central nervous system and currently enrolled in school. (K-12).

    We work with educators and school personnel to:

    • Support families requesting school evaluations
    • Review school documentation (IEPs, 504 plans, evaluations, and progress reports)
    • Assist in developing appropriate educational support plans
    • Attend school meetings (for families living within 60 miles of Dana-Farber) and participate via phone or video conference for families who live further away
    • Provide consultation to schools and families by phone
    • Observe your child in school when appropriate
    • Educate the school community about survivors’ needs through workshops, seminars, and an annual College Night
    • Refer your family to outside services as needed

    If you are interested in SLP services for your child, please complete a referral form. Once we receive your form submission, a member of our team will respond to your request via email within three business days.

    If your child requires neuropsychological testing, please contact the Neuropsychology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital by calling (617) 355-6398 or ask your child’s care provider for a community-based referral for the program. Please note that SLP cannot provide an assessment of your child’s neuropsychological health.