Living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Part 2


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Work closely with the school to develop a suitable lesson plan for the child and to educate the teacher and the child's classmates about JIA. (See this article for information about Kids on the Block, Inc., a program that uses puppets to illustrate how juvenile idiopathic arthritis can affect school, sports, friends, and family.)
Group of children sitting on a benchSome children with JIA may be absent from school for prolonged periods and need to have the teacher send assignments home. Some minor changes such as an extra set of books, or leaving class a few minutes early to get to the next class on time can be a great help. With proper attention, most children progress normally through school.

Note: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) was previously known as Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).

Updated on: 05/30/17
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Living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Part 1
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Living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Part 1

It can be tough to be a child with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. At a time when no one wants to be different, this diagnosis sets children apart. Tips on how to help your child cope with and accept JIA.
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