Suffering a long-term illness or needing frequent treatments in the hospital is tough for any child, especially when he or she is taken out of school. “Bear in the Chair” is a new program in Oklahoma City that allows kids to stay connected to classmates through a plush toy bear while receiving treatment in the hospital. Teachers can send text messages to the absent student, attaching positive messages and photographs of the bear at the child’s desk—doing all the activities he or she would be doing if in attendance.
One elementary school student with cerebral palsy, Jack Beaver, participated in the program after undergoing surgery to straighten his spine. He received pictures of students pushing the bear from class to class—which raised his spirits. Jack’s parents and teachers believe that the bear encouraged a speedy recovery and minimized anxiety when returning to school. “It was like he was here the whole time,” said Jack’s teacher, Bill LeBlanc.
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