My daughter is only 16 and has MS. Is pushing her with her homebound school work a good idea?
Multiple Sclerosis is a complicated condition for adolescents and we should be vigilant monitoring for signs of depression or stress, but in general, the stress of school work is a not a dangerous thing. In fact, we recommend children with MS be in school rather than homebound, unless there are independent medical issues that keep a child home. School is about more than facts and knowledge, it is about social interactions and development – which can be challenging with MS, but often engagement is better than homebound schooling. Careful evaluation by a physician and neuropsychologist can help a family decide on the best environment for their student.
Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS
Vice Chair of Translational Research and Ambulatory Care
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics
Director, Transverse Myelitis, Neuromyelitis Optica Programs
Co-Director, Pediatric CONQUER Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center