Dealing with Distraction: Working With Kids Impacted by Chronic Illness

 In Education, Volunteer Tips

Dealing With Distraction: Working With Kids With Chronic IllnessCoachArt volunteers work with kids impacted by chronic illness, teaching them the art or athletic skill they want to learn. In-Home Lessons offer volunteer coaches the opportunity to become part of another family for one hour a week. Sometimes, distractions can occur and it’s important to know how to deal with them effectively to make the best use of time with your student.

Here are 3 situations that may present a distraction for kids with chronic illness, and tips to help navigate home and family dynamics.

Situation 1: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

  • If your workspace is inundated with family members or friends, speak with the parent/guardian about finding an alternative space or time.
  • Find your inner zen. Try starting the lesson with deep breathing and set the intention to stay focused no matter what’s happening around you.
  • Reach out to us; we’ll be happy to help problem-solve.

Situation 2: Helicopter Parents

  • Remind parents/guardians that they can use this time to take a break and that you’ve got it covered.
  • If a parent is being overbearing and you’re uncomfortable approaching them about your concerns, let us know — we’ll be happy to help you with that conversation!

Situation 3: Sibling Rivalry

  • Ask your student if it’s okay for others to join.
    • If so, divide tasks accordingly but make sure to keep the focus on your student.
    • If not, gently explain to the others that this lesson is for your student and you will try and work something out next time.
  • Pull in a parent or guardian if arguing escalates.
  • Let parents know that siblings are able to take lessons with the student if they too are signed up with CoachArt.
  • Contact CoachArt if needed.

Dealing with distractions can be difficult for kids with chronic illness. During CoachArt lessons, overcoming these situations will make for a better experience for both the student and the coach. What are your favorite tools to deal with distractions? Let us know in the comments!

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