… working in the oncological department of the Landes-Kinderklinik Linz (the Upper Austrian Children’s Hospital)
As a teacher in the hospital I mainly work with children from age 11 – 15, who are suffering from an oncological medical condition.
The aim is to support these children in their academic education, inspite of their severe ailment, to help them successfully complete the respective grade and to attend to them as they re-enter their normal school process after finishing their therapy.
Cooperating with the pedagogues of the former school, the home-tutors who work with them at home between their therapy units, the colleagues of the newly established higher school in hospital (HIS), the parents and the Austrian Childhood Cancer Organisation is a daily imperative. Cooperation with all of the professionals in the hospital, in addition to the necessary flexibility, the pedagogic know-how and the keen sense of the children’s special needs contributes to a fulfilling work situation, where I can help the children, who are exposed to and experiencing a major physical and emotional strain, gain courage and hope for their further academic career.
Teaching the children at the hospital bed not only serves as a support for further academic steps after a long illness, but also helps to come to terms with this prolonged stay in the hospital. (see www.heilstaettenschule.linz.eduhi.at)