• The Arthritis Foundation and the JA Alliance These links provide all the basics you and your child’s teacher need to know, including information about the disease and its limits on mobility and ideas on tailoring classroom activities around your child’s needs.
  • Taking Arthritis To School By Dee Dee Miller (JayJo Books, 2002). This illustrated book – best for ages 4 to 7 years – can be read aloud to your child’s class to teach students about arthritis.
  • Individualized Education Programs Children with arthritis attending public schools are eligible for individualized education programs, or IEPs, which can provide resources and assistance to modify lessons to help support your child’s achievement in school. Use this guide to learn how you can work with your child’s educators to create an IEP. For more on IEPs and school programs click here.

Get professional help. If bullying is a consistent problem for you child, setting him or her up with a child psychologist or child counselor can help address the emotional fallout.

“We know that kids who are consistently bullied are at higher risk for social withdrawal, lower self-esteem, and perhaps even developing anxiety or depression and we do know how to address those problems,” says Bridget K. Biggs, PhD, senior associate consultant in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

According to Biggs, a psychologist can use various methods to boost your child’s self-esteem and possibly ward off bullying.

“We know from research that kids’ risk of being victimized goes down if they have at least one good quality friend,” she says. “That’s why I often incorporate strategies on how to facilitate individual friendship: How do you join a group of kids who are talking or playing? How do you have a good phone call or text message exchange?”

Dr. Biggs suggests contacting the American Board of Professional Psychology or the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies to find an expert with board certification in child and adolescent psychology.