The Ronald McDonald Learning Program is a national program of Ronald McDonald House Charities helping children with serious illness catch up on their missed education following lengthy hospital stays and absence from school.
The Learning Program is often the first step towards normalcy for seriously ill children and their families and sends a clear message that we believe in their future.
Approximately 15% of children around Australia are affected by serious health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and cystic fibrosis. We are fortunate to live in an age where more children are now long term survivors of serious illness thanks to advances in medical treatments.
However, each child's treatment varies, and the impact of hospitalisation, medications and lengthy convalescence means many children will fall behind in their education, often leaving a greater long-term impact than the illness. This can have a devastating effect on a child's future and life chances.
The program is holistic and looks at all aspects of a child's learning by providing comprehensive assessment, therapy and tuition with qualified professionals. In addition to individual support for children the Learning Program has expanded to provide EDMed accredited professional development for teachers.
All services are provided free to families and schools thanks to the funding from generous supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
When a child applies for the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, they'll first undergo a thorough comprehensive assessment that may include the areas of:
The written report of these assessments are then used to obtain a better understanding of the needs, strengths and weaknesses of the individual student's learning. This then forms the basis of their educational plan.
Each program is tailored depending upon the child's needs, location and family situation. Most children will receive up to four school terms of one-on-one tuition with a qualified and registered teacher, along with speech and/or occupational therapy if required. The program is provided free to families and available in both metropolitan and country areas.
RMLP improved my daughter's self esteem so she was ready to try instead of thinking everything was too hard. It made her feel special and it made her feel successful.