Kid Support™ aims to reach young people living with cancer in the family
in communities nationwide by offering a 12-session adult-led, peer-support
program for children ages four to twelve. Kid Support groups are designed
- Provide young people with age-appropriate information about cancer
and its treatment
What children imagine to be true about cancer and its treatment is often
much worse than the actual facts.
- Address common cancer-related misconceptions
Many children believe, for example, that cancer is contagious or that
they could have done something to cause the cancer.
- Promote children's discussion about what they are feeling and experiencing
Contact with peers who are also living with cancer in the family reduces
children's feelings of isolation. Our groups provide a safe place for
identifying and normalizing difficult feelings, and assistance in finding
solutions or alternative perspectives for common cancer-related problems.
- Teach children coping skills, including relaxation skills, social problem-solving skills, and assertiveness skills, e.g., how to negotiate
Learning how to relax the mind and body, and how to communicate needs
directly and clearly, are both key means of managing stress.
- Promote family communication about cancer
Children react to parental stress, even when parents attempt to hide their
distress. Kid Support provides helpful information for parents and actively
strives to promote more open communication between children and parents.