Family course for children with sex chromosome disorders
Kela provides family courses for children who have been diagnosed with a sex chromosome disorder. The adaptation training is multidisciplinary and group-based.
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Use the search term “Turner” or “Klinefelter”. Please note, the service is in Finnish and Swedish only.
At the course, the child and the family are provided with support to manage problems in their daily life and help to handle the situation. The aim of the rehabilitation provided is to promote functional capacity, life management and self-care skills. At the course, the family is also offered information about the chromosomal disorder from which the child is suffering and about rehabilitation practices and support networks available in their area.
The family course is suitable for children
- who are over 1 but under school age, in primary school or in lower secondary school
- who have been diagnosed with a sex chromosome disorder
- who need rehabilitation arranged in the form of a course.
Rehabilitation is arranged for the following target groups:
- girls with Turner’s syndrome or some other condition belonging to the diagnostic category of sex chromosome disorders
- boys with Klinefelter’s syndrome or some other condition belonging to the diagnostic category of sex chromosome disorders.
Purpose of the course
The aim of the course is to provide comprehensive information and guidance for the child and the family and to help them live a full and meaningful life despite the child’s chromosomal disorder. Rehabilitation is also a way of strengthening the family’s resources and life management skills as well as a means of providing support for the family and its support networks. It also provides opportunities to meet other families who are in a similar situation.
Content of the course and implementation
The rehabilitation is implemented as group rehabilitation taking each child’s and the family’s individual goal and need for rehabilitation into consideration.
The course includes group discussions and working in small groups, a variety of activities as well as individual interviews, meetings and discussions with rehabilitation experts.
The rehabilitation is arranged on the service provider’s premises. The course lasts 5 days.
The child’s family accompanies the child throughout the rehabilitation. 1 to 2 adult close relatives and up to 2 siblings participate in the family course. If the number of siblings wishing to participate in the course exceeds this, Kela will contact the service provider in order to decide and agree on practical matters and make sure that there is sufficient room for all. The family can stay overnight at the place of the rehabilitation or travel there from home each day.
The course is implemented by the following experts:
- specialist in children’s diseases, pediatric neurology or medical genetics
- registered nurse or public health nurse
- psychologist or neuropsychologist
- social worker, Bachelor of Social Sciences, rehabilitation instructor or Master of Social Sciences (major subject rehabilitation science).
Depending on the child's individual needs, other rehabilitation professionals and assisting personnel may also take part.