School life and higher education
Many long-term or serious conditions require regular trips to hospital during term-time, or absences due to illness. Fortunately, most children with haemophilia will be able to attend school as normal; only those with severe haemophilia might sometimes struggle with their education.
A child’s natural intelligence and their family’s attitude to education can greatly affect his or her chances of success at school. A motivated, intelligent child is likely to do well regardless of whether or not they have haemophilia. Parents of children with haemophilia should discuss their child’s future prospects at school open days or parent-teacher meetings.
There is also a wealth of opportunities for further education in the UK. Studies can be undertaken full- or part-time at college or university, through evening classes, internet learning or Open University. People who missed out at school because of their condition can often catch up a little later in life if they are motivated to do so. Further information and support are available at haemophilia centres, via The Haemophilia Society, or through Social Services.