Staying Connected is Monkey Business

As a parent, its difficult enough dealing with a sick child. Not only do you have to worry about the illness, treatments and your lives being turned upside down, but your child is at a crucial point in their social development and their classroom is key to that development.

Monkey in My Chair provides the tools to maintain the social interactions with classmates all the while making the transition in and out of the classroom less tramatic.

When enrolling in the Monkey in My Chair program, each child is provided with a "monkey kit" which includes a big stuffed monkey that takes their place in school when they are unable to be there. The kits include the monkey with a backpack, a book to help teachers explain to students the situation their classmate is facing and how it affects them, teacher companion guide, along with other items that can be utilized by the child and/or their classmates.

In addition to each "Monkey Kit," each child will be given online access to Monkey Message. Monkey Message is an online component that allows the sharing of pictures and documents to ensure the line of communication stays open between the patient and the classroom. Included in the Monkey Message portal are regular educational activities for the classroom and patients to do that help to foster interaction of students while incorporating key educational tools.

All kits are sent out at no cost to the families or hospitals. Whether your child is out two days or two months, Monkey in My Chair will benefit your family, your child's class, and most importantly your child by fostering interaction with patients and their classroom.

Due to the large number of kit requests we receive, it is necessary we narrow these down to qualified requests only. The following criteria below must be met to receive the kit:

The child must...
- Currently be undergoing treatment for cancer
- Be between the ages of 4 and 11

If your child meets the above requirements - Click Here To Receive the Kit.

Unfortunately, if you do not meet the requirements we do offer kits to be purchased here.