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Ideas for educating kindergarten class on PA

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By KSLaru on Sat, 06-07-08, 05:12

I have agreed to talk about PA to my DD's kindergarten summer school class in a couple weeks. I have to admit, I'm a little nervous. :)

I remember reading a post about someone doing something similar, but I can't find it after searching around. If the poster is around, I would love refreshing on what you did.

I want to introduce the topic in a "we all have something different about ourselves" way, and segue into the education part. I also don't want to shine the spotlight too much on DD, (it will be obvious anyway) since this will be on her first day in a new school. No pressure, right?!

I haven't seen any of the FAAN videos, but I have a couple PA books. One is okay but the character seems to be toddler age. The other is "Allie the Allergic Elephant" but I feel it may be too simplistic. Any ideas?

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By saknjmom on Tue, 06-10-08, 16:45

Hi there, I've always preferred that this be performed by a staff member at school such as the nurse. I have some stuff I can email you. My email is in my profile.

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By BohemianBrunette on Tue, 06-10-08, 23:44

Instead of "Allie the Allergic Elephant," I'd recommend "No Nuts For Me." I think it's published by the Kraft company, and it's a first-person account of a little boy named Noah who has a peanut allergy. It describes everything he does in a day. In the story, Noah wakes up, eats breakfast, goes to school, plays baseball at recess, goes grocery shopping with his mother, and then the story ends on a high note when Noah goes to his friend Debbie's birthday party, and he says "When I go to birthday parties, I can't always eat whatever I want, especially the cake, but this time, Debbie's mom cleared everything with my mom, so everything's safe for me. Debbie's mom is cool." Oh, and Noah also has an older friend named Sandy, who's allergic to seafood, and the two of them have each other if they need to talk/vent about food-allergy-related issues.

I know about this book because I volunteered at a YMCA day camp when I was fifteen, and there was a really nice little boy in the day camp who was allergic to peanuts, and he brought in the book to share with the other kids, when they started asking what was in his black belt with the tube on it. He got upset and told them that it was "none of their business," but I think his parents might have talked to him after camp and told him that it'd be a better idea to educate the other kids instead of getting upset.

Anyway, it worked perfectly, because it satisfied the other kids' curiosity, while making it clear that there was nothing significantly "different" about the peanut-allergic boy. So, I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not sure that a story about an anthropomorphic elephant would have the same effect as a story about a typical kid doing typical kid things while making adjustments for his peanut allergy.

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By KSLaru on Wed, 06-11-08, 04:38

I agree, I would prefer it be a staff member. The regular school nurse does this in the fall, but he is not there in the summer and I don't know how well versed the summer RN is in PA. I won't get to talk to her until the first day.

Also, it is a French speaking school, and English is the teacher's second language and she didn't feel comfortable conveying the message.

I guess a bonus is that I control the information and know exactly what the kids are told.

I will PM you also.

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By KSLaru on Wed, 06-11-08, 04:43

Thanks so much! I think I even have that other book, and will have to search around for it. You expressed my feelings about Allie, as well - although I don't want to knock any book that is designed to help allergic kids and others better understand.

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