On Aug 29, 2007
This is really cool. Something to check out for newbies....especially one's with small children.
A local special education teacher is a mom of two food allergy children. She wrote a book. I have not met her. I read the article in a local parent magazine. I emailed her to thank her. She replied back a huge thank you for being supportive.
Just something to check out. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Take care, Mandi
"Ask Before I Eat: A Child's Personal Guide to Food Allergies"
Here is a letter to the parents from her website.
[i]Dear Parents and caregivers, My husband and I have two young children with severe food allergies. Â Our oldest daughter was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies when she was only two years and three months old. Â We were stunned and devastated and had no idea where to begin dealing with this enormous, and very scary, life change. Â We began getting all of the information and instruction that we needed for us to manage these allergies as parents. Â But, we wanted to teach her also. I had to leave her in the care of others and I knew that I needed to trust them. Â But, finding that level of trust suddenly seemed impossible. Â Â I wanted to give her some power, knowledge, and confidence in herself even while I struggled to regain my own. Â This book was written to be a part of the puzzle of teaching little ones about their own food allergies. Â It gives them some of the exact language that they need to handle everyday situations. Â It is intended for children ages two to six years. Â Carry it around and have them read it with others. Â It's good for them to hear the message from more than just one person and it will spread the message to others. Â I hope you and your little food allergic child enjoy the book. Â I also hope you find some comfort in one day hearing your child tell someone, â€œI have to ask before I eat!â€ Sincerely, Ellen Ferrell, M.Ed. [/i]