Documents to obtain from allergist


Hi everyone, I have a question.

First, I am taking my son to a new allergist for a few reasons:

1. Closer to home 2. Old allergist was only in office 2 days a week 3. I had a hard time getting in touch with old allergist on her "off" days. 4. Allergies seem to be getting worse

I have to admit though, that up until recently we did not visited the allergist often. Things were going very smoothly for awhile. VERY few allergic reactions only requiring benedryl, very few asthma episodes, etc. We've been managing beautifully.

But this past summer it seems my son keeps breaking out and I have no idea what the cause is. Most breakouts were hives on his body, but a few times the hives were on his face. Each time benedryl was enough to stop the reaction.

But clearly something is going on. I have decided to request a 504 for my son when he goes back to school. I realize I have a lot of work to do and I am behind the 8-ball, but it is now necessary given light of his recent increased allergic reactions.

So, first and foremost, what paperwork should I receive from the allergist? We see him on Wednesday. Here is my list. What would you add?

1.Allergice Reaction Action Plan (i.e. give benedryl at first sign of hives. Proceed to epi-pen if he goes into anaphylactic shock) - obviously above would be spelled out very clearly

2. List of foods ds is allergic to

3. Allergy test results

I know I am missing a lot. Also, would you consider this the first step? Can I request a 504 eligibility meeting before the start of school?

Thanks for any advice

On Aug 18, 2007


Qualifying this by saying that I don't have any experience with 504's (but am re-thinking that as my son enters high school next year). I would suggest that in addition to what you mentioned above you have your allergist make a suggestion about what he/she regards as a reasonable accommodation. Decide what you want (peanut free table, classroom, etc.) and have the allergist back you up with [i]solid reasoning[/i].

My son was blessed with an elementary school that really looked out for him in every way, and I never felt the need then to get a 504. His middle school has been less aware, although he has navigated quite well. I'm very, very proud of him.

However, some other posts regarding high school trips, etc., have me thinking that once we enter the realm of high school there will be other issues that we haven't anticipated. Now may be the time he really needs a 504. I have a year to think/work on it.

Best of luck to you. There are so many threads on 504's here; I'm sure you'll find loads of good information.


On Aug 18, 2007

With a brand new allergist, you'll need to do a couple of things to lay groundwork, probably.

1. Be certain that the allergist understands and is thoroughly familiar with your child's [i]history[/i] as well as the apparent [i]recent changes[/i] in his conditions.

2. Find out how familiar the new allergist is with section 504 and physician's letters for that purpose.

I would probably NOT request a letter at this time-- I [i]might[/i] go in prepared with some of the documentation from AAFA and FAI which mention section 504 specifically, just in case your allergist is unfamiliar with it. Maybe the brochure from OCR on hidden disability. (All available on-line, and from reputable sources your allergist will respect.) That's enough for him/her to see how LTFA qualifies.

Then ask if you may contact him/her about that again 'after you've had time to become familiar with us.'

The other possibility is to contact your [i]old[/i] allergist (presumably the one who made the diagnosis?) for a letter as well. You may need them both, honestly-- since the new physician, while in possession of your son's Hx, is still not very familiar with him yet.

On Aug 18, 2007

If you [i]can[/i], I wouldn't request an eligibility meeting until you have documentation in hand. (That way you [i]know[/i] you're prepared.... you don't want to hand them a doctor's letter that isn't supportive because it is all you have!)

1. VERY thorough physician's letter (there are, as Amy notes, many great examples, most based on GailW's letter)

2. Test results (as you noted)

3. Allergy action plan

4. Paper script (an extra) for more epis

5. Asthma action plan (as applicable)

I'm sure others will think of other things... this is just what I would be looking for. Hopefully you'll both really 'click' with your new allergist. [img][/img] It can be a great relationship.

On Aug 18, 2007

Some schools also require doctors slips to have meds at school. You might try calling the school to see if they have specific forms they want.

Just trying to save you time. Every school seems to be a little different.

On Aug 18, 2007

Our school uses mostly the faan documents that you can print from in the schools section. Asthma action plan, food allergy action plan with epi pen directions etc. Four 504, we have to have a detailed letter from doctor (I wrote one using samples shared on this site) and the dr signs it. My school did not ask for specific things in the eligibility letter, but the special services lady told me to be sure it is detailed and that it included his past history of anaphylaxis. Also, state how life activity is affected. We also have district documents that detail terms of self administration of medications if you chose that as well as district medication documents for any medication over the counter or prescription that may need to be taken at school.