FAN\'s \"The School Food Allergy Program\"

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This past week three of us Mom's gave an in-service for our schools entire teaching staff (including the after school program directors). We used the video that came with this program. It is by far the best video to show the school. It really hits home about how dangerous school can be for our peanut allergic children, but teaches them how to handle things. I purchased it ($75) for the school and feel I got back every penny in knowing that the school understands this allergy. The kindergarten teacher is asking for a peanut free classroom. The video comes with a 100 page book, trainer, and poster. The package is called "The School Food Allergy Program" and you can order it from FAN.

On Sep 2, 2000

Is the video It Only Takes One Bite, or a different one?

On Sep 2, 2000

The video is a different one. The school has it now so I can't tell you the title. You can only get it by buying the whole program (Book,Video,Trainer,Poster). It deals with issues that the school faces. Dr. Samsone speaks about how 4 out of 6 deaths occur in the school setting. It strickly is all about how to keep children with food allergies safe at the school. It also teaches teachers how to use the Epi-Pen and the signs of anaphalatic (sp?) shock. It truly hit home and the teachers are so on board with precautions. I read in the FAN newsletter that they were taking school names, and will be sending some of these programs to them. I didn't read it carefully, because I had already bought one for my school. So I don't know how they are choosing the schools.

On Sep 2, 2000

Can you post a link as to where to get this video and/or package

On Sep 2, 2000

It is from the Food Allergy Network. Their phone number is 1-800-929-4040. The web site is [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/"]www.foodallergy.org/[/url]

On Sep 3, 2000

The program used to come with Just one Bite and now it is a different video. i do not believe it has an actual title. The school also has mine so I can not check.

Any member of Fan can nominate their school for a free one. I know they sent out a nomination form to people who contributed when they just did a fundraiser in regards to the program. They raised enough money to buy 10,000 copies.

On Sep 3, 2000

We used the FAN video and childcare kit last week in preparation for our three-year-old's first day of preschool. After our presentation, a nurse from our pediatrician's office answered the staff's questions. We highly recommend this valuable resource from FAN.

On Sep 5, 2000

I have spent soooo much money purchasing a lot of the FAN's materials, and I keep going back for more because every purchase is WELL worth it (Thank goodness for my credit card - LOL). I also bought the Food Allergy Program and brought it with me to a meeting with school officials back in May (my son began kindergarten today). It makes a difference to walk in with materials supporting your claims. Plus the binder is very professional in appearance, its production is high quality, and it's user-friendly (separate sections, easy to read). It helped me and my husband organize our thoughts and concentrate on what is most important to us. The nurse keeps it in her office and makes it available to the teachers to use as a reference. Considering the stresses we have to deal with, it truly is an invaluable resource.

If you order online (or even via the phone), they mail the order out right away (I have always received orders within a few days). If you aren't already a member of the FAN, it's a good idea to join. Their materials will answer a lot of questions (like the Peanut Flashbacks). And of course, the Alexander series is extremely effective!!

I also bought my son an adorable shirt which gives me a little extra peace of mind. Although I'll assist the teacher on field trips to help manage the allergy, I will also be sure Alan is wearing the shirt on field trip days. But I didn't get this item through the FAN. I purchased it through a Canadian company. I need to look up the website - you can go to [url="http://www.nonutsforme.com"]www.nonutsforme.com[/url] and on the "Links" page, I think it's called "Nuttin' with Nuts". I can check to be sure if anyone is interested.

This board has a links page too. There is a lot of information out there nowadays - LOTS more than there was even 5 years ago!!! I am so grateful because it helps educate others [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 21, 2000

Over the summer I gave the school nurse an application for the school to recieve FAN's, The School Food Allergy Program and she just got it in the mail. I was thrilled. My daughter will be going to pre-school in this public school next September and I thought that I would be footing the $75 bill! A million thanks to the Chicago donor who contributed $$$ to enable FAN to send these out to schools all over the country. For anyone interested here is the link for the form [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/hottopics.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/hottopics.html[/url]

They are still accepting applications until March 31, 2001. I downloaded the "nurse" form and gave it to her. But there is also a form for the principal if you don't have a full-time school nurse.

On Dec 14, 2000

I wanted to bring this to the top again. The school nurse let me borrow the FAN School Program today. Just glancing at it, I can see a wealth of info. If you haven't had your child's school apply for this program, please do. You won't be sorry. There are different sections geared for the nurse, parents, principal, teacher, student, a legal section, etc. I think that they are still taking applications. Don't miss out in getting this free for your child's school.

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