Peanut Butter at Preschool

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 4:50am
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pMy son who will be 3 in October is going to be going to preschool in the fall. He is getting speech therapy now and that is one of the reasons I would like to send him to preschool. The class is geared for speech problems and in addition he will get 1 hour of speech therapy a week. The other reason I think it would be good for him is because he is shy and an only child. I think it will be good for him to be around other kids his age./p
pMy main concern is that they have a jar of peanut butter in the speech therapy room (in an out of reach cabinet). For the first couple of months the therapy was at my house and they were very good about washing their hands,etc. When I started taking him to the school for the therapy this summer I asked the speech therapist about peanut butter being used in therapy there. She said that they had been getting away from using it because of the allergy problems, but she said I'm not going to lie there is a jar in the room./p
pFor the summer I am taking him for the therapy and staying there with him. I asked if they use PB for other children do they make sure they clean very good afterward and they said yes. So far he hasn't even gotten hives. I'm worried about the therapy during preschool. It may not be individual therapy, if two or three children have the same speech problem they will work with them as a group. I'm afraid they may use PB with another child while he's there, forget and use it on him, and residue left from earlier therapy./p
pI just came from seeing the allergist and he suggested seeing if they could come up with a peanut free room, or use something else instead of PB./p
pI would love to hear your thoughts. As fall gets closer I am getting more unsure and scared./p

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 5:07am
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Maybe they could use soy nut butter instead? It is just as sticky as PB (I assume that is what they are using it for in speech thearpy - for help in making certain sounds with sticky gunk in your mouth.) Soy Nut Butter from I.M. Healthy is peanut/nut free, so there would be no clean up problems etc... You could buy them a jar so that it is easy for them to switch. I get it at Whole Foods or General Nutrition Center or they are on the web.

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 10:42am
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My youngest (not PA that we know of yet) has apraxia, so has been through a lot of therapy. The suggestion was made for us to use PB at home to help him with oral motor exercises - putting it on his upper lip, and having him lick it off with his tongue. Of course we explained that we couldn't do that. Nothing more was said about it, except that other foods could easily be used instead.
We thought of these - probably even more tasteful to kids because they're sugary - marshmallow creme, cake icing (like Betty Crocker tubs), and the like.
I'd try to suggest these to see if the therapists think they would suffice.
Good luck with the PB issue and the speech. My son has come quite a long way. He was diagnosed at 18 months and is now 3 1/2.
Take care.

Posted on: Thu, 07/18/2002 - 10:03am
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Thanks for your suggestions.
I talked to the speech therapist today and she was very understanding. She told me to set up a meeting and talk to the preschool teacher and speech therapist that my son will have in the fall. She said that she knows the preschool room is kept peanut-free.
She said that she thinks the therapist that he will have is one that was just hired, but she said I'm sure she won't have a problem getting rid of the PB and using something else with the other kids in the room. She also said that she doesn't remember when the last time was that she used the PB. I felt so much better after talking to her. It's such a relief when people understand and share your concern.

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