Teaching a class

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 4:20pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

It looks like I will be teaching a class on FA's, or two, or three. It started with my SIL babysitting an infant who is suspected of allergies and suddenly it seems that there are a lot of people who she knows that either have children just diagnosed, have allergies and never really learned much, or know/care for someone who has allergies and these people all want to learn more. I volunteered to talk with them and now even more people are interested, including some teachers. I'm sooo nervous. I'm pretty new to this myself and I don't have any background and little medical training (expired EMT and pre-med classes). However, I'm really excited to help others going through this and to increase awareness.
I will be using a lot of info from FAAN and a few articles I've saved from PubMed type sources. I don't have much of a budget but I am considering buying a trainer epi and the "Just One Bite" video from FAAN. Both of which I've wanted for myself anyways. An issue I have is that I always research info but once I prove it to myself I often forget where I got the info in the first place. I want to have a reference for what I say just in case I need it. One study I would like to have was on cleaning. It discussed different ways to clean a surface and how much protien was left after cleaning. I know the end result was disposable wipes were best. Another study was on different surfaces (wood, plastic, ect.) and how they absorbed (?) food. I know after I read it I got rid of all my used wooden dishes.
There are a few common concepts that I would like to have good resources on as well. One is the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. Also the "loopholes" here. Maybe a few on cross contamination.
I'm really worried about 504's. I have not dealt with this and have very little idea of how it works. (Even though DH is a *new* teacher.) Can anyone recommend a good place that I can learn the basics from and how it applies to FA. I don't plan on going over this in detail but I do want to know what I'm talking about especially since there will be teachers. Have I mentioned I'm nervous.
My emphasis will be on basic awareness and ways to make a safe enviroment. I plan on using quite a bit of my personal experience and perhaps some from other posts here.
I didn't look to be in this position but I'm so excited I am. Has anyone else done this? Do you have any other suggestions? I'm sorry to bother everyone but I know that many of you are so knowledgeable and can pull up this info days before I could. Thanks for any help you can provide. ~Jessie

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 4:29pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I feel like I teach a group of people every day I go out--ha ha! I am sure you will do great, I mean, you are perfect to teach this. You live with this, I would trust you more than some allergist off the street that hadn't had to deal personally with this. Just Curious, what from FAAN are you going to use?
Oh, I noticed that you are in Las Vegas. My best friend was in an accident last March, and she ended up passing away. She lived in Vegas. Her husband and children still live there--he is a lawyer there. Anyway, my parents are leaving for Vegas on Monday for a week, what is the weather like there now? Thanks for the info.
I will think about what type of specific points you should outline when teaching this. Very excited for you.
Stacie - Mother to:
11 yr. PA
8 yr. TNA
3 yr. PA&TNA

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 4:57pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

I hope that's what you're looking for.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2007 - 10:06pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

I do the same thing, all voluntary stuff, for colleges and state and private schools in my area.
I start really simply, and as I am in the UK i use the guide from the education authority, the ' medicines in schools and early years settings'
This sets out duty of care for teachers , careers and parents. As well as protocals.
I start with the difference between classic food allergy and intolerance. As I find people ( even GP's) get confused between the two.
I then move on to common culpits, and then treatment.
I have a copy of my sons medical plans over the years that i hand out.
I go over symptoms, and also mention common phrases that children use when they are discribing a reaction. I make a point of remininding them to ask the parents this and add to protocal.
Also add the reasons that tip the patient in to mild reactions to full blown anaphylaxis , and talk about the unpredictability of reactions.
Food is next, common areas where accidental injestion occur .
Food labeling, food manufacture.
Cross contamination.
Food prep
I use a flip chart of my sons allergies at 2yrs andup date it to today at 10yrs. Talk about the rates of allergies outgrown, the link between environmental allergies and food.
Envronmental allergies and management and there link to reactions etc.
Life long allergies, the rate of outgrown allergies, recent studys done.
I list the requirements of a child as they grow up to equip them with life saving skills , and the support the child needs from the adults around them. Always thinking of the future with allergies, rather than without.
Many parents dont prepare there child for adult life with allergies, they think that while they have a chance to outgrow its not required.
But to start at teenage years without knowledge and responsibilty is a huge risk.
I end on the work of the main allergy charites, and ask for donations.
I have leaflets , lists of helpful web sites to hand out.
Other useful things to take,
packets of food with different warnings, soap, shampoo with nuts , milk in, and medication with nuts/ food in.
( i have a small table to display them with a sign asking which has nuts in?, of course all of them do)
My son has some out grown medic alert bracelets, which I hand out to look at.
I also have a bag full of asthma stuff from the asthma charity here. I spread them out so that are more familier with the inhalers that children with severe asthma may need.
Asthma control is large part of allergy management.
I also display some childrens books and videos, and some order forms .
I also have a couple of good allegy books that give more info.
Keep is simple, no big medical jargon, try to give these people the confidance and as much info as possible, because like us they are on the front line and may have to deal with a reaction. So their confidance in their abilities to cope is very important.
That said, death does play a part in all this, but good info and training does save lives.
good luck

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 3:46am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

PA&TNA allergy mom
I plan on using the Food Allergy Facts and Statistics sheet and the How To Read A Label as handouts. I also am going to have available the What You Should Know About Living with Food Allergy and Do You Have a Food Allergy brochures. I'm trying to keep alot of my #'s for statistics from these since FAAN is reputable.
The weather has been quite mild over the last few days. It looks like next week should be upper 60's lower 70's for highs and 40's for low's. A good time to visit. I'm sorry to hear about your friend.
That was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.
Thank you so much. There were a couple of points in there that I had not thought to add. Would you be willing to share with me the list of common phrases that children use when they are discribing a reaction? My DH had a similar idea with the table full of products that contain nuts. But I like yours better. Unfortunately I don't have the financial ability to provide the books and other information. If I keep doing this though perhaps I'll invest in them anyways. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks for all the help.

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 6:00am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Find out who your Dey rep is - maybe your allergist can tell you the contact info or contact Dey [url="http://www.epipen.com/"]http://www.epipen.com/[/url] themselves. The one we had until about a year ago was AWESOME about providing free videos and Epipen trainers to hand out and even came to explain anaphylaxis in a couple of different settings (support group meetings, schools etc . . .)

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 6:37am
KateDe's picture
Joined: 09/20/2006 - 09:00

That's wonderful that you guys use the knowledge you learn to help others.
It's got me thinking that I want to find out if there's a class around here so I can go to it with my DH.

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 11:04am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

The list of common phrases that children use when describing a reaction is on FAAN's website: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]www.foodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 3:46am
AuntAmanda's picture
Joined: 01/20/2007 - 09:00

[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/school/childdescribe.pdf"]How a Child Might Describe a Reaction (PDF)[/url]
(I miss HTML)
BTW - anyone catch the JoJo's Circus episode on Friday 2/2/07 about Food Allergies? (<-- I bring this up because in it, besides her having a visual reaction the auidence can see, she begins to [b][i]describe[/b][/i] the reaction as well.) Is there any email option on this board? If so, I'd be interested on how people felt about the episode. Perhaps you could email me? I don't want to hijak AM's thread.
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Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:54am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by AuntAmanda:
BTW - anyone catch the JoJo's Circus episode on Friday 2/2/07 about Food Allergies? (<-- I bring this up because in it, besides her having a visual reaction the auidence can see, she begins to [b][i]describe[/b][/i] the reaction as well.) Is there any email option on this board? If so, I'd be interested on how people felt about the episode.
You can post about it here if you'd like:

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 2:55am
niche LH's picture
Joined: 02/06/2007 - 09:00

Hi, I was so glad to see your post - I will be doing an information session for my son's montessori class and appreciated all the info everyone already shared. When is your class? I wont' be doing mine for a few months so if you get a chance to say how it went and any tips that would be great.
Are you planning on any kind of disclaimer? I am not a medical professional... etc?
I am not a public speaker and need all of the help I can get!
Thanks Nichele
Son ana peanut, all treenuts
Daughter wait and see she is 7 months


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