Your Support Group in the School
This was the
presentation used for the monthly School Council meeting where we
introduced the Allergy Asthma Support Group and what we were trying
to do in the School. The Support Group was within the school and
belonged to the School Council. This association with the School
Council made the Support Group part of the formal organization and
gave them an official voice in meetings and in the school newsletter.
We also worked closely with our School Public Health Nurse, who
was very interested and supportive.
The presentation was very general in nature, and totally non-confrontational.
The approach you use is very important. Note that we are not asking
the Council for anything at this point like a peanut-free school
or no more bake sales. We are just describing the Group.
Hi. I'm XXXXXX
and I'd like to give you just a little bit of background to the
Support Group we are starting.
have severe food allergies. (Name) is in Grade (#) and (Name) is
in Grade (#).
During the past few years I have met other parents of Food Allergic
children, and we all share the same fears of a serious (or even
Fatal) food allergic reaction. We have all taken steps of our own
to try and cope with situations where exposures could occur, but
we are always running across situations we hadn't thought about
and that catch us by surprise.
Over the last
year, we decided to form a similar group for parents of Allergic
and Asthmatic children at XXXXX School, with the hope that we could
focus on the issues specific to our kids in the Elementary School
System. That way we could all share some of the strategies we've
used to cope with various situations, and could also promote some
of the procedures already in place at XXXXX School that some parents
are not aware of. That is why we were delighted when the School
Council let us form this group as one of their Sub-Committees.
and staff at our school have always been very supportive of medical
concerns when approached by individual parents, but I'm sure it
would save them a considerable amount of time if parents were to
get together and do a lot of the information sharing among themselves.
I'd like to
point out that Alberta has the highest incidence of Asthma in Canada,
and also has the highest fatality rate in Canada.
and three percent of children have severe food allergies , with
peanut being one of the most deadly, and the numbers appear to be
rising. This does not take into account all of the environmental
allergies we all hear about that also appear to be increasing in
numbers and severity.
We hope that
being associated with the School Council, then through information
and discussion we can all have a better understanding of the deadly
effects of asthmatic attacks and allergic food reactions, and can
reduce some of the misunderstandings about these issues.
We will be having
a meeting shortly to get the group started, and we invite all parents
of asthmatic and allergic children to attend, and participate, and
we also welcome anyone else who is interested.
If anyone would
like a copy of these objectives of the Group, I have some copies
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