Anaphylaxis at School: A Teacher’s Perspective

Anaphylaxis at School: A Teacher’s Perspective

Food allergy anxiety is something that teachers, as well as food allergic students and their families, need to address when planning safe and inclusive activities. It has been a busy couple of weeks with standardized testing, so I wanted to do something special for my class kids.  What better way to let loose and blow off some steam than to…

Overcoming Food Allergy Fears: A Parent’s Perspective

Overcoming Food Allergy Fears: A Parent’s Perspective

One day, I walked into a class party organized by my son’s teacher. The sight of brightly colored balloons normally evokes feelings of joy. However, as the mother of a child with a latex allergy, the scene was anxiety-inducing. This anxiety quickly escalated to sheer panic when I discovered my son was having a severe anaphylactic reaction. There he was all alone, desperately gasping for air as the color steadily drained from his face.

It’s Exhausting. I Get It.

It’s Exhausting. I Get It.

Do you feel like no one gets it? Do you feel like you are always begging and pleading for your child’s safety? It’s exhausting. I get it. I recently had a conversation with a good friend. She is empathetic to the struggles of both food allergy moms and the children they protect from the physical and emotional impact of multiple…

What is a 504 Plan?

What is a 504 Plan?

When you hear other allergy parents and professionals talk about 504 plans for food allergies you may think that those are for children with disabilities. True, the 504 is referring to federal civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which among other things provides you the right to have the individual needs of your child to participate in all school activities equally and safely.

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