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Resources for Parents of Young Children

A is for Asthma

American Lung Association, Children's Television Workshop, and the Prudential Foundation

Sesame Street "A is for Asthma" is a bilingual, multi-media educational program developed by the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) and the American Lung Association. The program promotes public awareness of childhood asthma and helps families and caregivers of children ages 3-6 understand and cope with the disease. This will in turn, help parents, other adult caregivers and children to develop management skills and more effectively cope with asthma.

These goals should help children with asthma feel they can lead active and healthy lives and, to the greatest extent possible, remain a part of regular activities in child care settings. More than 50,000 kits have been distributed nationwide to child-care programs, pre-schools, healthcare providers, and local American Lung Association offices.

For more information call your local Lung Association 1-800-LUNG-USA

All About Asthma

PBS Kids

This is a fact sheet/ activity book used to educate children about asthma. It gives tips on how to decrease asthma triggers within your house. It is written as though Arthur is telling children about his asthma. There is another section for adults that includes background information on asthma and a listing of activities for the children to complete. It has both English and Spanish versions of some of the material.

"All About Asthma" is an extension of the "Hooray for Health!" guide. This unit helps children learn what asthma is, what can asthma attacks and, most importantly, how to stay active and healthy if they have asthma. This 8-page guide on childhood asthma includes Background Information, Classroom Activities, and reproducible Family Activity Sheets.

American Academy of Allergy & Immunology School Information

Includes steps for parents, steps for instructors for making the classroom less of a trigger, story books and a coloring book. The story and coloring books describe allergies, asthma, and introduce children to the triggers of asthma and the medications.

Asthma & Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

17520 West 12 Mile Rd. Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48076-1943. PH: 248-557-8050.

The packet for child care providers, was well suited for child care providers and contained a lot of good information. The packet included handouts of slides, asthma friendly checklist (English and Spanish), instructions how to use a peak flow meter, an asthma action card, vocabulary section, resources, and a section of common questions and the answers to those questions. This program is also available in course form in areas of the country serviced by AAFA Chapters.

The purpose of the "Asthma & Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers" course is to give child care providers the tools and knowledge they need to care for children with asthma and allergies. During this interactive, 3-hour program, a trained health professional teaches providers how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an asthma or allergy episode, how to institute environmental control measures to prevent these episodes and how to properly use medications and the tools for asthma management such as inhalers and peak flow meters to keep these diseases under control, and much more.

Asthma Management and Education – Training for Health Professionals who Educate and Care for Patients with Asthma"

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

17520 West 12 Mile Rd. Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48076-1943. PH: 248-557-8050

The packet is for the Allied Health Professional and would be useful for school nurses, and is also available as an online course.

This program recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for patients with asthma and allergies. Attendees will learn the latest techniques in asthma care and receive current and reliable patient education information and materials. Program participants will also receive hands-on peak flow meter training and learn proper techniques for using various medication devices. All program materials comply with the standards set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's 1997 Expert Panel Report 2: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.