Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Food allergy classes for kids

Tonight I am taking Ainsley to her third food allergy class. If you live in the Dallas area and have a child between the ages of 4 & 10, you should definitely check out these classes -- they are fantastic. The class is taught by two teachers who are also moms of food-allergic children. Through fun activities, they teach the kids critical skills for managing their food allergies. Another important benefit of the class is that the kids get to spend time with other children who also have food allergies, so they don't feel so alone. The teachers will be holding a one-week camp in June and I am definitely going to sign Ainsley up for that too.

One nice thing about the evening class is that the parents hold a support group meeting next door to the kids' classroom. It has been so wonderful to talk to other food allergy parents -- it makes me realize that we are all in the same boat and are all dealing with the same types of issues.

2 comments:

Heather said...

I'd love to replicate this program where I live in NJ. Can you put me in contact with the people running this program near you so I can get some ideas and suggestions from them?

Thanks!

Leigha said...

Hi Heather,

The website for the group that runs the camp is http://www.safewithfoodallergies.com/. The website describes the camp and provides an email address for you to contact them.

Good luck!
Leigha