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Asthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers©

CONTACT: Susan Sweitzer, AAFA Maryland-Greater Washington, DC, (410) 484-2054

This three-hour interactive program from the Maryland-Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, available in English and Spanish, gives child care providers tools and information to care for children with asthma and allergies in a safe and healthy environment and reflects the most current standards for managing asthma.

During the interactive course, a trained instructor assists participants to:

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Recognize the signs and symptoms of an asthma or allergy episode,

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Institute environmental control measures to prevent these episodes, and

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Be familiar with the appropriate use of medications and the tools for asthma management, such as inhalers and peak flow meters.

Key Benefits

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

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List warning signs of an asthma episode

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Identify sources of allergens and environmental irritants in the child care setting

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List at least one change they can make in their childcare environment for each major trigger

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Explain the use of quick-relief and long-term controller medications

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Use an asthma/allergy action plan

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List emergency procedures for an asthma episode and anaphylaxis

In addition to receiving a certificate of attendance and educational credits where appropriate, each participant will receive a folder containing:

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A copy of the program's slide presentation for note taking

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An environmental checklist

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A reproducible Child Care Asthma/Allergy Action Card

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A reproducible Asthma/Allergy Action form

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A vocabulary list of frequently used asthma and allergy terms

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Numerous reproducible asthma and allergy information sheets

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Resource materials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Who Should Attend

Child care centers, family or home child care settings, Head Start programs, preschools, nursery schools, or any other professional who educates and cares for young children with asthma and allergies.

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