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Creating Classroom and Nurse’s Office Kits for Kids With Type 1, Allergies & More

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Children are decked out in brand-new clothes, their backpacks filled with fresh school supplies, heading back to school. Many children are excited, some are nervous, most are a bit of both. If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes, food allergies, or other chronic health conditions or medical concerns, you're likely excited and nervous as well. One way to help make things less stressful is to have emergency plans in place, and that includes having emergency kits for both your child’s teacher(s) and the nurse’s office, so they can best help your child in the event of an emergency.

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Tags: allergies, back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, type 1 diabetes, IEP

Back to School: Starting a New School with Food Allergies

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 22, 2017

For many students, starting a new school can be difficult. For children with food allergies, it is even more challenging. As a parent, it can be just as overwhelming and difficult. Every school is different, and the faculty and staff will have varying levels of experience in managing children with food allergies. Here are a few tips on how to help your child successfully transition into school.

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Tags: back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, food allergies and schools, epi pens in school

Back To School Safety Tips

Posted by Tara Cohen on Aug, Tue 25, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Our Facebook feeds are filled with iPhone pictures of kids holding their “First Day of School” signs, wearing their not-yet-scuffed shoes, sporting that cool new backpack, excited – if maybe a bit nervous – to find out what the coming year will bring. And in that same social media realm, parents are exchanging the, “We made it!” humorous posts about how glad we are to have the kids back in school, tinged also with a little bittersweet sadness over the end of summer and the ever-increasing speed with which the time seems to pass while raising kids.

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Tags: back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, food allergies and schools, epi pens in school, school planning, school nurse

Back to (Elementary) School With a Feeding Tube

Posted by Tara Cohen on Aug, Mon 18, 2014

Those of you who follow the Lauren's Hope blog regularly (and who doesn't?) may recall that I shared a personal story earlier this summer when my 9-year-old son, Will, was diagnosed with Severe Feeding Aversion (that's him, at left, in the hospital) and underwent surgery to place a Microvasive G-Tube. This feeding tube works by way of a port on his abdomen, allowing us to give him all the nutrition he needs while he undergoes long-term feeding aversion therapy, a form of occupational therapy that addresses the behavioral, sensory (texture, smell, temperature, etc.), social, cognitive, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) issues surrounding feeding.

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Tags: gtube, back to school, 504 plan, IEP, G Tube, Feeding Tube, Feeding Aversion

Hello. My Name is...

Posted by Tara Cohen on Aug, Wed 14, 2013

For many children and teens, going back to school or heading to "Meet The Teacher" events is a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Kids feel nervous or anxious about a new school year and, for shy children in particular, those first few weeks of learning new names, places, and people can be truly challenging. For children with health care concerns such as Type 1 Diabetes, food allergies, asthma, or chronic illness, this can be harder, as even confident teens are often uncomfortable simply walking up to a new teacher and saying, "Hi. My name is Sally, and I have a peanut allergy." That's not the first conversation they want to have, even though it's such an important topic. They don't want to be defined by their diagnoses or thought of as, "The Diabetic Kid." Their health care status may not be information they want to share in front of other people right away, but they do need to communicate it to the teacher. 

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Tags: back to school medical alert jewelry, emergency planning, food allergy, back to school, type 1 diabetes, 504 plan, IEP, free printable, free resource, free download

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