Awareness of Students with Diverse Learning Needs,
What the Teacher Needs to Know, Volume 1
Parents should inform the school of known allergies, and all appropriate school personnel should be informed.
- If the condition is known or suspected, meet with the parents and the child early in the year to determine the child's individual needs.
- Be familiar with the specific substances to which the child is allergic. With the parents and the child, plan a program which avoids contact with known allergens and irritants as much as possible.
- Enlist support of the school nurse for staff training in how to deal with emergencies.
- Help the child lead as normal a life as possible. Encourage participation in regular classroom activities or ensure exemption if in the child's best interests.
- Make any necessary adjustments for participation in outdoor activities, or classes in art, chemistry or woodworking for any apparent or any potential reaction to environmental factors or materials the student may have to use.
- Explain to the class what any allergy is and how it is treated; support and understanding from peers will help overcome feelings of isolation, rejection or embarrassment.
- Encourage the child with food allergies to avoid swapping lunches.
- Some children with allergies are particularly sensitive to light. Tinted glasses or sitting away from direct light may help.
- Seat the child in a well-ventilated area.
- Remind the child to take prescribed medication, if so requested by parent.
- Keep furred and feathered pets out of the classroom. Establish them in a separate room, e.g. science room, so an allergic child can avoid contact.
- Understand potential dangers of allergies and know what to expect during an allergic reaction.
- Have an emergency plan for allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
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