Teachers play an important role in identifying the child with early warning signs of poor asthma control. Managing asthma appropriately will allow children with asthma to fully participate in school.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting more than 12% of children. This means that in a classroom of thirty, at least three children will have asthma. Of those children with poor asthma control, 73% report that they limit their physical activity because of their asthma symptoms. When asthma is totally controlled children can participate in physical activity.
There is also a lack of recognition by parents, children and school teachers of the early signs of asthma deterioration. This lack of recognition sometimes delays the preventive measures needed to avoid an acute and serious attack.
The answer to these issues is education. The Asthma Society of Canada is providing tools to help teachers monitor, identify the child with early warning signs and symptoms of poor asthma control and how to best communicate this to parents. We have provided the following information to assist you in communicating to parents of children with asthma.
To learn more about asthma signs and symptoms, visit our About Asthma section.
Asthma Management in Schools – Best Practices
Patient-developed resource to educate parents, schools and children on the roles and responsibilities for asthma-friendly environments.
Medication Tracking Form
This form will help teachers to record each time a student needs to use his/her blue inhaler for relief of asthma symptoms.
Sara’s Ready – Preparing for the September Asthma Peak
Back to School brings sick days and visits to the hospital for children. Learn how to avoid September Peak through proper asthma management.
Canadian researchers have found that the September back-to-school period brings a dramatic increase in hospitalizations for children with asthma. This increase starts after the return to school and reaches its peak in September. This period is now recognized as the September Asthma Peak.
Being ready for the September Asthma Peak is one way to help ensure that your child will be spending more time with friends at school, and less time at home, or worse – in the emergency room of a hospital.
Asthma Canada is pleased to launch the Preventing the September Asthma Peak campaign to educate children, their caregivers and teachers about the significant spike in the number of children requiring hospital treatment as a result of asthma attacks during the month of September.
Working in conjunction with an educational consultant, Asthma Canada created classroom materials for grades four to six, which dovetail with the Ontario curriculum. The classroom materials offer teachers information on asthma as well as on the September Asthma Peak and lesson plans to help educate students.
To download Preventing the September Asthma Peak materials in English and French, including lesson plans for grades four to six, and information sheets for students and parents, please click on the links below.
For more general asthma resources and support, visit our Publications page.