Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers free resources for parents, schools, teachers and staff to help you get ready for the upcoming school year and help students manage asthma at school.

Food Allergy Tips for Schools
Tips and Articles
School Guides and Handouts
Free Downloads and Other Resources

 
Webinar Videos
Videos and Webinar Archives
School Guidelines and Laws
Guidelines, Laws and Recommendations
for School Policies and Staff Training

Tips and Articles

Are Asthma and Allergies Disabilities?
Learn how your child is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act if they have asthma and allergies and how it can work for you.

Back-to-School: Students and Asthma Inhalers
Every state has a policy that allows your child to carry their quick-relief medicines while at school. But you will need to have forms so your child can do so. Learn more information letting your child carry inhalers at school. 

September Asthma Epidemic
Just after school starts, September has the highest number of asthma hospitalizations. Read about the September Asthma Epidemic and how you can help your child avoid flare-ups. 

What Forms Do You Need for School If Your Child Has Asthma?
An important part of sending your child back to school is making sure you give the school all the right forms. See our checklist of recommended forms.

Free Downloads and Other Resources

Ally & Andy’s Asthma and Allergy Activity Book (printable PDF)

This coloring and activity book gives children and families a fun way for children to learn common asthma triggers. It also helps them learn how to manage their asthma and food allergies. 

 

 

 

 

Asthma Action Plan (printable PDF)

This plan has information and instructions on how to manage your asthma. Asthma Action Plans tell school staff and other caregivers about your child’s asthma. You can give it to teachers, school nurses and after-school care staff.

 

 

 

Medicine Bags 

Keep your child’s asthma medicines organized and easy to carry with AAFA medicine bags. All kids have a right to self-carry their asthma rescue medicines. If you want them to self-carry their medicines, get forms signed by your child’s doctor and give them to the school in advance.

QuickAsthma Cards (printable PDFs)

QuickAsthma Cards offer a fast way for you to learn life-saving information. You can put them in your child’s backpack or binder. Give copies to caregivers, teachers and family members.
QuickAsthma Spacers Card 
QuickAsthma Peak Flow Card 
QuickAsthma Inhalers Card 
QuickAsthma Nebulizers Card  

QuickReport Card

QuickReport Card help you make environments better for those with asthma or allergies. This card is great for parents, school staff and caregivers. 

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Tackle Asthma Playbook (printable PDF)

AAFA partnered with running back Rashad Jennings to create this game plan so your child can stay active and healthy with asthma. Follow these steps to stay ahead of your asthma and stay active.

 

 

Your Guide To Managing Asthma (printable PDF)

We created this guide to help you know more about managing your child’s asthma. Learn about causes, triggers, symptoms, treatment and more. 

 

 

 

Student Asthma Action Card Download PDF

The Student Asthma Action Card is great tool to give to your child’s school about asthma management. It has sections for asthma triggers, daily medicines and emergency directions. 

 

 

 

 

Child Care Asthma/Allergy Action Card Download PDF

This card has information you need to care for your young child with asthma or allergies. The card has sections for information about a medication plan and a list of your child’s signs and symptoms. It also has steps on how to handle asthma and allergy emergencies.

 

Videos (Webinar Archives)

Back to School with Asthma and Food Allergies (July 2014)
David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, talk about preparing to send your child to school. They also discuss how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning. 
 

Guidelines, Laws and Recommendations for Schools

Are Asthma and Allergies Disabilities?
Learn how your child is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act if they have asthma and allergies and how it can work for you.

School-Based Asthma Management Program – (SAMPRO™)
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) led a stakeholder workforce that included AAFA to create SAMPRO™. AAFA officially endorses this program. This toolkit was created to improve the care of students with asthma at school. It includes resources to help your child’s school adopt SAMPRO. Share this toolkit with your child’s administration and school nurse.

 

State Honor Roll from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 
This is an annual report by AAFA to help identify states with the most comprehensive public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in grade schools. Find out how your state ranks.

Stocking Albuterol in Schools (June 2017)
Learn how you can contact your representative about the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, H.R. 2285, to encourage schools to stock quick-relief asthma medicines.

 

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