Asthma and Allergy Educational Materials and Tools for Patients and Caregivers

AAFA offers many educational materials and tools for patients of all ages. Many are available in Spanish. Also, if you or your child has food allergies, visit Kids With Food Allergies (KFA). KFA is AAFA’s food allergy division. It has extra resources, like allergy-friendly recipes and webinars.

 

Online Courses

asthma care logoASTHMA Care for Adults
This self-paced online course helps adults and their caregivers learn how to manage asthma. It covers asthma basics, recognizing symptoms and triggers, asthma action plans and an overview of different types of asthma medicines. The information is presented in a variety of formats, including videos, handouts, animations and more.

paper logoLearn About Asthma Basics and Research
This collection of videos from the Promoting Asthma Patient Engagement in Research (PAPER) research program from AAFA and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will help you understand asthma and asthma research. The course covers asthma basics, including symptoms, levels of asthma, warning signs, triggers and treatments. And they cover asthma research topics, including why we need research, understanding clinical research and trials, how to get involved and other topics.

Managing Food Allergies 
This self-paced online course will help you understand the basics of managing your child's newly diagnosed food allergy while keeping them safe. It covers how food allergies are diagnosed, different types of food allergies, what anaphylaxis is, how to react and how to avoid it, how to find safe foods and how to handle food allergies outside the home. This course is presented by David Stukus, M.D., pediatric asthma and allergy specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

severe asthma care logoSevere ASTHMA Care
This self-paced online course helps adults and their caregivers learn how to manage severe asthma. It explains severe and uncontrolled asthma, the impact of severe asthma, asthma management plans and severe asthma treatments. The information is presented in a variety of formats, including videos, handouts, animations and more.

 

Free Materials and Tools to Download

Asthma Action PlanAsthma Action Plan Download PDF
Everyone with asthma should have a written Asthma Action Plan. This plan has information and instructions on how to manage your asthma. It has sections for information about medicines, how to know when your symptoms get worse and what to do in an emergency. If you do not have an Asthma Action Plan, download and print this form. Take it to your doctor and have them fill it out for you. Asthma Action Plans also tell school staff and other caregivers about your child’s asthma. You can give it to teachers, school nurses and after-school care staff.

 

Student Asthma Action Card Download PDFStudent Asthma Action Card      
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 CardChild 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.

Anaphylaxis Emergency Action PlanAnaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan Download PDF
Everyone with a life-threatening allergy should know what to do during an allergic reaction. You should have a written Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan. It tells you and others what to do if you have allergic symptoms or a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If you do not have a written Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan, download and print this form. Take it to your doctor and have them fill it out for you. Anaphylaxis Action Plans also tell school staff and other caregivers about your child’s severe allergies. You can give your plan to school nurses, teachers and after-school care staff.

Quick Asthma cards

QuickAsthma Cards       
QuickAsthma Cards offer a fast way for you to learn life-saving information. You can put your own information on these cards. You can carry them in your purse, briefcase or backpack. Give copies to caregivers, teachers and family members.
QuickAsthma Spacers Card Download PDF
QuickAsthma Peak Flow Card Download PDF

QuickAsthma Inhalers Card Download PDF
QuickAsthma Nebulizers Card Download PDF

 

QuickReport CardsQuickReport Cards 
QuickReport Cards help you make environments better for those with asthma or allergies. These cards are great for parents, school staff, management and workers.
QuickReport Card – Workplace Download PDF

 

Asthma-Friendly Home – A Checklist for Families
This asthma trigger checklist is easy for families to use. It helps you find and control your child’s asthma triggers at home. It has simple ideas to help you get rid of or reduce your child’s asthma triggers.

Asthma-Friendly Home - A Checklist for Families – English Download PDF
Asthma-Friendly Home - A Checklist for Families – Spanish Download PDF

 

Asthma-Friendly Child Care – A Checklist for Child Care Providers
This asthma trigger checklist is easy for child care providers to use. It helps them find and control asthma triggers in their child care center. It can help staff keep their place healthy for the children they serve. Parents can also use this checklist when looking for child care.

Asthma-Friendly Child Care - A Checklist for Providers – English Download PDF
Asthma-Friendly Child Care - A Checklist for Providers – Spanish Download PDF

Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activity Booklet

Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities

This coloring and activity book gives children and families a basic understanding of asthma and food allergies. It is a fun way for children to learn how to know common asthma triggers. It also helps them learn how to manage their asthma and food allergies. It has word finds, crossword puzzles, word scrambles, mazes and other activities. It also has a story to read and color and a list of websites on asthma and allergies for parents and kids.

Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activity Booklet (English) Download PDF  
Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activity Booklet (Arabic) Download PDF  

 

Books and Other Materials Available to Purchase

Asthma Basics for Children – A Parent Handbook
This handbook helps parents of young children (newborn through age 6) learn to manage their child’s asthma. It covers important asthma management topics. It also has six activities parents or caregivers can use to help children learn more about asthma.

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You Can Control AsthmaYou Can Control Asthma
The You Can Control Asthma education program gives children ages 6 to 12 and families more self-confidence and knowledge and skills needed to control asthma. These books teach asthma management through pictures, captions and activities. The book for kids is at a third-grade reading level. They help them make choices and feel in control of their asthma. The book for families is at a fifth-grade reading level. It helps you help your child manage their asthma.

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Spanish Brochures for AsthmaAsthma Brochures in Spanish    
We offer brochures in Spanish. They have basic information about managing asthma, written in easy-to-understand terms.

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  • Brochure 1: ¿Que Es Asma? (What is Asthma?) 
  • Brochure 2: Lo que Usted Necesita Saber Sobre las Medicinas para el Asma (What You Need to Know about Medicines for Asthma) 
  • Brochure 3: Plan para el Control de los Activadores del Asma (Asthma Trigger Control Plan) 
  • Brochure 4: Medidores de Potencia Respiratoria (Peak Flow Meters)