COMING OF AGE WITH SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES
Navigating through high school is challenging enough – school, homework, sports, parties, and more. Managing a food allergy on top of all of that can be overwhelming. Due to a tendency for risk-taking and avoidance behavior at this age, teens are the highest risk group for fatal allergic reactions. Join us for an interactive discussion on how to prepare and thrive through adolescence with severe allergies. Topics include: Bullying & Peer Pressure, Increased Responsibility & Independence, Dating & Intimacy, Open Communication, Travel, and Empowerment & Allies
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Iron Horse Middle School MPR
12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583
Come share your experiences and tips along with our expert panel who are living and working with food allergies. The panel consists of:
– Teens with severe food allergies within our community
– Dre Berendsen, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
– Dr. Matthew Lodewick MD, a local allergist / immunologist
with Allergy and Asthma Medical Group
– Kyle Dine, a food allergy educator & musician who lives
with severe food allergies and travels the country
entertaining and educating school children. He is also a
program coordinator and consultant for Food Allergy
Please encourage your teen or friend to join us for this informative presentation.
MISSION OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMITTEE
The committee was formed in Fall 2002 to:
Provide information and support to parents and staff so they can help children with special needs succeed.
Help ALL children and adults understand and appreciate challenges faced by children with special needs.
Work legislatively to secure and retain adequate laws and funding for children with special needs.
As someone who travels extensively, I love seeing more options for people to access transparent information for restaurants. I’m happy to share this exciting new service!
Eating out or ordering takeout with a food allergy is risky game that many reject. Many of us resort to eating food almost exclusively at home. But what if someone made it easier and less worrisome to order allergy-friendly food? My friends at iMenus are building their allergy-friendly app that will be revolutionary for the food allergy and food intolerance community.
The iMenus app will let users order allergy-friendly takeout from their favorite restaurants via their smartphones. Instead of asking restaurant staff about menu ingredients — that they may or may not know about — the iMenus app will let you search by food that’s free of your specific allergens. Additionally, all menu items will include ingredient data gathered from trusted nutritional databases and often cross-checked again. Their comprehensive rating system will give you further peace of mind; it’s based on verified restaurant training, restaurant audits, and actual food allergy community user reviews.
The thing is, iMenus needs your help! On January 20th, they’re launching their crowdfunding campaign that will help them finish their app by this summer. To help them reach their funding goals, they’re throwing a social media flash mob to raise awareness of allergy-friendly dining and get the word out about their crowdfunding campaign.
Please consider joining their social media flash mob to help get the word out to the rest of the food allergy and food intolerance community.
Today marked the first day “back to school” for me as I had my first food allergy school assembly of 2016.
People sometimes ask me if I get nervous before I perform. Mostly never…except the very first gig. It’s the one show where I get nervous that I’ll be rusty, that I might have a piece of A/V equipment fail, or a new puppet bit might bomb.
I’m happy to report that today, all of those nerves were quickly erased as the students got completely engaged in the performance. They had excellent questions and were smiling throughout the songs and puppet bits. To me, if a show has that perfect balance of education and entertainment, I leave feeling like I’ve done what I set out to do.
I have added a new puppet into the mix: Professor Peeps who covers the basics of hand washing with kids. EpiMan, EpiMan Jr. and Chef Allergie are still in the mix. I had to temporarily retire the Q Sader and the AllerGeneral due to the recent auto-injector recalls. That’s showbiz for ya…in the allergy education world!
1 down…50+ to go!
After a nice hiatus from touring on a self-imposed paternity leave, I’m ready to hit the open road again with a new show filled with new songs and puppets!
My tour dates are now listed on my website, plus there is still a few open dates in case your school is interested in a food allergy awareness assembly!
This tour will take me as far as California, but primarily hover around the north east U.S. and Ontario.
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