Future Teacher-What do you want me to know about educating your child?

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Jill B.
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   Posted 12/4/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My Name is Jill, and I am studying to be a teacher.  I know that Asthma is a very serious issue for kids, and I would like to know what parents would like for teachers to know about their children.  I want to be able to give your children the best education possible, and I want to make the process easier for them.  Please respond with things you would like teachers to know about your child, and how to help them succeed in the classroom. 

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   Posted 12/5/2011 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Children with asthma are pretty much like normal children. The only difference is that they may not be able to be as active as other children. Their growth may get a bit stunted if they have to use steroid inhalers. I think the most important thing is to know the warning signs of an pending asthma attack such as coughing, breathing heavy and/or getting a bluish tint to their lips and nails. Physical activity should be watched carefully with an asthmatic child. Many children by the time they reach school know how to handle their asthma but with the newly diagnosed, it takes a certain extent of experience to know when they are having an attack. That is were supervision should be extended.

My son had seasonal asthma at first which later turned to cough variant asthma. He carried an inhaler on him for when he needed it during gym. If he started coughing too much, he knew to sit out and rest.
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   Posted 12/5/2011 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
And in most case the coughing from Asthma is not contigious so don't
treat these children as if they can give it to you, and if a child is coughing
send them down to the nurse for their asthma breathing treatment.
They have books about children with Asthma, read one out loud to
your class, for story time.
My daughter had a heart condition and I was always frustrated when
the teacher would not inform me of when Strep throat was going around,
Strep throat can endanger the life a child with a heart condition
so if you know that this is going around please inform the parents, it
might be a minor ailment but it can be deadly for a child with a heart condition...
Many well wishes in your teaching career...and thank you for asking....
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