Join me tomorrow at Google+ to talk all about food allergies and more!

Hi everyone! Is it really August already? Many of you already have kids going back to school starting today, and many of you will send kiddos to school in the coming weeks. It’s the perfect time to talk about food allergy awareness, 504 Plans, classroom safety, tips, recipes and everything else you need to get organized for the beginning of the school year! Join me, as well as editor, April Peveteaux and author of “Gluten is My Bitch”, and Monique Ruffin LIVE for a Google+ Hangout at 10 am PST/1 pm EST TOMORROW August 8th. We will talk ‪#‎Gfree‬ and ‪#‎FoodAllergies‬…perfect as everyone heads back to school.

We will talk about the biggest misconceptions of food allergies, fears of moms with a child who has food allergies, and the best tips! Comment in advance with questions and we’ll answer as many as we can! Come back for the live stream even Thursday, August 8th at 1pm EST / 10am PST. RSVP HERE. 

In addition, if you are in the LA/OC area, come hang out with me and allergy-friendly bakery Sensitive Sweets in Fountain Valley on Thursday August 15th at 6 pm PST. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.  Along with FARE, I will be talking about 504 Plans and food allergy awareness in school, as well as answering your questions. AND if you order from Sensitive Sweets on August 15, 20 percent of the proceeds go directly to FARE.

You all know how passionate I am about food allergy safety at schools, and the importance of 504 Plans for your food allergic child. I’d love to take your questions too, so please fire away with any comments or questions you may have.

Have a happy day!!


5 Responses

  1. I am unable to attend either of the events, but I do have a question. My daughter has a life-threatening milk allergy and has had a 504 for a few years. This year she is transitioning to middle school and I am concerned that because she will have many teachers rather than being in one classroom, the level of oversight will be greatly diminished. Do you have any ideas on what I can do, other than have a 504 meeting early in the year? Also, any ideas on how the 504 should look now that she is in middle school? Ay help that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Hi,
    I am unable to attend but would like your opinion / advice.
    My son has life threatening food allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts & tree nuts just like many other children. He is going to preschool again this year, however they will have bring your own lunch. Recently, we were out at a restaurant where unsafe biscuits were being served. Someone set down a plate of them on top of his paper he was coloring and he freaked out. My sister was sitting across from him and was greatly bothered by his anxiety over the plate touching his paper. He was yelling “that’s not safe, get it off my paper!” over and over. He will be five next month, but we are holding him back from starting kindergarten in hopes his contact to milk reaction will get better. I am glad he is aware of his contact allergy but don’t want him to become paranoid. I have always thought that separate tables for allergy kids was backwards, the whole exclusion mindset. But I don’t want him to experience anxiety every time he eats with unsafe food present, especially if other children are drinking cows milk. When milk spills, it goes everywhere! What are your thoughts? Psychologically, I feel it could be damaging either way. But his life would be in danger if milk spills.
    Thank you for your thoughts,

    • Has anyone started Oral Immunotherapy? We are in our first week and are very hopeful. My son has severe peanut and tree nut allergies. We’re treating the peanut first. I would love to connect with more families going through this.


  3. Hi, I just found out about this now and not sure I will be able to attend. Will you have a recording available later? I am interested in knowing how a 504 can help and the pros/cons to having one. My daughter is entering kindergarten so I am trying to figure our way the through the public school system. They do have a separate lunch table, which I am concerned about because of the social exclusivity. Have you come across situations where someone/advocates have been able to change this within a school? And how do others handle parent-brought snacks? I have always had her bring backup snacks but has anyone taken the initiative to appeal to parents directly to make them aware of allergies in the classroom and had success? Birthday cupcakes are always so tough…


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