On Friday, March 9, I had the pleasure of making a presentation to nurses in the East Penn (Pa.) school district. My presentation titled, “When a Child has Celiac Disease: A Guide for Educators and Healthcare Professionals” allowed for an interactive discussion about what it means to be a parent of a child with celiac disease and how to navigate the sometimes rough waters of living with–and educating others about–this condition. We talked about the condition itself, what it was like for my family from diagnosis to present day (my 20-year-old daughter has had celiac disease since she was 15 months old), how we handled the diet in school and social situations when my daughter was younger (including how to handle it when your child goes away to college) and what educators can do to help students on a gluten-free diet, among other topics.
Thanks to Ann Johnson and all of the nurses I met on Friday. You made me feel welcome, and your questions and feedback were insightful.
For information on how to bring this presentation to your school, contact Christine Krahling at WriteAtHome2012@gmail.com.