Children with celiac disease are able to have fun and engaging school experiences. There is no reason they should not be able to fully participate in all aspects of school life. But you cannot assume that your child’s teacher and other school personnel are as experienced as you are in dealing with celiac disease. As parents, we must educate the educators.
With this in mind, we have provided tools to aide you in developing a working relationship with individual teachers, school staff and the school system. These tools will help you build positive relationships, while also educating and advocating for systems to minimize your child’s risk of exposure to gluten.
In working with your child’s school, it is important to remember that your child is one of many, each of whom brings his or her own special needs and concerns to the classroom.
Materials can be downloaded and distributed to those you think would benefit from the information.
Managing Celiac Disease in Learning EnvironmentsAdditional information can be found in “Managing Celiac Disease in Learning Environments” which outlines recommendations from a national coalition of educators, health care professionals, food service providers, advocacy groups, and parents/guardians to develop standardized recommendations and training resources to ensure the safety of a child with celiac disease in any learning environment. Download Now
Celiac Disease Resources for TeachersYou should feel free to share the entire “Managing Celiac Disease in Learning Environments” book with your child’s teachers. In addition share this link for information useful to teachers. On this page teachers will find videos, resources and a sample 504 plan.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Celiac Kids Connection at Boston Children’s Hospital for additional support.