What Is Gluten?

A cereal grain (wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn) is essentially a seed that can germinate and grow into a plant. Each grain has distinct parts: the bran is the outer protective layer, the germ is the plant embryo, and the endosperm contains starch and proteins that provide the nutrients that the germ needs to grow. There are 4 main types … Read More

Holiday Party 2017 – Tons of Fun

By Francie Kelley, Executive Director, Celiac Kids Connection The annual holiday party is always one of the most fun days for members of Celiac Kids Connection. This year’s event at Brandeis on December 3rd was no exception. Over 300 members attended. We tasted products from the 15 vendors, who came to the event, and from many others who sent samples. … Read More

Celiac Kids Connections – 25 Years of Families Supporting Each Other

By Francie Kelley, Executive Director, Celiac Kids Connection In 1992,  34 families gathered at the Boston location of Boston Children’s Hospital to form a group for kids with celiac disease and their families. That was 25 years ago. And on September 24, 2017, we gathered to celebrate this achievement. We hosted the event at Gillian’s Foods in Salem, MA. Gillian and her … Read More

Kids in the Kitchen – Arepas

By Francie Kelley, Executive Director, Celiac Kids Connection, Boston Children’s Hospital The Boston Children’s Hospital culinary staff hosted another “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking demonstration focused on gluten-free (GF) foods. This time the kids learned to make arepas. We were led by Chef Travis and Chef John. Arepas are flat-breads made of ground maize and loaded with a variety of … Read More

2017 Holiday Party

Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center Brandeis University, Waltham MA Holiday Party Tickets

Kids in the Kitchen – Gluten-Free Granola Snacks

By Francie Kelley, Executive Director, Celiac Kids Connection The hospital’s culinary department has begun a series called “Kids in the Kitchen”. It is a monthly series of cooking demonstrations aimed at teaching kids about special diets, making good food choices and learning how to cook. We were honored and excited that the first class in this series was a gluten-free … Read More

Gluten Free Summer Camps

Summer camp and especially overnight summer camp can be tricky on a gluten-free diet. There are many great camps that are not specifically gluten free but can accommodate the gluten-free diet. There are also many camps that offer a 100% gluten-free camp experience. Gluten-free camps are typically sponsored by a celiac or gluten-free related group, not the camp location. Gluten-free … Read More

Gluten Free Camp Experience

Nate Couture, Teen Board Member, shares his experience at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island. My name is Nate and I was diagnosed with celiac disease when I was a year old. Fortunately, since I was diagnosed at such a young age, I did not have the chance to experience foods and snacks like Oreo cookies or Gold Fish, so I … Read More

Think your Child has Problems with Gluten?

By Dascha Weir, MD, Associate Director, The Celiac Disease Program, Boston Children’s Hospital Interest in gluten is on the rise. The recent attention on gluten is primarily centered on avoiding it. The gluten free market has become a billion dollar business as more and more adults, and children, trial this restrictive diet. Many go gluten free as a lifestyle choice. … Read More

Celiac Kids Real Talk

Featured Video: Gluten-Free at Home. Login to see more videos like this one! Access to the Celiac Kids Real Talk Video Collection is limited to members of Celiac Kids Connection and patients of Boston Children’s Hospital. Collection topics include, What is Celiac Disease, Experiencing Celiac Disease, How To Read Labels, Grocery Shopping, Our Favorite Gluten Free Products, Gluten Free at … Read More