Coeliac Disease is a growing issue. Just today I read that 1 million Australians now eat a gluten free diet. Interestingly of them, 250,000 are diagnosed Coeliac’s. Many of them are children.
Children of course go to child care, pre school, kindergarten and school. I often feel sorry for care givers and teachers these days having to worry about food and ensuring children with allergies are not in danger and catered for if there are special events.
My son was in his first year of school last year and to encourage fun learning, his teacher did lots of cooking activities and had lots of BBQ’s, picnics and parties.
Whenever I heard about them I often wondered what a mother of an allergic child would do. How much more worrying it would be to have to consider these situations and put alot of trust and faith not only in your child, but in your child’s teacher to understand the severity of it. Especially if the child’s teacher has not experienced food allergies previously.
When Anne contacted me to ask me to review her new book, ‘A Practical Guide to Supporting Children with Coeliac Disease and Gluten Intolerance’ I was delighted to say yes as a guide especially written for teachers and care givers would be so beneficial.
The book covers topics like what coeliac disease is and how to recognise it. Also has some wonderful food ideas for special occasions and even some yummy sounding recipes for cooking in the classroom.
As a coeliac reading this, I was happy with the information provided, all the important bases are covered like what gluten is, where it might be hiding and what foods are gluten free. My favourite part though is where Anne explains cross contamination and how to avoid it. No-one seems to understand how vital this is to coeliac’s so it is wonderful this has been included.
Also, Anne touches on how the child might be feeling, to not be able to have something the whole class is having is a very isolating feeling. School is hard enough as it is, especially in the younger years. To have an educator that understands this and is willing to make an effort is wonderful and this book makes it an easier process to do so.
It will be a wonderful resource. Perhaps it is a little disappointing that it is only geared towards the education market. I would love to see something like available to everyone. It really would be a good starting guide for the newly diagnosed.
You can purchase the book, which is part of a series called ‘Meeting Special Needs’, for $24.95 from www.teachingsolutions.com.au