School supplies?

Angela - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is enter school in the fall. I was wondering if anyone has advise on school supplies? how to inform the teachers and school? What about art supplies? soap? playdoh? Snacks? Lunches? Has anyone had problems with these things? Any advise would help.

Angela

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Nancy - posted on 08/04/2009

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Sheena,
When my dd was younger, I used to send in Crayola model magic for her. I would get the little individual packs for them to keep at school and that seemed to work.

Sheena - posted on 08/03/2009

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Anyone have a recipe for GF playdough? It's so hard to know what "good' recipes are out there.

User - posted on 07/30/2009

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There are a few things that the school can do to help you but unless your child is impacted academically by the diagnosis they will not write and individualized educational plan (IEP) what they can do is write a 504 plan which is for medical diagnosis that may need to be accomadated in the school. If your child's intolerance is high/dangerous I strongly suggest that you do this. What it will do is produce paperwork that teachers will be given every year. It will also make teachers aware that before they have snacks, work with certain crafts etc that they need to consult you. But schools are not required to provide gluten free materials. It would be your responsibility it is only the schools responsibilty to make sure your child uses those materials only. I have also heard of students having rubber gloves available to them to wear incase a teacher is unsure about an activity the child can wear the gloves.



I would call the school now, and intoduce yourself and ask to come in and speak with the person who handles these type of situations it shoudl be a principal or assistant principal who works all summer. Then I would go to the meeting with a formal letter that states all of your concerns and what accomadations you are asking for. If you can not get a sit down I would send or email the letter. If the principal does not get back to you in a resonable amount of time I would pop in after confirming that they are not on vacation. If you wait until school starts it might take londer to get results the start of the school year is so busy!

Nancy - posted on 05/07/2009

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We always sent in Crayola model magic for my dd to use if they had play-do and that seemed to work. The individual packets are nice b/c they don't get stale.

Angela - posted on 05/03/2009

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Thank you for all the support! I made gluten free play dough today it was really easy and quick.

Ahroon - posted on 04/29/2009

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Check out discountschoolsupplies.com... they carry gluten free moulding clay (like playdoh). We are just looking at pre-schools and I plan to provide extra snacks for when there are gluten filled snacks, I also plan to supply the gluten free playdoh. In talking with the school's director/teachers, there are so many kids with different kinds of allergies, that the school is used to dealing with everything. so ask the teacher, principal, etc. Good luck

Gloria - posted on 04/29/2009

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Angela-

I am not sure where you are located. But definatley inform your school. Certain school supplies are not gluten free. I have heard only crayola crayons are safe. My daughter was 16 at diagnosis so we were through most of that but she had to have accomodations like allowing her to go to the bathroom when necassary as she was healing when she returned to school. The school also has to accomodate for lunches and snacks. It is best to ask for an individualized education plan to accomodate for the health issue.

Keeley - posted on 04/23/2009

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Hi, In the UK there are some fantastic schools and teachers out there. My son's school has told all his teachers (current and future) about his diet. The Foundation stage teacher (ages 4-5) even made play doh at home for him so that there was no problem.



The Coeliac society in the UK have all sorts of documents and leaflets that you can give to the school which explain it really simply. There is even a little booklet for the children in his class to read.There must be a similar US society.



Adam has school prepared hot lunches. They substitute GF products where necessary. There are some days when it is just not practical for them to do that, so by working through the menu together we have sorted out that there are just two or three days in a month when he has a packed lunch.



You will also be amazed at how much your daughter knows what she can and can't have.



My advice would be to talk to the school before she starts and let them know her requirements. The better the relationship you have with the school the easier it will be.



Good luck.



Keeley

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