Congratulations Kylie Purtill-Wright! Thanks to everyone who entered!
Have you ever seen a child have an Asthma attack?
It can be frightening to an adult.
Imagine then what it is like for the child having the attack, or other children who may be witnessing the attack take place.
I’ve seen and dealt with asthma attacks as a teacher. I’ve observed children who are incredibly calm and others that panic. Panicking is natural. It could be because it’s their first attack, they don’t get them often, or maybe they just find it hard to stay calm.
When I heard about Asthma Peeps I was intrigued. Asthma Peeps was founded by Australian Mum, Kym Latter who, after having trouble managing asthma with her daughter, decided to create a range of products to encourage children to educate them and help them embrace their asthma.
BOOK: The Trouble with Bear Hugs
The Trouble with Bear Hugs is a book that follows the journey of Lulu and her new friend Bear, as Lulu learns about living with, and managing her asthma.
I loved the whimsical characters in this book. Lulu is a little bit quirky and so is her Pop who helps her manage her asthma. The illustrations complement their quirkiness beautifully as Lulu is shown doing her favourite things like putting things on her head (frogs and teapots) and eating giant amounts of liquorice. The expressions on the characters’ faces are clear too and would promote great discussion with a child at home or in the classroom about how Lulu might be feeling when she gets her ‘big bear hug’ which is actually an asthma attack, and how she feels after she gets help.
The language in the book is simple and would be relevant across all ages as the metaphor of getting a giant bear hug helps children understand the feeling of ‘tightness’ that can often occur in an asthma attack and steps to take when it happens. It reinforces finding an adult and getting your spacer and counting. It also shows the relief on Lulu’s face as her asthma attack is washed away.
This book would be fabulous to use in a classroom to allow children to understand what it is like for asthmatics in their class or school. It would also help the asthmatics to feel accepted and reduce self-consciousness when needing to use their spacer.
Spacer and Sticker Combo
Kym Latter has come up with an excellent idea of helping children deal with their asthma by personalising their spacer with stickers! Not only does it break down the ‘medical look’ of the spacer, which can be quite confronting to many children, but it also allows a discussion to take place between parent and child (when decorating it together) without the child feeling scared or apprehensive about owning and using the spacer.
I don’t have asthma but I’ve decorated mine for a little cherub I know and kept some stickers for him to do the rest!
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