Date
21 July 2019

Support participation and build confidence

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Creating inclusive learning environments ’

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Ask learners what helps

Ask learners what helps

Reduce feelings of anxiety and minimise barriers to participation.

Ask learners to share their perspectives, what works for them, and the support they need. 

 

Find out from children and young people:

  • how they want to access their asthma medication
  • how they want to communicate their health needs
  • activities or learning situations that increase their levels of stress or uncertainty
  • the information they would like shared about their asthma and the best ways to share this
  • how to support specific concerns, such as participation in exercise or sport.

 

Support learner wellbeing

Support learner wellbeing

Feeling that another asthma episode could start at any time may cause a person to feel anxious.

Supporting children and young people to manage their asthma is key.

Create a supportive environment

Create a supportive environment

Tips for creating supportive environments for children and young people with asthma.

  • Know which children and young people have asthma.
  • Have a copy of their asthma action plan.
  • Recognise the early warning signs of an asthma episode.
  • Provide a quiet space and/or activity to allow recovery from an acute episode.
  • Support learner’s transition back to learning after illness.
  • Recognise when children and young people show signs of poorly controlled asthma or worsening asthma.
  • Support easy access to medication.
  • Connect with parents to discuss any concerns.

Source: Managing asthma: A guide for schools (opens in a new tab/window)

Support participation in sport

Support participation in sport

Exercise may trigger an asthma attack.

With proper management, a child or young person with exercise-induced asthma (EIA) can maintain full participation in most sports.

  • Include warm-up exercises for 5–10 minutes prior to outdoor games and exercise.
  • During cold weather, plan outdoor exercise later in the school day.
  • Encourage children with EIA to use asthma medication as recommended by their health care professional, before exercising. Commonly this is two puffs of a reliever inhaler before warming up.  
  • Ensure children always carry a reliever in case of an asthma attack.

Plan participation for all

Plan participation for all

Plan activities, spaces, and processes that ensure all learners can participate fully.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Children and asthma

Children and asthma

Read time: 26 min

Publisher: Asthma + Respiratory Foundation, NZ

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Website

Teachers' asthma toolkit: Asthma and physical activity

Publisher: Asthma + Respiratory Foundation, NZ

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File

Exercise induced asthma

Publisher: Asthma NZ

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Create inclusive learning environments ”:

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