Open Airways for Schools

OAS LogoThe American Lung Association's Open Airways For Schools (OAS) is designed to empower children and their parents to take control of asthma.  

OAS consists of six 40-minute group lessons taught by an American Lung Association trained facilitator. Students are removed from their regular classrooms to participate in the class.

The group lessons consist of group activities, story telling, games and role playing used to teach children ages 8-11 that it is okay to have asthma and that they can take control of their asthma.

Each lesson also includes materials for the children to take home to their parents.

Ultimately, the goals of the program are to improve asthma self-management skills, decrease asthma emergencies, raise asthma awareness among parents/guardians, and to promote broader asthma management coordination among the child’s physician, parents and school.

It has been found that children who participate in the program manage their asthma better, get higher grades, and build self esteem.

Topics covered in the lessons include:

o    Basic information about asthma
o    Recognizing and managing asthma symptoms
o    Using medication
o    Avoiding asthma triggers
o    Getting enough exercise
o    Doing well at school  

This facilitator workshop is designed for individuals such as school nurses, teachers, health care professionals and others who want to help children with asthma manage their disease better.

Facilitators who implement the program must be non-smokers, able to relate to children, offer support for their concerns, and refer them for any extra help they may need.

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