Ordering in a Restaurant with Food Allergies
Sure, eating at a restaurant is supposed to be easier than cooking a meal at home, but for families managing food allergies, it inherently involves more work. All you need is a system, and you'll realize it's just a series of bite-sized steps.
Top 16 Answers: What is a 504 Plan and Do I Need One?When you have a child with severe food allergies, heading back to school means so much more than just buying a new backpack. It means taking every step to keep your child safe, and that might include getting a 504 plan. To help you get started, we talked to a food allergy mom who is uniquely qualified. Debby Beerman, an attorney and mother of three food-allergic children, walked into her first 504 meeting armed with legal documentation, printouts of policies and a secret weapon — her mother. For more than two decades, Madge Beerman worked as a special education case manager and counselor in the Chicago Public Schools system and sat in on every 504 meeting for her school, listening to countless discussions between parents and administrators about students’ disabilities. Now retired, her mother runs her own consulting business as a special education advocate for students with disabilities. Like her mother, Debby is a mom on a mission to keep kids safe in the classroom and help others with the 504 process.
How to Trick or Treat With Food AllergiesTrick or Treating can present a number of decisions for an allergy parent. It’s important to have a strategy and communicate it to your children before heading out. Use this guide to create a plan that matches your family’s approach to food allergies and make Halloween as fun and safe as possible.
Top User Rated AllergistsDr. Paul F. Detjen An allergist plays a vital role in a life with food allergies, from the initial diagnosis and annual updates to, hopefully, eventually introducing us to the latest treatments and therapies. Whether you are looking for your first allergist or considering a change, getting a referral from another food allergy family is invaluable. To see the newest version of this guide, click here! Announcing Spokin’s inaugural list of the Top Rated Allergists! This list featuring the top 30 allergists reviewed by our users.
An Action Plan for Food Allergy Bullying
This is the one guide we hope you never have to use, but if your food allergic child is bullied, here is everything you’ll need. If your child is one of the nearly 25% of children bullied, a rate that rises to 50% starting in sixth grade, emotions will inevitably kick into high gear. Clear thinking and knowing your rights is how to prevail. Mary Vargas, a disability rights attorney and allergy mom, tells us exactly how to respond in the event your child is bullied.
5 Steps for Going Back to School With Food Allergies
The start of the school year means fresh backpacks, school supplies, and most importantly for food-allergy families, a new teacher and routine. We've listed the five steps, plus all the resources you need to be a food allergy valedictorian.
Auto-Injector Video TutorialsLearn how to use EpiPen and CVS generic epinephrine auto-injectors in under a minute with Spokin's How-To Videos. Also available in Spanish! Use the share button at the top right of the videos to easily send to teachers, caregivers, family members, and friends.
How to Prepare a Babysitter
Oral Food Challenges
The topic of food challenges is very personal to me. My 13-year-old daughter, Natalie, has multiple life-threatening food allergies and has experienced seven food challenges. She's passed five and has an upcoming appointment to face pecans for the third time after trying twice before (she doesn't like to say "failed").
In light of the recent devastating loss of a 3-year-old boy, we felt compelled to cover the topic. While the "how" that we are all searching for remains unknown, we have collected answers to the most common food challenge questions to move away from fear and take a step toward knowledge.
Spokin's mission is to help people with food allergies live the fullest life possible. We want you to have that magic moment when you open our app and discover food allergy "wins" — wiping out the tremendous amount of time it takes to find safe food, restaurants, camps, etc.
Our mission drives us to build a resource that is committed to, quite simply, life. The recent tragedies drive us to double down our efforts. If you have ideas of what you wish the Spokin app could do to make your life easier, please email me at [email protected]. We are building Spokin for you and, near and dear to my heart, our kids.