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School Age Childen
As your child approaches school age whether it's preschool or kindergarten, you have some challenges to face. You may want to consider a 504 plan - this is something to talk to the school about. A 504 plan legally defines the care for your child at school. A child diagnosed with Celiac Disease is eligible for a 504 plan. We've included more information about 504 plans under Resources.
At a minimum, your child should have a health plan established at school. This helps to communicate the care that your child requires in case there is a change in staff or if there is a substitute teacher.
Here are some helpful hints.
- Meet with your child's school / teacher before school starts (this may include the district school nurse)
- Talk with your child's school / teacher about a list of common craft items that contain gluten and therefore should not be handled by your child. Younger children continually put their hands in or near their mouths and may accidentally ingest some gluten if they play with gluten-containing craft items. Some items you may want to avoid include:
-Pasta in art projects- offer to supply art teacher with gluten-free pastas
-Art pastes (usually wheat-based) - used white glue instead
-Paper Mache - gluten free Paper Mache can be made
-Bird seed mixes - may contain wheat berries or some other grain which may have been contaminated by gluten-containing grains
More Resources for Children:
Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe
- ½ cup rice flour
- ½ cup cornstarch or potato starch
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- Food coloring (optional)
1. Combine dry ingredients into a medium-sized pot and mix together. Add olive oil and water and mix well.
2. Heat pot over low heat, stirring mixture until a ball of dough forms.
3. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot, remove from heat and let cool.
4. Once the dough is cool, knead in food coloring until you reach the desired color.
Note: If the dough is too firm, add a little water and knead well. If it is too wet, add a little flour and knead well.
Recipe courtesy of National Foundation of Celiac Awareness