This site offers an informational product for children called “Ally and Andy's Activity Book". The book is designed to give children a basic understanding of asthma and allergies through word finds, crossword puzzles, mazes and word scrambles. There is also a story to read and color. Parents have the choice of a free PDF download or a printed copy of the book for $5.00.
Sesame Street in Communities: Managing Asthma
Sesame Street's site is geared towards children between the ages of two and six years. The site contains articles, printable pages for children to color, and videos featuring the Sesame Street characters such as Big Bird™ and Elmo™. The videos discuss serious topics such as asthma triggers and visits to the doctor in a light-hearted, positive manner that appeals to very young children.
Dr. Alex Thomas: IggyandtheInhalers©
Dr. Thomas's site employs a comic book theme to teach children about asthma. The site is comprised of a series of videos centered on Iggy, an animated inhaler dressed in a superhero's costume. These free videos cover many aspects of asthma care, including basic facts, triggers, types of medications, and use of an inhaler with a spacer. Parents can also purchase asthma comic books, trading cards, and labels to decorate a child's inhaler.
Using any or all of these high-quality sites is an excellent way to make asthma education engaging and enjoyable -- and to make sure that each child with asthma understands more about their condition and how to manage it.