Elementary school children can learn to
manage their own asthma when they participate in the American Lung
Association's award-winning Open Airways For Schools program.
About Open Airways For Schools
The American Lung Association's Open
Airways For Schools is a school-based curriculum that educates and
empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma
self-management. It teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to
detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make
decisions about their health. Children who complete the Open Airways
for Schools program should be able to:
- Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms
- Recognize the symptoms of asthma when they first occur, and carry out appropriate management steps.
- Discuss and solve problems related to asthma with parents, medical professionals, teachers, and friends
- Feel more confident about taking care of their asthma on a daily basis
Airways For Schools is the most widely recognized asthma management
program for children in the nation, and a proven-effective way to
improve asthma self-management skills, decrease asthma emergencies, and
raise asthma awareness among families and school personnel.
How the Program Works
The Open Airways For Schools curriculum consists of six 40-minute
group lessons for children with asthma held during the school day. The
curriculum incorporates an interactive teaching approach – using group
discussion, stories, games and role play – to promote students' active
involvement in the learning process. Topics covered include basic
information about asthma, recognizing and managing asthma symptoms,
using medication, avoiding asthma triggers, getting enough exercise, and
doing well at school.
Open Airways For Schools classes are led by trained instructors, who
might be the school nurse or other school personnel, parents, community
volunteers, or anyone with an asthma background that has an interest in
working with children.
The OAS classroom kits contain easy-to-use teaching materials
including a detailed curriculum guide, posters and activity handouts.
Each lesson also includes materials for the children to take home and
share with their parents. All curriculum materials are available in
English and Spanish.
How to Get Started
The online training is divided into two modules: Asthma Basics and
the Facilitator Training Module. You will need to complete each module
and the evaluation form along with a follow-up session with a Certified
OAS trainer to become certified.
You will need to complete the following steps in this order to be trained as an OAS facilitator:
- Apply to Become a Facilitator - Complete the online registration process and turn in ALL the paperwork (agreements and background check) provided in your confirmation email.
- Complete Training - You will be sent an access code to the online
training modules once your paperwork is received.
- Complete a Follow-up Session - You will need to complete a final session with an ALA Certified OAS Trainer
who will issues your certification.
- Access to a Facilitator Kit - If you do not already have one, you
will need to purchase a facilitator’s kit that includes the curriculum
guide and poster book.
price $125 (35% discount applies to all government agencies and non-profits)
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