Table 1: Wee Wheezers Topical Outline by Lesson
Children Parents
  Lesson I
  1. Introduction and overview of the program
  2. Basic concepts of asthma
    • Facts and figures
    • Physiology
    • Diagnosis
       
  3. Coping in a crisis
  4. Action plan for asthma management
    • Recognizing early warning signs of asthma
    • Getting your child to recognize his/her own early warning signs
    • Using a peak flow meter
    • Preparing your action plan
       
  5. Homework and wrap-up
  Lesson 2
  1. Discussion of homework
  2. Continue with the asthma action plan
    • Understanding asthma medications
    • Nonmedication techniques for managing asthma symptoms
       
  3. Symptoms of an acute episode
    • Treating early symptoms
    • Signs of a more severe asthma episode
    • Seeking medical assistance
       
  4. Homework assignment and wrap-up
Lesson 3
Children 4-6 with parents (45 minutes)
  1. Introduction
  2. Asthma physiology
  3. Early warning signs
  4. Use of the peak flow meter
  5. Asthma medications
  6. Belly breathing
  7. Homework and review
Lesson 3
Parents only
  1. Discussion: homework and medication questions
  2. Considering how you feel about your children having a chronic health problem
  3. Symptom Prevention
    • Trigger identification
    • Control of nonenvironmental triggers
    • Environmental control
    • Homework
    • Using preventive medications
       
  4. Wrap-up
Lesson 4
(Children 4-6 and their parents)
  1. Review and discussion of homework
  2. Asthma self-management and triggers
  3. Use of the metered dose inhaler
  4. Belly breathing review
  5. Wrap-up
Lesson 4
Parents only
  1. Review of homework
  2. Communicating about asthma
    • With teachers and childcare workers
    • With physician
    • Within your family
       
  3. Preview of follow-up sessions and wrap-up
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