TAEG 2014/ 2015 Programme
Thank you for a great year everyone! We’re planning our 2015/16 programme and will update the site later in the summer!
Wednesday, September 17th, 7-9pm -
Dealing with Anxiety – Yours and Theirs
Back to school triggers anxiety and concerns in all parents and particularly so in parents of anaphylactic children. Some children seem to navigate this situation with confidence and ease, while others are full of self-doubt. Learn how to assess the level of your child’s anxiety and how to manage it. As parents, we often unwittingly transfer our fears to our children – learn to assess and manage your own anxiety level as well. Reducing anxiety in both parents & children after an anaphylactic episode (or near-miss), and preparing both parents & children for allergic testing will be some the examples addressed in this interactive session. Power struggles and self-esteem will also be discussed in this context, giving you tools to help you and your child face the new school year with confidence and hope. Join us in this session led by Doone Estey of Parenting Network - it’s a must have for your back-to-school toolkit!!
- Click for meeting notes: TAEG Sept 2014 Meeting Notes_Managing Anxiety
- Meeting Handouts:
- TAEG To Reduce Anxiety and Encourage Self-Esteem
- TAEG Some Anxiety Strategies
- TAEG – Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings
Wednesday, November 19, 7-9pm – Ask the Allergist
Join us for an evening with an allergist - Dr. Peter Vadas of St Michael’s Hospital, will share an overview of his research in anaphylaxis and allergy management; and answer your questions about asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis. Bring your questions to the session or send them ahead of time to email@example.com. This will be an informative session from a leading Canadian allergist – a great opportunity to get further informed as we head into the holiday season.
- Click below for meeting notes: Dr Vadas’ research on factors that predict the severity of anaphylactic reactions (uses peanut as an example but applies to all allergens).
- TAEG November 2014_Dr Vadas_Allergy Research
Wednesday, January 28th, 7-9pm – Transitions to Independence – a panel session
With every transition come new experiences and new adjustments in managing allergies. During this panel session, we’ll look at building independence whether it’s preparing your child for their first playdate or entering the workforce with allergies and any of the experiences in between! We’ll have a variety of voices sharing their experiences as allergy teens, allergy parents and recent grads working with allergies. Start the new year off right at this session – helping you prepare for the next step to independence on your family’s journey with allergies! TAEG Jan 2015 Meeting notes
Wednesday, March 4th, 7-9pm – Bullying and Allergies – what parents need to know
About one-third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied specifically because of their allergies. Have you wondered what you should know to help your child? How can you help prevent bullying or identify when your child needs your help? Come out to this session for a chance to hear from Alyssa Keel, MSW, RSW of Canadian Safe School Network and learnwhat you need to know as an allergic parent. This is a great opportunity to move beyond the scary stats and get informed and prepared to help your child. Click here for meeting notes
- Check out Alyssa’s article on bullying and food allergies
Wednesday, May 27, 7-9pm – Tips and Travels – TAEG style!
Come out to this session and hear about great travel management, daycare allergy safety and overall knowledge sharing on everyday allergy management! During the first half of this session we’ll hear short presentations from members on managing travelling to Disney, Great Wolf Lodge and Road Trips. We’ll hear about setting up a great daycare environment for a severely allergic child and much more! Then in the second half of our session, we’ll open it up to the group to share tips and allergy management know-how. Get ready for a great summer and learn in this interactive knowledge sharing session!
- Toronto Anaphylaxis Education Group_May meeting slides with links to sites, products, resources shared
- Road trip checklist TAEG - includes menu plan and shopping for a dairy/egg/nut/fish free menu for one week for 4ppl; packing lists for family of four
- Games for on the road – games for in the car to mix it up from electronics
- Disney Ride Quick Reference 2008_TAEG - tabs for each park – update and print for your visit (easier to carry than a guidebook
Membership and Location
Membership in TAEG starts every year in September. We have secured new meeting space this year which has allowed us to suspend our membership fees (normally $20 per family pro-rated, for up to two adults to attend all five meetings from September to June, or individual entry per meeting is $5), so for our 2014/15 season there is no cost to attend.
NEW LOCATION: Our meetings will be held at Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road, south of the 401. We’ll have a membership desk to welcome you. Free parking is available (entering from Avenue Road) and nearest TTC bus stop is at Avenue Road and Wilson Ave accessible via
- TTC Avenue Road bus #61 from Eglinton Station.
- TTC Wilson Ave. bus #96 or Weston Road bus #165 from York Mills subway station.
Looking for something closer to home? Join TAEG-TO-GO
We recognize that TAEG families come from all over the GTA, and we know Avenue Road and the 401 may not be close by. So this year, we’ll again have informal coffee groups TAEG-TO-GO. We’ll have sign up sheets at our TAEG meetings for these informal coffee groups in the North, East, West and Central GTA, where you can meet and discuss allergy management between TAEG meetings, and get to know allergic families near you.
Questions or comments? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org