Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Support Group for Parents of Children with Allergies

Bloomington, Ind. – Bloomington’s new support group for Parents of Children Having Allergies (PoCHA) has several events scheduled for Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 11-17.  One of these events includes a booth at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 17, where parents can learn about Bloomington PoCHA and its programs. Group meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers Rd.

The next meeting of Bloomington PoCHA will be Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. A local Auvi-Q representative will give a presentation on the newest version of the epinephrine pen. Auvi-Q, an epinephrine injection, is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for, or have a history of, these reactions.

The mission of Bloomington PoCHA is to provide the community with support and education for parents of children with allergies. A food allergy is a serious medical condition that affects up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Families of children with food allergies are often diagnosed after an allergic reaction. Although there is much research being done, there is no cure for food allergies at this time. Food allergens are everywhere, from potting soil to the foods we eat. The eight major food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Because avoidance is the best way to prevent an allergic reaction, education is vitally important for the families, friends, caregivers and children facing food allergies. Bloomington PoCHA is working to educate the community on ways to keep our children safe, especially in circumstances where the children are in educational settings, daycares and other places where children congregate. When a child does come into contact with his or her allergen(s), there is a possibility that the reaction can become anaphylactic and life-threatening. Emergency care is needed and lifesaving medication called epinephrine must be administered immediately.

Bloomington PoCHA will also have a team participating in the Food Allergy Walk on Saturday, Aug. 23, in Indianapolis. Visit the Food Allergy Walk website at to register for the walk or make donations to Team Bloomington PoCHA.

For more information about the support group, please contact Bloomington PoCHA at  

School made easier: A kid's guide to study strategies and anxiety-busting tools

School Made Easier focuses on how to manage both academic stress and the emotions that might interfere with academic success. This book offers teenage students ways to reduce their anxiety, increase their confidence in school, and study more effectively. Strategies such as learning positive self-talk, setting up the proper study environment, and becoming one's own study coach are designed to be fun and easy to learn.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Commission on Aging Offers Fourth Annual Creative Aging Festival

Bloomington, Ind. – In celebration of Older Americans Month in May, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population. Since Bloomington is known as both an arts and retirement destination, the Commission seeks to enhance these two attributes through offering the Fourth Annual Creative Aging Festival in May.

The primary objectives of the Creative Aging Festival are to highlight the artistic talents of older adults; promote intergenerational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling and increase awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well-being.  

The Commission has developed an online Creative Aging Festival Program Guide, which will feature creative aging events and exhibits in May.  Printed guides will be distributed to arts and aging venues in the area. The Creative Aging Festival program guide can be viewed online at

The Commission on Aging meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall Hooker Conference Room, Suite 245, 401 N. Morton St.  All commission meetings are open to the public and minutes from meetings can be found on the City of Bloomington website at

For additional information, contact Program Specialist Sue Owens at or 812-349-3468.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mobile App Monday - Fun with Verbs & Sentences

This app is developed for language ages 2-5 with eye-popping color drawings and 266 delightful animations--a cutting-edge way to show and teach action words! It provides a fun way to visually show left to right sentence building (early literacy concepts) and sequence the parts of a sentence in the right order.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Help with IEPs

Have you heard about the Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC)? Affiliated with Indiana State University at the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, the IEPRC creates resource materials and professional development opportunities to improve the IEP process in schools. Their goal is to increase educators' skills to ensure case conference committees meet the individual needs of students with disabilities.

Want to learn more about them? Please visit their website at:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Online Summer Reading Skills Program

This summer, the folks at the Community Learning Network at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) are offering reading skills and speed reading programs for preschoolers through 10th graders. These individualized programs include online instruction, independent reading and support from a reading teacher. The program design and instruction are provided by the Institute of Reading Development.

Interested? Call 800-964-9974 for more information or to register.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curricula for teaching children and young people with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties

Book description:
Curricula for Teaching Children and Young People with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties offers a range of compelling arguments for a distinct and separate pedagogical approach to the learning needs of the most educationally challenging pupils. This book, written in accessible, common sense and non-academic language, provides an easy-to-follow alternative curriculum specifically designed to enhance and enrich the learning of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.