Psychosocial Implications of Life-Threatening Allergies: School Policy and Practice (PA156)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM

  • PMD: 5
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. receive a guide with resources for school-psychologists to support students with allergies.
  2. learn about the pathogenesis of, and symptoms associated with, common childhood allergies.
  3. characteristics of allergy policy throughout the country will be reviewed in tandem with current research surrounding social-emotional implications of allergies among students.


Life-threatening allergies in childhood continue to increase in prevalence on a national level. While state-specific guidelines typically outline structures critical in preventing and addressing anaphylaxis in schools, emotional considerations are seldom integrated into allergy policy. This presentation will provide a comprehensive examination of allergy policy across the U.S. with regard to social–emotional supports for students with allergies. Opportunities for school psychologists to address the unique social–emotional needs of students with allergies will be discussed.

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Sadie C. Cathcart, University of Massachusetts - Boston, Boston, MA
Stacy L. Bender, University of Massachusetts - Bostons, Boston, MA

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