The Community Asthma Prevention Program of Philadelphia offers free asthma classes at different locations throughout Philadelphia. These classes are open to caregivers and their children with asthma.
Parents and caregivers are invited to attend with their children 5 years of age and older who have asthma. Childcare will be provided for children under 5 years of age. Your family will learn more about asthma and also receive free asthma devices, mattress covers, pillow covers and gift certificates upon completion of each class.
Each class runs for two to five sessions. It is very important that you attend all the sessions so that you can learn all you need to know about asthma. You must attend all sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion and all program incentives. You may make up a class at another location by calling us.
Current class location
6523 Lansdowne Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151
Thursdays, October 27, November 3 and November 10
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
To register, call 215-581-5580 and ask for Tajnanra Harris
Topics covered in classes
Introduction to the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP)
What is the program all about? What is asthma and why does my child have it? How asthma affects your child's body. You will receive an asthma journal at this session.
Triggers of asthma and prevention techniques
What makes my child start to wheeze and how can I prevent it? What things in the environment trigger asthma and how can we avoid them and prevent an asthma attack from starting? You'll be amazed at the ways you can control your child's asthma symptoms! You will receive mattress and pillow covers for your child's bed during this session.
Medicines and asthma devices
What medicine does my child have to take for her asthma? How do I use inhalers, spacers and peak flow meters? We explain the differences between the available asthma medicines, how they work to keep asthma symptoms from starting and how they calm the symptoms once they begin. We will talk about the purpose of the devices, the proper way to use them and how to take care of them. You will receive a spacer device and a peak flow meter.
Asthma action plan
How do I know when to use the right medicine for my child's asthma symptoms? We talk about how to use your peak flow meter to help you make a medicine plan for your child. This will give you the information you need to treat asthma symptoms early when they occur. You'll feel in control after this session! You will receive a stethoscope.
School and family issues and question and answers
How do I explain to the school nurse and teachers about my child's asthma? We discuss ways to help your teacher and school nurse deal with your child's asthma. We also look at how asthma affects the family as a whole and what your family can do to relieve stress and still be supportive to your child. You will receive a gift certificate for your attendance at all five sessions, and a certificate of completion.