Reduce Children’s Asthma Attacks: A Community Masterclass
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Reduce Children’s Asthma Attacks: A Community Masterclass

Help children, families and communities learn about children's asthma in fun ways
4.2 (15 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
356 students enrolled
Created by Heather Henry
Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 35 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Reduce the incidence of asthma flare ups by helping children and families learn about childhood asthma in fun ways, such as asthma parties
  • Spread asthma knowledge through the community, so more people can look out for local children
  • Evaluate your activities, using improvement science
  • Knowledge of children's asthma to the level of a competent parent
  • Experience of spending time with children with asthma and their families and want to help them
  • Access to preventer/controller and reliever/rescue inhalers (real or placebo) and spacer devices

Captain Fearless is a 9-year-old girl who battles Wheeze Monsters with just her inhalers, spacer, bicycle bell and her magic goggles. The Big Bad Wolf has developed asthma and needs children’s help to know which inhaler to take  and when, to blow the piggies’ house down.

Heather Henry, a multiple award-winning nurse, presents BreathChamps: a unique, evidence-based and creative programme, for children aged 4 to 12 years to learn about asthma in fun ways.

Maybe the children you know aren’t taking their medications correctly, maybe they don’t turn up for reviews, maybe they're missing a lot of school as a result. Maybe they and their families just don’t understand their asthma or take it seriously. This course is for clinicians in primary and community settings and enthusiastic local people, who are weary of seeing children with asthma suffer unnecessarily. Asthma becomes a shared problem for clinicians and local people and so becomes about working better together … and making it fun!

There are 3 underlying principles, called the 3 Ds:

  1. Democratise: The motto is “It takes a village to raise a child with asthma.” So BreathChamps is about cascading asthma knowledge through the whole community. Everyone has strengths and skills to contribute and everyone looks out for children and knows how to keep them well.

  2. De-medicalise: Parents, carers, schools and community groups learn by sharing stories, games and crafts that explain the fundamentals of asthma in ways that are easy to understand, remember and repeat

  3. Destigmatise: Children with asthma become heroes that battle Wheeze Monsters, rather than ‘patients’ who are passive recipients of care, or worse, feel like victims. All children learn about asthma, not just those with the condition, so they can help each other.

This is a game-changing programme, giving a host of practical tools that directly address the recommendations of the largest review of asthma deaths in the world: the National Review of Asthma Deaths, 2014. The programme introduces and applies a range of evidence-based interventions including asset based community development, group consultations or “asthma parties”, behavioural science, play therapy and improvement science.

From simply handing out stories during routine consultations to hosting parties and community events, this course offers clinicians the help they are seeking and offers local people the chance to shine and improve their own wellbeing in the process.

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Who this course is for:
  • Clinicians and managers in primary care teams, community respiratory teams and community nurse teams
  • People who enjoy helping children to learn through play
  • Local community organisations who are keen to help clinicians to spread foundational asthma knowledge
Course content
Expand all 60 lectures 03:36:32
+ Introduction to the course
5 lectures 08:54

A short description of the course, who it's for and how it will help you

Preview 03:07

Children welcome you in song. This is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to other course participants

Preview 01:57

This lecture explains the 3 ways in which the BreathChamps tools presented on this course can be used

Preview 00:55

Start to see people as assets and how it is complementary to a deficit or needs-based view

Preview 02:00
+ Review common problems in children with asthma
5 lectures 09:05

The learning on this course is link to continuing professional development and revalidation requirements. This lecture introduces the activities in the section around what goes wrong for a child with asthma, their family and school.

Preview 01:24

Complete a 15 minute activity to review common problems for children with asthma

Activity: Common problems in child asthma

Address the social, emotional and psychological issues in children's asthma by de-stigmatising, democratising and de-medicalising your approach

Tackling asthma problems: The 3 Ds

Introducing the National Review of Asthma Deaths and how it has shaped this course

National Review of Asthma Deaths

Why asthma still kills is the National Review of Asthma Deaths' (NRAD) first national investigation of asthma deaths in the UK and the largest study worldwide to date. The primary aim was to understand the circumstances surrounding asthma deaths in order to identify avoidable factors and make recommendations to improve care and reduce the number of deaths.

This quiz will help you to understand just a few of the findings from the report and will help you to target your attention towards addressing some of the main causes of morbidity and mortality for children with asthma (N.B. some questions refer to both adults and children)

After taking the quiz, follow the link and read the report itself. The facts and figures will also help you to persuade others that improving asthma knowledge is an important task and that you need their help.

Quiz: National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD)
5 questions
+ Identify helpful assets and resources
5 lectures 13:39

This section is about identifying the assets in your team and in your community. You'll need a map that you can write on

Introduction to an asset-based approach

Understand the (often hidden) capabilities of your team and neighbourhood

Why bother with assets?

The goal of this 1 hour activity is to build an asset map of your team. You will identify what's already strong around children's asthma that you can build upon, using the familiar asset-based framework of 'head, heart and hands' .

Activity: Asset mapping your team

Complete an asset map of your community by completing a walkabout, preferably with a local guide. This activity takes approximately 2 hours.

Activity: Asset Mapping your community
+ Deliver your first fun activities
4 lectures 11:59

This section is about becoming familiar with a couple of BreathChamps tools ( making a model lung and using a children's poem and or story) in order to build confidence.

Introduction to the activities

The goals of this activity are

  1. Be able to make a working model lung

  2. Be able to show someone else how to do it

  3. Successfully demonstrate how the lungs work and how asthma affects the lungs in a way that would be understandable to a child

Activity: Make a model lung

Incorporate your first story or poem as part of your clinical asthma education work and reflect on how it went

Activity: Read your first story or poem
+ Grasp the range of tools to teach asthma basics
7 lectures 17:34

An overview of the range of tools to address the recommendations of the National Review of Asthma Deaths

Introduction: Overview of the tools

Tips and tricks to explain to children how their lungs work and what goes wrong when they have asthma

Teach children how their lungs work

Teach children about what their inhalers do, how to use them and how to spot and manage an acute asthma attack, using this well loved fairy tale

The Big Bad Wolf Has Asthma story

Help children who have nocturnal asthma using this poem and quiz

The Orange in a Onesie who coughs in bed at night

Teach children about asthma triggers using the character of Captain Fearless, a little girl who battles Wheeze Monsters using just her inhalers, spacer and magic goggles

The Captain Fearless Stories

Use an adaptation of this famous Christmas Carol to teach families 'the numbers to know' in relation to childhood asthma

The 12 Days of Asthma
+ Tackle issues with treatment concordance
3 lectures 13:43
Introduction to concordance issues

Complement your clinical management by adding in  more social tools to aid concordance with treatment:

Rewards, personalisation, visitors books and apps

Improve concordance using rewards, personalisation, visitor books and apps
+ Manage the mind body link
6 lectures 13:26

Encourage existing school based initiatives and encourage family activities in your community

Encourage exercise

Be able to explain how singing can support lung health in 3 ways

Discover singing for lung health

Add initiatives such as growing plants and walks in nature into your work and understand how they may help children with asthma

Design ecotherapy or green care into your care

Make mind jars and introduce mindfulness techniques to children

Two simple ways to help children to relax
+ Putting it all together: Asthma Parties
6 lectures 24:01

An overview of the 3 concepts for this section: group consultations, playful learning and asthma parties

Introduction to the concept of asthma parties

Discover the evidence for group consultations and how the structure can be altered to support children with asthma

Discover group consultations

Add evidence-based play therapy to your consultations

Facilitate learning through play

Avoid missed appointments by making your activities easy, attractive, social and timely

Use behavioural science to avoid missed appointments and inprove concordance

Plan and deliver your first asthma party or group consultation for children with asthma, using this helpful guide

Deliver your asthma party
+ Make changes and measure improvement
7 lectures 36:50
Introduction to the activities

An activity to enable you to develop a smart goal, action plan and risk assessment

Activity: Create a short term action plan and risk assessment

An activity to highlight the  importance of  evaluation and agree the audience, benefits and link to organisational priorities

Activity: Plan your evaluation

Develop an outline plan with your stakeholders. agree who will do the evaluation and plan when reports will be presented.

Activity: Design your evaluation

Complete a logic model showing how inputs link to outcomes and decide if your evaluation will be qualitative or quantitative.

Activity: Select measures for your improvement activities: Part 1

Set your target and a system to collect data. Make plans for the sustainability of the project.

Select measures for your improvement activities: Part 2
+ Enable people-powered asthma education
10 lectures 57:56

This section is about

Motivating the people in your community

Help improve their health and wellbeing through working with you

Enabling or facilitating people-powered action

Introduction to the activities

A comprehensive selection of tools to help you manage volunteers in your organisation

Work successfully with volunteers

A practical activity that will enable you to understand what might motive people to work alongside you.

Activity: Identify what motivates your community

Discover a wellbeing framework that will help you to enable your community to feel more in control, avoid social isolation and have more confidence

Discover health-creating features

A practical exercise where you will observe for 5 health creating features in your local community

Activity: Observe health creation in your community

Prepare to go to your community to ask for help by doing a walkabout and asking relevant questions

Prepare for people-powered action

Successfully have your first community meeting: manage challenges and expectations

Deliver people-powered action

Talent spot and embrace the people who will help you: critics, fizzy people and role models.

Talent-spot: 3 people to look out for

Make genuine connections, show humility and slowly hand over to local people who will slowly self-organise their own activities.

Manage your emotions