School Tips And Tricks From The Pros in Parents, Friends and Loved Ones of Celiacs Posted August 10, 2007 · Report to Admin One thing I am happy about at her school is that they do not allow sharing of food. That way I know she won't be getting anything at school that she shouldn't have. However... Some of the teachers will pass out treats for all the kids and then tell them they can have them if they are able to. This is upsetting to me because it is up to the kid to determine what is safe for them, and then if it is not safe, to dispose of it. Even though I try to be there for all the parties, not all of the parents know of her allergies or can seem to remember them even though I've told them. So her desk will get covered with pretzels, cookies, cupcakes, etc. while they are passing out the treats. This is very upsetting to her because she wants to eat them and can't. I don't know how well you know the kids in your daughter's grade level, but I have a suggestion: Ask the teacher to pair your daughter up with another girl who will help her to deal with the issues surrounding parties and other events. In every classroom there are always a couple of kids, usually girls, who are like little moms. They take it upon themselves to watch out for the other kids, especially those with any special needs. I've seen it with students who had food allergies, Asperger's Syndrome, a hearing impairment, selective mutism, etc. Kids like this LOVE to help out, so once you or the teacher explains the situation, this child will take her job very seriously. At party time, have the teacher show the two girls which foods are off limits. Then when the treats are being passed out, either both girls or just the helper can assist by making sure that no forbidden foods are put on your daughter's desk. It's so hard for kids to assert themselves when they have to do it alone and with grown-ups, but when another kid enters the mix, it is so much easier.