Student Readiness Assessment Tool

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Having immediate access to quick-relief medicine is critical for people with asthma. The purpose of this tool is to create a standardized process for designated school personnel to use in order to determine a child’s readiness to self-carry a quick-relief inhaler during the school day. This assessment takes place once the student, the parent and provider have agreed that the student is ready to self-carry. There are four areas of competencies that designated school personnel should assess at the beginning of each school year for each student with a diagnosis of asthma. Each of the four areas of knowledge and skills has a series of questions to ask the student and possible responses. Use this tool to help you identify a student’s capabilities and areas that need improvement. Make a plan to work with the student throughout the school year to build the knowledge and skills to self-carry and use a quick-relief inhaler during the school day.

For more information, see the American Lung Association’s course, “Assessing a Student’s Readiness to Carry and Use a Quick-Relief Inhaler” at http://lung.training

Section 1: Basic Understanding of Asthma
The student should have a basic understanding of asthma.

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Section 2: Understanding of Symptoms and Asthma Management
Recognizing signs and symptoms can help people with asthma take the necessary steps to prevent an asthma episode. The student should be able to recognize asthma symptoms and the steps to treat them.

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Section 3: Using Asthma Medications
Understanding and using asthma medicines is a critical component to the overall treatment of asthma. The student should be able to describe the medicine they use to treat their asthma and demonstrate correct inhaler technique.

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Section 4: Avoiding or Limiting Asthma Triggers
Managing exposure to triggers can greatly reduce the need for asthma medicines. The student should be able to articulate their asthma triggers and strategies to avoid or limit their exposure to them.

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