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Sunday, September 28 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Emotional Well-Being

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This will be a solutions-oriented discussion on handling the anxiety and feelings of isolation that can come with managing food allergies. Food allergies impose stress on the whole family - the caregivers, siblings and child - from the first reaction to the day-to-day management. This session will highlight the difference between a normal stress response and clinical anxiety, will caution families against "admiring the problem" and advise when professional help is warranted, and provide tips for coping to protect well-being.  Join Kristen Kauke, Lori Sandler, and Dr. Ruchi Gupta to talk about how it's going for you and to learn and share ways to make sure allergies don't define your kids or your family .

Please Note: The time of this session was previously 10:30 AM and has been changed to 9:00 AM. Please adjust your personalized schedule, accordingly, if needed. 

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Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Author, Doctor, The Food Allergy Experience
Dr. Ruchi Gupta is an internationally recognized expert on food allergy, and a parent of a child with allergies.  She has published some landmark manuscripts including the food allergy prevalence study showing 1 in 13 kids have food allergy and a recent economic study showing food allergy costs 24.8 billion dollars annually in the US.  She is an associate professor of pediatrics and Director of the Center for Maternal and Child... Read More →
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Kristen Kauke

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Author, Handling Emotions
Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself. Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group counseling in both private and school settings. Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics... Read More →
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Lori Sandler

Founder, Divvies
Lori Sandler is the founder of Divvies, a fun, national brand of delicious snacks made in Divvies own dedicated nut, egg & dairy free bakery, located in South Salem, NY.  Her youngest son, Benjamin, is the inspiration behind Divvies.  When he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, the social as well as safety realities of the situation became clear.  Lori became a Mom on a mission, and set out to find a solution that... Read More →

Sunday September 28, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door