Roaring Adventures of Puff
In 1993, Alberta Asthma Centre developed the Roaring Adventures of Puff (“RAP”) childhood asthma education program to address the lack of asthma self-management education for children and related training for health care professionals. The program consists of two curricula:
1. For 6-12 year olds: Six activity-and game-filled sessions to be delivered in schools by trained health professionals, in a small group setting. The program is designed to enable the child to self-manage her asthma and includes scripts for facilitators, “Puff the Asthmasaurus” puppet, games, assembly plans, templates and lists of resources.
2. For Healthcare Professionals: The interactive, on-line training course and instructor's training manual include strategies and templates to plan, prepare, assess, implement and evaluate RAP.
RAP is a community-based, comprehensive, interactive program for children which also supports their parents and teachers. Evidence-based, child-centered education approaches and theoretical framework is core to the program’s success. The program has been well received by thousands of children in health regions across Alberta, as well as in other major cities across Canada.