Explaining complex subjects to a child can be difficult, but finding a way to explain sensitive topics like hair loss or alopecia can be even more troubling. The good news, however, is that there are a lot of resources online for talking to your kids about hair loss. Here are three websites that have a wealth of information about how to explain alopecia to your children and their peers.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation School Guide – The NAAF nonprofit, which works to advocate for and raise awareness of alopecia areata, created an excellent school guide designed to help educate students, parents, and school administrators about what alopecia is and how it affects people.
Children’s Alopecia Project – CAP is a not-for-profit designed entirely to help children with alopecia. They have an entire section on their website devoted to resources for helping your child cope at school and around other students. Their resource guide includes practical advice and templates for 504 school plans, sample letters to parents and teachers, and a recommended reading book list.
Kid’s Health – This kid-centric website does a great job explaining alopecia in a fun and easy-to-understand way. They also offer audio recordings if your kids would rather listen, than read, the content. To ensure accurate information, each article is reviewed and approved by a certified health professional and reviewed on a regular basis to keep material up-to-date and relevant.