How to educate others on celiac disease
When you have celiac disease, it often becomes necessary to educate others on it and your needs. So how do you educate others on celiac disease? And how do you do it if they are doubtful, resistant, unsupportive, or reserved?
I’m going to cover all these things in this post.
When sharing information about celiac disease and your needs, it’s important that you are confident in what you share.
This means that you should be well-educated on celiac disease yourself. In my Celiac Disease Wellness Journal, I dedicate an entire week of journal prompts to helping you figure out the best way to educate others.
research / Learn
One of the journal prompts in my journal is focused on helping you do your research. I shared it there but I’ll also share it here, take some time reading reliable celiac disease resources.
While you’re reading them, write down facts and information that resonate with you. Keep the information you gather in a safe place and use it as a starting place when building your celiac disease “pitch”.
Not only will doing your research help you develop your talking points for educating others, but it will help you stay confident and persuasive.
Develop a Pitch
By pitch, I mean a quick speech if you will, that will educate others on celiac disease. Developing a pitch will help you feel prepared and confident when educating others on celiac disease.
I usually recommend people have a quick 10-second run-down on what celiac disease is and a 5-minute pitch.
Usually I use my 10-second pitch for people I don’t know well, and I share my 5-minute pitch with people who seem interested in learning more or who I know better.
Other tips on how to educate others on celiac disease:
- Teach the acronym “BROWS” which stands for the top gluten-containing ingredients to avoid (barley, rye, oats (unless certified gluten-free), wheat, and spelt).
- Come up with a list of things you wish people knew about celiac disease and share them.
- Make a list of the common myths and doubts people have and educate yourself on how to debunk them.
Ex. people are often confused about the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
- Share reputable resources and posts to your social media for your friends to read on their own time.
- Remember that biological relatives are at risk for celiac disease and it’s important to talk to them about it. Don’t be pushy, but let them know you’re worried.
- Be patient. Sometimes it could take a while for people to understand or get on board. Be ready to set firm boundaries for those who remain unsupportive.
What are your tips on educating others on celiac disease?