Nancy Sander knows what severe asthma can do to a child. Her 7-year-old daughter, Brooke, has had it since birth.

Sander's search to understand and manage Brooke's asthma prompted her to publish a newletter. "The M.A. Report (Mothers of Asthmatics Inc.)" shares Sander's experiences with other parents of asthmatic children.

"I learned that the less I feared asthma and the more I studied it, the better able I was to manage it in her [Brooke's] life and teach her how to manage it on her own," Sander said.

The monthly newsletter is designed as a guide for parents to increase their understanding of asthma. It offers practical advice on planning vacations, preventing the accumulation of dust at home and other topics.

"The most difficult time for a parent is from the time a child is diagnosed as having asthma until the time they have learned to manage it," said Sander.

The newsletter addresses common myths about asthma, such as the belief that it is a psychosomatic disease and that children have it because they are weak or inferior. For a one-year subscription, send $8 to: M.A. Report, c/o Nancy Sander, 5316 Summit Dr., Fairfax, Va. 22030. For additional information on asthma, call the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: 293-2950 and the D.C. Lung Association: 682-5864.