All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about heading back to school with diabetes. This story was originally posted on Aug. 3, 2011.
When kids with diabetes go to school, parents often have to do a lot of teaching.
Unless the staff and other children have already been educated on diabetes (by having another student with diabetes in the classroom), you may be surprised by how little the kids, teachers and staff know about diabetes.
Your task will be to teach them about diabetes, about what your child does to manage his/her diabetes and what they need to do to help your child manage his/her diabetes at school and during school activities.
One of the things you can do is to put together a “diabetes lesson” for your child’s class.
The staff of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult section at Joslin Diabetes Center offers an extensive list of helpful tips and guidelines based on their experience working with parents to get ready for a classroom presentation on diabetes for elementary school-age children. Continue reading→