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• Your child may want to help the presenter choose the specific topics to be discussed. Some children may also want to assist with presenting the information, while others may prefer to be part of the audience. The idea is to create an open, accepting environment in the classroom, not to make any child feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. There should not be any surprises for the child on the day of the presentation.

• Bring a diabetes play kit rather than using the child’s actual care kit for demonstration. A play diabetes care kit could include: Needless lancing device, needless syringe, an old bottle of insulin, alcohol wipes, a glucose meter, expired test strips, and a juice box or glucose tablets.

• Everyone needs something called insulin to help the body use energy from food to grow, play, and feel healthy. Most people have insulin already inside their bodies. When kids have diabetes, they don’t have any insulin in their bodies, so they have to get the insulin from an injection or an insulin pump instead.

• It’s important for kids with diabetes to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks so that they have enough energy to run, play, and learn. Kids with diabetes can usually have the same kind of foods that everyone else eats, as long as they check with an adult and make sure there is enough insulin in the body to work with the food.

• Field questions one at time. If a question comes up during the presentation that is difficult to answer, tell the children, “I don’t know the answer to that, but I will find out.” Write down the question and let the children know that you will contact the medical team and send an answer to their classroom as soon as possible.

Doctors and scientists are still trying to figure out why diabetes happens. In the mean time, we do know exactly how to take care of diabetes with insulin, checking blood sugars, eating healthy foods, exercising, and visiting the doctor a few times a year for check-ups.

We do not expect children to die from diabetes. As long as kids with diabetes check their blood sugars, take insulin, eat healthy, and visit their doctor’s office for check-ups, we expect them to grow up healthy and strong just like everyone else.

The body will never run out of blood from checking blood sugars. New blood is always being made inside the body. Whenever kids need to take a little blood out to measure blood sugar or other tests during a doctor visit, the body replaces it all.

• Another student may say that they have a grandparent with diabetes that is very sick. Diabetes treatments have changed a lot and today’s modern medicines help keep people healthy. The grandparent may have other health problems or have had diabetes before the medicines we have today.

The book "Taking Diabetes to School" by Kim Gosselin may be helpful for those families and/or teachers who wish to discuss type 1 diabetes in the classroom. This book is appropriate for children ages 5-10 years old. Some families may choose to read just certain sections from this book, or another children’s book to make it more appropriate for younger children or to more closely reflect your child’s own experience.