This two-day program offered by Children's is an introduction to diabetes and is designed to help newly diagnosed patients and their families understand diabetes and how it affects the body. The diabetes team at Children's, consisting of a physician, nurse, dietician, social worker and physical therapist, works with the family to develop an individual diabetes management plan.
During the program, parents are trained in the basic skills needed to manage your child's diabetes, including insulin administration, record keeping and maintenance and proper use of a blood glucose monitor. Other topics covered include the importance of following a meal plan, how to treat high or low blood sugar, the effects of exercise on blood sugar and more.
Beyond Basics - Diabetes Management
A follow-up to the Diabetes Overview program, the Beyond Basics class teaches parents and children about the special care needed when a child with diabetes is sick. The multidisciplinary team discusses methods to prevent or reduce the risk of complications related to diabetes by learning healthy lifestyle habits.
The Bridge - For Teens and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
This fun and interactive program focuses on issues that may come up as he grows more independent and transitioning into adulthood. The program is facilitated by young adults living with Type 1 diabetes along with a variety of different health care providers. The upcoming BRIDGE program is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Register here. Contact Becky Alexander at 404-785-4841 for more information.
Caregiver Class - For Grandparents, Babysitters, Friends, School Teachers
This is a comprehensive, all day class designed to teach Diabetes management skills. Topics include how to give insulin, count carbohydrates, test blood sugar, test for ketones, exercise tips and more. This course is $25* for the first two people who take the class and $10* for each person after the first two. You can pay with cash or check when you come to the class. Make checks out to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Diabetes Education. Please contact the Diabetes Education department at 404-785-4841 if you have any questions. Register here
*Prices for Caregiver Class are subject to change as of August 2013.
Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes - Inpatient
This is typically a two-day program designed to help train CF patients that are newly diagnosed with CFRD. This class is uniquely tailored to the needs of this population. We incorporate all the basic diabetes skills into their activities of daily living.