Back to school with type 1 diabetes
Whether your child is going to school for the first time, they’re attending a new school, or they’re heading back somewhere familiar, you probably have lots of questions about how the school staff and your family can best work together to help manage your child’s type 1 diabetes.
Our first ‘Let’s Talk T1D’ session for the year focussed on getting ready for school in 2023, and was packed full of great information and handy tips.
Please note that all information the video is general in nature; see your healthcare team for advice specific to your child’s situation.
Watch the video below (or listen in like a podcast).
Hosted by Fiona Scott, a credentialled diabetes educator, and Melanie Cullen, a psychologist and JDRF’s mental health lead, the hour-long chat also included handy resources to help you and staff members of your child’s school get on the same page.
The resources, in the order they were mentioned, included:
- Diabetes in Schools: for principals
- Diabetes in Schools: for parents and carers
- T1D Learning Centre
- Three courses for all school staff, from basic T1D information through to insulin administration
- Insulin action plans and T1D management plans
- Department of Education Victoria Diabetes Guidelines (downloadable PDF)
- As 1 Diabetes (animations, fact sheets and more)
Other helpful links
- JDRF’s private Facebook group for parents and carers of children living with T1D
- Teen Wellbeing Guide: a teen’s guide to study, mental health, relationships and living with T1D
- Teen Toolkit: a parent’s guide to navigating the teen years with a child living with T1D
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