Dr. Bree Holtz’s summary of the article, Management of Children with Diabetes in the School Setting
This journal article is about the role of diabetes educators when there is a child with diabetes in school. The article is a position piece of the American Academy of Diabetes Educators. While the article does mention type 2 diabetes management and other types of diabetes, this article seems to be generally focused on management of type 1.
My biggest takeaway
It offers a description of what a diabetes educator does and the role they can take when trying to navigate care of a child in the school setting. This is the part of the article that I thought might be the most helpful for parents to know. From the, admittedly very few parents I have talked to, I’m not sure that people are using diabetes educators in this way. The article says that a diabetes educator can (p.35, direct quote):
- Be the primary contact and liaison between the school, parent/guardian, and diabetes health care team
- Be a resource for training and educating the school nurse and school personnel in the care of students with diabetes
- Educate and facilitate behavior change of students with diabetes, parents/guardians, and school personnel
- Provide resources and expertise to help develop, implement, and update the written school-based diabetes medical management plan (DMMP)
Other key points
The paper then briefly describes:
- laws surrounding care for students with diabetes;
- plans for diabetes management
They also go on to describe how the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 7 Self-Care Behaviors can be applied to the school setting. This is something that they are really promoting throughout the profession and it is called AADE7 for short. These behaviors include:
- Healthy Eating
- Being Active
- Taking Medication
- Problem Solving
- Health Coping
- Reducing Risks
They then provide a list of additional resources that could be helpful to parents.
AADE (2017). Management of Children with Diabetes in the School Settings, The Diabetes Educator, 43: 36-39.
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