242815 Assisting Children with Type 1 Diabetes in Schools

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:10 AM

Laura Nabors, PhD , Department of Human Services, CECH, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Type I diabetes is characterized by pancreatic failure. Daily exogenous insulin replacement is necessary for the child's survival. The care of children with Type I diabetes involves complex procedures including daily blood glucose testing, dietary monitoring, intensive insulin therapy, and increased physical activity to maintain metabolic control. The purpose of this presentation is to review psychosocial issues for children and adolescents who have Type I Diabetes and their ideas to improve diabetes management in the school setting. The presenter has conducted several studies in this area. The presentation will focus on research-based ideas for improving children's coping at school. In addition, information about children's perceptions of barriers to regimen adherence and factors that support their efforts to manage their diabetes care will be reviewed. Ideas for working with children to strengthen positive attitudes, reduce stress, and improve support will be presented. This presentation will provide information for school-based health care providers and educators to improve their knowledge of ways to assist children with psychosocial issues that can hinder their adherence to their treatment regimens as well as their academic performance. Information reviewed in this presentation will assist educators and school personnel in learning ways to assist children with improving their glycemic control and facilitating positive health outcomes for children with this disease.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify strategies for improving children's coping and diabetes management in the school setting

Keywords: Diabetes, Children

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted research on management of Type I Diabetes in schools, earned a doctorate from the University of Memphis, on at the University of Cincinnati with combined interests in health, counseling, and education. I am also a diplomate in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.