Diabetic child testing blood sugar with his mother

Supporting Families

If you’re a parent or another caregiver for a child with diabetes, there’s a lot to know. It can be overwhelming. At Joslin Diabetes Center, we’re here for you and your whole family. It’s our goal to help simplify diabetes care, so you and your child know exactly what to do and can experience successful treatment.

We offer classes and support groups for the caregivers of pediatric patients. These classes cover the basics of diabetes, how to manage the condition, and technologies used in its treatment. Many caregivers in our community find support, strength, and hope as they connect with other families and learn age-appropriate techniques for managing diabetes.

Diabetes 101: Caring for Children with Diabetes

Upon completion of this class, the participant will be able to:

  • Define and understand type 1 diabetes and symptoms
  • Describe treatment options for childhood diabetes
  • Describe how food impacts diabetes management
  • Identify approaches to managing diabetes within the child’s and families’ lifestyle

Introduction to Technologies for Children with Type 1 Diabetes*

Upon completion of this class, the participant will be able to:

  • This class is designed for people who completed Diabetes 101 or who have been exposed to basic diabetes management.
  • Explore general concepts of pump therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
  • Increase familiarity with pump and CGM technology
  • Understand advanced bolus features of pump therapy
  • Develop knowledge of management of exercise
  • Classes will be a lecture, discussion, and Q&A
  • Classes do not teach any hands-on insulin management skills i.e. insulin injections, blood glucose monitoring, etc.
  • The format of this class will be a lecture, discussion, and Q&A

Questions about the programs? Please call 617-309-4530 or email SNP-CC [at] joslin.harvard.edu.