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Type 1 Diabetes is Often Misunderstood

When any child is diagnosed with a medical condition, it can be scary. We want to focus a few posts on medical diagnoses, the educational impact that may result, and steps to being proactive in developing a health and educational plan for your child.


Type 1 Diabetes if often misunderstood. This is a very complicated medical condition in which the pancreas does not produce insulin in the amount it should, if at all. There are many things that could cause the blood glucose levels to be high or low that result in careful monitoring of blood glucose levels, attentiveness to any foods consumed, and insulin injections.


Diabetes can impact major life activities, and when a child is high or low, it can impact cognitive functioning. If your child is diagnosed with Diabetes, it’s important to always provide the school with the most current and relevant Diabetes Medical Management Plan and ensure that the most current plan is what is being implemented while your child is at school. Additionally, this diagnosis makes your child eligible for a 504 Plan. This plan is established so that your child has access to accommodations so as not to deny him/her access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education.



This image [Diabetes Injections][Photograph].(n.d) represents the minimum number of injections (2 a day) a type 1 diabetic would begin with and inject over the course of a year. This does not represent blood glucose checks on their fingers. As you can see, this is not something that is simple. Staff need to be properly trained to ensure proper care during the school day, and someone should always be available to assist with your child’s medical needs. If you have any questions or concerns, or if we can assist in any way, please reach out. We are happy to help.

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