Pediatric Diabetes Education Program
The Pediatric Diabetes Program is one of very few comprehensive education programs of its kind in Maricopa County. The services includes counseling and personalized diabetes education for children and teens with Type 1, Type 2, and pre-diabetes.
The program teaches diabetes self-management to children and their parents/caregivers. 4 or 5 sessions are scheduled with the family, offering 8 to 12 hours of diabetes management education. Each session is individualized and is scheduled to suit each family’s needs. The training is provided by Certified Diabetes Educators who are Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians as well as Child Life Specialists.
The diabetes training is age-appropriate and covers vital knowledge and skills required for either the child to self-manage their disease or for parents to manage for the child until he/she is old enough to participate or assume independent care. The certified diabetes educator works closely with the child’s physician to discuss status and progress.
In addition to newly diagnosed Type 1 children, the staff also sees:
- Children struggling with the day to day management of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes,
- Children having trouble meeting their blood glucose goals, children starting and/or progressing to advanced insulin pump training,
- Children experiencing frequent DKA,
- Children assuming control of their diabetes management from their parents,
- Young adults leaving home for college, etc. and on their own for the first time.
A pediatric endocrinology practice shares space with the Diabetes Center integrating its diabetes services with the education available at the center. This practice offers a full array of pediatric endocrine services and provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to Scottsdale Healthcare and the community at large. The practice offers full service for pediatric endocrinology including diabetes, growth, puberty concerns, and other diagnoses. They also offer the latest in technological advances, such as insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring and implants for the management of precocious puberty. Use of an electronic medical records allows the physicians remote access from anywhere in the world to help provide up-to-date, coordinated care.
Because both services share the same location, they are able to offer full service to children and adolescents with diabetes and their families. In addition, they also share the suite with an adult endocrine practice which helps ease the transition for the adolescent Type 1 diabetes patient to an adult endocrine practice.
The Diabetes Center has served as a resource for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and as well as multiple school systems and many school nurses looking for assistance for managing diabetes in the schools.