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Tips for Teachers: Students with diabetes

TIPS FOR TEACHERS THAT HAVE STUDENT'S WITH DIABETES
 
1. EVERY CHILD WITH DIABETES IS DIFFERENT.
 
Each and every child with diabetes may have different symptoms of low blood sugar. Although many of the symptoms may be similar, they will not always be the same. Situations that can affect your   student's blood sugar are: insulin, food intake, exercise, illness, stress and/or any changes in routine.  Soon you will get to know your own student's unique individuality and their typical reactions to low blood  sugar.
 
2. DON'T DRAW UNNECESSARY ATTENTION TO YOUR STUDENT'S CONDITIONS.
 
Your student with diabetes may have to eat snacks periodically in the classroom. In addition to your student's  designated snack time, remember that he or she MUST eat whenever they feel low. This is imperative, especially if the student is unable to have his or her blood sugar level checked first. This is NOT a choice for the child with diabetes, but necessity!
 
3. PROVIDE INCONSPICUOUS AND GENTLE REMINDERS.  
 
Pay close attention to your student's regular snack time. Not all children (especially the very young) can tell time, or are going to remember their snack time. If you haven't noticed them eating, pass them a note or work out a special "password" between the two of you that reminds them of their snack time.
 
4. DO NOT PUT A "LABEL" ON THE STUDENT WITH DIABETES.
 
Never single a child with diabetes out as the "diabetic" kid. First and foremost, the child with diabetes needs and want to feel unique and special, just like every other student in your class.