Parent-Designated Adult Classes

Seattle Children's offers classes for volunteers to assist children with diabetes-related tasks at school. The parent designates an adult volunteer – often a teacher, office personnel, principal or school parent volunteer – to attend a three-hour training session at Seattle Children's Hospital. Please note that this class is not designed for school nurses; however, they are welcome to attend as an observer as space permits. In order to become a parent-designated adult (PDA), the volunteer must have additional training (suggested annually) provided by a Certified Diabetes Educator or expert in diabetes.

During the training, volunteers get an overview of diabetes and learn about:

  • Blood sugar testing
  • Insulin administration
  • Ketone testing
  • Hypoglycemia signs, symptoms and treatment
  • Glucagon administration
  • Insulin pump basics: how they work, treatment of hyperglycemia, delivering boluses, infusion sets and insulin on board

Times, dates and location

See a map of and directions to Seattle Children's main campus at 4800 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle.

Day/Date Time Meeting Room
November 18, 2017 9 a.m. to noon RC.3.905

Dates may change if needed. Classes often fill up a few months in advance, so it is important to sign up as far in advance as possible. The class is free and parents do not need to attend with their PDA.

Parking is available in Lot 1. Please walk across the driveway and enter through the River entrance of Seattle Children's Hospital. Please bring a photo ID and the student's individual healthcare plan.

We hope this class will be helpful with the transition back to school for all parties involved. We look forward to hearing from you.


Please send an email or call 206-987-2640, option 4, to register.

Diabetes and Me

A workshop for 11-to-14-year-olds with type 1 diabetes

A fun and informal workshop for middle schoolers (11 to 14 years old) that is focused on living with diabetes, facilitated by two diabetes social workers. Topics to be discussed may include:

  • Talking to friends and classmates about diabetes
  • Coping with the ups and downs of diabetes 
  • Bullying, teasing and just feeling different
  • Dealing with high and low blood sugars
  • Making room for diabetes care in sports, activities and hobbies

Please bring a lunch or money for the cafeteria. We will eat lunch together around 12 p.m. Space is limited (a maximum of 12 spaces available) for all workshop dates. Please ensure that you RSVP at least 2 weeks prior to the listed date. At this time, this workshop can only be offered to patients seen at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Times, dates and location

See a map of and directions to Seattle Children's main campus at 4800 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle.

Date Time Location
February 24, 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Dining Room 2
May 19, 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Dining Room 2
September 15, 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Dining Room 2
December 1, 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Dining Room 2

Registration and more information

For more information or to reserve a space in one of the workshops, please email Julie Schliebner, LICSW, or call her at 206-987-7485.

All About Growing Up Workshops

A family workshop on early puberty for 7-to-9-year-old girls and their parents

What is special about this class?

This is a special opportunity for girls who are starting puberty earlier to learn with other girls their own age. You and your daughter can get all of your questions answered in a comfortable, safe environment. The class is led by pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Carolina Di Blasi and Certified Sexuality Educator Robin Wallace-Wright. They will help you learn how you can make a difference during this important time.

About the workshop

This is a fun, informal and interactive workshop. It includes a short video, hands-on activities, and breakout sessions where girls meet separately with other girls their own age. Parents and daughters will:

  • Explore the physical, emotional and social changes of puberty
  • Discuss growth spurts, breast development, menstruation and hygiene
  • Learn how to handle changing friendships and set boundaries
  • Build confidence and self-esteem

Times, dates and location

See a map of and directions to Seattle Children's main campus at 4800 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle.

Date Time Location
March 24, 2018 10 a.m. to noon RC.3.905


$46 per family


Class size is limited to 20 families.

For more information

If you have any questions about the workshop or need help to register, please email Lauren Hart or call 425-922-3048.