Parent-Designated Adult Classes for 2016

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
Saturday, January 9 9 a.m. to noon RC.3.906
Tuesday, February 16 5 to 7:30 p.m. RC.3.905
Saturday, March 12 9 a.m. to noon RC.3.905
Tuesday, April 19 5 to 7:30 p.m. RC.3.905
Saturday, May 14 9 a.m. to noon RC.3.905
Saturday, August 13 9 a.m. to noon RC.3.905
Tuesday, August 16 5 to 7:30 p.m. RC.3.905
Saturday, September 10 9 a.m. to noon RC.3.905
Tuesday, September 20 5 to 7:30 p.m. RC.3.905
Tuesday, October 18 5 to 7:30 p.m. RC.3.905
Saturday, November 12 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 206-987-0195 to register.

All About Growing Up Workshops for 2016

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

Day/Date Time Meeting Room
Saturday, July 23 10 a.m. to noon RC.3.905
Saturday, September 17 (Spanish speaking only) 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. RC.3.905
Saturday, November 19 10 a.m. to noon RC.3.905


$46 per family

We have a limited number of scholarships also available.

To register

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, scholarships, or to register, please email Michelle Harsant or call her at 206-987-0195.

Class size is limited to 20 families.