Endocrinology and Diabetes

Support Groups and Workshops

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.

Currently, Diabetes and Me is on hold due to low enrollment and staff capacity. We are hoping to bring this group back in the future, potentially with some changes to age range, format and frequency. If you are interested in being contacted regarding updates on this group, please email Alia Paget, diabetes social worker.

L’KIDDS

Little Kids With Insulin Dependent Diabetes (L’KIDDS) is a parent-led support group for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school–age kids with diabetes. Join us (PDF) as we share with each other what it is like to take care of a young child with diabetes. Interested in joining? Email the parent facilitator at LKiddsGroup@gmail.com to join, ask questions or RSVP for events.

2024 dates

Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Zoom meeting for adults. Link will be emailed prior to date.

Saturday, May 18, from  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In-person event. Lincoln Park at the playground/wading pool, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136.

Parent-Designated Adult Classes

We offer a 2-part series on diabetes care and management for caregivers. A Parent-Designated Adult (PDA) is someone who has been trained to provide care for patients who need medical attention in a school setting. The PDA is taught basic information and skills for diabetes management, such as:

  • Basic information about type 1 diabetes
  • How to use a glucometer
  • How to read and interpret a continuous glucose monitor
  • How to calculate insulin doses
  • General information about insulin pumps
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of low/high blood sugars
  • How to treat low/high blood sugars
  • How to administer emergency medication in case of severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • When to contact parents

This certification includes 2 sessions and participants must complete both to become certified as a PDA.

The first part is to watch our educational Diabetes Parent Designated Adult Video Module Series on your own time. The second part is to attend an in-person skills verification session to demonstrate knowledge. Once the participant’s skills have been verified, they will receive their certificate.

Times, dates and location

The skills verification sessions are held at the Sand Point Clinic.

  • Thursday, February 15, 2024, 5 to 6:30 p.m. (If a minimum number of attendees are not registered by Monday, February 12, this class will be cancelled.)
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024, 10:30 a.m. to noon (If a minimum number of attendees are not registered by Wednesday, March 20, this class will be cancelled.)

We will offer this class monthly or quarterly during the academic year based on the demand.

Registration and more information

Please email us for more information and to register for a time for the skills verification session.

Insulin Pump Therapy

We offer insulin pump therapy classes to caregivers of our current patients only. The first class provides general information and reviews the different types of insulin pumps. The second class is a training that occurs once you have received your child’s insulin pump.

Times, dates and location

  • Insulin pump information class is held on Tuesdays.
  • Insulin pump training is held on Thursdays.
  • Virtual and in-person options are available.

Registration and more information

For more information on insulin pump therapy classes, please talk to your child’s provider.