Endocrinology and Diabetes

Classes and Workshops

Parent-Designated Adult Classes (suspended indefinitely)

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

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the nature of this class best being done as an in-person class, we have made the difficult decision to suspend classes indefinitely. We continue to work on ways we can support the public need and will update the website as new opportunities are developed. Thank you for your understanding.

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

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

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • September 11, 2021
  • December 4, 2021

As of February 2020, in-person group gatherings at Seattle Children’s are on hold. This has disrupted the typical frequency of Diabetes and Me. We are hopeful (though not certain) that we will be able to hold the group in person on the dates listed. Please contact Jessica Koppy for more information and for updated group status.

Registration and more information

For more information or to reserve a space in one of the workshops, please email Jessica Koppy, LICSW, or call her at 206-987-0179.

L’Kidds (Little Kids With Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

A parent support group

You’re invited! Join us as we share with each other what it is like to parent/care for a young child with diabetes. We look forward to meeting you!

Times, dates and location

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon

  • January 30, 2021
  • March 20, 2021
  • May 8, 2021
  • July 10, 2021 (park picnic pending public health guidelines)
  • September 25, 2021
  • November 6, 2021

Group meetings are being held virtually until further notice.

Registration and more information

Please email to let us know how many adults will attend the meeting. Questions? Email the parent facilitator with questions and concerns.


$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.