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A friend's 9 yr old son has had Type 1 for 1year. She is trying to find resources to help him understand & begin to be part of dealing with it, to empower him. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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with type 1 diabetes since 2012.I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2012.
Sterling Heights, MI
Camp, have her ask his Endo as soon as Feburary, they can put a request in for send a kid to camp and it could be free.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1968.
Florence, KY
****has the right idea. Camp was a starting point for me to be more involved. I was 9 when I went!

Camp. I went to camp for 15 years (some of it as a counselor) & now my nephew is going to camp. We both have friends we keep in touch with. I started going to camp on ####.

I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2011.
College Station, TX
Be sure and attend Children with Diabetes' Friends for Life Conference in Orlando in July. We go every year and we all learn a lot. It's where the kids find 'normal' and friends for life. Try to get a CGM continuous glucose monitor. We use Dexcom and I can see my daughters glucose levels on my phone. Then get the books Think Like A Pancreas and Sugar Surfing Both are very helpful.

My daughter is 10 we go to family diabetes camp for the most part she doesn't care to manage her diabetes would rather we do it and she gets to be a kid. She will check her sugar and can enter carbs and give insulin but only when she choose to. Only thing she does99% of time is check bg. We don't mind her endo doesn't mind she has a life time to deal with it she deserves to be a kid. Camp is a must though it helps prevent burnout.

Shelby Charter Township, MI
Thank you all for your suggestions. She did get him into camp last summer which he loved. It helped for a while, but he is back to being less than compliant and truthful. His mom is doing her best. Thanks.

Living with type 1 diabetes.
Ardmore, PA
HelpAround Hi! My name is****Scheiner MS, CDE, owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services (, a private practice that provides diabetes management consultations for insulin users worldwide (I also have type-1 myself). Our practice provides self-mgt training for kids via phone, video chat, email and text. Have the family get in touch with us.

Shelby Charter Township, MI
**** thank you for your response. I will pass on your message. At present the boy has no insurance. He has had State funded insurance but was recently dropped. His mom is trying to find out why. But I will pass your message along.