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Thursday, July 10, 2003 Program for Parents and Adults

9:00 - 10:15 a.m

Opening Session
Keeping our Families Healthy

Presenter: Richard Rubin

No doubt, diabetes is stressful for the entire family. Schedules change, meals change, priorities may change. Siblings may feel that the child with diabetes gets preferential treatment. Mom or Dad may need to change jobs or leave work. Money might be scarce. Childcare might be an issue. No one sleeps well and everyone is stressed out. How does a family - and a marriage - survive and yes, even thrive in the midst of this craziness? Join Dr. Rubin for this opening session on how to nourish your family while managing a chronic disease.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Snack Break in Fiesta 6-10

10:45 - 12:00 noon

Taking Control of Your Diabetes Through Education, Motivation, and Self-Advocacy
Presenter: Steven Edelman

Over the past ten years, large and well conducted government funded studies have proven, beyond a shadow of doubt, that we can reduce the huge amount of human suffering from diabetes if we normalize or near normalize the blood sugar levels over time and get the A1c down to at least below 7%. One of the missing links in our health care system, and one of the most effective ways to improve diabetes care at the community level, is to bring the important messages about how to stay healthy with diabetes, directly to the people living with this condition. It is not enough just to educate but we must be motivated to act on this information. We are our own best self advocates.

Parents of Toddlers Discussion Group
Facilitators: Lee Shekter and Alicia Toledano Shekter

There's nothing quite like the Terrible Two's and trying to manage diabetes! This discussion group will focus on problem-solving situations that occur specifically with infants and toddlers. Bring your questions and stories!

Insulin and Insulin Delivery Systems
Presenter: William Quick

Will my child always have to have shots? That is a question every parent of every child with type 1 diabetes asks at one time or another. There's a lot of research and development in the arena of alternate ways to deliver insulin. This session will discuss current and future products that may eliminate the need for most insulin injections. Different types of insulin will also be discussed. This session is sponsored by Pfizer.

Managing Diabetes in School
Presenter: Crystal Jackson

Children with diabetes spend a great deal of time in school and daycare. The federal regulations mandate that these facilities provide a safe environment. This session will discuss these issues and will briefly cover how to implement a care plan for a child with diabetes. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion, so please bring your thoughts and be ready to share!

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break in Fiesta 6-10

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Those Challenging Times: Sick Days, Holidays, and Parties
Presenter: Ragnar Hanas

Managing your child's diabetes on one of those "special" days can be an entirely different experience. What should you do with insulin dosage when your child is sick? Should you push fluids? When should you worry? What about ketones? And holidays and parties - how can you help your child enjoy these special days with their special treats and still keep blood glucose in a healthy range? Come find out!

IEP and 504 Plans
Presenter: Crystal Jackson, Stephanie Schwartz

This is a follow-up presentation to Managing Diabetes in School. 504 Plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) will be discussed in detail. You will learn how to write appropriate plans for your child and how to work with your school's administration to make sure the plan is being followed.

College and Young Adult Discussion Group
Facilitators: Satish Garg, William Quick

This is an opportunity for young adults to gather, get to know each other a little better at the beginning of the conference, and share common concerns.

Introduction to Pumping Insulin
Presenter: John Walsh

Are you thinking about changing from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump? Find out the basics about pumping in this informative session. Insulin pump terminology and the "how-to's" of pumping will be discussed, and different models of insulin pumps will be displayed. You might want to consider a saline pump start offered by the different pump companies at the conference. Refer to the main conference page for more information!

Healthy Restaurant Eating
Presenter: Hope Warshaw

Today, restaurant meals, whether you eat in or take out, are simply part of our many food choices. In this session you'll talk about how to make healthier restaurant food choices wherever you go. You'll brainstorm strategies to get foods as you want and need them. Perhaps most perplexing is how to figure what's in restaurant foods. Resources available and ways to become a good "guestimator" will be discussed.

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Snack Break in Fiesta 6-10

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Carb Counting: Putting It To Work for You
Presenter: Hope Warshaw

Learning and using carb counting can help improve blood glucose results and increase flexibiltity with food and overall diabetes management. If you are on multiple daily injections or an insulin pump, advanced carb counting should be the meal planning approach you use. In this practical hands on session, you'll learn the basics of advanced carb counting—how to use a correction factor and carb:insulin ratio. You will find out the latest and greatest resources for carb counts, from books to the internet.

Growing Up: The Transition from Pediatric to Adult Endocrinologist
Presenters: Satish Garg, William Quick, Richard Rubin

Most people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed when they are children or teens. As a teen grows and makes the transition into adulthood, diabetes management includes different concerns and issues. Join this trio of experts - an adult endocrinologist, a teen endocrinologist, and a psychologist - to discuss ways to make this transition happen more smoothly in your family.

Mom's Discussion Group
Facilitators: Kim Kaar, Cheri West, Lauren Lanning

This is a session for the nitty-gritty "mom stuff." Kim, Lauren and Cheri will be asking you for questions and potential topics several weeks ahead of time via email so the conversation can stay focused and move along. This is a great place to start conversations to be continued poolside Friday evening!

Multiple Daily Injection Management
Presenter: Ragnar Hanas

When a person is first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, insulin is generally given in the form of multiple daily injections (MDI). And for many people, MDI continues to be the preferred method of taking insulin. There are many different MDI regimens. What one person does in terms of timing, dosing, and type of insulin might be very different from what the next person does. And as a person gets more comfortable with injections, the regimen may become more sophisticated to support growth and lifestyle changes.

Join us for the Family and Friends Banquet
From 6:00 to 9:00 in Coronado H
Tickets are Required!

Followed by the Teen Dance
From 9 to midnight in Coronado H
All teens welcome (ages 12+ only, please)
No Parents Allowed (just chaperones!)

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