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  1. Lori B
    Lori B September 7, 2010 at 7:52 am | | Reply

    Interesting article. I was all prepared to help my daughter share in her first grade class this year, like we did last year in Kindergarten. She had a very adverse reaction to the whole idea. She hates the other kids asking her questions, and feels that making the kids aware gives them “permission” to ask her lots of questions.

    So for now, I’ve decided to stay out of it, and hopefully the kids in her class that were with her last year will model the acceptable response to what she needs.

    I agree it is tough when you are the only one.

  2. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson September 7, 2010 at 9:36 am | | Reply

    Great guest post Allison – and thanks Amy for bringing it to us.

    Maybe I’m getting old, but I honestly don’t have a lot of memories about school with diabetes. Diagnosed at the age of 5 I would have been starting school. Sending my own kids off to school was terrifying for me, and that’s without diabetes involved. It must have been really scary for my folks…

  3. Allison Blass
    Allison Blass September 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | | Reply

    Lori: my mom and I only presented the first year or 2 after my diagnosis. After that there were enough repeating kids in my classes that I didn’t need to keep re-educating everyone. I recommend doing this mostly just after diagnosis or if you are new to school. After that, your child and her friends can help explain to the new buddies. Kindergarten may also be too young to do this without being tossed a million questions. And again, YDMV and you’ll want to make sure the kids can handle it. We were 8 years old so I think abut of maturity helped, but I certainly got the same questions and stares as everyone. I suppose I just developed a thick skin earlier.

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