Sending your young child off to daycare or school for the first time can be stressful.
It’s an emotional experience—for both of you! And when your child has type 1 diabetes, there are many other concerns.
The good news is that most daycare groups and schools are already familiar with diabetes care. And, if they are not, they will need to get up to speed very quickly. That's because, by law, they are required to meet your child's diabetes care needs.
We can help you take an active role to ensure that this happens as smoothly as possible.
Here are some of the plans that are available.
The DMMP is a plan to help everyone involved in your child’s care understand his or her diabetes care needs. It goes into a lot of detail, including what your child can do on their own and what he or she may need help doing.
You and your child’s diabetes care team can work together on creating one and then discuss it with your child’s school or daycare facility before finalizing it.
Your DMMP will contain important information such as:
DMMPs should be updated at least once every year to keep up with:
For information on creating a DMMP and to download a sample form, visit the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org.
The Section 504 Plan is the next step to take after creating a DMMP. It helps make sure students with diabetes have access to the same education as children without diabetes.
Based on the DMMP, the Section 504 Plan clearly outlines the responsibilities of everyone involved:
The 504 is a game plan for working through challenges and avoiding problems. It is similar to a DMMP, but is more focused on making sure your child’s educational needs do not suffer because of their physical needs.
For more information on 504 Plans and to download a sample form, visit the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is used for children with disabilities. It is a plan to make sure they get the special education services they may need.
In many cases, children with type 1 diabetes do not need an IEP because everything they need is already covered in the Section 504 Plan. Other children may have a harder time learning because of their type 1 diabetes. That’s when it may make sense to work with your child’s school to create an IEP.
Special needs that you may want to consider including in your child’s IEP could be:
For more detailed information on your child’s rights in school or daycare, visit the following websites: