The McNeely Diabetes Center and the Child Life department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota offer Diabetes Connect, a network for kids with diabetes and their families to connect with others on the same journey.
Diabetes Connect overview
The program provides family support and practical help for the daily journey and challenges of diabetes, as well as an opportunity to have fun, learn about incorporating diabetes into daily life and meet with peers of similar ages, for parents and children.
The child groups connect through play and peer interactions with support of staff in the Child Life department in order to help them understand diabetes while experiencing a typical childhood.
- Grades K-2
- Grades 3-6
- Grades 7-12
- Sibling group: All ages, must be potty-trained
Parent group (including extended family)
The parent group shares thoughts and ideas about raising a child with diabetes. Speakers are brought in to share in the dialogue of parenting a child with diabetes. The group strives to provide education on parenting and living with diabetes.
The group meets 6:30-8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from October through April.
- Oct. 13: Kickoff event
- Nov. 10
- Dec. 8
- Jan. 12, 2016
- Feb. 9, 2016
- March 8, 2016
- April 12, 2016
- July 12, 2016: Summer meet-up
Child groups meet in the Child Life Zone on the third floor, and parents meet in room 4057 on the fourth floor of the Garden View Medical Building (347 N. Smith Ave.), at Children’s – St. Paul.