Programs & Services
Family Care Centre
Paediatric Diabetes Clinic (Regional Program)
A multidisciplinary team, including a Paediatric Endocrinologist, Registered Nurse, Dietitian and Social Worker, help children and their families to learn about diabetes and how to better manage it.
Hours: Monday to Friday: Hours vary
Trillium Health Centre’s Diabetes School Toolkit: Supporting Students With Type 1 Diabetes
“Diabetes in Children and Teens: A Survival Guide” – DVD and booklet
Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic health conditions of childhood. In Canada we have the third highest rate of type 1 diabetes in the developed world. The condition develops in 1 in every 250-400 children, which translates into approximately one child per elementary school.
Type 1 diabetes is a health condition that develops when the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. It cannot be cured, only managed by taking insulin injections and checking blood sugars frequently.
When blood sugars fall outside of a healthy range they can hurt the body, so it is important to try and keep levels as close to normal as possible. In order to do this children, with type 1 diabetes must learn to check their blood sugar levels frequently and take insulin three or four times a day by injection. Looking after blood sugars is not easy – it takes a lot of hard work.
It is important for school staff to understand how best to support the student with diabetes in the classroom so they can keep the student safe and also understand how blood sugar levels impact learning.
Over the past year a group of diabetes educators, school board members, community nurses and public health nurses, led by Elaine Wilson, RN, of the Trillium Paediatric Diabetes Education Centre, have been working together to develop tools that will help school staff better understand how to support a student with type diabetes in the classroom.
The group has developed a DVD called “Diabetes in Children and Teens: A Survival Guide” which explains what type 1 diabetes is and places special emphasis on the identification and management of low blood sugars.
Sample page from the pamphlet
Accompanying the DVD is a “Survival Guide” pamphlet which school staff can keep on hand to quickly reference information about the condition.
The program was developed after input from students and parents who were concerned that kids were missing more school than necessary because teachers and other school staff didn't know what to do when the children had low blood sugar reactions – resulting in missed classroom time for the student with diabetes, disruption for classmates, and inconvenience for parents who have to leave their homes or jobs to attend to crises at school.
The ‘Survival Guide’ DVD, pamphlet and forms provide general information about type 1 diabetes and stress the importance of developing an individualized student plan. Creating a school plan is the key to enabling every school to provide the best support for the student with diabetes. The standardized forms help staff recognize the daily tasks involved in taking care of blood sugars and identify the individual supports required by each student.
We hope these tools will help school staff learn about type 1 diabetes so that they will feel more comfortable providing support and accommodations for the student with type 1 diabetes.
Trillium Health Centre is grateful for the support of Sears Canada, which provide funding for the production of the ‘Diabetes: A Survival Guide’ DVD and pamphlets.
To encourage schools everywhere to use the program, we will make them available to you at cost, plus shipping and handling.
To order the DVD, pamphlets and standardized forms, at cost, please contact:
Elaine Wilson RN CDE
Trillium Paediatric Diabetes Centre
Trillium Health Centre
100 Queensway West, Mississauga, ON L5B 1B8
Phone: 905 848 7580 ext 3410
Fax: 905 804 7741