2 Free #Diabetes Kits for Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Children

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If you have a child newly diagnosed with diabetes, here are a couple of free kits that will help your family as you embark on this new journey.

1. The Everyday Wisdom ™ Kit offered by the American Diabetes Association. This is a tool designed to help families of children with Type 1 diabetes live with diabetes everyday. The Everyday Wisdom Kit helps families plan for everyday moments and events such as birthday parties, playing sports and getting behind the wheel. The kit comes in a reusable lunch bag and includes:

– A guide for parents
– A guide for the child with diabetes
– A guide for the teen with diabetes
– A guide for the sibling
– An interactive card game for the whole family
– An informational and inspirational DVD
– Juggling balls
– Emergency Contact Information refrigerator magnet
– Pocket-sized Carb Counting Tool
– Diabetes Dictionary

This interactive toolkit was designed for families of kids with newly diagnosed diabetes ages 8 and over. Thanks to an educational grant by Lilly, the Everyday Wisdom Kit is available for free.

2. The Bag of Hope offered by JDRF. JDRF’s Bag of Hope program is a free resource which provides information and support to families with children who are newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (within the last 3 months). The Bag of Hope is filled with relevant diabetes education materials, some intended to communicate directly with the child and some geared toward the adult caregiver, including Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes, Rufus Comes Home book, A First Book for Understanding Diabetes, other reference books, a DVD, and an Accu-Chek® Aviva Compact Blood Meter. The cuddly Rufus is sure to brighten a child’s day!

Lastly as a bonus “freebie,” ask your diabetes clinic if they have the Lilly Disney picture books and junior novels on hand. These books, which include titles such as Coco Goes Back to School and Hannah Montana: Uptight (Oliver’s All Right) are distributed exclusively in the US through doctors’ offices.

For other diabetes posts and reviews, visit the Character Crossroads page.

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