Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


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Diabetes in Pediatric Populations

Studies show that the incidence of youth with type 1 diabetes will triple by 2050 and those with type 2 diabetes will quadruple. Increasingly, diabetes care and education specialists will play a vital role in the education process for children and families with all types of diabetes and secondary diabetes related to cystic fibrosis, steroid utilization and pancreatectomy. It is critical that the educator understand the unique requirements of working with youth and can tailor treatment approach based on the developmental stages of the child, the family dynamics, and healthy literacy.

We've also created a resource page just for families and young adults with diabetes! Visit and share this page with your clients. 

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Practice Paper

Pediatric Diabetes: The Role of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Based on Etiology of the Diagnosis

Pediatric care is a growing area of diabetes management that diabetes care and education specialists must be well versed in for optimal success for the individual and healthcare team. This paper addresses each type of diabetes independently with emphasis on the different age and life stages of the individual.

pediatric diabetes practice paper

Key points addressed in this paper:

  1. Detailed information on type 1 and type 2 diagnosis, tips and tools to use through the lifespan and overall treatments
  2. Descriptions of care in each stage of life so that as new challenges arise, solutions can be administered based on age and life stage
  3. Weight loss solutions for youth including the criteria required for bariatric surgery
  4. Medication options available for youth with diabetes and when medications are appropriate to add and adjust
  5. Practical tips for encouraging healthy eating habits for youth with type 2 diabetes

Resources for Your Practice

Download and print these handouts at your practice. 

Tips for parents of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Also available in Spanish.

Tips for parents of a child diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Also available in Spanish.

Managing Low Blood Sugar in Children


Young Adults and Caregivers: Know Your Rights

CDN Resources

The College Diabetes Network has created a series of booklets that help young adults and those going off to college manage their diabetes and understand their rights when it comes to access at school and at work. Also available is a companion guide for caregivers.

Request and Read These Resources:

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The Lasting Benefits of Diabetes Camp

Camps offer a fun and engaging way for youth to learn how to manage their diabetes in a supervised environment while making new friends. Options range from weekend day camps to week long, overnight experiences. Encourage children and adolescents in your practice to attend a camp or consider volunteering at a camp near you.

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Diabetes Camp: The Best Experience Ever!

Diabetes care and education specialist Carla Cox has spent many weeks at  diabetes camps with very active teenagers...and she's definitely going back next year.

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Camping Time is Upon Us!

Diabetes care and education specialist, Carla Cox explains the importance of diabetes camps for kids and teens, and the learning opportunities for diabetes educators.

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Find a Diabetes Camp Near Your

ADCES Journal Articles

ADCES In Practice

The Diverse Roles of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist in the Camp Setting
Julia Blanchette, BSN, RN, CDE, PhD Candidate
First Published February 13, 2019

Experiential Learning and Sports Bring Self-Management Skills Alive for Kids with Diabetes
Christine Beebe, MS; Monica Joyce, MS, RD, LD, CDE; Teresa Alesia, RN, BSN, CDE; Jean Aschkenasy,PhD; Vanessa Davis, MD, FAAP
First Published October 23, 2017

Psychosocial Educational Needs of College Students Newly Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes
Jennifer Saylor, PhD, RN, APRN; Sydney West; Christina Roth; Emily Ike, MS; Kathleen M. Hanna, PhD, RN; Christina J. Calamaro, PhD, CRNP
First Published October 23, 2017

Assessing the Health Literacy Environment in a Pediatric Diabetes Clinic
Erin Caroulis, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE; Carol J. Howe, PhD, RN, CDE
First Published August 16, 2016

Nutrition Strategies for Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Carrie S. Swift, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
First Published February 19, 2016

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The Diabetes Educator/The Science of Diabetes Self-Management and Care

Sleep in Teens with Type 1 Diabetes: Perspectives From Adolescents and Their Caregivers
Vol. 44, 6: pp. 541-548., First Published September 7, 2018
Erin M. Bergner, MPH, MA; Rodayne Williams, BA; Emily R. Hamburger, MEd; Morgan Lyttle, BA; Angelia C. Davis, BS, BA; Beth Malow, MD, MSci; Jill H. Simmons, MD; Cindy Lybarger, MSN; Rose Capin; Sarah S. Jaser, PhD

Positive Health Benefits of Peer Support and Connections for College Students With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Vol. 44, 4: pp. 340-347., First Published June 27, 2018
Jennifer Saylor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Sara Lee, MD, Michelle Ness, MSN, RN, NCSN, Jodie M. Ambrosino, PhD, Emily Ike, MS, Melissa Ziegler, PhD, Christina L. Roth, Christina Calamaro, PhD, APRN

Outcomes That Matter to Teens With Type 1 Diabetes
Vol. 43, 3: pp. 251-259., First Published March 21, 2017
Clara Y. Ye, BS, Thor C. Jeppson, BS, Ellen M. Kleinmaus, MPH, Harald M. Kliems, MA, Jennifer M. Schopp, MA, Elizabeth D. Cox, MD, PhD 

A Qualitative Study of Cognitive, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Challenges Associated With Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes in Ethnic Minority Parents and Adolescents
Vol. 43, 2: pp. 180-189., First Published February 13, 2017
Sara M. St. George, PhD; Elizabeth R. Pulgarón, PhD; Dina Ferranti, BSN, RN; Yaray Agosto, MPH; Maria I. Toro, BA; Kevin C. Ramseur; Alan M. Delamater, PhD

An Integrative Review of the Quality and Outcomes of Diabetes Education Programs for Children and Adolescents
Vol. 42, 5: pp. 549-584., First Published August 8, 2016
Sébastien Colson, RN, PhD; José Côté, RN, PhD; Stéphanie Gentile, MD, PhD; Valérie Hamel, RN, MSc; Cédric Sapuppo; Pilar Ramirez-Garcia, RN, PhD; Rachel Reynaud, MD, PhD; Marie-Claude Lagouanelle-Simeoni, MD, PhD

Consideration of Insulin Pumps or Continuous Glucose Monitors by Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes and Their Parents: Stakeholder Engagement in the Design of Web-Based Decision Aids
Vol. 42, 4: pp. 395-407., First Published May 4, 2016
Tim Wysocki, PhD, Fiona Hirschfeld, Louis Miller, Neil Izenberg, MD, Steven A. Dowshen, MD, Alex Taylor,MACP, Amy Milkes, MA, Michelle T. Shinseki, MAEd, Carolina Bejarano, Chelsea Kozikowski, Karen Kowal,PA, Penny Starr-Ashton, Judith L. Ross, MD, Mark Kummer, MD, Mauri Carakushansky, MD, D’Arcy Lyness, PhD, William Brinkman, MD, MPH, Jessica Pierce, PhD, Alexander Fiks, MD, MPH, Jennifer Christofferson, MS, Jessica Rafalko, Margaret L. Lawson, MD

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