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Helping Young Children Succeed With Diabetes Care

by Alisha Perez, MS, CCLS

Kids have a remarkable capacity to learn to cope with a variety of stressors, especially with the support of caring adults. The coping strategies described here require consistent practice to be effective, but not all need be used at once. I encourage families to start slowly by choosing one or two techniques to work on over a few weeks. It’s important to give any one technique a few tries before giving up. Eventually, the child and family will discover which strategies work best for them.

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