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Skills Overview

Diabetes Self-Care: What Does My Child Need to Know???  

Part 2: Overview of Skills


For background information for this article, see:
Part 1: Introduction to Diabetes Self-Care Task Analysis


Task Analysis for Some Common Diabetes Self-Care Tasks:

This breakdown is an outline of skills to consider when handing diabetes care over to your child. It is only a suggested starting point; we recommend you consult your child’s diabetes health care team and adapt them for your family’s own individual situation, adding, deleting and/or further breaking down the steps as needed, to create a diabetes self-care task analysis that is individualized for you and your child or teen.

Specific diabetes self-care skills may fall under one of the following areas:

A. Blood Glucose Monitoring and Results:

1. The Physical Process

2. Treating Lows

3. Correcting Highs

B. Delivering insulin (via syringe, insulin pen, or pump):
1. The Physical Process

2. Determining the correct timing of insulin (when to deliver for optimal control)

3. Adjusting Insulin Dosages
C. Insulin Pump Management: (applicable only to Insulin Pump users)

1. Inserting Infusion Sets

2. Replacing Cartridges/Reservoirs

3. Responding to Insulin Pump Error Messages

D. Carbs and Exercise:

1. Counting Carbs

2. Adjusting for Exercise


For more information on diabetes-related self-care skills, see the following:

Part 3: Blood Glucose Monitoring and Treatment
Part 4: Insulin
Part 5: Managing Insulin Pumps
Part 6: Carbs and Exercise


Any questions? Comments? Feel free to Contact Us.



The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.



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