“Jerry the Bear” – Fun Teaching Tool for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

4 Aug

As a Certified Child Life Specialist, teaching children about bodily functions and diagnosis are key to normalizing their health experience and increasing compliance. In the medical world, “compliance” is a term used to describe the level to which a patient is following through with the recommended form of medical treatment. For any child, incorporating a new routine can be difficult … tie in a new routine with the need to take potentially life saving medication in a timely manner and you can imagine how daunting the prospect can become.

Below is a fun new teaching tool I recently discovered by the name of “Jerry the Bear.” This bear is especially tailored to help address the questions and concerns both families and little ones living with Juvenile Diabetes may have. I love that this teaching bear was created by young people, for young children … giving them a cuddly health-conscious friend to serve as a guide through the early stages of diagnosis.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


3 Responses to ““Jerry the Bear” – Fun Teaching Tool for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes”

  1. alittleplayfullness August 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this before, I think it’s awesome! I love the point they make that health doesn’t end when you leave the hospital. This looks like a great tool for kids to take with them! Thanks for sharing!

    • Angela August 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      No problem. I’ve only recently heard of it myself! “Jerry” came across my twitter TL and I really wanted to share him with others. I’m hoping to purchase one for our pediatric department as a fun teaching tool for our littles w/ a new diagnosis. If I’m able to, I’ll definitely follow up w/ a product review ^_^. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. alittleplayfullness August 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on A Little Playfullness and commented:
    I saw this post on Health and the Human Experience, and I wanted to share it with my readers. Check it out!

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