Child and Teen Program
Our Child and Teen Diabetes Education Program specializes in infants, children and teens with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and those who are at risk of developing diabetes. Our team consists of clerical staff and volunteers, physicians specializing in diabetes and adolescent mental health, diabetes educators including nurses and dietitians and a social worker. Your child and family are the most important part of the diabetes team. The team will work together to provide care with respect, integrity, excellence and compassion. Our patients come first in everything we do.
- What we do
- Have you just been diagnosed?
- What you should expect
- Our clinic's expectations
- Insulin pump program
- Transition to adult diabetes care
- Links, videos and useful information
- Contact us
What we do
Our program includes individual teaching, counselling and support for children and teens with diabetes, their families and/or caregivers. We have over 150 families in our program, with many children using insulin pumps to manage their blood sugars. We are able to test HbA1c (90-day average blood sugar) onsite and are a certified Assistive Devices Program (ADP) centre that will help you get government funding to cover some of the cost of insulin pump supplies.
Have you just been diagnosed?
Your family is starting a journey that will include many changes both now and as your child grows to be a healthy, responsible young adult. Our team is here to assist you and your family through the many ages and stages of diabetes management. Our goal is to guide you in achieving everything that a full life, without limits, includes for you and your family.
The Paediatric Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) at NYGH is now using Ocean eReferral to accept referrals. Using eReferral will allow us to efficiently communicate directly with you about the status of your referral.
Faxed referrals are still accepted, however do have a longer processing time than Ocean eReferral. If you would like to fax your referral, please fax it to 416-756-6329.
Insulin Pump Program
Currently, there are three insulin pump companies available in Ontario: Insulet Omni Pod, Medtronic and Tandem. You may be eligible for funding through the Ontario government's Assistive Devices Program (ADP). When your child is interested and ready, our team will complete an assessment to review the criteria. Our team members are certified pump trainers and highly skilled with the various pumps available in Ontario. We are also trained in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems. We are happy to help answer any questions you might have about insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring, as well as the funding process.
Transition to adult diabetes care
The NYGH Child and Teen program has opened a transition clinic run by endocrinologist Dr. Vikram Chandurkar. The clinic supports young people, aged 17 to 23 years Dr. Chandurkar will be working alongside the nurses and dietitians from the Child and Teen program, who you are already familiar with and are familiar with you, helping to ease the transition to adult care.
The transition program will cover topics such as:
- Expected changes
- Coping skills
- School challenges and accommodations
- Personal matters
- Driving with diabetes on board
Our staff is here to assist you in the decision making process when choosing an adult program. Please call our reception at 416-756-6923 for booking or more information.