Diabetes Social Story

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Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is having too much sugar (glucose) in the blood.

People with diabetes are called diabetics. All diabetics have trouble keeping the amount of blood sugar right. Diabetes happens because the body doesn’t have an important hormone called insulin. Many diabetics need to inject insulin into their bodies to keep well. They may need to do this more than once a day. They may also have to check their blood sugar using a tiny bit of blood and a special tester.

Sometimes diabetics have too little blood sugar. This is often called a ‘low’ or a ‘hypo’ and can be dangerous. It is usually important for them to have a small snack to feel better.

Having too much blood sugar is also bad and can make diabetics feel very unwell.

Diabetics are just people who need to manage their blood sugar to stay well and lead normal lives.

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Use the above example to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or pictures can often help too. This example is available in a printable format below.

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Diabetes

Diabetes

A print out version of the social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Diabetes

Social Story Introduction

Social Story Resources

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