Type 1 diabetes is a currently non-preventable illness affecting the pancreas' ability to produce insulin.
35 children are diagnosed with this type of diabetes every day; affecting more than 15,000 children every year.
Often, the diagnosis affects not only the child's physical health, but the mental and emotional health of the child and family while learning to cope with the illness.
"The social side of healing is often invisible but equally important as the physical side,” states Dr. Darrell Jordan, assistant professor of social work and the director of field education at ACU.
The classes will be held bi-monthly, beginning on Monday, January 12 at Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Children and parents will attend separate sessions.
Children will learn to cope with the diagnosis in a positive way through storytelling, discussions, and other therapeutic activities; while parents will be educated through presentations and discussions led by local health care professionals.
In order to register, please contact ACU's School of Social Work at 325 - 672 - 2072.
Hillcrest Church of Christ is located at 650 E. Ambler Ave, where classes will be held the second and forth Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30p.m. beginning January 12th.