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Gaining autonomy is one of the objectives that we set ourselves when organizing children's education. But when a problem arises, such as a childhood illness, this autonomy is even more important. This is the case of children with diabetes, currently, the second most common chronic disease in pediatric age.
Every year they are presented about 1,100 new cases and its diagnosis supposes a great impact and shock for both the child and the family for two reasons: firstly, because of the emotional reaction produced by knowing that there is an incurable disease that will last a lifetime and, secondly, the lifestyle adjustments imposed by diabetes, a disease that undoubtedly requires and "demands" an arduous period of adaptation, information and learning.
For this reason, it is essential to teach the child to control diabetes by himself and to achieve this, summer camps created at the initiative of different associations of diabetics in Spain have arisen. With this initiative, children and adolescents learn to control their disease by sharing experiences with other children who are in similar circumstances. This is how they realize that they are not the only ones in this situation and that, despite everything, they can live practically the same lives as other boys and girls their age.
Through this coexistence, children with diabetes acquire more confidence in themselves, they learn to accept diabetes and acquire a greater self-esteem and autonomy that helps them to assume and accept their disease. In the midst of this playful environment provided by summer camps, children learn to cope and defend themselves in situations related to diabetes without the help of their parents, which is a great advance for the tranquility and well-being of the family.
In Spain, every summer camps are organized that receive Diabcamp scholarships for financial aid to children with diabetes between the ages of 7 and 17. For more information you can consult the page of the Foundation for Diabetes.
Marisol New. Editor of our site
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