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PEP Talk Mini Conference  

May 7, 2011

As every family who has dealt with a diabetes diagnosis knows, there's so much more to managing this disease than what you learn at the hospital or take home from a doctor visit.  The emotional aspects of diabetes are often just as challenging as the physical demands. 

But finding ways to deal with these psycho-social issues aren't always easy.  Who do you ask for help? 

Many families are turning to the PEP Squad, which began as a support network of "Parents Empowering Parents" but has since expanded to include the younger set of "Peers Empowering Peers."

At this recent PEP Talk Mini Conference, a group of moms, dads, kids and diabetes professionals came together at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel to learn how to better communicate with humor and empathy, attain balance, meet new challenges and solve problems efficiently. 

The day started with an expert panel, featuring Norma S. Kenyon, Ph.D., Robin Nemery, M.D., Wendy Satin Rapaport, Psy.D., L.C.S.W., Kellie Rodriguez, M.S.N., C.D.E., C.P.T., and Ilene Vinikoor, L.C.S.W.  After lunch, a panel of parents took the stage to talk about the topics most relevant in their lives.  The day concluded with an eye-opening role-playing session with the kids and teens, plus interactive discussions.  Everyone involved left feeling well-armed to face the next diabetes hurdle - and even better, made a few friends along the way. 

Thanks to those of you who joined us!

>>View Kellie Rodriguez's presentation: Nutrition and Exercise for Kids with Diabetes  
>>View Ilene Vinikoor's handout: Better Comminication Between Parents and Kids

 


Barbara Singer introduces the expert panel (L-R) Ilene Vinikoor, Kellie Rodriguez, Dr. Robin Nemery, and Dr. Norma Kenyon.


Barbara Singer accepts a $100,000 donation from Ellen Ullman on behalf of the Children With Diabetes Foundation.


The teens with diabetes (and a silbing) gathered to discuss the issues they face on a daily basis.


Parents gained knowledge and new perspectives, while meeting other families just like their own.


Lynette Miller, one of the founding members of the PEP Squad, and her daughter, Brooke, who has diabetes, welcomed everyone.


Teens Megan and Stephanie organized arts and crafts and other fun activities for the younger set.


Parents learned about diabetes research, how to have better doctor visits, good nutrition and effective family communication.


The parent panel featured presentations from (L-R) Todd and Lisa Greene, Lynette Miller, Lori Glassberg and Jennifer Yedo.


Dr. Wendy Satin Rapaport encourages Jake to speak directly to his parents on the panel.


Ilene Vinikoor led the kids in a role playing session that brought tears and laughs to their parents in the audience.


Leighann and Megan took on the role of parent and child to act out a common scenario that families deal with.


Brooke and Carl played out the role of "parents" trying to show what to say and what not to say.

 

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