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Name Location Date Posted Medical Condition
Zatavekas, Kathy MBA, RD, LDN
The Map brings cohesiveness to the class members.

Clients and their families appear to enjoy sitting around the Conversation Map [education tool] and discussing among themselves what they view before class starts. The Map is a great opener for the topic of the class. I also notice that the Map brings cohesiveness to the class members as its similar to sitting around a kitchen table for talk. The traditional educator/student classroom set-up often fosters individual learning as opposed to shared knowlege. Glad we have this tool!

Pennsylvania August 27th, 2009 Diabetes
Rhodes, Sarah Kay RN
Creative use of the Conversation Map education tools

Hi. I want to tell you about an opportunity I had to use the Maps in a unique way. Earlier this month I was the educator nurse for a diabetes children's day camp. The children at the camp were ages 4 - 12. They came to the classroom each day in groups of about 20 and of similar ages. Yes, the Conversation Map [education tools] are for smaller groups of older students, but I studied the Maps and concepts and turned the whole classroom into a Map with all hands on activities. We formed small groups of 6 or 7 children and they "visited" each section of the map (room), where a facilitator welcomed them and engaged them in an age appropriate game or activity that mirrored the map. For example, on map #1, there is a section with cards identifying myths vs. facts. I created a road on the floor and placed 2 race cars on it. One was labeled Wrong Way Rob, and the other was labeled Right Way Rick. The kids took turns drawing the myth/fact cards out of a pile and reading them. With each card, the kids rolled the appropriate car and Rick got closer to his checkered flag, or Rob got closer to his dead end. The small groups "travelled" (rotated) every 10 minutes in order to experience as much as possible from the Map. We had 3 days of education at the camp, so I used Maps 1, 2 and 3. Of course we were constantly adjusting the material to the age group, but I am amazed at how much information kids can grasp. Your concepts are so clear and easy to share with all ages. Hope our experience is helpful to you and to others. We sure enjoyed it. Sarah Kay Rhodes, RN

Texas June 30th, 2009 Diabetes
Hutson, Joanne RD, CDE
Conversation MapĀ® Education Tools great for thought provoking discussions

We have been working with the Conversation Map® education tools, and found the need to incorporate more detail in some areas, espeically nutrition (CHO counting, label reading, fat control for lipids/ weight, etc). The Maps have been great in opening up thought provoking discussions in many areas. We are currently working on strategies to allow ample time for conversation, yet alot adequate time for covering some "need to know" information.

Wisconsin June 23rd, 2009 Diabetes
Nichols, Tanya RN, MEd, CDE
We have just started a teen group, Teen Lifestyle Club (TLC) for Hispanic youth with diabetes...

Our center, The Diabetes Education and Research Center, is new. We have just started a teen group, Teen Lifestyle Club (TLC) for hispanic youth with diabetes. Four teens were scheduled for the diabetes/Pre-diabetes. The total group that attended was 16. Parents brought other siblings and all stayed for the class. Thank you, Tanya Nichols RN, MEd, CDE

Florida May 11th, 2009 Diabetes
Dawson, Ann Marie RD, CDE
The Conversation Map session gives people the opportunity to share their story and learn from others...

The Conversation Map session personalizes the patients' management of diabetes because the sessions give them the opportunity to share their story and also learn from other people who are on the same journey for control of their diabetes.

Wisconsin May 11th, 2009 Diabetes
OKeefe, Lori Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator
One of my patients recently told me he learned more from using the Map than any of the other educational sessions he attended.

I have been using the Conversation Map education tools in group classes with patients who have diabetes for almost 2 years. One of my patients recently told me he learned more from using the Map than any of the other educational sessions he attended. A comfortable, relaxed environment is created when the Maps are used. The patients tend to share more of their feelings about diabetes with others in the group.

Connecticut May 5th, 2009 Diabetes
Bell, Diana MS, RD, CDE
I had more of a difficult time...

I used the Conversation map education tools, specifically the nutrition component for a first class, and it did allow the participants to converse, but I had to make sure I included the concepts I had to teach. I had more of a difficult time, keeping the class focused on concepts I needed to cover.

Florida April 29th, 2009 Diabetes
Prater, Gail CRNP, CDE
I use the test for each Conversation Map as a pre-test and then again at the end of the session as a post-test. It's a good way to assess learning.

I use the Conversation Map education tools at my clinic for diabetes education. I use the test for each Conversation Map as a pre-test and then again at the end of the session as a post-test. It's a good way to assess learning. I really appreciate the certificates. I give a certificate to each participant at the end of each Map session.

Pennsylvania April 21st, 2009 Diabetes
Juneau, Liz RD, LDN
We use the nutrition Map in our weight management program. Feedback has been overwhelming. The bonus for the faciliators is that no two classes are the same.

We have been using the Diabetes Conversation Map education tools for over a year in our Diabetes Self-Management Program and have had participants attend multiple times. The feedback has been overwhelming. Participants learn from each other and enjoy the interaction. We also use the Nutrition Map in our weight management program. The bonus for the faciliators is that no two classes are the same.

Louisiana April 21st, 2009 Diabetes
Dittes, Susan RN, BEd, CDE
I am curious how Frida Theros, RD, CDE, Utah, used the Gestational Map with women over 50 and also men. We have an ADA-recognized program in a small Critical Access hospital in rural northwest Ohio, and...

I am curious how Frida Theros, RD, CDE, Utah, used the Gestational Conversation Map with women over 50 and also men. We have an ADA-recognized program in a small Critical Access hospital in rural northwest Ohio, and we never have enough women with GDM (at the same time) to use this Map.  If Frida has a novel way to use this map, I'd love to hear it! This was her comment-- "I work with a Native American tribe. I have used the Conversation Map education tools in our Diabetes Prevention and Control classes. Not all the participants were diagnosed with diabetes, but everyone enjoyed the classes and learned new information. I have had a class with only one participant, and it went surprisingly well. The Maps were so popular, that I ended up using the Gestational Diabetes Conversation Map education tool for a small group of men, and women over the age of 50!!! How is that for a great teaching tool?"

Ohio April 13th, 2009 Diabetes