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Helping your child transition through health care: TeensHHelping your child transition through health care: TeensHelping your child transition through health care: TeensEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2021-03-03T05:00:00Z9.2000000000000055.70000000000001001.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Recommendations for helping your child navigate through the health-care system as a teenager and gain independence in managing their own health care.</p><p>As your child gets older, they will begin taking more responsibility for their own health care in preparation for <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3924&language=English">transitioning to the adult health-care system</a>. Transition means moving from one life stage to another. It involves change and adapting to change, which can be exciting but sometimes scary. The best way to deal with any transition is to plan ahead and be prepared. Preparing for a transition involves learning, in advance, the skills that your child will need to succeed in a new life stage.</p><p>Below are some recommendations for helping your child navigate their way through the health-care system as a teenager and gain independence in managing their own health care.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Help your child find people they can trust to talk to about their condition and the changes they are going through as a teenager.</li><li>Encourage your child to participate in activities at school and in their community, hang out with friends and decide with whom they would like to disclose their condition.</li><li>Help your child develop health-care routines and look for support in their community.</li><li>Highlight the different higher education and career opportunities available to your child and any accommodations available for their condition.</li><li>Encourage your child to increase their knowledge of their condition and to take part in health-care discussions with their health-care team.</li></ul><h2>At SickKids</h2><p>If you or your child are looking for help with transitioning to adult care, contact the Resource Navigation Service, located in the Social Work Department. It is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please let someone know you are there for assistance from the Resource Navigation Service and someone will be there to assist you.</p><p>If you would like to make an appointment, or have any questions about resources please email <a href="mailto:resource.navigation@sickkids.ca">resource.navigation@sickkids.ca</a> or call 416-813-6787 or 416-813-8548.</p>

 

 

 

 

Helping your child transition through health care: Teens3926.00000000000Helping your child transition through health care: TeensHelping your child transition through health care: TeensHEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2021-03-03T05:00:00Z9.2000000000000055.70000000000001001.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Recommendations for helping your child navigate through the health-care system as a teenager and gain independence in managing their own health care.</p><p>As your child gets older, they will begin taking more responsibility for their own health care in preparation for <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3924&language=English">transitioning to the adult health-care system</a>. Transition means moving from one life stage to another. It involves change and adapting to change, which can be exciting but sometimes scary. The best way to deal with any transition is to plan ahead and be prepared. Preparing for a transition involves learning, in advance, the skills that your child will need to succeed in a new life stage.</p><p>Below are some recommendations for helping your child navigate their way through the health-care system as a teenager and gain independence in managing their own health care.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Help your child find people they can trust to talk to about their condition and the changes they are going through as a teenager.</li><li>Encourage your child to participate in activities at school and in their community, hang out with friends and decide with whom they would like to disclose their condition.</li><li>Help your child develop health-care routines and look for support in their community.</li><li>Highlight the different higher education and career opportunities available to your child and any accommodations available for their condition.</li><li>Encourage your child to increase their knowledge of their condition and to take part in health-care discussions with their health-care team.</li></ul><h2>12 to 15 years of age</h2><h3>General</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Ask questions, talk about their needs and how they feel about their condition with you and their health-care providers.</li><li>Talk about body changes and sexuality with someone they trust. Look into what the <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/AdolescentMedicine/Programs/index.html">Teen Clinic at SickKids</a> has to offer them.</li><li>Find role models they can relate to and look up to.</li><li>Find people they can trust to help them learn to manage their condition.</li><li>Practice budgeting and banking skills.</li></ul><h3>Social</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Join teams and clubs at school or get involved in activities such as camps and community programs.</li><li>Hang out with friends.</li><li>Learn to plan ahead for being away from home by preparing any medication or equipment they might need to take with them.</li></ul><h3>Self-care</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Set up their own routines, such as taking medications and telling you when they are running out.</li><li>Keep track of their prescriptions, test results, procedures, and appointments with help from you and their health-care team.</li><li>Learn about their community and find resources related to their condition.</li><li>Talk to their health-care team about any special considerations if they are thinking about learning how to drive.</li></ul><h3>Education</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Learn and practice explaining their medical condition to teachers, camp counsellors and nurses who need to know.</li><li>Develop a three-sentence summary, which includes the following information:</li><ul><li><strong>Sentence 1:</strong> Age, diagnosis, and brief health history</li><li><strong>Sentence 2:</strong> Their treatment plan thus far</li><li><strong>Sentence 3:</strong> Questions or concerns to raise during the visit</li></ul><li>Talk about their career interests and begin to set goals for after high school.</li><li>Take part in meetings about their education.</li><li>Get to know their school guidance counsellor.</li></ul><h3>Medical</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Increase their knowledge of their condition and understand reasons for tests, procedures and medications.</li><li>Ask for private time with their health-care provider for part of their visit. They should prepare questions and concerns they want to discuss.</li><li>Talk with you and their health-care team about birth control, drugs, alcohol, and changes related to their condition as they grow.</li><li>Discuss their future care in the adult health system.</li></ul><h2>16 years and up</h2><h3>General</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Think of themselves as a role model and a mentor to younger children.</li><li>Learn about the impact of their condition on sexual health and reproduction (for example, sexually transmitted infections, protection and genetics).</li><li>Celebrate their “graduation” to adult care.</li><li>Ask for their SickKids graduation certificate.</li></ul><h3>Social</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Look for young adult support groups in the community.</li><li>Continue to participate in activities at school and in their community.</li><li>Talk to their partner about their health condition if they are dating.</li></ul><h3>Self-care</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Take charge of preparing and taking any medications or treatments on their own.</li><li>Plan ahead to fit their daily care into their schedule so they can hang out with friends, participate in sports and clubs, and attend school.</li><li>Keep track of their appointments with an agenda or their cell phone.</li></ul><h3>Education</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Look for volunteer or part-time job opportunities.</li><li>Go for career counselling, shadow someone at their job, attend a job fair.</li><li>Speak to their health-care team about scholarships that may be available through their program.</li><li>Register with the Office of Special Accommodations/Disability Office/Access Centre on campus if they are planning to go to college or university.</li></ul><h3>Medical</h3><p>Encourage your teen to:</p><ul><li>Explain their condition and special health-care needs to others on their own.</li><li>Take part in health-care discussions with their health-care team.</li><li>Make a plan for how their medication and treatments will be paid for in the future, as some insurance plans or payment programs end at age 18.</li><li>Visit an adult care facility and connect with others who have already made the transition to adult care.</li><li>Know their prognosis and future care plans.</li></ul><p>As your child grows, continue with the <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3925&language=English">suggestions from earlier years</a> and add new activities and responsibilities as appropriate. Consider your child’s unique developmental course and use this as a guideline.</p><h2>At SickKids</h2><p>If you or your child are looking for help with transitioning to adult care, contact the Resource Navigation Service, located in the Social Work Department. It is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please let someone know you are there for assistance from the Resource Navigation Service and someone will be there to assist you.</p><p>If you would like to make an appointment, or have any questions about resources please email <a href="mailto:resource.navigation@sickkids.ca">resource.navigation@sickkids.ca</a> or call 416-813-6787 or 416-813-8548.</p>Helping your child transition through health care: TeensFalse

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