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Transition Health Care Information For Youth with Special Health Care Needs. 2014, Louisiana Children's Special Health Services, Department of Health and Hospitals.
Supporting the Healthcare Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home. 2011, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Best Practices in Managing Transition to Adulthood for Adolescents With Congenital Heart Disease. 2011, American Heart Association.
Six Elements of Transition. GOTTRANSITION.ORG
A fun interactive tool for building self-advocacy skills created by National Clearinghouse on
Families and Youth
A tip sheet for working with your doctor - from the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It even includes a practice script for making an appointment
Quick check tips for online health sites
A teen transition workbook with great info on health and nutrition from the National Institutes of Health
Take medicine take safely. Learn where to find the instructions on how to take your prescription and over- the-counter medicines - from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A printable medical summary worksheet. A great tool to organize your health history
A medical summary worksheet that can be completed electronically on your computer and saved to electronic devices. Another great tool to organize your health history.
Your health is
Self-advocacy is the ability to share your likes, dislikes, ideas and goals with others. Some people refer to self-advocacy as speaking up for yourself.
Your health or medical history is a summary of your overall health and healthcare experiences- pretty much since you were born.
A health summary includes surgeries you may have had; information about health conditions like asthma or diabetes; your immunizations (like measles and flu shots) and any allergies you have.
Whenever you visit a new doctor, they will ask about your health history.
Check out the medical summary form in the YHT Activities sidebar. This is a good way to review your health history and get ready for the transition to adult doctors. It is also good practice for filling out medical forms.
If you are not sure how to get started, get a parent or guardian to give you a hand.
Being well or healthy means you work at keeping your body in shape and feeling good. Think of it like body maintenance. Things like eating right, thinking positive, getting enough sleep, being active, getting a flu shot are parts of the maintenance program.
How you take care of you, makes a difference. If you have a special health condition, you need to know what it is and how to explain it to others. If you take medicine, you need to know what you take, when and why and how to take it safely.
The links and workbooks on the SmoothMovesYHT site will help you do just that!