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Clinicians Corner

Transition Tips: Childhood to Adulthood By Professional Advisory Board Member Jeannine Conway, PharmD, BCPS and Katherine Nickels, MD

The transition of children into adolescence and adulthood

Who should be involved in the transition process?

can be exciting for children and their parents. However,

This transition process should be a joint effort involving

this can also be a time for anxiety, especially for children

the child, parents, primary care physician, and specialists.

with chronic health conditions. Preparing children and their

Parents and children should start planning for life after high

families is important to make this transition a success.

school. They should consider the degree of independence

When does my child need to transition to the adult clinic? While the age for transferring to the adult clinic varies, most children do so between the ages of 18-21 years. However, the transition process should be gradual and start around the age of 12 years. This allows the child to take on steadily

they expect from their child: whether their child will live at home, independently, or in supported housing and whether their child will be able to work or have more education after high school. The physicians need to work together to ensure that the adult care team has all the important information regarding your child’s health.

increasing responsibility for their medical condition, while still being supervised by their parents.

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Newsletter - Fall 2013  
Newsletter - Fall 2013