The teen years are tough enough, as kids strive to find their way in life and "fit in" at the same time. Teenagers with a genetic disorder — such as the chromosome 22q11.2 deletion — may feel isolated by their differences. A good way to help them feel less isolated is to put them in touch with others who have the same diagnosis. Here are a few ways.
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22q11.2 Adolescent Support Groups
Boston Children's Hospital
Ages 12-15, 16-22
Ten-session groups with Joseph E. Nyre, PhD, and Dita Obler, MS
Goals: To meet other adolescents with VCFS and create a safe place for feelings about school, after school and home.