Transition to Adulthood Services Resources
For Parents and Caregivers
07 to 10 years: Next Steps to Help Children Understand Their Health [PDF]
Learn 10 tips to explain to your 7- to 10-year-old child about his medical conditions, medications, allergies and doctors, and how to encourage him to become as independent as possible.
11 to 13 years: Preparing Children to Take Charge of Their Health [PDF]
Learn 12 tips to help you explain to your 11- to 13-year-old child about her medical conditions, medicines, allergies and doctors, and how to encourage her to become as independent as possible.
14 to 17 years: Guiding Youth to Take Charge of Their Health [PDF]
You’ll learn 13 tips to talk to your child age 14-17 about her medical conditions, medications, allergies and doctors, and help your child become as independent as possible.
18 to 21 years: Transitioning Young Adults from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare [PDF]
Learn 10 tips to help your 18- to 21-year-old child make the successful transition to adult healthcare.
For Parents/Caregivers: Self-Care Assessment
This resource will help to show what your child already knows about their health; and will show areas that you think they (or you) need to know more about as they transition to an adult healthcare provider.
Parents: Your Teen's Transition to Adult Care
In the not-so-distant future, your child will be an adult. Adults need adult doctors. Your child’s ability to manage his or her care will be very important to staying as healthy as possible. That’s why we have a special Transition Program.
Educational Materials for Practitioners
Current Assessment of Health Care Transition Activities for Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care Providers
Got Transition has developed two different measurement approaches, described below, to assess the extent to which the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition 2.0 are being incorporated into clinical processes.
Introducing Healthcare Independence: Patients Younger than Age 18 and Patients Age 18 and Older [PDF]
This resource is for healthcare providers helping transition teens with chronic condition to adult providers. We detail ways you can help prepare patients and caregivers early, to build self-reliance and independence.
Medical Summary: Patient Transitioning to Adult Care
This document should be completed by pediatric medical providers, in collaboration with patients and their caregivers, then should be shared with the transitioning patient’s new, adult medical providers, as well as the patient and their caregivers, as appropriate.
Sample Transfer Letter: Patient Transitioning to Adult Care
This is a sample of a letter to be written by the pediatric provider, and sent to the new adult provider of a patient transitioning to adult care.
Speaking with Patients Alone – How to Reassure Families [PDF]
As part of the transition to adult healthcare, teens will begin speaking to healthcare professionals alone - without their parents. Learn how healthcare professionals can ease this transition and how the one-on-one time will benefit the patient.
Transition Planning by Healthcare Providers [PDF]
This resource for professionals offers tips to help transition teens with chronic conditions to adult healthcare providers, including documenting the teen’s achievement at self-care tasks, and what records to copy for the patient and the adult healthcare provider.
Transition to Adult Care Clinical Pathway
This clinical pathway describes the process of transitioning a pediatric patient to an adult healthcare provider.
Transition to Adulthood: Healthcare Skills and Transition Checklist [PDF]
This tool is for healthcare providers to assess the readiness of teens and young adults with chronic conditions to transition to adult healthcare providers. Included is a transition checklist per age, detailing what type of discussions should occur and when.
For Teens and Young Adults
11-13 years — It’s Your Health: What You Need to Know [PDF]
This resource offers 9 tips to help your 11- to 13-year old child learn about his health conditions, medications, allergies, and how to recognize if he needs medical help.
14-17 years — It’s Your Health: What You Need to Know [PDF]
This tool offers 14 tips to help your 14- to 17-year-old child learn about her health conditions, medications, allergies, and how to recognize if she needs medical help.
18-21 years — It’s Time: Are You Ready to Transition to Adult Healthcare? [PDF]
This resource is for young adults age 18-21 who will learn 13 tips to help transition to adult healthcare. Tips include knowing your medical conditions, keeping an up-to-date list of medications and dosages, and knowing who to call when you need help.
For Teens: Self-Care Assessment
This is a helpful resource to assess what you already know about your health as you prepare to transition to an adult healthcare provider.
Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults (brochure) [PDF]
This brochure will help your teen as he begins taking more control of his condition. A quick self-assessment will help teens understand how much they know about their condition and then work with healthcare providers to fill any knowledge gaps.
Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults (flyer) [PDF]
This resource will help your teen with a chronic health condition to transition to adult healthcare. This tool details what your teen needs to be able to do, how the healthcare provider can be a partner in your teen’s health, and six keys to good health.
Teenagers: About Transition to Adult Doctors
Teenagers: soon you’ll be an adult. Adults need adult doctors. When you reach late teens or early 20s, your ability to manage your healthcare will be important to your health. We want you to be ready.
GI Patients Moving to Adult Healthcare - Introduction
When you have a chronic health condition, transferring from your pediatric team to an adult team can be challenging. In this video, staff and patients offer tips about how to make a smooth transition.
Transition to Adulthood with a Chronic Illness: College and Employment
If you have a chronic health condition, you have many things to consider when choosing a college. Your care teams can help.
Transition to Adulthood with a Chronic Illness: Growing up
When you are a young adult with a chronic health condition, you have many extra responsibilities to manage. Decisions about drinking, dating and other aspects of adulthood are even more difficult.
Transition to Adulthood with a Chronic Illness: Health Insurance
No one likes to think about health insurance. But if you are a teenager with a chronic condition, you must think about health insurance and make sure you don't lose it.
Transition to Adulthood with a Chronic Illness: Preparing Early
When you have a chronic illness, the key to a smooth transition from pediatric to adult healthcare is preparing early and talking to parents and healthcare providers about how they can help.
Transition to Adulthood with Chronic Illness: Camp as Practice for Adulthood
As a young adult with chronic illness, camp is a great way to learn how to self-manage your condition — but with a safety net of medical personnel nearby if you need them.