Health Information Resources
The Center for Children with Special Needs – Teens Page
As a teenager, you will be dealing with many exciting and sometimes difficult new tasks. Being a teenager with ongoing health conditions means you may have even more things to think about and plan for. You may be beginning to take an active role in managing your own health care, looking for your first job, or planning to have time away from home for your first time.
The Center for Children with Special Needs – Moving to Adult Healthcare for Teens
Transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare providers can feel like completely new territory. Hospitals and doctors’ offices may look and feel different. It may take some time for your new healthcare providers to get to know you.
The Trevor Project, Lifeline and TrevorChat
Youth who are feeling alone, confused or in crisis can call 1-866-488-7386 or chat online with a trained advocate. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Hello! Hey, we’re glad you made it. This site is a place for you, your friends, and other teens. It’s a welcoming community for all youth and a place where all youth belong. We want you to be here. This is your place, your space.
Got Transition? National Health Care Transition Center
Today’s young people who are leaving their pediatric care and moving toward the adult health system are doing things they have never done before. This “transition” is a critical time for young adults as they are often accessing the health system independently for the very first time.
Your Health Priorities Tool
If you don’t share details about your life and what is important to you, you may not get the treatment that is best for you. Think about it this way: If you are a student who lives near a bus stop, you might be able to take a medicine that makes you a little sleepy because you do not need to drive. But if you are a truck driver, that medicine might make you too sleepy to do your job. Sharing details about your daily life and what’s important to you can help your doctor recommend a treatment that helps you get better and improves your quality of life.
HealthyTransitionsNY.org teaches skills and provides tools for care coordination, keeping a health summary, and setting priorities during the transition process. It features video vignettes that demonstrate health transition skills and interactive tools that foster self determination and collaboration.
Parent to Parent of Washington – 800-821-5927
Parent to Parent of Washington is a place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information. This website is maintained as a resource for families.