The Thinking Stage - [up to 14 years approx.]
This stage is about introducing you and your parents to the idea of transition. During this time, you should start to learn more about your condition and begin to start taking a little more responsibility for your health care. During this stage, you might begin to pay more attention to your health care routines. You could also consider the questions you would like to ask at your hospital or clinic visits. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will be of support to you during this stage.
- Try to learn more about your condition, medication and treatments.
- Think about questions you might like to ask at your hospital or clinic visits.
- Use your phone to set reminders about hospital appointments and taking your medication/treatments.
- It is worthwhile thinking about how exercise, diet and other lifestyle decisions affect your medical condition.
- Talk to your parents/guardians about your medical history – this will help when you are older and you have to answer doctor’s questions.