Transition information for young people

Children/young people with ADHD are normally transitioned from the paediatric services to adult services and GP at 18 years of age. The process of transition normally starts before this age. There is a transition pathway from paediatric to adult services in Hertfordshire and the ADHD/ADD transition booklet contains vital information about transitioning to adult services. Including important issues relating to young people with ADHD/ADD.

Click on the links below to view the transition information for young people with ADHD/ADD PDF:

Part 1:

  • Introduction
  • Driving

Part 2:

  • Drugs and drinking
  • Smoking
  • School and college

Part 3:

  • ADHD and working for the police force or for the armed forces
  • Competing in competitive sports
  • Dating and relationships
  • Family and friends
  • Internet safety

Page 4:

  • Dealing with adult services transition
  • References

Information for young people

One of your parent’s anxieties is that you are vulnerable to all kind of exploitation and abuse. By learning about sex and relationships you can keep safe. You will know which parts of your body are private and learn what to do and say in certain situations. Teenagers want to know about relationships, love, emotions, friends, resisting pressure into having sex and you may start having girlfriends and boyfriends.  If you have a learning disability:

  • You will reach puberty and become an adult whatever your learning ability
  • Girls will have periods and be able to get pregnant; boys will experience wet dreams for the first time
  • Both girls and boys will experience sexual feelings
  • Children with a learning disability still need the information, but in a way that can easily be understood. Ref: FPA The Sexual health charity (2009)

You may want to talk about the many sides of love and sex and get help from your parents through this transition (Ref FPA 2012). FPA has an excellent CD-ROM, All About Us, that you can use with your parents.

Find the FPA here:  Facebook   Twitter   Google+

Smoking
Smoking can cause heart disease, strokes and even eye problems, as well as making your teeth yellow and your breath really smelly, it also cost a lot and by stopping smoking you could save approx £1800 a year. There are now three easy ways to get more help in giving up:

Adolescent drug and alcohol service for Hertfordshire (A-DASH)
The A-DASH team provides confidential advice, support and specialist assessment and treatment to young people who have drug and alcohol problems under the age of 18, who have a Hertfordshire GP or live in or attend school in Hertfordshire. Young people can phone or text directly. Other services such as: One Stop Shops, GPs, primary care, Youth Connexions, child and adolescent mental health services, youth offending teams and staff working with children such as Childrens Schools and Families. The team works in close co-operation and partnership with other key providers of services to young people (e.g. CAMHS, YOT’s, Schools and Families (CSF) and Youth Connexions) in reducing drug and alcohol related harm in young people.

The service also supports other professionals and organisations in tackling or preventing drug related problems in young people and can provide support training bespoke to the needs of that team. The service welcomes telephone enquires to offer advice and information as well as to inform callers what services there are locally to help young people in Hertfordshire or their parents/carers.

Please click on the links below for more A-DASH information:

A-DASH Leaflet
A-DASH Flyer
A-DASH Handbook for Professionals
A-DASH Professional Screening Tool
Telephone 01923 427288 or Text 07770 537227
E mail: A-DASH@hertspartsft.nhs.uk

A-DASH recommends: Channel Mogo   Talk to Frank

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Youth Connexions Centres

  • Letchworth 01462 640340
  • Royston 01462 640340
  • Welwyn Garden City 01707 292681
  • Stevenage 01438 749147
  • Hoddesdon 01992 588220

Health drop-in clinics for young people

Bowling Road Health Centre Ware
Thursdays, 4.00- 4.45pm 
01920 463388

Body Zone Drill Hall Cheshunt
Monday and Thursdays, 3.30 to 5.00pm  
01992 635000

Contraception Advice

Health Centre, Bedford Road, Hitchin
Walk-in, Mondays 3.30 to 5.30pm
Appointments, Tuesdays 6.30 to 8.30pm
01462 427130

Danstrete Clinic Stevenage
Appointments, Tuesday and Thursdays, 6.30 to 8.30pm
Thursdays, 9.30 to 1130am
Fridays, 9.30am to 1.15pm
01438 737784

Hertford County Hospital
Top Floor Clinic E
Walk-in, Mondays, 2.00 to 4.00pm
Appointments, Wednesdays, 2.00 to 4.00pm
01992 581014

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