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:
- Drugs and drinking
- School and college
- ADHD and working for the police force or for the armed forces
- Competing in competitive sports
- Dating and relationships
- Family and friends
- Internet safety
- Dealing with adult services transition
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.
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.