A self-management support program for teens and young adults living with long-term illness or chronic condition(s). Enables youth to learn self-management skills to support living a healthier lifestyle.
As they progress to adulthood, teens living with long-term illness may be facing challenges in their transition
- to making more of their own decisions and following through with responsibilities as an adult
- to accepting and embracing life with a chronic condition or disability
- from the pediatric health care system to the adult health care system
When they have a chronic illness or condition, they also have the added challenges of learning:
- how to look after their condition -- all the appointments, medicine, food and physical activity restrictions and the symptoms associated with having a chronic condition
- how to carry on with school, homework, relationships with friends and family, and still keep up a social life and take part in activities
- how to handle the difficult emotions that come with living with chronic illness
There is 1 workshop per week for 6 weeks. This program helps this group learn self-management skills in a supportive, fun environment with others their age. Includes:
- workshop supplies such as activity sheets, handouts, notebooks, and a relaxation CD
- sessions that are led by young adults living with chronic illness and who have successfully gone through the same challenges
Teens and young adults 14 to 24 years with a chronic health condition who would benefit from learning new self-management skills in a supportive group setting are invited to register. Existing groups of teens and young adults can also host a workshop series for their own members.
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