So how can you still monitor your child’s medical care and help them gain independence at the same time? Research suggests that allowing children increasingly more responsibility for their own care can help. Letting them have some time with their medical team alone, giving them the responsibility for taking their own meds, encouraging them to find social support among their affected and non-affected peers are just some of the ways an adolescent can take control of their own health and start to feel independent.
We’d love to hear other ideas from parents. What has worked/not worked in your family?
For more information: "Developmental Complications in Chronic Illness" https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=90&ContentID=P01658