For Families and Carers : Teenagers and Young Adults

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Teenagers and Young Adults

Mood swings, pushing boundaries, tiredness, feeling confused, crushes, first loves and spending ages in the bathroom… Whilst these changes may occur a little later than in people without Down’s syndrome, young people with Down’s syndrome will essentially be just like any other teenager. Sex and relationships, wanting independence, good personal hygiene, needing personal space and building good self-esteem are all issues that you will need to think about as your son or daughter grows up.

Child’s needs assessment/Transition assessment

Between the ages of 14 and 17 years, teenagers should have a child’s needs assessment (also known as a transition assessment) from their local authority. This will probably not happen automatically so it may be necessary to contact the local authority to request this assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to look at what the needs of the person are likely to be when they turn 18. The local authority should then give an indication as to whether the person is likely to have needs eligible for support at 18. The thinking behind this is that it should ensure that a young person is known to the local authority and may help with planning ahead for adult support and services. There will be further information about this assessment on your ‘local offer’ website.’

If you would like more support with any of these issues, or if you have another question, please call the DSA Helpline on 0333 1212 300.

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