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Good 2 Go

Practical Interventions

Solo Interactions
MyHealth 3-Sentence SUMMARY

Transition and Transfer Reminders   
“Help Them Grow…so They’re Good 2 Go” Timelines
Transition Readiness Checklists

Solo Interactions

An important skill for adolescents with chronic conditions to learn is how to communicate with health-care providers. Clinics can set an age at which they will begin seeing teens on their own for part of their visit. This practice will encourage communication and increase self-reliance and comfort with health care interactions. This also allows parents an opportunity to practice “letting go” of responsibility for their child’s health care (when appropriate).

MyHealth 3-Sentence SUMMARY

Teens can be encouraged to summarize their health history in three sentences.  Health-care providers tend to interrupt patients who tell a long, drawn out story, especially in a busy clinical practice.  By being able to summarize one’s history succinctly, adolescents show they are knowledgeable about their health and that they can focus on what is important in a clinical interaction. Adolescents need to be reminded that once they have provided a summary, health-care providers will likely ask further questions—this doesn't mean that they have omitted important information, rather that they have given enough information so that the provider knows what to ask.

Bookmarks describing the steps for a 3-Sentence Summary are available for free distribution to your patients. Contact us to get bookmarks for your clinic.

Transition and Transfer Reminders   

It isn't unusual to hear 15 or 16 year olds saying that they didn't know they would ever have to leave the paediatric hospital.  Reminders that they will be leaving can be verbal (e.g. "We expect you to know the names of all your meds before you graduate from this hospital" or "The hospital you will go to when you are 18 has a great cafeteria") or written statements (e.g., Transition policies posted in clinic waiting rooms).

Good 2 Go has developed a poster for display throughout the hospital as reminder that we all have a role in preparing youth for graduation. If your office or clinic needs one, please contact us for ordering instructions.

“Help Them Grow…so They’re Good 2 Go” Timelines

Good 2 Go believes transition preparation starts at the time of diagnosis. For many SickKids patients this is very early in development and for other’s it is during the adolescent years.  At the time of diagnosis, parents often wonder how they can raise children with health care needs to live fulfilling lives.  The “Help Them Grow…so they’re Good 2 Go” timelines were designed to provide age-appropriate tasks and ideas for parents of younger children and ideas for teens/youth to develop independence in many areas of one’s life – socially, with family, in school and in the medical domain.  They work best when introduced by a health-care provider at multiple times during their care in the paediatric system.

Contact us to get copies of the General Timeline for your clinic (they are free!) and download copies of Clinician Guidelines for Implementing Timelines .

We encourage all programs to develop disease or program-specific timelines for their clinic. Check out "Help Them Grow…so They’re Good 2 Go”  timelines for examples of customized timelines. We can help! Contact us for a consultation.  

Transition Readiness Checklists

Good 2 Go has developed checklists for adolescents and parents that identify the skills and knowledge required for a smooth transition. These checklists can be used at various points in a patient’s care at SickKids to develop goals and monitor progress over time. They are EPC-friendly and can be ordered directly from the print shop (Form #51235-Patient Version and #54350-Parent Version).

Some programs have also developed customized checklists for their patients with our help. Check out the checklist  Good 2 Go developed in conjunction with The Anne Johnston Health Station, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario. Click here for more information about this program.

Contact us  if you are interested in developing or simply learning more about how to use a Transition Readiness Checklist in your practice.