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When Your Child Turns 18

Turn 18

We all go through transitions in our lives, from infancy to childhood, from preschool to elementary school to high school, and from teens to adults. Planning ahead and preparing for changes helps make things easier. It is important to plan for the transition from pediatric doctors to adult doctors, moving from school to adult life. It is never too early to think about and prepare for your child's future.

Transitions for teens with developmental disabilities (DD) can be especially challenging. When teens turn 18, they are legally independent persons. An 18 year old teen is assumed to be able to make medical, financial and life decisions on his/her own.