Your teenagers asthma

2) Asthma consultations

Health professional listening to teenagers lungs

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  • The young person, you the parent and the healthcare team should be in partnership.
  • Your healthcare team should give the young person the opportunity to be seen alone from the age of 12 years old.
  • The team start the consultation with young person. As they get older and more confident they should ask the questions they need to know about their asthma.
  • Careful explanation and discussion is needed with young person and you the parent. This may take several attempts.
  • The young person will build up confidence, independence and communication skills for the consultation.
  • Health professionals should listen to get the young person’s honest and unbiased perspective.
  • This way of working is recommended in National Guidelines.
  • You can join the review to summarise and discuss the health teams observations.
  • Everyone should agree on the next steps.
  • The young person may need you the parent to help them arrange their appointment, get them there and help arrange their prescriptions.