Health and Development (HSC)


Growth and Development

READY for adulthood

  • R – relationships with friends, other students, co-workers, family
  • E – Energy to find things you enjoy and Expertise for meaningful activity
  • A – Awareness of the world around you, your place in the world and your contributions
  • D – Independent decision-maker: Knows how to get things done and can control behavior
  • Y – say YES to healthy behavior, eat well, play hard, work hard, be safe (sex, drugs, etc)

Adapted From:
Duncan, P. & Frankowski, B. (2004). Bright Futures and Strength Based Health Care for Youth, Presentation at AAP CATCH and Medical Home Conference, Chicago, July 16, 2004.

Health and Safty Issues

HEADS for Transition for All Youth


  • Home – relationships and connectedness with family members, chores and responsibilities
  • Health status – medical conditions, health promotion activities
  • Health care routines – how managed, what parts willing/able to do; medications
  • Health care – from whom
  • Health insurance – what does it cover; who pays for it
  • Hope
  • Having a life


  • Education – school, exams, prep for higher education; dreams for higher education
  • Employment – chores, work experience, volunteering, career planning
  • Eating behaviors
  • Earnings/ income
  • Exercise/ physical activity
  • Environment: is it conducive to physical and mental health; problems with heat, cold, molds, dusts, odors, humidity, noise, distractions, violence


  • Activities – peer network, time away from home, productive time after school; what doing for fun; opportunities for leadership
  • Ambitions
  • Affect/emotional health
  • Abilities to problem solve
  • Attend religious services
  • Able to vote – registered
  • Activities of daily living – how able to do
  • Accidents – unintentional or intentional injuries
  • Accommodations needed and gotten
  • Activity restrictions – what parts can be done
  • Assistance needed such as care coordination


  • Drugs – alcohol, tobacco; substance abuse; refusal skills
  • Diet – food intake/nutrition, balance, vitamins, calcium, sodas, caffeine, weight management/obesity
  • Dental care and oral health
  • Driving – learning, transportation use; accommodations


  • Sexuality – concerns, puberty, periods, knowledge, abstinence, experience contraception, masturbation, sexual health
  • Safety from injury – safety belt and helmet use; refusal skills
  • Savagery in life – violence, weapons, sexual, vehicles, bullying, gangs
  • Suicide and depression – someone to talk to, coping skills
  • Sleep – quantities, patterns
  • Socializing and recreation/fun vs. boredom
  • Support – for dreams, for planning, for mental health
  • Specialists needed – physical or mental health, education, work, recreation, independent living
  • Satisfaction with life

Adapted from:
Goldenring, J.M. & Rosen, D. (2004). Getting into adolescent heads: an essential update. Contemporary Pediatrics, 21,64-90, available at

Bolded topics are from this resource; others are from TransitionOneStop staff.

Higher Education

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  • Helpful Tips for going to college with a disabilities:
    Documenting Disability to receive accommodations:
  • From the State University of New York at Buffalo:
  • Doctors and Disability Letters:
  •  Article by young woman with a disability that gives suggestions for how to describe limitations in terms of school and job functions and activities
  • From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Education Quest Foundation  College Planning for Students with Disabilities – a 19 page booklet downloadable as pdf file
  • Disability Support Programs at Kentucky Universities (see examples of forms required to document disability and request accommodations):
University of Louisville
Eastern Kentucky University :`


Use of Health Care System