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Transitioning to High School

As your child transitions to a high school environment, they may start taking on more responsibility than ever before. With high school comes an increased course load, new friends, and more independence. As a caregiver, it can be both exciting and nerve-racking to see your child take on this responsibility.


Create a routine together

To help your child manage their time, help them create a routine and give them tools (like a planner) to build one themselves. A big step in gaining independence is learning to care for themselves, so make sure your child continues to prioritize their health and treatments.


Talk about CF

Set your child up for a successful school year by discussing cystic fibrosis (CF) with those who will be involved in their life, such as:

  • The faculty. Talk to school faculty, such as guidance counselors, deans, and, naturally, teachers. Help them understand more about CF and any accommodations your child may need throughout the year, such as a modified schedule
  • The school nurse. Discuss the particulars of CF in case of an emergency, as well as classroom illnesses and your child’s risk of getting sick
  • The teachers. Talk to the teacher(s) your child will be with the most during the day. Help them understand more about CF and the accommodations your child may need throughout the year
  • Peers and parents. During high school and teen years, your child’s social life can be packed. Between slumber parties, school projects, and even dating, it’s important that you or your child are able to tell peers and parents about CF. Use this guide to help your conversations

You can even encourage your child to get involved in these conversations, if they feel comfortable. It’s a great way for them to take on a bit more responsibility.