Information & Resources for Parents
|Dr. Johnson's Approach to Care for Adolescents|
Adolescence is a special time...
and adolescents benefit from personal, comprehensive care. They’re experiencing physical and emotional changes, and they often have questions about "what’s going on." Dr. Johnson makes it safe to ask those questions, and she answers them. She offers information and support to parents, too.
Parental interest and involvement are key to healthy adolescent development. These affect progress toward health goals. "Dr. J" encourages patients and parents to talk openly about matters that affect well-being. With difficult issues, she helps families communicate more effectively.
How appointments work
A private conference with parents may occur at the start of the visit. At the first visit, "Dr. J" meets briefly with adolescent and parent together. Then she and the patient talk privately. Parents are welcome to stay if the patient prefers. Then, at the end of the visit, she meets with patient and parent together to discuss recommendations, complete plans, and answer questions.
When it comes to healthcare, privacy and confidentiality are important to all of us. Developing and maintaining a trusting relationship with her patients is important to Dr. Johnson. Conversations with patients remain private, unless the person is endangering him/herself or others.
Parenting Your Adolescent
Many parents view the approach of their child’s adolescence with trepidation. In fact, most adolescents navigate this passage without the “Sturm und Drang” (“storm and stress”) often ascribed to this period. Adolescence does require renegotiation of roles, responsibilities, and limits. So in some ways, parenting changes as the adolescent matures.
Dr. Johnson recommends the "5-10-15" for understanding, parenting, and supporting adolescent development. These are adapted from other resources.
The 5 Basics of Parenting Adolescents
The 10 Tasks of Adolescence
Every developmental stage has certain "tasks" that are typically completed during that phase. The transitions prerequisite to assuming an adult role in society are referred to as the “growth tasks” of adolescence. Each growth task represents an important developmental process. They include achieving autonomy and independence; forming a distinct self identity; developing an identity as a sexual person; acquiring social competence; and developing new cognitive skills.