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Treatment for bleeding disorders is a lifelong process. Parents play a major role in their children’s treatment in the younger years. During the "tween" and early teenage years (ages 9-15), a child's growing independence becomes very important and can drastically change the routine of treatment that has so far been established. This time for exploration and personal growth also involves the child becoming more active in his or her treatment as part of this process.

While both parent and child may have anxiety during this time about treatment, communication, and education, knowing some basic steps to help your child gain independence can ease the transition for everyone and help children move confidently into this exciting stage of their lives.

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