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Art kid and dadThings to consider when adopting a child at risk of HDP For those considering adopting a child who could be at risk for Huntington’s Disease there are some key things that you should take into account to help shape your decisions. Adoption is a long and difficult process for anyone to embark on like all aspects of building a family unit. If Huntington’s Disease is a factor in the life of a child you are adopting then we have put together a simple factsheet to help shape the research you should do to help make an informed decision and to help you support your child as they grow up.Adopting a child who is at risk of HD is a serious decision for...Find out more...
Art discussion during basketballHDYO's Top Tips: Talking to children about HDPPUsing various sources, research studies, and professional advice, HDYO has put together a list of key points for parents/guardians to remember when talking to children about Huntington's disease.Tell all the children at the same time if possibleIt can be tempting, if you have children with varying differences in age, to tell each child about Huntington's disease on different occasions, rather than at the same time. However, it's important to initially tell all the children at the same time about Huntington's disease in a simple manner. Then, afterwards you can discuss it with each age group...Find out more...
Art family talking round tableTalking to kids about HDPPInformation and techniques used to talk with children about Huntington's disease. Including advice from licensed social workers with a background in Huntington's, along with testimonials from children and parents. HDYO believes in the importance of talking to children, about Huntington's disease, in a safe and appropriate manner. We have put together this section by ways of talking to many young people, their parents and a special thankful help to Dr Bonnie Hennig-Trestman.Reasons for talking to kids about Huntington's Who should tell the kids When should I tell the kids How should I tell...Find out more...
Art kids with question bubbleConversation startersPPTalking about HD with Young PeopleTalking with children about Huntington’s disease (HD) can be difficult. What do you say? Where to start? How to approach the topic? How much information to provide? There are plenty of questions to think about before you go ahead and discuss this information with children. Other sections on this website provide great advice on talking with children. However, this section focuses on some examples of conversation starters with children of different ages, as well as some questions children may ask in response to this discussion about HD. You may find some of...Find out more...
News hdyo land 1HDYO LandKTPPAre you ready to explore HDYO Land? HDYO Land is an interactive, colourful and fun program aimed to help children learn about Huntington’s disease (HD). In HDYO Land you will be able to visit and explore 5 different areas in which you will meet some wonderful characters who will take you on an adventure through many locations, educating you about HD along the way!In each area of HDYO Land you will learn the basics about different subjects such as:What is HD? How do people get HD? How does HD affect people? Living in a family with HD History of HD Each area is made up of fun characters,...Find out more...
Art shutter child 1Potential outcomes of not discussing HDPPUsing material from various sources including research studies, professional advice and young people's experiences, HDYO has produced a list of issues that could potentially arise when Huntington's disease is not discussed with children.Filling in the gaps: using imaginationIf a child is aware that someone has changed/is different and they are not given factual information on why this person has changed, then they will use their imagination to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. This tends to lead to the child making incorrect assumptions that are often worse than the facts - which can...Find out more...
Pexels 697243 hug talkTalking about JHD with children and young peoplePJTalking to a child about a medical condition, especially a genetic one is difficult. It is even more difficult when that condition affects them. This section will explore ways to talk to children about Juvenile HD (JHD). It will include the challenges they might face, how to talk about JHD, and, how to explain what is happening to them or their sibling.Things to think about when talking about JHD with your children We at HDYO encourage families to talk openly about HD from a young age. We know research shows talking openly to children of all ages helps them to cope better. We suggest a...Find out more...
Pexels 461049 familyLiving in a family with HDTYPFP The people most affected by Huntington's disease are those that have the condition (obviously). What is not quite as obvious is how the disease impacts hugely on those around the person with Huntington's disease. This section focuses on some of the issues which young people may experience when living or growing up in a family with Huntington's disease. It doesn't cover issues regarding Being At Risk (which can seem quite similar). First finding out about Huntington's diseaseHuntington's disease comes into people's lives at many different ages. Some people may find out about Huntington's...Find out more...
Art shutter adoption fosteringYoung peoples' experiences of finding out about HDTYPIt is important that, as well as getting the parents' experiences of talking to kids about Huntington's disease, we hear the views and opinions of young people who have been told about the disease by their parent/guardians. This will enable us to hear both sides of this difficult topic and gain a better understanding of different approaches and strategies when it comes to talking to children about Huntington's disease. If you are a young person who has been told about Huntington's disease by a parent or guardian, why not fill in the form below, we will add it to the site once it has been...Find out more...
Pexels 461049 familyParents' experiences of talking to kids about HDPIn this section you will find the experiences of parents who have talked to their children about Huntington's disease. These experiences are here to provide real-life insight into talking to kids about Huntington's disease from those that have been through it themselves. As well learning from other's experiences in this section, you can also provide your own experience by filling in the form below. All content will be checked by HDYO before being added to the site and we request that you provide a name along with your location and your experiences.Send us your experience of...Find out more...
Pexels hello wavingNew to HD?EveryoneAre you under 13?If you're under 13 we have HDYO Land an interactive, colourful and fun program to help you learn about Huntington's disease (HD): 13 or over?If you're 13 or over HDYO has put together a guide through our HD content to help you learn the basics, starting with our What is HD? article! There are 6 articles as part of this guide, at the bottom of each article you will see suggested articles, with your next article in the series shown as the New to HD option. Find out more...
Pexels man hands people woman 3952248CoronavirusEveryoneCoronavirus disease (also called COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus that is spreading rapidly around the world. It was declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 by the World Health Organisation and many countries are putting strict measures in place to reduce the chance of high risk people being exposed to it and to delay the spread of the disease. That can include people with symptomatic Huntington’s disease - but mainly in the later stages.Reliable informationHere are some links to trusted information. There are a lot of rumors and false information being...Find out more...