Transition Program

Transitioning from Pediatric Care to Adult Care – We are here to help!

The Texas Children's Diabetes and Endocrine Care Center enjoys caring for teens with diabetes and endocrine conditions. In the future, teens will move from our pediatric center to an adult diabetes or endocrine doctor.

To help teens with type 1 diabetes of all ages prepare for the transition from pediatric care to adult care, the Texas Children’s Diabetes Care Center:

  • Offers a Transition Clinic, a new Transition Navigator Program (see below) and a workshop for families to attend.
  • Starts preparing our adolescents for the eventual transition to adult care and adulthood early in the teen years.
  • Recommends the where, when, how and why of the move to adult care be discussed and planned in advance with your pediatric diabetes team.

As a teen, there are a lot exciting activities going and preparing for adult care might seem like an uncertain journey. However, teens do not have to go on the journey alone because the team of providers at the Texas Children’s Diabetes Care Center can help. 


Type 1 Transitions Program

Type 1 Transitions, is a new transition navigator program for teens and families with type 1 diabetes. This program was developed by endocrinologist, Dr. Sarah Lyons, and Dr. Marisa Hilliard, a pediatric psychologist, both of whom specialize in care for adolescent and young adults with diabetes at Texas Children’s Hospital. The program is a multi-disciplinary approach to preparing teens with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to eventually manage their diabetes as young adults, in a stepwise fashion based on their current skill sets and personal goals. Our Transition Navigator currently sees teens (age 12 – 17) at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and Texas Children’s Health Center Cy-Fair.


Transition Clinic

Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center has a Diabetes Transition Medicine Clinic for teens 16 and older co-led by Drs. Sarah Lyons and Daniel DeSalvo. The clinic focuses on intensive diabetes management and preparation for adulthood. 


Additional Information

If you have any question about the transition process from pediatric care to adult care, please contact your diabetes doctor, or email your questions to type1transitions@texaschildrens.org.