This video was developed by treatment professionals at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development.

Visiting the doctor’s office can be an uncomfortable and stressful experience for autistic children. Positioning for comfort during medical procedures (like blood draw) can help ease stress and give the patient more control over their environment. 

Positioning for comfort involves a safe and secure hold by a caregiver. You can consult with your healthcare provider about different comfort positions that may help your loved one during procedures and check-ups. 

Bringing a favorite toy or activity to engage with can also help, as being distracted by positive things sets a good tone for the appointment. 

Be sure to go through medical histories with your healthcare provider and create a plan for the day of the procedure. In some cases, it is helpful to have a member of the medical staff or social worker present to help the patient and practitioner problem-solve and find the best coping strategies. 

Providing information ahead of time and using examples can increase the likelihood of a successful visit. The most important thing to remember is to use honest and developmentally appropriate communication to address the child’s fear of the unknown and intimidating things they may encounter

Positioning for comfort increases chances for a positive medical experience, incorporates family-centered care, and provides a sense of support for the patient. 

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