Going in for a blood test is not a pleasant thought. For adults and kids, having a needle stuck in the arm is low on the list of desirable activities. For autistic kids, going in for blood test can be particularly traumatic. This post at Today's Parent explains why.
Having blood drawn can be overwhelmingly stressful for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Between the bright clinical environment, the busyness of the waiting rooms, and of course the dreaded needles and tight bands, the whole experience can be overwhelming.
Often it will take multiple technicians to obtain a single blood sample from a kid on the spectrum. Sometimes sedation is required. And when families put off blood tests in anticipation of the trauma it will bring their kid with ASD, there’s the risk that important diagnoses will be delayed.
Treating an autistic child the same as anyone else going in for a blood test is clearly a major challenge.
Endorsed by Autism Canada and created based on feedback from members of the autism community, the program has set in place protocols for collecting blood from patients of all ages with ASD. And all staff have undergone specialized training to better understand the unique needs of clients on the spectrum.
Among the calming tools and techniques offered to help take the stress out of having blood drawn, are soothing light options, videos for distraction, and downloadable storyboards to prepare kids for what to expect in advance of their visit. If this sounds like just what the doctor ordered for your kid, Lifelabs recommends calling ahead and asking for an Autism Program Appointment.
This sounds great. A program tailored for autistic people so that they can have a better experience and therefore get necessry blood tests taken. This is an encouraging approach.
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