A visit to the doctor can be a stressful experience for any child, but for a child with an autism spectrum disorder, the experience can be terrifying, thus making it especially difficult for parents and medical staff. Children on the autism spectrum may feel increased anxiety when encountering new environments. Predictability and motivation may help counteract the anxiety. The use of visual systems, as seen here, help provide necessary support to make a visit to the doctor more predictable and easier to manage.
Three formats are provided depending on the comprehension level of the child.
(1) picture (2) picture with word (3) written. An abbreviated icon library is also provided so parents can tailor the information to meet the specific needs of their children. Please note that additional medical related icons and other formats are available using the Make-A-Schedule program.
If you find these free cards helpful, you may be interested in purchasing the Doctor's Visit Picture Cards & Social Scripts. It includes 120 full color 2" images, plus social stories for the Doctor's office, Dentist, and Eye Doctor.
Thanks to the Autism Society of North Carolina for contributing this as part of their project to provide physician support.