Most children are nervous about having blood drawn, but kids with autism can find it particularly worrying and overwhelming.
That's why Autism Speaks today released a Blood Draw Tool Kit for parents, with a companion guide for professionals.
The tool kit includes tips on how to prepare your child, relaxation and distraction strategies, a visual schedule of what happens during a blood draw, 'first-then' boards (see image above), how to write a related social story, and why it's important to bring a reward.
The kit is designed to help children with autism before, during and after blood draws. But I believe parents of all children will benefit from these strategies. Check it out! Louise