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Autism Speaks Launches “Blood Draw” Tool Kit – Practical Guidance for Parents and Providers

Blood Draw Tool Kit to Make Blood Draws and Routine Procedures Less Stressful Joins Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit as Another Free Resource to Guide Medical Care for Individuals with Autism

In an effort to help families and medical providers make necessary medical procedures less stressful, Autism Speaks launched a new tool

September 13, 2011

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 13, 2011) – For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), routine medical procedures such as having their blood drawn can be very difficult. Communication and social interaction deficits and reliance on fixed routines experienced by many children with ASD are the significant factors to be considered when preparing a child with ASD for a blood draw.

ATN/AIR-P Blood Draw Tool Kit

Blood Draw Tool Kit for Parents

Has your child with ASD had a negative experience during a doctor’s visit that has left him or her feeling anxious? Does the prospect of having your child’s blood drawn make you anxious as well? Perhaps this anxiety has even prevented you from seeking needed tests and treatments. This toolkit was designed with you and your child in mind.