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Autism Speaks Announces New Tools for Successful Vision Exams

April 04, 2014

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest resource for families from the ATN/AIR-P: a video and accompanying social narrative to help prepare individuals with autism for visits to the eye doctor, which can often be very difficult and uncomfortable experiences.

The video Vision Exams for Individuals with Autism and accompanying social narrative lead families and caregivers through a visit to the optometrist’s office and a full, step-by-step vision exam. These tools can also provide insight into preparing ahead of time to make the visit as smooth, anxiety-free and productive as possible. This video is also appropriate for optometrists who are not familiar with autism. 

Author and creator Susan Connors, MD, wrote a blog introducing the resources and discussing the importance of preparing individuals on the spectrum for successful vision exams. Dr. Connors is an instructor at Harvard Medical School as well as a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Lurie Center for Autism.

Click here to learn more!

*This tool kit is the product of on-going activities of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) in its role as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The AIR-P is supported through cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital.