Going to Doctor Visual Schedule was created by school-based Occupational Therapist, Thia Triggs. If your child is fearful of the doctor, the examination, or the procedures, these visuals will help decrease anxieties by letting your child know what to expect.
Perfect for children:
Who are on the autism spectrum
Who are anxious
Who have difficulty following verbal directions
Who don’t know what to expect
Who have problem behaviors
This resource can be used as:
- A Visual Schedule: Place the appropriate visuals on the menu and take off as each step is accomplished.
- A Social Story Starter: Discuss each visual that is appropriate for your child or write a mini-book and glue in the visuals.
- Pretend Play: Assign a role, i.e., Child, Nurse, Doctor, Parent, to a stuffed animal/doll/child and use the other visuals to prompt story starters.
- Role-Play: Set up a visual schedule on the menu page and take turns being the child in the story.
Write or draw in details that may be specific to your child’s doctor visit. Write or draw on to show an after-the-doctor treat such as going to the park, the library, or a play date. (A file folder label has been provided at the bottom of page 5.)
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