What we can do for ourselves

 

1. Prepare the individual for examination visit through role-play, books, and pictures, etc.

 

2. Bring distractions for waiting and exam rooms (books, music, video games, snacks, etc.) and offer rewards (prizes, outings, edibles, etc.)

 

3. Ask for a “get acquainted” visit

 

4. Schedule appointment at a time that is best for the individual, such as the first or last appointment of the day

 

5. Keep a medical journal of co-payments, medications, treatments, prior visits, and referrals

 

6. Make sure the parking lot, building, and office are accessible

 

7. Talk to the examiner before the visit, preparing staff ahead

of time, and reminding them of the individual’s needs

 

8. Bring a support person to listen to the examiner, write things down, and help with other children

 

9. Research medical issues in books, journals, and online, and ask lots of questions

 

10. Ask for the same doctor/staff each time

 

 

 

 

 

Chapin, D.A. & Robin Worobey, R. (2008). New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC):    Strategies for successful medical and dental office visits: Suggestions from New York State individuals with disabilities and caregivers.                 http://parenttoparentnys.org/images/uploads/pdfs/strates_for_successful_dental_office_visits_suggestions_f  rom_individuals_and_caregivers.pdf