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Autism Speaks launches 'blood draw' tool kit -- practical guidance for parents and providers
Date:9/13/2011

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. In an effort to help families and medical providers make necessary medical procedures less stressful, Autism Speaks North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization today launched a new toolkit: "Taking the Work Out of Blood Work: Helping Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder A Parent's Guide, and the companion: Taking the Work Out of Blood Work: Helping Your Patient with an Autism Spectrum Disorder A Provider's Guide. These unique guides, which help create the best possible experience for a child with ASD undergoing blood draws or routine medical procedures, were developed by experts from Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. These efforts are a major part of the ATN's federally funded work for the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The Blood Draw Tool Kit joins the Medication Decision Aid also published by the ATN and AIRP as another free resource to support families to provide the best medical management for their loved ones with ASD.

"The goal of this Blood Draw Tool Kit is to empower families with effective strategies to create a less stressful, and smoother approach to routine medical care in collaboration with their child's doctor or medical practitioner," said Autism Speaks Vice President of Clinical Programs Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D. "This Blood Draw Tool Kit is one in a series of tool kits being developed by the Autism Speaks ATN, with major support from cooperative agreement, UA3 MC 11054, from the U.S. Depa
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