Taking the Work Out of Blood Work: A Parent's Guide

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What it is

"Distraction" means taking your mind off of stressful events, thoughts, or emotions by putting your attention on positive thoughts or activities. In other words, distraction means to "change the channel" of your child's attention. When a child comes in for a blood draw, he or she may be on the "thinking about that needle" or "I wonder how badly this procedure is going to hurt" channel. You can help your child "change the channel" to something more like the "one of my favorite toys" or "what are we going to eat for dinner after this appointment?" channel. Using a concrete example like "changing the channel" may be easier for your child with ASD to understand rather than discussing distraction in general.

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How to use distraction with your child with ASD

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