Hide messageView More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

Read More

Going to the Doctor Social Story

Overview

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of going to the doctor for individuals with autism.

A boy stands to the left of a door that reads

Sometimes, I might have to go to the doctor.

A man who is a doctor stands in the center of the image holding a clipboard.

The doctor is going to check my body to make sure I am healthy and strong.

A woman who is a receptionist sits at a desk with a computer and a plant.

When we get to the front desk at the doctor's office, we will tell them my name.

A waiting room with chairs, books, and a stuffed rabbit on the floor, and a clock on the wall.

Next, we will sit in the waiting room, where I can read a book or play with toys while I wait for my turn.

A woman who is a nurse says,

When it is my turn, the nurse will call my name and I will go into the exam room.

A boy's legs and shoes are shown standing on a scale.

The nurse will ask me to stand on a scale to measure my weight. She may ask me to take my shoes off.

A boy stands next to a wall with lines on it.

The nurse might ask me to stand straight by a wall to check how tall I am.

An arm is shown in the center of the image with a blood pressure cuff wrapped around it.

The nurse might put a soft bracelet around my arm to check if I am healthy.

One person's hand on the left squeezes the balloon of a blood pressure cuff wrapped around the arm of another person.

Next, the nurse will squeeze a rubber ball in her hand to pump the air into the bracelet. I may feel some tightness around my arm. It will not be for long and it might feel tight.

A hand on the right holds out a thermometer toward a boy with his mouth open.

The nurse might also take my temperature. She might use a thermometer that goes underneath my tongue or another device.

Two fingers on one person's hand cover the wrist of another person.

The nurse might also check my pulse. She will take my wrist gently, then look at her watch and we will count 10 seconds together.

A woman who is a nurse says,

Next, the nurse will leave and we will wait for the doctor to come in.

An examination chair is shown with a stool under it.

When the doctor comes in, they might ask me to sit on an exam table. It is okay to sit on this table. Being up high helps the doctor to see me better.

A man who is a doctor holding a clipboard says,

The doctor will ask how I am feeling. I can tell him if anything is wrong.

A hand on the right holds a tool with a light up to a boy's ear.

The doctor might use a small light to look at my ears, mouth, or nose to make sure I am healthy.

A stethoscope being held by a hand is shown in the center of the image.

The doctor will use a tool to listen to my heart.

A boy stands in the center as a hand holds a stethoscope over his chest.

The doctor will use the tool to listen to my lungs and ask me to take a few deep breaths.

A hand holds a reflex hammer to the left of a person's leg.

The doctor might also tap on my knees and feet to make sure they are working okay. This might make my leg jump and feel a little funny but it will not hurt.

A man who is a doctor holding a clipboard says,

If anything is bothering me, like my stomach, the doctor might check that too.

A boy stands to the left of an eyesight letter chart.

On some visits, the doctor or nurse might check my eye sight by having me look at charts or pictures.

A boy stands in the center with three lines to the right of his head representing sound.

On some visits, the doctor or nurse might check hearing by looking in my ears. I may also need to wear headphones to listen to sounds to check my hearing.

A hand on the right holds a syringe touching the arm of a frowning boy.

Sometimes, the nurse might give me a shot to keep me healthy. It might pinch but it will be over quickly.

A smiling boy with a sticker on his shirt that reads

When we are all finished, the nurse or doctor might give me a sticker for being a good patient.

A woman sitting at a desk with a computer and plant says,

Then I will check out at the desk. Say goodbye and see you next time!

Page 1 of 24
Page 1 of 24

Rate this resource

Thank you for rating this resource!

Download entire resource (pdf)

This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.