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Visuals for Medical Appointments

January 24, 2023 07:00 AM
Visuals for medical appointments

Visuals can help individuals with Down syndrome prepare for and know what to expect at medical appointments. Our Resource Library has several examples.  

Taking Charge of My Appointment opens in new window is a visual that is intended to be started before the appointment, used during the appointment, and completed after the appointment. 

Taking charge of my appointment visual

Visits to a Doctor's Office opens in new window is a one-page visual that starts with leaving the house and ends with meeting with the doctor in the exam room.

Visits to a doctor's office

My ECG/EKG opens in new window may be helpful for cardiology appointments that include having an electrocardiogram done.


Getting My Blood Drawn explains what happens when we have a blood test done.

Getting my blood drawn


Other types of visual supports, including those described in this Use of Visual Supports article, may also be helpful. For example, a First/Then visual could be used to set expectations for the appointment (e.g., First, go to doctor's appointment. Then, watch a movie). 

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