The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center introduces two brand-new toolkits created to alleviate fear and stress in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) when needlesticks are part of a medical appointment.
- Taking the Work Out of Blood Work and Needle Sticks: Helping Your Child with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability: This toolkit for parents provides ways for you and your child to cope with the stress and worry that may come with blood draws, needle sticks for vaccines, or both. It provides strategies to make these appointments go more smoothly. Although completing blood draws or needle sticks with children with IDD is the focus, the tips presented here also apply to other parts of a clinic visit.
- A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians and Researchers with a Focus on Needlesticks and Blood Draws: Helping your Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: This toolkit provides strategies that you, your practice, or your research team can use to help children with IDD more easily complete medical and research visits, including blood draws and needlesticks, while reducing the stress felt by patients and their caregivers. The techniques presented here may be helpful with persons of any age or ability.
These toolkits were created in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Trainee Program and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Autism Care Network (ACNet).