Medical Center

Physicians and other healthcare providers conduct a vast array of medical procedures, tests, and treatments. Dental procedures and routine oral care are important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Other healthcare providers like therapists, blood technicians, and nutritionists play an important role in keeping people healthy and strong. Common medical practices, blood draws, dental procedures, medication administration, and imaging may be difficult for individuals with ASD for many reasons. Preparation, changes in approach, and some basic accommodations can alleviate some of these related challenges. Use the tools and resources in the Medical Center to support positive care and treatment of patients with ASD.

Doctor's Office

Dentist's Office

Therapy Center

Hospitals, Labs, and Clinics

Additional Kohl's Autism Awareness Health and Medical Resources

External Resources

10 Ways To Help Prepare Your Special Needs Child For A Hospital Emergency Visit

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Speech Therapy

A Closer Look at Social Communication Difficulties of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

A Physician's Guide to Providing Effective Feedback to Families Affected by Autism

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Attention-Seeking Behaviors

Autism and the Hospital Emergency Room

Autism Case Training: A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum - 0 to 12 months

Autism Dental Information Guide for Families and Caregivers

Autism Sensory Difficulties and How to Address Them

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions

Autism Video Model – Going to the Dentist (Look at Me Now!)

Autism Votes

Autism, Epilepsy & Seizures: How to Recognize the Signs and Basic First Aid When You Do

Autism: Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians

Behavior is Communication-Are you Listening?

Blood Draw Toolkit for Parents – Autism Speaks Family Services Toolkits

Building Bridges - Part 1: Dental Care for Patients with Autism

Building Bridges - Part 2:Understanding and Guiding the Dental Patient with Autism

Burn Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs

CDC - Learn the Signs Act Early

Combatting Autism Act: Public Law 109-416

Communication and Interaction (National Autistic Society)

Communication Services and Supports for Individuals With Severe Disabilities

Cooperating with Dental Exams

Cultural Considerations in Autism Diagnosis

Cultural Differences

Dental Guide

Dental Tool Kit


Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle for kids with autism

Exercise strategies for people with autism

Follow the Leader: The Power of Imitating Children with Autism

Going to Have My Blood Drawn

Hanen's Four Stages of Early Communication: A Short Guide for Parents

Health Care Transition - Bit by Bit

Health Care Transition Tools

Healthcare Transitions Worksheet

Healthy Smiles for Autism

Hospital Emergency Room Staff

Information for Paramedics and Emergency Room Staff

Interventions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and How Best to Evaluate their Effectiveness

Making the Doctor's Office Less Stressful


National Council on Disability – Health Care

National Disability Navigator: Resource Collaborative

Partnering with Your Child’s Pediatrician (Autism Digest)

Play With Me! Activities That Make Learning Fun - 0 to 12 months

Play With Me! Activities That Make Learning Fun - 12 to 24 months

Play With Me! Activities That Make Learning Fun - 24 to 36 months

Practical Oral Care for People with Autism

Preparing Your Child with Autism for A Doctor's Office Visit

Research- Autistic Savants

Self-Stimulatory Behavior

Seven Ways to Help Your Nonverbal Child Speak

Taking Your Son/Daughter with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to the Dentist

Tantrumming and Aggression

The Sensory World of Autism

Theory of Mind

Through the Spectrum: Health Disparities & Autism

Tips for Giving Medication

Visiting the Doctor

Patient Stories

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