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A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

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Below you will find a social story about going to the doctor, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments.

But first some quick instructions and information…

You will need Adobe Reader (free download) to view this story. If you can’t see the story from a mobile device, go to a desktop or laptop computer or try downloading Adobe Reader to your phone/tablet. If you have trouble viewing this story, please contact us. Keep in mind that the story cannot be viewed from our Feed at Google feedburner (you might be in the Feed if you received this in your email). If you are in the Feed click on the article title so you can view the story.

For children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders, or any child that may be apprehensive about a situation, social stories are a great method to help them get ready. Feel free to print this story out and read it several times with your child/client (without pressure), especially during the weeks and days leading up to an appointment. You can also use the print option to open the PDF if you have already downloaded Adobe Reader and still can’t view it below (this may happen on a tablet, phone, or mac).

We understand that not every situation is the same. Gender and ethnicity can vary with practitioners as well as the order of events and the procedures during an appointment. Feel free to discuss this with your child/client while reading the story if you think it will help with the visit. You can also make your own story, using real pictures from your child’s or another child’s appointment or pictures from Google Images.


Enjoy the Story!

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Please share this social story with others.

More Social Stories:

All About Going to School (helps prepare children for the school day and the expectations in school)

I am Going to a Restaurant (helps kids learn how to behave in a restaurant)

I Hate the Word No (great for kids who do not respond well to the word “no”)




Written by Rachel Wise

Rachel Wise

Rachel Wise is the founder and CEO of educationandbehavior.com. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a master’s degree in education. Rachel has 20 years of experience working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs.




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3 Responses to A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

  1. […] best. For children with language difficulties, pictures can help them understand what to expect. Social stories (e.g., stories which explain what an event will be like, such as a doctor visit or first day of […]

  2. […] After this video check out our very own story about preparing children for doctor’s appointments! […]

  3. […] also may want to check out our other social story called I Am Going to the Doctor to help your child prepare for doctor’s […]

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