My highly sensitive, SPD DS, age 6, needs to have a blood draw. His pain threshold is tiny, he becomes hysterical when he injures himself, ESPECIALLY if there could be blood, which is the first thing he checks for. Just the mention of the word "blood" sends him into a panicked state.
I don't want to tell him too far in advance, but also don't want to surprise him with the news, like after we get to the doctor, because that will affect his trust in me. However, if he knows ahead of time, I don't know how I will get him into the car or into the doctor's office!
I've read about using incentives, numbing cream on the site where the blood will be drawn and other strategies, but have yet to find ideas for a highly anxious child who perceives pain and discomfort a lot more strongly than the average kid.
How are we going to do this? What have you found to be helpful?
Edited by mkat - 2/18/13 at 9:43am