Children and adults with autism often have increased sensitivity to their surroundings. Events and activities such as dentist visits, doctors appointments, and getting a haircut can be stressful for the whole family. At Crossroads, we’ve developed simulated spaces for students to adjust to new experiences and practice with their teachers.
- Systematic exposure to clippers, scissors, wearing a cape, spray mist, hair dryer, salon/barber chairs, mirrors, having another “customer” nearby, barber’s pole
- Gradually build tolerance for having hair cut and brushed/combed; increasing length of time, closer cut, more frequent visits
Medical and Dental Desensitization
- Simulated Examination room with reclining exam chair
- Systematic exposure to blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, doctor’s lab coat and mask, double beam scale, exam gloves and eye shield
- Build tolerance to dental and physical exam procedures; increasing length of time, replica dental tools, toothbrushing