Individuals with autism tend to be diverse. Therefore, it is difficult to use words such as all or none when describing this group.
LifeLabs’ Serving Patients with Autism is specially designed to provide a caring and compassionate experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Canada’s first specific and comprehensive guidelines for specimen collection for patients with ASD, it focuses on delivering a safe and worry-free blood collection experience.
Developed in consultation with our community partners at the Pacific Autism Family Network in B.C. and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Ontario, hallmarks of this innovative program include:
- flexible appointment times
- orientation sessions
- visual supports to reduce anxiety (click HERE to view their visual storyboard)
- tools and toys to engage and comfort
- fast and reliable results
These guidelines, combined with the effective training of staff, increases the likelihood of successful specimen collection and can reduce potential delays and extra costs to our healthcare system. Since the program started in 2017, we have been able to provide this service to over 1,000 patients.
This service is now available at select locations in Regina and Saskatoon. More information can be found at https://www.lifelabs.com/patients/patient-centred-care/serving-patients-with-autism/