Going to the Doctor Social Stories

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Going to the Doctor

Two different social stories are given:

Going to the doctor

When we are ill we sometimes need the help of a doctor

A doctor is someone who has learnt about the body and things that make us unwell. They can also help when we injure ourselves. A doctor can often tell us the best medicine to take to make us feel better.

There are lots of good reasons why we might need to see the doctor. But sometimes we might not feel like going: We might feel too ill or sleepy. It is still really important that we see the doctor.

Getting help from the doctor can often make us feel better sooner. If we don't go to the doctor we might get really ill and this can be dangerous.

Going to the doctor is something everyone needs to do to stay healthy. Doctors can help us in lots of different ways. But we don't always enjoy going to the doctor. It is still important that we do because this can make us feel better sooner. It can also stop us getting very ill.

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Seeing the doctor

When we are ill or injured we may need the help of a doctor.

When we arrive at the doctor's surgery we usually have to wait. No one enjoys waiting but the doctors are often very busy and we need to wait for our turn to see them. It is important to stay quiet so that we don't upset any other patients that are waiting.

When we see the doctor we will go into a room with them. They will usually ask us how they can help us. It is really important to tell them about anything that hurts or doesn't seem right.

The doctor may want to examine us. This means looking at our body to see what is wrong. When we feel ill they may also want to look inside our mouths or listen to our breathing. Often this is enough for the doctor to be able to help us. But sometimes they may want us to have some further tests. The doctor will sometimes prescribe some medicine for us. This is a note that we can take to the pharmacy to get something that will help us.

It is OK to feel a bit uncomfortable seeing the doctor but we will be OK. It is important to tell and sometimes show them what is wrong with us. Usually they can help and we will feel better soon.

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Notes on creating your own personalised social story:

You can use the above examples to create your own personalised social stories. There are lots of different ways in which you can personalise social stories to meet individual needs. These include adding pictures of the child or young person at the dentist; using favourite comic or cartoon characters to decorate the social story and using their name within the social story.

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Going to the doctor

Going to the doctor Social Story

A print out version of the Going To The Doctor social story example above.

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Seeing the doctor

See the doctor Social Story Example

A print out version of the Seeing the Doctor social story example above.

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