Tips and strategy for medical care for individuals on the Autism Spectrum

. March 2, 2017.

Having three special needs children, I can attest that navigating the healthcare system can be challenging. Something that might be simple for many families can be more complicated for families who have one or more members on the autism spectrum.

Practical Solutions Workshop

Thankfully, the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio offers workshops entitled Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism 2017, with two presentations this month to review care for patients on the autism spectrum covering pediatric and adult primary care, including how to overcome the barriers to quality care and how to overcome them and strategies for patients, families, and healthcare professionals to use during appointments.

Additionally, the workshops will review patient and family centered care principles and briefly walk through the Guiding People Through Systems Ohio website (, an online care notebook to help families, children, teens and adults with disabilities organize important medical and school records.

Multiple benefits for participants

Participants will receive a binder of resource materials including great forms, practical suggestions, and tangible, concrete aids as well as a wealth of information from presenters. Presenters are: Dr. Christopher Hanks (videotaped), Dr. Karen Ratliff-Shaub (videotaped), Amy Hess, Polly Irwin, RN, Marie Crawford, and Kathi Machle. For more information, visit

This workshop is free though participants are asked to RSVP to reserve their handouts and materials. Workshop dates are Wednesday, March 8 from 6:30 to 8:30pm and Thursday, March 9 from 9:30 to 11:30am. To RSVP fill out the form at