Many children with ASDs have difficulty with changes in routine and new situations, so preparing ahead of time can help. Talk to your child about the doctor visit before you go so he knows what to expect. This may help your child respond better to what is required of him at the visit. Many books, videos, and other materials explain step-by-step and in a positive way, what will happen at the doctor's or dentist's office. They also point out that most steps don't hurt, and the ones that might are done quickly. Social stories may be helpful for your child. These stories have pictures about what to expect and how to behave or react in a certain situation, like going to the doctor or dentist. You can review these expectations and practice these behaviors with your child ahead of time.