Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Introduces Two New Toolkits to Ease Stress Caused by Needlesticks in Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

April 1, 2022

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has introduced two brand-new toolkits created to alleviate fear and stress in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) when needlesticks are part of a medical appointment. One toolkit is designed for parents as they prepare their child for a shot during a visit to the doctor, and the other toolkit is for health care providers and clinical researchers who may give vaccines or perform blood draws on patients with IDD as part of their work.

Below are the links and descriptions of the two new products:

These new toolkits were created in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Trainee Program and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Autism Care Network (ACNet). These materials are products of ongoing activities of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (Award #P50HD10353701) and is supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Information in each toolkit was adapted from excerpts from Taking the Work Out of Blood Work, a product sponsored by Vanderbilt Consortium LEND in coordination with Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

These two toolkits are available alongside additional health-related printable resources on the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's website,

For more information about these needlestick toolkits, e-mail Kasey Fitzpatrick.