Shopping with or for a kid with additional needs can sometimes be traumatic. Whether you’re dealing with a full-on tantrum in the middle of the supermarket, or trying to get a wheelchair round a cute little craft shop, or finding clothes that meet your child’s very specific requirements, an activity that should be fun can quickly become a nightmare. There are lots of things you can (and should!) do to make your life a little easier.
Check out our accessibility information – here you’ll find out how to check in advance if you can get a wheelchair around the places you want to go to.
Shop online. You can buy just about anything you need from the comfort of your home. This means that shopping trips can instead become opportunities to enjoy time with your child, to develop their social, maths or literacy skills. When you’re shopping online, you have some specific rights to protect you.
The National Autistic Society has some great advice about shopping strategies.