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Shopping with Autism or Behavioural Problems

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.

2 thoughts on “Shopping with Autism or Behavioural Problems

  1. My 7 year old child has autism.torette syndrome.suffers extremely bad anxiety.ocd..peoples stirs rely irritate me.when he tics he says why do people look at me mummy.i would love just for that one person to come over and ask.we would be more than happy to tell then.its hard enough as it is.he understands his problems and would explain himself..it’s more harder for his 9year old brother to understand and hates going shopping with us because people prefer to stir and mummble than ask.how can I explain to him about people’s ignorance

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