Shopping for clothing with kids along is usually a demanding job. It can be especially difficult with an autistic kid, who might try to deal with the engulfing experience of shopping. This blog will aid you and your kid have a meltdown-free, low-stress experience.
Choose A Calm, Hassle-Free Time of Day
Go when you know that the shop will be relatively clear. Ensure the kid has recently eaten and feels peaceful. This will aid lower the chance of meltdowns.
Take Safety Measures if Your Kid Shuts Down or Melts Down Easily in Shops
Have them do something calming before shopping. Pack a few essentials in a bag, gum, hoodie, earplugs, brush, Wilbarger brush, whatever calms your kid best. Encourage them to stim as much as they have to.
Think About Leaving The Kid’s Siblings Behind
Shopping with an autistic kid can be a long experience, and stretching it to involve other siblings may be too much. If it’s only two of you, you can be done quicker, so you can head home and unwind. Think about getting a babysitter, or having the other children watch a film.
Remind Impulsive or Young Kids About How to Behave in Shops
You can read a social story about shopping, or give kind reminders in the car ride. Don’t just tell them what not to do, tell them what they can do rather. There is no sprinting in the shop. “If you have lots of drive, you can spring, and we can go to a park later.” “Keep in mind, if you’re feeling anxious, tell me immediately so I can assist you.” “If you wish to take something down to gaze at it, don’t forget to put it back where you got it when you’re done.”