As a parent of a child with autism, it can be challenging to find activities that are both enjoyable and accommodating for your child. However, it is important to expose your child to different experiences and environments to help them develop social skills and build confidence. We are fortunate to live in a small town where almost everyone knows Chef Justin. Here are some tips for taking your child with autism out in your community:1. Plan ahead: Before heading out, research the location and activity to ensure it is appropriate for your child. Call ahead to ask about any accommodations they may have for individuals with special needs. Our bowling alley doesn’t mind that Justin wears headphones or throws the ball a little too hard.2. Prepare your child: Talk to your child about the activity and what to expect. Use visual aids such as pictures or social stories to help them understand what will happen. We only give Justin a 30 minute notice of where we are doing anything more than that creates too much anxiety.3. Bring comfort items: Bring items that your child finds comforting such as a favorite toy or blanket. This can help them feel more at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.4. Use headphones: If your child is sensitive to noise, bring noise-cancelling headphones to help block out any loud sounds.5. Take breaks: If your child becomes overwhelmed, take a break and find a quiet space to relax. This can help prevent meltdowns and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. Sometimes we have to take a 5 or 10 minute car break to re-center. Sometimes for him and sometimes for me.6. Be patient: Remember that your child may need extra time to process information and adjust to new situations. Be patient and understanding, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if needed.7. Look for inclusive activities: Many communities offer inclusive activities for individuals with special needs. Look for events such as sensory-friendly movie screenings or adaptive sports programs. Our library has a weekly summer program Justin enjoys.Taking your child with autism out in your community can be a rewarding experience for both you and your child. By planning ahead and being patient, you can help your child develop important social skills and build confidence in new environments. Remember to celebrate small victories and enjoy the experience together. Thank you for following us on Fb, tik tok and