Only a few more weeks of summer vacation remaining. As families prepare to help their kids return to school, clothes shopping is on the “to-do” list. Most kids on the autism spectrum cannot bear the thought of going shopping for clothes. Here are a few helpful hints for families to consider as they prepare to send their kids back to school.
- Shop online when possible. Check the return policy before making a purchase, but shopping online can save time and a lot of aggravation.
- Break the shopping into smaller and shorter trips. When possible, introduce breaks into the shopping trip to help decompress and manage stress levels.
- Familiarize yourself with the store you are shopping in before you go with your children. It’s helpful to know where the bathrooms are located. Minimizing the amount of walking and time in the store can reduce unnecessary stress.
- Many children with autism experience tactile defensiveness. Shopping for the correct clothing material is important if your child is tactile defensive. Cotton seems to be a popular choice and if possible, look for clothing with flat seams and no tags to avoid unnecessary irritation.
- The following list of references are here for you to consider if you have a child returning to school. This author does not endorse any of the sites. They are simply offered for you to research as a resource.
- Notbohm, E., Zysk, V.; 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s, Future Horizons, 2004, 2010.
- Sicile-Kira, C. & Sicile-Kira, J.; A Full Life with Autism, St. Martin’s Press, 2012.