I was going to start this out with a joke. Something like, what’s the best way to turn a 30 minute shopping trip into a 2 hour ordeal? The answer would have been, take your autistic child with you.
While that’s true, at least in my family, it would have set the wrong tone. Although, I suppose it doesn’t matter because I said it anyway. :-P
Joking aside, I have found that one of the very best ways to help you child with Autism learn and master new skills, nose through hands on training. Anything can be a potential lesson. I like to use the grocery store.
Things like pushing the cart, managing the list, making wise food choices and learning to work a budget can all be accomplished at the grocery store.
Today I did this with Elliott and yes it took quite a bit longer than if I went alone. However, the time was well spent. Not only did we spend time together but he also learned a lot about the process. This is a really valuable life skill and the sooner he starts learning, the more time he has to master it.
**Thanks for reading**
-Lost and Tired
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