Tips of the Day - Outings
- Buying tickets in advance will cut down on wait time at movie theaters, puppet shows, and amusement parks.
- Avoid merry-go-rounds for low-functioning children as there may be too much sensory input.
- Try a stationary seat on an amusement ride and sit hugging your child.
- Wearing a fanny pack instead of a purse leaves both hands free for your child.
- When out for the day, bring a spare set of clothes for accidents or if your child’s clothes get wet.
- To help day trips run more smoothly, travel in two cars so that one parent can return home with your child if he gets distressed.
- Feed your child before leaving home or bring food with you.
- Have your child play with a quiet toy like a calculator in a restaurant, during religious services, or other social activity
Tips of the Day - Misc.
- Be polite and use good manners with your child so that he will learn to use them too.
- Ask, “Are you all right?” whenever your child falls or cries; this will teach him to ask the same of others.
- Follow through on promises.
- Give your child at least a minute to process verbal requests.
- The more familiar your child is with any situation, the better he will behave.
- Give a scared child something concrete to say or do to counteract his fears (e.g., saying “go away!” to whatever is frightening).
- Give strong hugs to provide your child with deep pressure.