Going out to Public Places

In following video, we are going to provide you some tips for taking your child with autism out in public.

Taking trips to public places can be a stressful experience for your child and the rest of your family as well.

The first advice we have is to start taking trips to places that are less crowded, and for shorter amounts of time
This will help you better control the environment if problem behavior occurs and allow the child to learn the plan for taking trips.
This relates directly to the second tip we have: before going out, tell the child where you are going and what you are doing.
Visual schedules and pictures can be very helpful when letting them know where you are going, what you are getting or doing, and what the specific steps will be while you are out.

Our third tip is to set clear expectations with your child and to offer a treat or preferred activity for engaging in specific behaviors during the trip, such as staying close while walking, having nice hands, using an inside voice, or any other behaviors you may want him or her to do. "

Remember: you want to tell the child what you want to see, not the problem behavior you are trying to avoid. It may be helpful to show him or her a picture of the reinforcer as well.

While you are out, do not pay attention to any "junk" behavior, and if you see any signs that problem behavior is going to occur, remind your child of the expectations you set and what they are trying to earn.

Stay close, and provide praise throughout the trip if your child enjoys social reinforcement.

When you are finished your task, provide immediate praise and the reinforcer you promised.

Slowly, as you make it through shorter trips at less crowded places, you can begin to increase the length of the errands slowly and increase to more heavily populated areas as well.

We hope that this video improves your family's ability to go to public places.
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