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Dining out when your child has sensory processing or integration problems, autism

When dining out can lead to sensory overload – Tips from Occupational Therapists

When your child has a sensory processing or sensory integration issue, simple fun activities like going out to dinner can prove a difficult. New places, new smells, new people- it can all be too much for a child who integrates information from their environment in a different way. TMC for Children's Occupational Therapists, Chau-Tam Sisterman and Joyce Stewart  provide these suggestions for families trying to expand family activities while meeting the needs of their children with sensory processing challenges. Plan Ahead Choose a place that is child friendly, but not an over the top sensory experience location. It's helpful if the restaurant has a quiet corner or booth. Take a practice run and visit the restaurant to make a "reservation" so it isn't a brand new place to the child. Call ahead to find out when they're busiest and go during a non-busy time. Check out the menu ahead of time to make sure that there is something your child likes. It also helps to plan what you are … [Read More...]

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