Our post last week discussed strategies about how to take a child with special needs shopping without meltdowns. In this week’s post, we continue with this series and discuss strategies on the best way to take a child with special needs to a restaurant without a meltdown.
For a child with special needs, going to a restaurant can cause sensory challenges and aversions, making it difficult for the child and their family to go out to eat. These sensory challenges and aversions can also cause the child to have a meltdown in the restaurant which can cause embarrassment for the family which may, unfortunately, prevent the family from going out to eat again. There can be numerous reasons why a child may have sensory aversions in a restaurant – including the type of food, the smell of food, the lightning, the amount of noise, and the number of people in the restaurant.
To make the process of going out to eat at a restaurant smooth and without aversion for a child with sensory needs and their family, try the following:
Do these strategies work for you and your family to help prevent meltdowns when going to a restaurant? Are there any additional strategies you and your family use to make going out to eat go smoothly? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Michael Jankowski, MS, OTR/L
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