April is Autism Awareness Month. It is also the month when the weather begins to transition. And the perfect time to start getting out and enjoying activities. This is usually pretty simple for families unaffected by Autism but for those that are, it takes planning and preparation, especially in the day and age of COVID-19.
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Those with Autism may not be as well adjusted to wearing masks for long periods of time which can cause discomfort to others not wanting to be exposed. A great way to prepare is by knowing a few fun yet comfortable places to go with kids and adults on the autism spectrum.
Drive Through Safari / Zoo
This is a perfect outing that’s safe and fun! A drive-through safari or zoo is a great family day. You get to enjoy the outdoors, see wildlife, and stay safe. Completely mask-free.
A beach day is always a fun option. It’s easy to stay socially distanced and you can enjoy the calm, soothing environment.
Outdoor Museum or Art Exhibit
An outdoor exhibit is a great way to merge both worlds of culture and outdoor activity. There will be a need, in most of these settings, to wear a mask when entering entry ways and when passing other guests, so just be prepared to adhere to those guidelines.
Nothing beats grabbing a blanket and your favorite foods for a family picnic. The awesome thing about this is that you supply all of the food, so it is perfect for a person on the spectrum. Those with autism may be particular about textures or just simply set on certain foods they eat, so with you providing their favorites, it makes the day that much more of a great time.
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Happy and Safe
These suggestions are sure to make your spring and summer time less stressful. And allow you to focus on having some fun in the sun. Remember to pack the sunscreen and the snacks 😉
Be safe and enjoy!