How To Plan a Community Outing with Your Autistic Child

How To Plan a Community Outing with Your Autistic ChildFor families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sometimes the thought of a family vacation – or even a community excursion – can be overwhelming. Try these simple and useful tips for venturing out in public and leaving your anxiety at home.

Plan Ahead

As much as possible, plan your trips and let your child know the schedule and what to expect. Keep a schedule posted in your home and review it with your child regularly. Prepare all members of your family – particularly your child with the disability – with a plan of the day’s activities.

Sensory Bag

Bring along activities so your child will have something to do if your outing involves downtime. Choose items that work best for your child’s sensitivities and put them in a small bag that is easy for them to carry with them on trips. Surefire winners include unique electronic games that the child may not always be allowed access to, favorite snacks, drinks, and sensory toys.

Have an Exit Plan

Some rough patches are to be expected. If your child begins to show signs of non-negotiable stress, it’s time to go. If your outing is a day of family leisure, be accepting of the fact that you may need to leave early.

Plan what will work best for you and your family. Consult other families, to see what has worked for them, or talk to professional members of your team for more suggestions. Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.