As a mom with my own disabilities, I have had practice at adapting to life with added challenges to adjust to my mental and physical health needs. But when it came to parenting a child who also had special needs, specifically Autism and ADHD, I learned things went better when I prepared certain items to make life easier for both of us.
To me, having a child with special needs is just like having a child without; both come with challenges, but both are also very rewarding. At first, I felt like a bad mom for relying a bit on technology and snacks that some would consider a “bribe” for good behavior. But after a refresher course in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy, I realized that it was OK to utilize items that were used for positive reinforcement and comfort was necessary.
Here are our go-to items for going out:
My son is big on rules and routine, so luckily, he tolerates masks pretty well. This soft cotton mask doesn't have ear loops, which can be a problem for kids with sensory issues. I don't have this exact mask for my son, but it would be one I'm willing to try.
Multiple colors available!