11 min

188. Out and About; Mastering Public Outings Not Your Average Autism Mom

    • Parenting

In this episode of Not Your Average Autism Mom podcast, Shannon tackles a common challenge for many families raising children on the autism spectrum: going out in public. Feeling confined to the safety of home is a familiar struggle, but Shannon shares practical strategies to make outings not only possible but also enjoyable.

Key topics include:


Sensory Considerations: Use tools like iPods, fidget toys, and strategic seating to minimize sensory overload.
Special Arrangements: Plan seating and physical space to ensure your child’s comfort.
Handling Waiting Times: Bring activities to occupy your child and reduce wait times by planning ahead.
Clarify and Verify: Use visual supports and clear
communication to explain the outing's steps.
Preview and Review: Create picture stories to prepare and review outings with your child.
Giving a Sense of Control: Involve your child in
the outing process to reduce anxiety.
Preparing for Overwhelm: Develop a proactive
plan to handle overwhelming situations.
Reaction Strategies: Have a plan for addressing
unanticipated behavior challenges.
Graded Exposure: Gradually increase the complexity of outings to build confidence and success.

Join Shannon as she shares these valuable insights and encourages families to take small, manageable steps toward successful community integration.

🌟 Leave a Review: If this episode resonates with you, share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a review. Your feedback not only supports the podcast but also creates a space for other parents to find inspiration and connection.

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If you want to learn strategies and tools that you can use to improve your life along this autism parenting journey, be sure to get over and join the WAITLIST for our Private Membership.

⁠https://www.notyouraverageautismmom.com/⁠ 

Additional Resources:

Join the Movement on Facebook

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If there is a specific topic that you would like us to talk about on the podcast, email us directly at ⁠info@notyouraverageautismmom.com⁠

⁠Episode 96. Our Parenting Journey is Different⁠

⁠Episode 74. You Cannot Fix All the Things All the Time⁠ 


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Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/shannon-urquiola/support

In this episode of Not Your Average Autism Mom podcast, Shannon tackles a common challenge for many families raising children on the autism spectrum: going out in public. Feeling confined to the safety of home is a familiar struggle, but Shannon shares practical strategies to make outings not only possible but also enjoyable.

Key topics include:


Sensory Considerations: Use tools like iPods, fidget toys, and strategic seating to minimize sensory overload.
Special Arrangements: Plan seating and physical space to ensure your child’s comfort.
Handling Waiting Times: Bring activities to occupy your child and reduce wait times by planning ahead.
Clarify and Verify: Use visual supports and clear
communication to explain the outing's steps.
Preview and Review: Create picture stories to prepare and review outings with your child.
Giving a Sense of Control: Involve your child in
the outing process to reduce anxiety.
Preparing for Overwhelm: Develop a proactive
plan to handle overwhelming situations.
Reaction Strategies: Have a plan for addressing
unanticipated behavior challenges.
Graded Exposure: Gradually increase the complexity of outings to build confidence and success.

Join Shannon as she shares these valuable insights and encourages families to take small, manageable steps toward successful community integration.

🌟 Leave a Review: If this episode resonates with you, share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a review. Your feedback not only supports the podcast but also creates a space for other parents to find inspiration and connection.

Are you registered for our FREE Webinar?

Finding Strength & Resilience; A Mom's Guide to Autism Parenting

REGISTER NOW

Together we can overcome challenges and create a brighter future for our families.

If you want to learn strategies and tools that you can use to improve your life along this autism parenting journey, be sure to get over and join the WAITLIST for our Private Membership.

⁠https://www.notyouraverageautismmom.com/⁠ 

Additional Resources:

Join the Movement on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenotyouraverageautismmommovement⁠

If there is a specific topic that you would like us to talk about on the podcast, email us directly at ⁠info@notyouraverageautismmom.com⁠

⁠Episode 96. Our Parenting Journey is Different⁠

⁠Episode 74. You Cannot Fix All the Things All the Time⁠ 


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Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/shannon-urquiola/support

11 min