With the unpredictable UK weather it can sometimes be difficult thinking of activities to keep young people with autism entertained. With prior planning there are lots of days out, indoor and outdoor that can be enjoyed by both relative/ carer and the young person.
To avoid any unnecessary stress the key is to plan ahead! Think about where you want to go and communicate it with your young person. Show them pictures and inform them of how long it will take to get there, discuss with them the days’ events and where and when they will eat. By doing this, It will increase the likelihood of a relaxed and fun day out.
Whilst also informing the young person of the days events it is also a good idea to contact the venue beforehand to find out what special requirements they offer for someone with a disability. Some places specifically cater for people with special needs whilst other places may need to know in advance so they can have things in place for when you arrive.
We have put together a list of Autism friendly activities that you can find in and around your area that will keep you and the person you care for entertained for hours.
Autism friendly cinema screening
Many cinemas throughout the country offer special screenings for those with autism or sensory sensitivity. The cinema creates a relaxing environment, from the lights being left on low and the sound turned down. Such screenings are shown at Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas. Click here to find out more.
Jump Nation – Manchester, Birmingham and Runcorn
Jump Nation is a trampoline park which encourages people to have fun whilst exercising. The autism friendly sessions take place on a Saturday morning. The number of participants are halved and the music turned down to allow for a more calming environment.
If you are outside of the above areas it may still be worth checking with a local Trampolining centre to see if they offer anything similar.
Bowling is a great fun filled activity for young people with autism. Often local bowling complexes will have a set morning where carers can come with the young person and bowl. There are assistants close by to help with using ramps and bumpers etc. Not all tenpin bowling complexes will have these provisions in place so enquire at your local bowling complex first to see if they offer such services.
A wider number of Museums have special provisions in place for those with autism and other sensory needs. There are mornings set out just for carers and their young person to have time to look around the museum and engage in activities with other individuals with similar needs before opening its’ doors to the wider public. Some museums will also have quiet or sensory rooms available for the children to enjoy and relax and also activity rooms to allow them to explore their creativity.
For more information on autism friendly days please visit http://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips.aspx