You love going out to restaurants with your family.
There are undeniable perks to treating the family to a meal.
No dishes. New foods. Old favorites.
Everyone has a good time, and you’re happy that the family can slow down and connect.
For me, it’s an escape from our frenetic, screen-watching world.
It could be the noise. The waiting. Food selectivity issues. Too many choices.
In response, you try all kinds of things: bring their favorite (fill in the blank), let them play on your phone, anything…
But a couple of full-blown meltdowns--and you find yourself choosing not to go to dinner as much (if ever).
So what can you do about it when your child on the spectrum has challenges when you go out for dinner?
If all goes well, you have a “win” under your belt and a good foundation for future success.
I would keep everything the same for a couple of visits and then build in small “delays.” For instance, the next time you arrive, arrange it so that you “wait” one minute before the food arrives.
I hope this helps!
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