School’s out, baby! And with the thought of summer, I don’t know about you, but I get to thinking about excursions. Fun summer outings with the church and with groups of friends…it makes summer awesome.
But if you happen to have an autistic person with you when your church school group or youth group goes out to a game or amusement park, you’ll have some very specific safety concerns to address, both beforehand and during the trip itself. (Side note: this post is not in any way meant to address overnight trips.)
I discussed these concerns with Jackie Thaxton, BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). She is specifically trained in behavior analysis and intervention, and works daily with autistic students to help them acquire new skills. Also, during the summer months, she takes one or two field trips a week with a school full of spectrum kids.
She helped me come up with ways…
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