Five Autism-Friendly Days Out to Enjoy

April 1, 2018 Published by

Statistics from the National Autistic Society indicate that around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.  Everyday life can become a real challenge and family activities that many of us take for granted become stressful. But with planning and careful thought family days out can become a pleasurable experience once again.

Please note, every child is different and you will need to take the individual needs of your child into account when planning a day out.  We have listed a few locations and activities that are ASD-friendly below – take a look online to find places that are local to you.

 

Family Shopping Trip

According to National Autistic Society, 64 percent of autistic people and their families avoid going on shopping trips because of the overwhelming noise and glaringly bright lights. With this in mind, some shops offer extra opening hours where the lights are dimmed and the music is turned down. The National Autistic Society has introduced an ‘Autism Hour’ in October to encourage shops, restaurants and leisure centres to have an ASD-friendly hour, and raise awareness of Autism. Awareness of hidden disabilities is increasing too, with signs on accessible toilet doors noting that “Not every disability is visible”, to help those who don’t have physically obvious needs feel more comfortable using these toilets without fear of confrontation.

 

Attending a Theatre Production

Some theatres have introduced ASD friendly showings that have a reduction in sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects and strobe lighting taken out. There is also a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and designated chill-out areas available. Here is a list of current shows that offer ‘relaxed’ performances, aimed at people with a range of needs including those with ASD. 

 

Seeking Thrills at a Theme Park

Many theme parks offer special rates for ASD children and their carers; they also offer ‘fast passes’ so that the queues can be jumped, to help those who struggle to wait or are sensitive to crowds.  Offers are specific for each park, so take a look at the guides for each theme park below:

Disney World: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities  Chessington World of Adventures: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities Thorpe Park: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities Drayton Manor: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities Gulliver’s Land: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities Oakwood Theme Park: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities Cinema ASD children can find long queues and crowded places can trigger feelings of anxiety and be plunged into semi-darkness and subjected to loud noise can transform what should be a pleasurable experience into something traumatic. Many cinemas offer special showings for those who find the traditional cinema experience stressful. During the film, low lights are left on; the volume is reduced and there should not be any trailers. Cinema-goers are also free to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film. Cinema websites contain details on their websites. Be sure to enter our Cinema GiftCard Giveaway at the end of this post to be in with a chance of winning a Cinema GiftCard to a screening of your choice* at the cinema of your choice** A trip to London The London Eye offers a special discounted rate to disabled guests booking through the disabled booking line. An accompanying carer will receive a free ticket for the same ‘flight’. To book tickets, use the disabled booking on +44 (0)871 222 0188 or email accessiblebooking@londoneye.com. The Tower of London has produced a short guide for ASD children, their parents and families. The guide will tell you about the Tower’s most popular sites, what you can expect to see, and how you can best plan your visit. Visitors with a disability are eligible for admission at the concessionary rate and a carer is given entry free of charge. This is just a taster of what is out there; a quick Google search will reveal a whole host of experiences that have been adapted to make them more suitable for an ASD child. The * and ** asterisks denote that you should read the Full Terms and Conditions of the Giveaway to learn more about the prize and any restrictions that may be in place. Tags: activities, ASD, Autism, days out, family, Fun4all Categorised in: Latest News, parenting advice This post was written by Oomar Mauthoor Edit This Write your comment... Logged in as Oomar Mauthoor. Log out? Comment « What are Schemas in Children’s Play? Recently Added Montessori Tactile Animals Headu-Montessori-Tactile-Animals-Good-Toy-Guide-KM HEADU Explore the Sea Life HEADU-Explore-the-Sea-Life-Good-Toy-Guide-KM Ania® Arctic Adventure Ania Arctic Adventure Recommended by the Good Toy Guide Dr Panda Restaurant 3 Dr Panda Restaurant 3 Recommended by the Good App Guide Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Recommended by the Good Toy Guide Lamaze Classic Discovery Book Lamaze Classic Discovery Book Recommended by the Good Toy guide Big Farm Massey Ferguson 6613 Tractor Big Farm Massey Ferguson 6613 Tractor Recommended by the Good Toy Guide Super Soft Molang Super Soft Molang Recommended by the Good Toy Guide ANIA Safari Adventure with White Lion Ania Safari Adventure with White Lion Recommended by the Good Toy Guide Gearphun Starter 200 Set Gearphun Starter 200 Set Recommended by the Good Toy Guide Ben and Betty Level 1 Pack Ben-And-Betty-Level-1-Pack-Good-Toy-Guide-KM Big Farm John Deere 6830 Tractor With Dual Wheels & Front Loader Big Farm John Deere Tractor With Dual Wheels + Front Loader Recommended by the Good Toy guide Lamaze Freddie the Firefly Freddie The Firefly Recommended by the Good Toy Guide Toca Life: Hospital Toca Life Hospital Recommended by the Good App Guide Fletter Fletter Recommended by the Good Toy guide PreviousNext Sign Up to our newsletter email address Related Articles 5 Simple Ways to Enjoy Eating out with Children Eating out with Children is a great way to reap the benefits of eating together as a family. We're taking ... The Go-to Site for Parenting Advice and Child Development We've been thrilled with the response to the Good Toy Guide since our launch last September. The toy industry has ... Five Valentine craft activities for children Share the love with some homemade gifts. Whether your child has a special girl/boyfriend or just wants to let ... Find a toy shop near you Chessington World of Adventures: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities Thorpe Park: Guide for accommodating guests with Disabilities
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Catching a Film at the Cinema

Crowds, semi-darkness and loud movie speakers can transform what should be a pleasurable experience into something traumatic for children with ASD. Many cinemas offer special showings for those who find the traditional cinema experience stressful. During the film, low lights are left on, the volume is reduced and there are no trailers.  Cinema-goers are also free to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film. Cinema websites contain details on their websites. 

Be sure to enter our Fun4all Giveaway at the end of this post to be in with a chance of winning a cinema gift card, so you and your family can go and enjoy the cinema experience yourselves!

 

A trip to London

The London Eye offers a special discounted rate to guests through the disabled booking line. An accompanying carer will receive a free ticket for the same ‘flight’. To book tickets, call +44 (0)871 222 0188 or email accessiblebooking@londoneye.com.

The Tower of London has produced a short guide for children with ASD and their families. The guide will tell you about the Tower’s most popular sites, what you can expect to see, and how you can best plan your visit. Visitors with a disability are eligible for admission at the concessionary rate, and a carer is given entry free of charge.

This is just a taster of what is out there – a quick search online will reveal a whole host of experiences that have been adapted to make them more enjoyable for a child with ASD. 

 

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