There is an ALF (Autism Lifeskill Friend) shopping trolley now in Fields.
The concept of ALF was designed by Tony and Theresa O’Donovan from Togher who have a 16-year-old son with autism and they wanted something that would make shopping a more enjoyable experience for him.
The ALF is a normal looking shopping trolley with a clipboard attached and a ‘finished box’ attached to the frame. There are pictures available with the trolley and any others that are needed can be downloaded from Clipart, Boardmaker or Google images.
The child can attach the required shopping items to the clipboard and then place the items in the Finished Box after each individual grocery item has been put in the trolley.
I know it's not even Halloween yet but some of you may be thinking of Santa visits: Luggwoods Santa’s Enchanted Forest are holding a special autism-friendly / Wheelchair friendly event over a few different dates which are as follows: Saturday, December 2nd @ 10.30am - wheelchair friendly event Saturday, December 2nd @ 11.00am - extra sensory friendly event Thursday, December 14th @ 4pm - wheelchair friendly event Thursday, December 14th @5pm - extra sensory friendly event Thursday, December 14th @ 6pm - extra sensory friendly event Thursday, December 14th @ 7pm - extra sensory friendly event Friday, December 15th @ 11am - extra sensory friendly event - booked out. . They have adapted their Christmas experience to make it as suitable as possible for children who are sensitive to noise and bright lights. Their Elves will make your little loved ones feel as comfortable as possible in a calming environment but still enjoy that Christmas feeling. The noise and lighting levels on the Luggwoods Express and inside the Luggwoods Barn will be reduced as will waiting times and queuing. Luggwoods Santa is trained and experienced in dealing with children with autism / special needs. Santa will ensure to make this experience special for you and your children. Prices are €19 per child & €13.50 per adult. Carers go free Groups of 4 and above receive discounts and children under 1 go free but still get a present.
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