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Like many Mamas with ASD kids (Autism Spectrum Disorder), we’re always looking for ways to help our little ones cope with sensory overload outside of the home. Stimuli affecting auditory, visual, olfactory and more can send our kids into a tailspin of sensory input and lead to meltdowns. Even the thought of having to deal with the unpredictable world outside  can cause crippling anxiety. Here’s a few of our survival items:

Mpow [Upgraded] Kids Ear Protection Safety Noise Reduction Ear Muffs (XMPOW)

We’ve tried a few brands and these are our favorite. The comfortable and adjustable ear muffs provide wonderful noise reduction for crowded places, echoing public bathrooms, and clattery restaurants.

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My First Sunglasses (Amazon)

My son is super sensitive to sunlight and even some fluorescent lights bother him. These soft glasses provide UV protection and are comfortable to wear. Plus the flexible rubberised plastic are super durable for toddler use. They come in a ton of colors and patterns as well. And we keep back up pairs in the car, the diaper bag, and at school.

Pockets full of Fidget Objects

Sometimes unexpected trips happen so I keep a bag of familiar comfort objects in my purse at all times. I use an old makeup bag to hold a Thomas the train, a few tiny textured balls, and some other treasures that are his favorite. These objects can help get his mind off the change in routine and lessen his anxiety by grounding his sense of self.

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Fav Music and Apps

I downloaded his favorite Blippi album and 2 interactive games to my my phone. So when all else fails, listening to music and playing Mario Run is our saving grace until we return to home base.

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*If you have any concerns about your child’s development, contact your pediatrician, or school district special education department for an evaluation.*

Rielly is a part-time writer and full-time mama to an adorable autistic toddler. Her favorite hobbies include naptime, drinking coffee, and trips to Target. Follow her online @riellygrey.

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