Leesa using her shopping list to get a bunch of radishes.
Two of Leesa's shopping list cards.
was unbearable! We hated taking Leesa, our daughter with autism,
to the grocery store. She had nothing to do. She would get our
attention by breaking away and make us chase her all over the
store. When we would go past certain items, Leesa would emotionally
demand that we must buy them. For us, taking Leesa to the grocery
store was so unbearable we had to seek help.
a teacher's aide with 20 years experience working with children
with autism, came to our rescue. She went grocery shopping with
us, and then the following week Vinda gave us this ingenious solution.
She suggested that we make up a list of items that Leesa would
get during our grocery shopping. Vinda told us we could simply
make up a list for Leesa by cutting and taping each label to a
4 by 6 index card of the items. She also told us that we write
the name of the item on the index card and put the index cards
into a photo portfolio arranged in the order we would come across
them during our journey through the store. After Leesa gets the
item, she removes the item's index card from the photo portfolio
and puts it in an 'All Done' box.
worked immediately. Leesa now has something she loves to do. Within
a few short weeks, I bought a digital camera and started taking
pictures of the items we buy at the store. We have expanded our
shopping list and Leesa now gets almost every item that we buy
from the grocery store. All we have to do is follow Leesa around
the store pushing the shopping cart behind her. Our shopping trips
are enjoyable now for all of us!
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