We understand that trips to the shops can be stressful for Autistic adults and children. Stress can affect behaviour and can have a profound effect on a person’s ability to do day-to-day activities like shopping. Frustration or anxiety can be caused by not knowing why we need to shop or what will happen when shopping, and a person can be overwhelmed by sensory experiences at the shops.
With this in mind, all Abbey Centre staff recently received accredited training from Autism NI and we are working towards achieving an Autism Impact Award.
We have taken practical steps to help reduce anxiety and sensory overload for autistic shoppers. An informed understanding of the difficulties or differences relating to Autism has helped us in implementing in these changes.
Steps include –
All changes will be ‘live’ from Monday 13th August, with the first Abbey Centre Sensory Friendly Shopping Hour, Monday 27th August 5pm – 6pm.
We wish to make Abbey Centre a more ‘Autism friendly environment’ and hope that our changes make your Abbey Centre experience as relaxing and stress-free as possible.