Last summer we got rid of the stroller, and we’ve been able to do most errands and shopping as long as we are quick. We have been working on spending more time out in the community.
It can be difficult, but we’ll encourage her to touch appropriate things, choose her own items at the store and even play. We only let her play for a few minutes, and we’ll give her warnings and that seems to avert meltdowns, though she’ll often want to return to a favorite spot in a store.
We’re getting a lot of entertainment out of curtain departments lately. I am careful that she doesn’t make a nuisance of herself and we don’t stay long.
We went back to the same mall two weeks in a row and spent quite a bit of time in this store. Luckily it was empty and the same nice girl was working both times and she had no problem letting R. dance in the lights.