Sensory-friendly grocery shopping offered in La Crosse

Over-stimulation can be a problem for people with autism.

Festival Foods held a ‘sensory-friendly shopping experience’ this morning in La Crosse.

Lights were dimmed and music volume was lowered as part of the effort.

Loud noise and bright lights can be hard to ignore for some people with autism.

With an increase of people diagnosed with autism, organizations and businesses say they need to adapt.

“In dealing with in, it’s figuring out what works for this particular individual and a lot of times, it’s going to be a lot more calming types of activities, such as a little bit darker and quieter grocery store,”said Heather Quackenboss, Human Development and Relationships Coordinator with La Crosse County Extension.

About 1 in 59 children in the U.S. has been identified with autism spectrum disorder according to estimates from the CDC.organizations and businesses say they need to adapt.

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