Visiting a restaurant as a family is often one of life’s little pleasures. Parents get the night off from cooking and cleaning the kitchen, and children learn important lessons on manners and behaving in public.
But for the families of children with special needs, including autism, the cost of a dinner out can include stares and criticism from others and sometimes a battle to have their child treated with patience and respect.
“For parents of children with special needs, we feel like we’re walking on eggshells when we’re out,” said Lauren Yaghlegian of South Lake Tahoe, whose 10-year-old son, Keegan, has autism. She and her husband try to take Keegan to a restaurant at least once a month so he is used to being in public.
Read more here: Parents ask for tolerance when dining out with kids with special needs | TahoeDailyTribune.com.
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