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Visual Shopping Plan

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Visual Shopping Plan

When it comes to a child’s meltdowns in a store, the most effective remedy is what you do BEFORE you arrive at the store. Using the pages in this document, make a visual shopping plan and teach it prior to your next visit to the grocery store. Children think in pictures, so a predictable visual plan will help them understand and handle your shopping trip. Includes step-by-step directions and a sample conversation.


  • 2 and up

Helps with

  • Self-regulation
  • Safety


  • Preparing children for shopping trips using visual routines and predictability, which minimizes upset and conflict


  • Instructions
  • Three single-sided color printouts


  • Printed Shopping Plan
  • Printed Shopping Lists
  • Lamination sheets
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Velcro
  • Dry erase markers

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