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Shopping, especially food shopping in supermarkets can be a huge issue and source of conflict.   Often its the sensory environment of the supermarket that is the issue, you have bright fluorescent lighting, shelves and shelves of products designed to visually stand out from all the other products, clip-clopping shoes on hard floors and clanking, rattling shopping trolleys.   Then you have the sudden, loud tannoy announcements, the busy crowds of noisy people, whole isles of wonderful toys, sweets and DVDs you can't have, and finally queuing at the checkout!

Sometimes its just better to avoid supermarkets altogether, but if a child can manage the sensory side of things then individualised shopping lists can sometimes help.   It's usually best to start small with short lists and quick visits, but if they are successful you can work your way up.

A shopping list can function like a mini schedule.   You may wish to make a permanent one that prompts the child to get the same few items each time, or maybe you create a new one based on what's needed before each trip.   You can use Google Image Search to find pictures of the items you require, making sure you have brand-specific images if that is how the child functions.

If you save your visual shopping list, you can just open it up and add or remove items as required.   Often involving your child in the creating process will help them mentally prepare for what they can and can't have.   You may wish to theme your shopping list, so that it's the child's favourite character who is telling them what to buy.

A laminated list will make it more robust, but an unlaminated one will allow the child to tick off (you can provide tick boxes if you want) the items as they get them.   Multiple shopping lists will include siblings, using that sibling rivalry to encourage compliance or helping the child with autism to see how the list works.

Below are some lists I made when Pirates of the Caribbean was very popular.   I just searched for 'old parchment' on Google Image Search and put it together in Publisher.   Here I have used actual images of the items, but Boardmaker symbols can be just as good and may avoid the child getting hung up on brands or packaging being different from the pictures.

The first two were designed for siblings, with a motivational item (reward) at the end, the second is for an older child and helps promote healthy eating.
Shopping List 1Shopping List 2
Shopping List 3