Target offers ‘quiet hours’ for kids with autism

Posted at 3:26 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 15:26:57-05

LANCASTER, Penn. — The overwhelming hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season can be downright scary for someone who has autism.

So, a Target store in Lancaster, Penn., is offering quiet shopping hours this holiday season with the goal being to make shopping more enjoyable for parents who have children with autism.

For someone on the autism spectrum, loud noises and bright lights can be overstimulating.

From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, parents and their children can shop at the store, which will dim the lights, turn off the music and reduce the number of employees on the floor.

So far this is the only Target location participating in the shopping experience, but not the only company to introduce the concept. Last month, Toys 'R Us and Chuck E. Cheese had sensory-friendly shopping events for those with autism.