Toys “R” Us in Lafayette to offer quiet holiday shopping for customers on autism spectrum

Photo Credit: (Autism Society of Acadiana)
Photo Credit: (Autism Society of Acadiana)

Toys “R” Us (Lafayette) will be hosting quiet shopping hours on Sunday, November 13, 2016 for those with autism and their families.

The store, located at 5700 Johnston Street, will be opened from 7am – 9am and offer special accommodations meant to make holiday shopping easier for individuals on the spectrum.

Asst. Store Manager Erika Thibodeaux says as part of the shopping experience, lights will be dimmed and fluorescent lighting will be limited, in-store music will be soft, and no special announcements will be made.

There will be a quiet zone where employees will entertain children with coloring sheets, while parents shop without their child. Employees will also be able to walk children around the store to allow parents time to shop, if this is something that would work for you and your child. 

Donuts, milk and juice will be provided and the company’s mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, will make an appearance for pictures and will be overly accomodating for all of the kids.

While it is not mandatory, Toys “R” Us says it would be helpful to RSVP by email to AcadianaAutism.org or call 337-235-4425 by Wednesday, November 9th.

 

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