Yes Morrisons are another chain of stores who have launched a 'Quiet Hour' on Saturday mornings between 9am and 10am.
The ‘Quieter Hour’ will see store lighting dimmed, background music switched off, and loudspeaker announcements avoided if possible and other noises, such as the beeps at checkout counters, turned down.
This is great news for all people with Autism and those especially with issues associated with Sensory Processing. Shopping can be an ordeal for everyone especially if you are in a rush or maybe a parent with a small baby. It's a race to get round before a nappy change or the next feed, ah yes I remember those days. It would be the equivalent to a scene from Supermarket Sweep, grabbing everything in sight, thinking to yourself 'that will do'.
For someone with Autism though it can be very difficult as the world is seen in a very different way to those without Autism. Noise from background music, announcements, tills and other people can just be so overpowering and too much for an Autistic brain to process all at once. This can put a lot of people off from shopping altogether and that is a shame.
So what do we do about it? Well all shops can be encouraged to join in with a their own quiet hour in the hope it may raise awareness. Between the 6th and 13th October this year the National Autistic Society will be encouraging more shops to join in with 'Autism Hour' and make the simple changes which Morrisons have made to their Saturday's.
This is a big help to those with Autism and their families so well done to Morrisons, if you are a retailer and would like more information on how you could take part in 'Autism Hour' then go to the NAS website here at:
If you have visited Morrison's during their 'Quieter Hour' then please let me know about your experience. For now though you all take care and I thank you very much for reading. Join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday.
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.