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Blog #119~Autism Survival Kit

Blog #119~ Autism Survival Kit

Recently I was reading a Facebook post.  It was a poll, asking parents to name their number one necessity item needed for their child with autism.  This got me thinking what would I include in an autism survival kit?  My son Nick, is 21 years old and has Down syndrome and autism. Here is a list of 21 things that you might want to pack in that survival kit.  Note, the last 4 are MY essentials 🙂


  1. Rug shampoo machine
  2. Plumbers snake
  3. Paper towels in bulk
  4. Deadbolt or key pad locks
  5. Child proof locks and rubber bands for cabinets
  6. Noise canceling earphones
  7. Weighted blankets
  8. Swing set
  9. Mini trampoline
  10. Essential oils with a diffuser
  11. Chewy tubes
  12. Figit toys and stim objects
  13. Melatonin
  14. Back up iPads and iPods
  15. Laminator for PEC pictures and schedules
  16. Nail polish remover
  17. Back up clothes for trips and community outings
  18. Coffee
  19. Wine
  20. Earplugs
  21. A good sense of humor

Figit toys…..

figit toys

Transition Timer….

transition timer

Laminated PECS pictures….

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This is why I included nail polish remover….

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School is going to be out for the summer. ESY (Extended School Year is a short day), so arm yourselves and be ready.  What is YOUR necessity item that you would add to the kit?  I’d love to hear it!  That’s what is in my noggin this week.


Nick sensory toys


Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

One thought on “Blog #119~Autism Survival Kit

  1. I always have a giggle when I remember the time you showed up in Chicago for girls night out and had to empty the PEC picture cards out of your purse. If I recall, we probably could have used them later in the evening.

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