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Chuck E Cheese and Autistic Children

I strongly believe that there are times when a child should just be a child.  At Chuck E. Cheese, my son is able to be himself.  There are a lot of children’s places that he isn’t able to do a thing at.  He sits next to me or my husband, and is completely bored.  That was not the case when we visited Chuck E. Cheese the other week.  He had so much fun.

We arrived right when it opened.  This allowed us to be able to pick out the right place to sit.  It had to be in the center, so that my husband and I could see our kids at all times.  Of course, my husband followed our son around and helped him play the games.  I was given 3 Guest Passes to use during our visit.  I invited a friend and her children to go with us.  She used one Guest Pass, and we used one.  Each pass covered the cost of `1 large pizza, 4 drinks, and 30 tokens.  Before we left, 2 hours later, I handed off the third one to a mother that just came in with her two kids.  She was so happy to get it.

Of course, it didn’t take long for Chuck E. Cheese to fill up with people.  By that time, my son was comfortable and enjoying the place.  Chuck E. Cheese is a great place for an autistic child that is a sensory seeker, like my son.  If your autistic child shuns crowds, noises, and flashing lights, this might not be the place for you.  But, if your child loves all of these stimuli’s, you should try it out.

We enjoyed the pizza.  It was gobbled down by all of us.  Especially my son.  He loves pizza.  My son had a favorite game.  It was the pharaoh one.  He loved putting the token in and watching it fall down.  He also found the game based on his favorite tv game show, The Price is Right.  He spent some of his tokens on that game.

One of the most important things about Chuck E. Cheese is how they stamp you and your child when you enter.  My son can not stand to have anything on his skin.  He doesn’t like to be touched.  So, I was holding my breath when she stamped my son’t arm.  My husband helped.  She was really quick about it, and got it done with the first attempt.  That is so important.  My son will give you one chance, and that is it.  If she did not get it accomplished in the first attempt, he wouldn’t have given her another opportunity.  It’s important that the child and adult is stamped.  This ensures that the right child goes home with the right child.  I kept an eye on that area of Chuck E. Cheese.  At no time was the door left un-monitored.

We had a great time at Chuck E. Cheese.  Both of my kids would love to do a birthday party there.  I look forward to the next time we are able to go.

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