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Dealing with Money

Money is a part of everyday life. Common activities involving money may include purchasing an item while shopping or withdrawing money from an ATM. When individuals with autism are out in the community, they will most likely find themselves using money in some way. It is critical for these individuals to have the skills in place to safely deal with money.

Tips for Handling and Exchanging Money

  • Do not carry more than $25.00 of paper currency at any given time.
  • Keep five (5) one dollar bills.
  • Keep four (4) quarters in your pocket at all times.
  • Keep paper currency in a wallet/purse OR use a money clip.
  • Minimize the spending limit on a credit card.
  • Do not give any information concerning credit card numbers to anyone.
  • If using an ATM, do so during daylight hours.
  • Be cognizant of your surroundings when using an ATM.
  • If people are standing around the ATM machine, wait until they leave to make withdrawal.
  • Ensure the password entered is not seen by anyone.
  • If an individual is using a cell phone or operating a computer near the ATM, do not use the machine.
  • Refrain from using a debit card.

- David Munday – Law Enforcement Consultant/BlueLine Advantage, LLC

Tips for Safe Shopping

  • If the store is visited often, introduce the individual with autism to the clerks by name.
  • Physically show the individual with autism where to go in case you are separated in the store.
  • Ensure the individual has a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Demonstrate the proper shopping procedures and point out specific areas of the store he or she may need to go.
  • If using a cart, demonstrate how to be courteous to other shoppers.
  • Ensure that the individual keeps money close to his or her body and only handles it in appropriate places (e.g., at store counters when paying for items, NOT while walking down a busy street).

- David Munday – Law Enforcement Consultant/BlueLine Advantage, LLC
- Chris Lacey, President of Autism ALERT, Inc.