For students with autism spectrum disorder and related abilities, socializing and participating in everyday activities can be challenging. That is why our HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Community Based Instruction (CBI) field trips are so important. Recently, our students enjoyed a lunch outing at Burger Fi, where they socialized with their peers while practicing independence by ordering their own food. 

During the outing, each student ordered a meal complete with fries, a drink, and dessert. This gave them the opportunity to practice paying with their debit card. Some of the students’ favorite items included double burgers and milkshakes. Ryan, who skipped breakfast, indulged in a double burger, chili fries, a soft drink, and a milkshake, while Aaron ordered too much and ended up taking some of his food to go. 

Despite the challenges that can come with socializing and participating in everyday activities, our students thoroughly enjoyed their lunch at Burger Fi. It is one of their favorite CBIs during the school year, and it is easy to see why. Not only do they get to practice important life skills like ordering food, but they also get to socialize with their peers and enjoy a delicious meal. 

HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. and other programs like it are essential for providing students on the autism spectrum with opportunities to practice socializing and participating in everyday activities. These experiences help to build confidence and independence, which can carry over into other areas of their lives. It is important to continue to support and advocate for programs like these so that all individuals on the autism spectrum can live their lives to the fullest.