Sensory Shopping

Friends of Autism

We understand that for some people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), sensory or additional needs a visit to a busy shopping centre can be a daunting experience. To help make your visit as enjoyable as possible, we have created a number of helpful resources for individuals with autism and their parents/ carers.

Plus Forth Valley offer a 'Play & Chat' event every Thursday from 9.30am - 11am in the old Bank of Scotland unit. Parents/carers of children with additional support needs ,with or without their children can come along. No booking required. This cost is £1.50 which includes a tea or coffee

Howgate Sensory Shopping

We have developed a visual guide (aimed predominantly at children with ASC) and a detailed guide (aimed predominantly at parents/carer or adults with ASC ) to the centre, which aim to support you from the early stages of planning a visit, arriving at the Centre, information about the amenities and what to do in an emergency. We have also developed alert cards that can be used throughout your visit at your discretion.

We would love to hear your feedback on our facilities, service or how we can help further. Please phone 01324 631985 or email




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