Stores offer quiet shopping for families of kids with autism

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  • Holiday shopping can be nearly impossible for families of kids with autism
  • Chains including Toys "R" Us host "sensory-friendly shopping" events

(CNN)Though the holiday season is a favorite for many people, crowded stores full of shoppers running for the last toy on the shelf can be stressful.

For families of those on the autism spectrum, shopping can be nearly impossible — and especially during the holidays.
Some retailers, including Toys "R" Us and Target, are reaching out to that community, hosting special shopping days and events intended to cut down on the stress.
    People on the autism spectrum can be sensitive to sensory triggers like bright lights, loud noises and crowds.