It sometimes seems that the world is set up to make kids and adults with autism jump out of their skins. Loud music, bright lights, unexpected noises, multiple transitions - they're all part of our daily life in the modern world. Like most autism parents, we've come up with a few of our own "tricks" for managing the environment - here are a few:
- Noise-blocking earphones for attending 4th of July fireworks (and the dentist)
- Sunday morning (quiet time) visits to museums and zoos
- Family changing rooms at the YMCA (yes, a surprising number of teens wind up there with their parents and younger siblings!)
- BYO videos (and DVD player if necessary) during dental visits
This morning, I discovered a really terrific tip for avoiding that dreaded automatic flush toilet at the mall, restaurant or airport: Just place a sticky "post-it" note over the sensor until you're all done doing your business, then pull off the post-it as you leave the stall!
Do you have (or need) more tips for making life easier in the wide world? Share your ideas here, and check out these articles!