Public places, such as the supermarket, provide opportunities to socialize with other people for those who are on the autism spectrum. After years of practicing and learning how to interact in social situations, they may find themselves able to do so with relative ease at times. However, they can still become overwhelmed when dealing with so many different stimuli in public. For a person on the autism spectrum, a busy block in a metropolitan city can be just as overwhelming as a crowded supermarket or an entire classroom.
To help ease their anxiety and discomfort, those around them need to understand what they need from others when out in public. In general, people on the autism spectrum may have needs similar to those of other people, requiring their space and wanting privacy. However, there are some differences that others can do to recognize and help if they need assistance.
People on the autism spectrum may have sensory processing issues, which means that loud noises or bright lights can be challenging for them to handle. Loud noises such as a child crying, an ambulance siren, or the sound of a blender can be enough to send them into sensory overload. They may need some space if they are not wearing headphones that cancel out these sounds.
People on the autism spectrum typically have difficulties making small talk with strangers and other people in social situations. If their companion is talking to other people when they are in public, it may be helpful for them to take an outside position where they can see their friend while enjoying some space.
They also might need help finding things. They usually learn to ask for help in school or when working with professionals but still may not know what words to use when talking with others in a casual setting. If their companion is helping them to find something at the market or in another store, it can be helpful for that person to take the lead while also giving them space.
People on the autism spectrum may also have difficulties understanding how other people are feeling. They might not know if others are upset with them or notice when others are uncomfortable with something they have done. If a person on the spectrum is causing a commotion in public, it can be helpful for their companion to ask them to stop or try to distract them politely.
People on the autism spectrum may become overwhelmed in public places with many people and stimuli present. To ease this anxiety, it can be helpful for those around them to consider their needs and practice techniques that can help with sensory overload.
- People on the autism spectrum may become overwhelmed in public places.
- It is essential to know how to help those on the autism spectrum when they are out in public to ease anxiety and discomfort.
- These same people might need space or understanding if they are causing a commotion or becoming overstimulated.
- It is essential for those with autism to have their needs met in public places.