2021 Milestones National Autism Conference
Milestones Autism Resources
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When possible, provide advance notice of social or work outings or meetings. Spontaneous changes or invitations are more challenging but when they need to happen try to give a little extra care to communicating them.
Include people with ASD in your social plans such as lunch with colleagues. Be sensitive about where and when you go, asking your friend or colleague for their input. For example, going out to lunch at the busiest time at a loud restaurant with crowded tables close together and standing in a long line waiting can be overwhelming.
Be specific in a verbal invite to a person with ASD, and then follow up with an email. This will reinforce the details of the event and the person may be more likely to attend.
Give the individual a play-by-play breakdown of what will be occurring at the event you are attending, and try to stick to that order.
Offer to pick the person up and go with them to the event. Make sure you are punctual—some people with ASD are extremely time-focused and don’t respond well to tardiness.
If the person seems uncomfortable or anxious in a crowded space, it may be due to sensory overstimulation. Moving to a quieter, less congested area will help them feel more at ease.
Visit our Best Communication Practices for Interacting with People with Autism page for tips on a range of topics.
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