What you need to know
- Any change in routine may produce anxiety, fears, and/or worry. Crowds and loud noises may be overwhelming to some individuals.
- If the event is in a public place, the child may be more apt to interact with strangers so monitoring is important.
- If you live in New England (USA) and qualify, Northeast Passage offers Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports programming.
What you can do
- Provide supports PRIOR to any new event or trip to help familiarize with the upcoming change. This could be a story about the event, photos, etc.
- Provide any supports that help them with sensory overload (iPod, ear phones, etc.).
- Because some children are overly friendly and familiar with strangers, a one-on-one aide on field trips may be required.