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Physical Activity, Trips, Events

What you need to know

  • Children with an ASD may have a hard time with change and transition. They may be challenged in situations where there are excessive stimuli. 

What you can do

  • Pre-plan the schedule. If unexpected changes are made, make sure to let the student know the reason. Provide support for the anxiety that might result.
    • Remind the student that changes in schedule may occur.
  • Review itinerary often before upcoming trips
  • Discuss expected behaviors of the student while at the event
  • Use written schedules with pictures whenever possible
  • Work with parents and team to anticipate any sensory effects of the new environment and make a plan for dealing with them.
  • Consider any dietary restrictions
  • Consider the seizure protocol if there is one.
    • Ensure seizure meds are available for the child if necessary.
  • Acquire emergency contact information from parents