Autism Advocacy Network

Autism Loud Noises

Loud noises can be a real challenge for people with autism. Many people with autism are sensitive to sound, and loud noises can be overwhelming and even painful.

There are a few things you can do to help reduce the impact of loud noises on someone with autism. One is to provide earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. If possible, try to find a quiet place for the person to retreat to when they need a break from the noise.

You can also try to desensitize the person (or yourself) to loud noises by gradually exposing them to louder and louder sounds over time. This process should be done slowly and with careful consideration for the person’s comfort level. However, such treatment should be supervised by a credentialed therapist and with the permission and free will of the individual with sensory processing difficulties.

Finally, it’s important to be understanding and patient when loud noises are an issue. Many people with autism have a hard time dealing with loud noises, and it’s important to be respectful of their needs.

Loud noises can be difficult for people with autism for a variety of reasons.

First, loud noises can be overwhelming and sensory stimulating for individuals with autism, who may already have difficulty processing and filtering sensory information. This can lead to a feeling of being overloaded and overwhelmed, which can be extremely distressing.

Additionally, loud noises can also disrupt routines and expectations, which can be especially challenging for individuals with autism who rely heavily on routine to help them understand and predict the world around them. Finally, loud noises can be a trigger for anxiety and meltdowns, which are common among individuals with autism.

While everyone experiences loud noises differently, for many people with autism, they can be a source of great difficulty and distress.


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