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Five top tips on public transport

There are many ways you can help stop an autistic person from feeling overwhelmed on public transport. Here are just a few of them:

  • some autistic people may manage their experience of a journey through repetitive physical behaviours, for example, tapping their fingers or flapping their hands. This is perfectly normal; try not to stare or make them feel self-conscious
  • be aware of personal space. An autistic person may have sensitivity to touch and even the experience of someone lightly brushing past themcan be overwhelming for them
  • if you ask an autistic person a question and they don’t respond or find it difficult to make eye contact, show kindness and remove the pressure for them to respond immediately
  • if an autistic person is having a meltdown, ask them if they are alright and if there is anything you could do to help in that situation
  • be aware of sensory needs. It may not be a question of rudeness if someone needs to move seats or open a window; it may be that a particular smell, visual stimulus, or noise is overstimulating them.   

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