Hi ladies and happy Monday!
Quick question: how do you manage/explain to your ASD child when another child is crying (loudly and for a long time)? We have an ABA program where DS needs to show empathy (therapist and I pretend to get hurt and he is asked to give us a hug/pat our back, that kind of thing). Works during ABA.
Well, this weekend we were with a group of NT kids his age and this one little guy just kept crying and whailing and screaming. I told DS that X was sad, got hurt, fell down, etc. But DS was so strartled and scared that he did not know how to react. He kept hiding (probably reacting to a very loud sound) and I know that as we start more community programs DS will be exposed to this more. What do I tell him? How do I react? Do I try to console another child to show DS how to do that?