(Closed) Any ideas how to keep my autistic son occupied during the wedding ceremony?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Does he work with a therapist?I also know several people who have kids with autism and some of them have sensory issues which makes it hard for them to be in large crowds. I can only give you basic advice. Which is before a big event like wedding/ vacation they work with their therapist, expose them to the environment, let them know something special is going on and prepare them for it, and get them ear plugs or something to block out the noise. The issue is the kids I know are older then your son, so it’s probably easier to communicate these things to them.

Most two years probably couldn’t handle standing still for a 1.5 hour ceremony. My advice is to find a room or place in the sanctuary where he go for most of the ceremony and so he won’t cause a scene. If you know he can’t handle it don’t expose him to it. More importantly talk to his support system and figure out what he can handle, and how to incorporate him into the wedding. Good luck!

Post # 4
95 posts
Worker bee

Is there a non family person he is comfortable with who can sit with him and keep him still, or take him out if need be? Someone he works with outside of your family? 


Post # 6
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@iestynsmummy:  try headphones and a portable gaming console and have him sit next to a family member. The headphones would help to keep him distracted so he’s not looking at the ceremony or anyone else and is still having fun.

Discuss with your priest first if its okay to have this going on and let him know the medical reason why. Ensure the console has a full battery charge and there is a game you know he loves, or a few others in someone’s purse who can swap it out for him.

The headphones will allow him to play with sound but not distract others. Also make sure no other children are seated near him or you’ll end up with a much bigger distraction in the church then you intend.

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