How to Cope With Hot Weather When You’re on the Autism Spectrum

Who doesn’t adore a hot summer’s day? One in which the blue skies seem to roll on forever, clouds are only fair-weather ones and the sun literally beats down from early in the morning until late at night. Perfect times to spend with your loved ones and create happy memories that last forever.

I don’t deny that there is something so unutterably beautiful about such times. When the sun shines, everyone is in a happier place; everything looks brighter, cleaner and feels more upbeat.

For me, as someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s a blessing and a curse. Sunlight — in fact, daylight in general — can often irritate me to the point of blinding headache unless I’m well prepared and have my sunglasses about my person the entire time (and yes, even indoors). Factor in heat as well, and you have a recipe for a very sore, irritable and generally unpleasant-to-be-around person.

 

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  • yes
    scott longmire

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