Suggestion #19: Don’t touch the child or the child’s stuff without asking them.Children with autism may process sensory inputs differently than a typical child does; this may cause them to be very sensitive to touch. Additionally, they do not always understand social situation and social norms. If they walk onto the bus, and the bus monitor grabs their backpack, they may think that the person is trying to take it from them. There is a good chance that they will not understand that this taking is just temporary. If the monitor simply said “may I please help you with that until you are in your seat with your seatbelt buckled,” that would be very helpful for the child’s understanding. However, even this may not be enough if the child has difficulty communicating or has limited communication skills. So please try and wait for the child to actually tell you that it is okay for you to touch them or their things.