Autistic People Going To Concerts


Wednesday was a fairly quiet day. Nothing much of note happened, which is why I chose to talk about Jack’s social story and how important they are. Today I wanted to approach the subject of autistic people going to concerts or other types of live performance. But first I haven’t yet mentioned that on Tuesday Lily went to the opticians. She will be getting glasses on Friday . 

She is really excited about wearing glasses. I’m not really sure why, but I’m not going to spoil that excitement for. Her eyesight isn’t particularly bad, but it could be the cause of the constant headaches she is getting. So that’s what they are for.

Jack wants to go to a concert

On the way to school Jack listens to the radio station Capital FM in his taxi. He now loves talking about Capital, especially the presenter Roman Kemp. Who is on every morning for the drive to school. 

Jack told us that he wants to go to Capitals Jingle Bell Ball this year. He has never expressed an interest in going to any sort of concert before. So it came out of the blue. But he has been getting a lot more interested in music the past year. So it perhaps shouldn’t have been a big surprise. Previously Jack expressed interest in going to a WWE show, but his interest in wrestling has faded.

We are always of the mindset, that we will give Jack and Lily every opportunity to do the things that they want to do. So we told him we can look into it. To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about this concert. Until Jack recently started requesting it whilst in the car. It wasn’t a radio station I ever listened to. So I will have to do my research on it.

One concern I have about taking Jack came up straight away. When Jack said he will get to meet Roman Kemp. We had to tell him that you don’t get to go and talk to the performers, when you go to a concert. He said ok, but I’m not sure he understood and I think he’s still expecting to be able to meet him. So we’d have to work on that, before deciding to go to any sort of concert.

Something we can all do

It’s something Lily would really enjoy too, so it’s definitely something for us to look into. Something that we could do as a family. Which would be nice. We often take Lily to things when Jack is at rest-bite because Jack doesn’t want to go. I think knowing Lily is doing things that he’s not, is encouraging Jack to not want to miss out. Which I guess is good, because I don’t want him to miss out on things either. We just have to make sure it’s done the right way, so Jack can cope and enjoy these things.

Jack being in a large crowd worries me, but we’ve never tried anything like it before. So we don’t really know how he’d be. Starting off going to some sort of small concert might be a way to start? I really don’t know how it would go. I’m looking for peoples experiences of autistic people going to concerts. Has anyone taken an autistic child to a concert? Or if you’re autistic yourself and go to concerts any advice would be greatly appreciated. So we can plan making this a possibility for Jack. Thanks.

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

14 thoughts on “Autistic People Going To Concerts

  • February 28, 2020 at 9:47 am
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    I think it’s great that you let them try things. Sure, he may decide he doesn’t enjoy concerts later on, but it’s important that it’s his decision rather than what some parents do which is ‘no, you won’t like that so we aren’t doing it’.

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    • February 28, 2020 at 9:54 am
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      Exactly the way I view it. We have gone to places where we haven’t even managed to get Jack through the door. It’s frustrating but you just try again another time. I don’t want either of them hiding away from the world, especially when I know they want to get out there and explore.

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    • February 28, 2020 at 11:09 am
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      I hope that you will all enjoy the concert! And i do hope one day the opportunity of meeting Roman kemp becomes real!

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      • February 28, 2020 at 11:12 am
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        I think he’d burst with excitement if he did meet Roman Kemp 😂

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  • February 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm
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    I hope they enjoy the concert! I love that they are exploring new options and opportunities. THe world is bigger than we often think of it esp. when we have some limitations or special needs

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    • February 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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  • February 28, 2020 at 5:24 pm
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    I hope you all are able to go to the concert and that he really does enjoy it! I guess you will never really know until you take him and try it out. But I am wishing you all the best and I hope he truly does have a great time there!

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    • February 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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  • February 28, 2020 at 7:01 pm
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    It’s great that Jack is getting into music and keen to go to a concert!

    I was diagnosed as borderline Aspergers in my teens, and I dislike crowded noisy spaces but I’ve always liked gigs. The noise and crowd there are all focused on one thing, not just people milling around randomly shouting and chatting like in a shopping centre.

    It feels like good, focused energy and not scattered, stressful energy, if that makes sense?

    I hope he has a great time!

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    • February 28, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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      That makes perfect sense. I was thinking along those lines,but couldn’t work out how to put it. Thanks 😊

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