I have a class full of autistic kids and lunch time is really not that bigof a deal for them, they eat in the cafeteria like everyone else during lunch, One, sometimes gets a little loud and stims loudly but that is easily fixed. One of my other boys does good before the bell rings, we go in 10 minutes early to get our trays. Once the bell rings it is all over. He cannot eat for having to stick his fingers in his ears to stop the noise and normally cannot finish his lunch unless I sit there and prod him to eat and even then we still take some back to class. So today I tried something different I let the aide stay with them in lunch and I took him to class with me to eat lunch. N o problem ate quickly enjoyed himself etc. Now I was pretty positive that the sound was what was keeping him from eating and I asked my OT for soem headphones we could try to see if that helps him in the cafeteria. She said are you sure it is not a stimulus thing with his sight too, Oh darn I did not think of that I spend the first 5 minutes of lunch pulling him off of the florr because he cannot stand trash being on the floor he gets fixated on it until it is gone. It hink I will try him with the headphones, but I really hate that he will stand out withthese on, I might get earplugs, I am not sure he would keep them in. But has anyone else experienced this and found an easier way to transistion and autistic kid in the lunch room so he can eat in the time alloted. He is very low functioning so the consequence of not getting to finish his food in the alloted time is way over his head.