I've written before about Jake's explanation of why ASD kids cover their ears all the time. He's told me that it helps him think by blocking out some of the stimulation coming into his brain. But doesn't necessarily mean something is loud.
Driving tonight, it was dark which is rare for us to be out, and we saw a police car with this lights on. It had pulled over a car across the street from us, and in the dark those flashing lights do seem brighter.
As we approached, I noticed Jake covering his ears, as if he was afraid the siren was going to sound. I noted the radio was not on loudly. There were no car horns or unexpected noises.
I waited. I didn't want to lead a reaction.
Then he said, "Whoa, those lights are so LOUD!"
I inquired, Loud? or Bright? He answered "loud going into my brain."
Just thought I'd share, ASD brains are fascinating.