Here are 7 tips to support individuals on the autism spectrum to experience a more autism-friendly Christmas....
Decorations and lights - During Christmas for some, decorations and lights can be overwhelming for an autistic individual. An possible solution is to limit these to just one room in the house.
Visual aids - These can be a great way to introduce and prepare for any upcoming changes to a schedule or routine during Christmas time.
Regular routines - If possible try and stick to your usual routines for mealtimes, bath time, and bedtime. When this isn't possible, discuss upcoming changes ahead of time.
Visitors - Let friends and family know when they may visit. Create a schedule and place it on the fridge or somewhere it can be easily seen.
Presents - If your child prefers to know what's inside a present, you could use plain wrapping paper and stick a picture of the present on the outside. You could also use a see-through material such as cellophane.
Prepare ahead - Some autistic children and adults don't like like surprises or change. Prepare them for the changes coming up. Start early by talking to them what to expect.
Christmas-free time - Create some space away from the festivities – this can be helpful to reduce anxiety. A quiet stroll in the park or maybe feeding the ducks could help, if this is what you normally do to relax.
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