Even as an adult Christmas Day can be stressful so imagine what it feels like for autistic children. Familiarity is key so for an ordinary day to suddenly become a busy and loud day with visiting family members and unusual food and toys, anxiety levels can rise. Here's a few little tips to get you through the special day:
- Prepare them for a crowded house. Tell them who will be coming to visit and at what time so they can mentally prepare.
- Prepare a calm place for them to go if they become to overwhelmed. Put a pop up tent in a bedroom where it will be quiet and dark if they need a time out from the festivities.
- Wrap up so old favourite toys so they are familiar and reassuring. Don't overload them with presents. Too many bows and sparkly trimmings can cause visual sensory overload.
- Whether you are eating at home or going out, make a packed lunch. Unusual foods, such as brussel sprouts that are only eaten at this time of the year, can cause panic so have their favourite sandwich ready to prevent a meltdown.
Sensory Bound wishes your family a very Merry Christmas!