A quick post in this busy week but hopefully still helpful.
Everything is different at Christmas and there are many things that can be hard for autistic children. There are lots of things on Christmas day that I know my son will find difficult:
- Too many people in a small space
- Decorations and furniture has been moved around
- Lots of presents all at once
- Having to sit at the table for a long time
Whilst these are things my son finds difficult they are much easier for him to manage if he is prepared. I know my son needs time to process new or different things before they happen. We all naturally prepare our children for things that are coming, we talk about Christmas for most of December. My son is non-verbal so I need to use visuals to support his understanding and preparation.
Christmas Social Story
We use Social Stories to focus on specific things I want my son to understand. Below is a copy of our Christmas Social story- please feel free to print out a copy to use with your children. You can download using the file below the picture.
Christmas Visual Aid
Whilst we read the social story together my son likes to spend time looking at visual aids when he is preparing himself. In his visual aid for Christmas I have included pictures of the family members who will be coming and some pictures from Christmas last year as this means more to him.
On the file below you will find some generic Christmas pictures you may find useful for your children to look at over the next day or two.
Visuals and PECS cards really can make a big difference to our day.
I have also written a post with Christmas tips for autistic families that might be helpful.
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas xxx