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While the holidays bring changes most of us enjoy—time off work, time with our families, great food, celebrations with friends—they also disrupt routines, which can cause a lot of anxiety for a child with autism.
A post on the National Autism Resources blog features tips for helping kids with autism find calm during the holiday season. Strategies include:
- Give the child some control. Offering choices like where in a room the Christmas tree should go can help a kid feel that he has a say in the changes to his environment.
- Respect routines. Keep sleep and mealtimes regular, and make sure that special holiday meals include her favorite foods.
- Don’t overwhelm. Avoid giving a child too many gifts, which might present too much for him to process.
- Plan ahead. Make clear and simple plans that answer the question “What comes next?”
Get more strategies and details in “Holiday Calming Strategies for Your Child with Autism