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