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Christmas with an autistic child

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Festive Season is upon us once more, for most families Christmas is a time to look forward to, but for many families with an autistic child Christmas may be a nightmare.


Children with autism at Christmas time are more likely to be stressed and anxious about NOT excited and eager like a typically developing child. Routines and stability go out the window around this time of year, with the sheer chaos of Christmas.


And as any parent of an autistic child knows any changes to routines can throw a child on the spectrum into panic mode and cause meltdowns, stress and anxieties.


Many families with an autistic child dread the Festive Season the sensory overload can be too much for many children with autism.


Intervention strategies ARE used as a means of HELPING children on the spectrum UNDERSTAND AND COPE with some of the issues they face around this time of the year.


Such as decorating the Christmas tree, many autistic children fail to understand why a tree is place inside the house and decorated. Intervention strategies such as social stories can be used to explain why in a way the child on the spectrum can understand and cope with.


For many families Christmas with an autistic child is stressful, intervention strategies can HELP remove some of the stress by helping the autistic child gain a better understanding of Christmas. Social stories are visual intervention strategies.


Social skills stories are short descriptive pieces of text, written from the point of view of the child on the spectrum, and using visual images or pictures to show the situation or skill much like a comic strip.


Using visual images is known to work with children on the spectrum as they are mainly visual thinkers and learners, meaning they think in pictures, making visual intervention strategies like social skills stories excellent resources to use.


Many situations and skills can be addressed using social skills stories, a good social story will act as a role model or visual plan, breaking the situation down into smaller sections showing in a concise manner the “wh” questions – who, where, when, why and what, plus “How” as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others all helping to reduce anxieties, stress ad confusion.


A social story may be edited and personalized for convenience, to learn more about Christmas with an autistic child and how social stories for Christmas can help visit:


Where you will find information and a selection of social stories for Christmas with your autistic child. Other social stories can be found at: