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A look at how “Social Stories at Christmas Time” can help you cope this year with Christmas

The festive season is confusing for many autistic children. With Christmas crowds, noises, lights, smells and a lack of normal routines the festive season can be a very difficult time for an autistic child.

Social Stories at Christmas Time,families of children on the autistic spectrum,child on the autism spectrumBut for most families, Christmas is a wonderful time, it’s a chance to celebrate and take time to be together, to have some fun and overindulge. But for families of children on the autistic spectrum, it can be a different story altogether!

With the house full of noise and people, normal routines abandoned, and unfamiliar sights and smells, the sensory overload can become overwhelming for a child on the autism spectrum.

Many families of children on the autistic spectrum find using things like Social Stories at Christmas can be very beneficial. They break down what is happening into manageable pieces.

For example a social story about Visiting Santa can explain what is expected of them and in return what they can expect from the visit. It can help alleviate stress and meltdowns! It explains in detail what is going to happen and why, taking away the surprise factor, that typically developing children love.

Social stories at Christmas help with most situations, they can’t take away the smells, sounds and lights that can cause sensory overload and meltdowns, but they can explain why they are there and hopefully help you to find coping methods for this time of year.

For a look at how social stories at Christmas time can help you cope this year with Christmas visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/xmas/index.html
OR http://www.autismsocialstories.com/christmas/index.html



This post first appeared on Frequently Needed Autism Answers, please read the originial post: here

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