Holidays with Autism

Journal of Miss H

Whether its the Easter holidays, half term or Summer break, for many children, the idea of no school, teachers or homework for a few weeks, fills them with thoughts of joy and schools-out-300x194freedom.  There are lie ins, spending more time with their friends and maybe travelling abroad with family to explore new sights and have fun. Parents are either delighted or overwhelmed by the prospect of keeping their kids busy over the holidays, but many are relieved about not having to do the ‘school run’ for a few weeks.

Now let’s take the school holidays from the perspective of a child with autism. Generally, change is not something a child with autism responds very well to. Transitions between classes, changes of teachers, arrival of weekends and even holiday periods can throw them into bouts of anxiety.  A person with autism often benifits from secure structures and routines to help them make sense of their world.  For many…

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