It’s that time of year when the festive season is in full swing. Christmas can represent an exciting and fun time for children. Many kids love to write to Father Christmas and visit Santa’s Grotto, then wait in anticipation for presents and seasonal surprises. However, the busyness, unpredictable events, social interactions and sensory overload of flashing lights and information can, for some children be an overwhelming feat to process, particularly children with autistic spectrum conditions and other additional needs. Christmas is therefore, not always a welcome time.
So what can be done to support children in run up to the festive season?
Inform your child that Christmas is coming
Reassuringly talk to your child about how far away (or near) Christmas is, why people celebrate it every year and that it’s okay to find this time of year difficult. This may seem obvious, but many us just skirt around the subject…
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