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Tips for the Christmas period

Blogger Pip Else - Paediatric OT

19th December 2016

Tips for the Christmas Period

bauble

 

We recently posted a link on our Facebook page to a course on ‘How to Manage Autism Calmly over the Christmas period’ by Yvonne Newbold- here’s the link if you would like more information

https://www.udemy.com/how-to-manage-autism-calmly-over-christmas/?couponCode=AC1500

 

The build up

Often the big changes of the Christmas period can have a negative effect on a child with Autism. The change in routine and structure at home and in school often mean they cannot plan and prepare.

 

bauble-and-presents

Ideas to help with the build up

 

A visual timetable

Get help from school with planning and using visual timetables.

 

family

Have daily chats about Christmas and write on the calendar or visual timetable who is visiting and when. Make sure you prepare for all family visits and ensure the family understand how unexpected visits can have a detrimental effect on those with autism.

 

christmas-tree

Decorations at Christmas can completely change the environment, and can be over stimulating for children with visual processing difficulties. Increase the amount of decorations gradually, or have the decorations in a room that your child with Autism does not access as much to reduce their exposure to these

 

Gift Idepresentas

 

Sensory based toys; these could include:

Create a fidget bag within their Christmas stocking, filling it with loads of tactile squashing and stretching toys. This will help focus their attention and reduce the impact of the other distractions going on around them. It might also be a good way of keeping them occupied while other people open their present.

 

Here is a list of possible suppliers for Sensory toys (This list is not exhaustive)

www.rompa.co.uk

www.spacekraft.co.uk

www.sensorydirect.co.uk

With it being cold outside having some indoor active/physical based games would be of benefit, things like a Jump-o-Leen, body sock or theraband.

If you would like any further information about ideas to help at Christmas, do not hesitate to send us a message on our website or on Facebook, we would be happy to help.

 

On behalf of everyone at Children’s Therapy Solutions we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to continuing our blogging into 2017

merry-christmas

Thank you for all your support throughout 2016

thanks

 

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