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Preparing for Christmas: autism resources (from National Autistic Society UK)

Discussion in 'Help and Support' started by Alexej, Dec 5, 2021.

  1. Alexej

    Alexej Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Jul 13, 2019
    Here is a cross post of some info with lots of links which might be helpful for folks

    The Christmas period, with lots of change, social interaction, expectations and demands to negotiate, can be a very exciting but often stressful time of the year for many autistic people. We have put together a brief list of useful resources that we hope may prove helpful in making this festive period as special and as stress free as possible for those you work with.

    N.B. Most of the resources were written before Covid-19. Although many of the tips will still be relevant, some may not.

    Here are are a variety of resources that give guidance, advice and ideas for the festive season:

    Preparing for Christmas - National Autistic Society

    Our website features a range of advice on preparing for Christmas, including some real-life stories and tips from autistic people and their families.

    Preparing for the festive period – Scottish Autism

    Includes some advice on preparing for a post-Covid 19 Christmas, as well as some information on how to approach the period after Christmas and the New Year.

    Autism and Christmas – Teachers are you ready? - Lynn McCann

    In this blog Lynn McCann offers some advice to teachers on how to support their autistic pupils in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

    3 tips for an autism-friendly Christmas - Jamie Knight

    Jamie, an autistic adult, explains how he prepares for Christmas, including the need for quiet spaces and sensory considerations.

    Coping with anxiety at Christmas - Emma Louise Bridge

    In this blog, author Emma Louise Bridge, offers advice on how best to cope with anxiety at Christmas.

    What’s it like being autistic at Christmas – autism-friendly Christmas - IndieAndy

    IndieAndy discusses some of the things he finds difficult during Christmas, and how he deals with some of the stresses it brings.

    An autistic person’s guide to an autism-friendly Christmas – AutisticNotWeird

    Chris Bonnello recommends not conforming to other people’s expectations of what should happen at Christmas. Chris also has advice on handling the changes in routine and sensory overload that may occur during the festive period.

    Autism Christmas tips and tricks – Purple Ella

    In this video Purple Ella gives some advice to autistic people and their relatives on how to manage some of the challenges of Christmas including gifts, food and socialising.

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    Preparing for Christmas: autism resources
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  2. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes V.I.P Member

    Feb 12, 2019
    I am preparing for it by practicing the Word- " NO" over and over. Nope, don't want to go out this month unless l have too.
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