Autism and Holidays
Sometimes things just don't mix, and sadly, all too often autism and holidays fall into that category.
NOT a routine time of year... The whole idea of a holiday makes it DIFFERENT from a normal day. It's a joyous, exciting time filled with visits, foods and routines that are anything but ordinary.
With autism's need for sameness, its love of routine and trouble with change, it's no wonder that autism and holidays don't mix!
When my son Lucas was first diagnosed with autism, I didn't grasp what that would mean for my family when holidays came. But dealing with autism and holidays taught me a lot about coping, adjusting and looking at the bright side.
Here are just a few of the things we've learned about autism and holidays:
Things will change - You have to decide what's best for YOUR family, but remember, things can change as your child gets older.
For instance, here's a tale about Christmas (below the photo)...
Times have changed since then - When I wrote the above article several years ago, little did I know that in time, Lucas would be able to take the presents that I wrapped and place them carefully under the tree, and then leave them alone until Christmas morning!
Or that eventually we would have the pleasure of once again spending Christmas at my parents' home, and would actually enjoy it!
Like so much in the world of autism, holidays can become easier to deal with over time.
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