Preparation is going to be the key to helping our 2 ASD children cope with all the changes to normal routine next month in the run up to Christmas. I have come across an idea which I'm going to use this year to see if it helps them both.
Our daughter has sat down with me and come up with 24 different activities that we can do with a Christmas theme from 1 - 24 December. They are simple ideas that range from decorating our Christmas tree, choosing the tv programmes we want to watch as a family over Christmas, hand delivering Christmas cards to watching our daughter perform in her school panto. I have written them all onto pieces of card which I've laminated and hung on a driftwood shape tree we have at home.
Everyday in December we will choose one activity to do and I have purposefully made some of them easy to do after a day at school like having hot chocolate and marshmallows or reading a Christmas story.
Fingers crossed it will get all three children into the festive spirit, but it will also help our daughter and youngest son to prepare for what can be the biggest sensory overload they will experience all year long.