Why the holidays are so difficult for families with autism and what can help

It’s that time of year! If you have an autistic child and are already feeling the stress of the holidays and its added sensory inputs, social gatherings and expectations, read this blog post from Psychology Today by author Chantal Sicile-Kira.  It’s an excerpt from her book, 41 Things to Know About Autism. Make sure to share it with friends and family.

Often parents in the autism community will joke that we become more religious during the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving: we pray our children will behave while we are visiting relatives, we pray they will show interest in their gifts (and not just the ribbon), we pray they will sit at the dinner table, we pray they won’t hit the relative who tries to kiss them, and above all – we pray that we will have the strength to politely ignore the judgments passed upon us and our ‘misbehaving’ children.

via Why the holidays are so difficult for families with autism and what can help | Psychology Today.

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