We are only a few days away from Hanukkah. To help ease you into the celebration, we are sharing expert tips to help you and your child with autism better manage the holiday season. Today @ChildrensHospitalofPhiladelphia is discussing “Celebrating Hanukah with your child on the Autism Spectrum.”
The holiday season may be a challenge for all of us. Parents are stressed with expectations of providing gifts for all, children are expected to be well-behaved in new places, and everyone is out of sorts because of the change in the household routine. The mass media expects us to all enjoy winter holidays…. Families with children on the autism spectrum may have mixed feelings. It is always best to plan for what you can anticipate and expect to be surprised by what you do not expect.
The holidays are a time when your child, who thrives on routines and sameness, may be forced out of his or her comfort zone. Schools close for winter breaks, necessitating a change in routine. Children may be asked to visit unfamiliar places, try new things, be in the company of many people (some of whom are strangers), eat different foods, and … they are expected to enjoy the sights and smells of the season!
The world seems to be celebrating the winter season, and Hanukah is part of the party!
The following are a few ideas to consider:
- There are so many celebrations! Consider whether to attend all, none, or perhaps arrive for the last part of the holiday party or leave early before a “meltdown” occurs.
- Make the candle lighting part of the holiday routine. Light the candles each night at approximately the same time, before or after dinner, before dessert, or perhaps before distributing gifts.
- Plan ahead for the holiday and begin to talk about it. Perhaps make a note on a calendar of the day you begin to light the Menorah. If any other special event is planned, note it on the calendar.
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