Home for the Holidays
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
It can be hard to meet the sensory needs of kids with ASD this time of year but not impossible. It might just take a little creativity. I find outdoor activities can be great. Just walking and digging through the snow provides great deep pressure feedback. You can make it snow inside too with bins of rice or fake snow. And lets not forget a lovely epsom salts bubble bath. Make it snow in the tub and let your child relax and regulate.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
This is the time of year to really break out the social stories and visual schedules. And remember to make them detailed, just because we understand the natural unfolding of a social event does not mean our child with ASD will. My own daughter loves our Christmas Eve afternoon party. She looks forward to it all year. But it is still an immensely overwhelming time for her. I always did a schedule for her to follow so it could be more predictable. Still at the end of the party, when the last event on her schedule was completed, she would ask people to go home. It was a problem.