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Autism, loneliness and Christmas
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Autism, loneliness and Christmas

Not all people with autism will be on their own at Christmas time, and even if they are this doesn’t mean they will be lonely – it might be a self-imposed solitude that will be soothing and relaxing to the individual.  But some autistic people find themselves ...
Meltdowns at Christmas time, and how to avoid them
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Meltdowns at Christmas time, and how to avoid them

With Christmas being such a stressful time for people with autism, meltdowns can often increase in frequency. These could take place in the build up to Christmas, over Christmas time itself, or even deep in to January, during the transition back from Christmas...
Autism – How to reduce Sensory Overload over the Christmas Holidays
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Autism – How to reduce Sensory Overload over the Christmas Holidays

The sights sounds and smells of Christmas can be overwhelming for anybody, but especially for somebody with autism.  Sensory overloads are common among autistic people, and at times of the year like Christmas where every sense is assaulted from all angles, the...
Christmas Transitions – Part 3 – The Transition back from Christmas to Everyday Life
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Christmas Transitions – Part 3 – The Transition back from Christmas to Everyday Life

Often people forget that the change back from Christmas to normal life can be just as difficult as the change from normal life to Christmas.  Once again everything completely changes around the person with autism, and this can cause just as many if not more pr...
Christmas Transitions – Part 2 – the time in-between transitions
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Christmas Transitions – Part 2 – the time in-between transitions

Even if the transition in to Christmas has gone smoothly, Christmas time itself can be full of stress, and present autistic people and their families with all kinds of worries and issues.  Below are a few ways in which these can be overcome in order that every...
Christmas Transitions – Part 1 – The Change from Everyday life to the Christmas Holidays
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Christmas Transitions – Part 1 – The Change from Everyday life to the Christmas Holidays

For me Christmas has always been a stressful time because of my autism. This is not to say that I haven’t enjoyed Christmas each year, and that I don’t have a lot of fond memories, but the large amount of change, and sensory issues can make it difficult.  This...