7 Autism Friendly Christmas Celebrations

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Fleiz Navidad!

December seems to be the most magical time of the year! Whether it is the first snowfall, decorating a Christmas tree, or seeing all of your neighbors houses illuminated, there is no other time of year that is more cheerful. We wanted to share some of our suggestions on how to make this Christmas the most magical year yet for your loved ones with Autism!

#1 Neighborhood Christmas Lights

Driving through Christmas Light Displays can sometimes be overwhelming! Loud music and bright lights make it difficult to enjoy this Christmas Tradition. Instead, try driving around in your car throughout your neighborhood and known places to see lights from afar.

#2 Count Down with an Advent Calendar

Preparing for the big day can become overwhelming. Try using Advent calendars to your advantage!  What a great way to countdown to Christmas to prepare your child and to include favorite little items/sweets/trinkets as a way to make it more special to him/her in talking about what Christmas drawing near means to your family!

#3 Jingle Bell Marble Run

Create a marble run on the wall using cardboard tubes, and jingle bells! Such a fun way to target fine motor skills, game play, and problem solving skills! Find directions at the link below!

#4 Reindeer Food

Use Oats and Glitter to make reindeer food! Not only is it fun to make, Santa’s reindeer will enjoy gobbling it up on Christmas Eve Night! Pick out your favorite color of glitter, mix it with regular oats, and you have a tasty treat for Rudolph and his friends.

#5 Make a Christmas List

If you haven’t already, create a Christmas List and take it to the post office! Doing this outside of busy hours can create a fun activity without lots of interaction, loud noises, or overwhelming tasks. This also provides a great time to work on fine motor writing skills and conversation skills as you talk about preferred presents!

#6 Have a loved one dress up as Santa

We all know that pictures with Santa in the middle of the mall can be a LOT! Whether it is the crying babies, loud flashing lights, or the stranger in a red suit that your child has never met before. This year, have someone your child is familiar with dress up as Santa. Your child will be more comfortable and you get that Santa picture you have always wanted!

#7 Sensory Bottles

I’m sure we all have an empty bottle laying around some where or at least know where to get one! Take an empty bottle, fill it with your favorite Christmas items, and you have a Christmas sensory bottle! As well as something the kids can play with well beyond Christmas time! Check out the instructions here:

https://pocketofpreschool.com/christmas-sensory-bottles/ 

 

Beyond The Label Autism Services wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!