Autism from a mama who has been there. I am hoping to post every day this month. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments.
Any disruption in the schedule and routine can be distressing to your autistic child. Yet the opportunities to experience family traditions, share in bonding moments and make memories have to be weighed against the confusion caused by change. Advance preparation can open up more of the world for your child.
Whether you use a calendar, paper chain, or a chart, let your child know that a holiday is approaching. Count down with your family. Talk about, and possibly show pictures of, the prior year’s holiday. Discuss what can be expected, what activities are going to happen, and with whom. Surprises can be fun for most but, not your autistic child. Enlist the aid of other family members. They can speak about what they enjoyed in previous years and how much they are looking forward to this upcoming celebration. Remind them to keep expectations realistic.
Happy Easter and I hope you don’t have any unpleasant surprises.
Celebrate the small stuff. Be flexible. Laugh.