Surviving the holiday season

The Holidays are coming very soon and as you all know it can be one of the most joyous but stressful times of the year for most families. But when you add Autism and Sensory Processing Issues into the mix, it can be an extremely challenging time of the year.

In the next issue, we are going to feature a list of tips that are helpful for dealing with the holiday season. We wanted to reach out to you our readers and see if there are any tips that you have found useful and would be willing to share with other parents. Please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.


Leslie Burby

    Leslie Burby

    Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014).

  • For our 12 year old, by far the worst thing about Christmas is the waiting and the anxiety that come with it. We don’t even set the time on the oven when we are cooking dinner because the constant reminder of the waiting is just too much. As you can imagine, the whole advent calendar and the count down till Christmas that goes on everywhere is so overwhelming. We have started doing our family Christmas the night before because we were exhausted from being up ALL night with a kid that simply couldn’t settle his mind down long enough to get to sleep with the anticipation.

    For me, it was giving up the images I had planned in my mind of them coming down the stairs Christmas morning, dressed in their matching pajamas and capturing the pictures of their wide eyes as they surveyed what Santa had left for them.

    As with everything that goes along with parenting a child on the spectrum, it’s always a matter of doing what is best for our kids and our family, even if that means things are a bit different than what you had planned.

  • Holidays is a time for family gatherings, time of peace and love, and showing compassion to others. But this can also be incredibly stressful for parents and families of children with autism. However, with some good planning, this will likely never be stress-free, but they can be more manageable.

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