Christmas & birthdays should be a time for fun, surprises, family and joyfulness. For those with autism and other special needs, these are often times that induce anxiety, stress and meltdowns rather than the excitement you might normally expect.
Good preparation, visual support and making adjustments will help your child cope better with these occasions and allow them and the whole family to have a more enjoyable experience.
I find changes to routine difficult to cope with and so special events that upset my routine, like Christmas and birthdays, are very unsettling. A visual timeline that shows me what’s going to happen and how it fits into my daily schedule will help me to feel less anxious and more prepared. I can use these at home and at school because there are going to be different things happening in both places, particularly around Christmas time.
When it’s Christmas or I am having a birthday party, we might put up decorations, eat special food, play music and follow other traditions. A list of symbols about these things is a good way to start a conversation with me and teach me about what it’s going to be like. It gives me chance to think about anything that I might find uncomfortable and what I can do to stay calm.
At special times of the year, I might have to go to other people’s houses, welcome visitors to my house or give and receive presents. There are a lot of social expectations that I need to know about and with TomTag I can start to learn how people will expect me to behave and what I can do to help me cope with different social situations.
Typical users include:
- Visual learners (common in individuals with autism)
- Children and young people with communication difficulties
- Children and young people with developmental disabilities
This set contains:
- Christmas & Birthdays sticker pack
- 25 blank buttons (2cm diameter)
- 3 sturdy plastic tags
- 1 attachment loop
- Instruction sheet
The complete Christmas survival kit is the basic pack plus these extras:
- Feeling and emotions sticker pack
- 25 blank buttons
- 3 sturdy plastic tags
All sets are priced to include a 10% discount compared to buying pick & mix items
Simply pick – stick – click and you’re ready in minutes to start preparing your child for their next special occasion with TomTag.
PICK out the symbol stickers that show the places, items and events you need to list. This pack contains 2 copies each of over 70 different Widgit symbols – view them all in the gallery below.
All TomTag stickers are water-resistant so you never need to worry about spills and splashes or using TomTag outdoors. Every pack comes with a small number of blank stickers for you to add your own personalisation if needed.
STICK each sticker onto a blank button. Involving the child with this process (most of them love stickers after all!) will help to engage them in using TomTag.
Decide which coloured tag you want to use and place one of the rectangular labels provided in the slot at the bottom of the tag if you wish to add a description to the tag.
CLICK each button into an empty space of the chosen tag. Start at the top of the tag and work downwards when the order of events is relevant.
TomTag’s unique click-in buttons stay securely in place when in use but can easily be removed, repositioned and reused to modify a list or create new ones.
READY to use right away. With TomTag, there’s no printing, laminating or Velcro which saves you time AND money. It’s simply less fuss and more fun!
With the attachment loop provided you can fasten TomTag to a bag or clothing and take it with you as a handy reminder if you are going out.