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Coping with a family Christmas for an anxious teen with autism

For my teenage son Tom, who has autism, thinking about our family Christmas meal is causing him anxiety. These are some of the strategies we’ve developed to help him cope with and enjoy the day.

Surviving Christmas with help from TomTag

Christmas is a magical and exciting time but for many children with autism and other SEN, the festive period can be anything but wonderful. Changes in routine, a house pulsating with flashing Christmas lights and a steady stream of visitors can be too overwhelming and lead to sensory overload, anxiety, distress and confusion. Making adjustments that help […]

TomTag life skill of the month – coping with Christmas – Dec 2015

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – but not for everyone. Christmas can be a magical and exciting time but for many children with autism the festive period is anything but wonderful. Changes in routine, a house pulsating with flashing Christmas lights and a steady stream of visitors can be overwhelming and lead to sensory […]