- Try keeping to your routine as much as possible. Using a visual schedule can be helpful.
- Remember, it's ok to have only close family over for Christmas.
- If you decide to go out, explain your child’s sensory challenges to family and friends ahead of time.
- Have a designated quiet space set aside for your child to be alone if they get overwhelmed.
- While you are out, remember that it's ok to leave early. Your child will let you know when it's time to leave.
- Try to make Christmas Day last for days or a week - Not everything has to happen in one day.
- If you are going out for a special dinner, bring your child's favorite foods along.
- When you notice your child is coping well, praise their great behavior.
- It's important to fill your child's sensory diet during the holidays to keep them regulated. Stock up on Munchables fidgets and chews to help.
- Allow time during the holidays for scheduled sensory breaks.
- Lower your expectations as most children with Sensory Processing Disorder will have meltdowns during Christmas activities because they get overwhelmed.
- If your child has several gifts, open them gradually over days or weeks so they don't get overwhelmed.
- Gradually add Christmas decorations to your home.
- Before attending events, make a secret signal that your child can use to let you know when it's too much for them.
- Don't be afraid to say no to visitors. If you do have guests, it's ok to have a time limit.
- Let your child run, jump, spin and swing as much as they need to during the holidays.
- Search your area for sensory Santa events. You can schedule a time to visit to Santa privately.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Smells can be too strong, sounds can be too loud and lights can be too bright.
- Less can be best. Too much of anything will likely be overwhelming and cause a meltdown.
- Enjoy yourself! Celebrate Christmas in a way that works for you and your family.
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