AUTISM AT CHRISTMAS PART 3
Throughout the holiday season we are bringing you stories and tips from families we engage with.
Roberta & Mark have a 15 year old son who has been diagnosed with ASD since an early age.
“We were aware that Drew had autism from a very young age. He would never play with toys, rather he would line them up from big to small. He also liked stacking things on top of each other. He wasn’t interested in the toys themselves. The stacking could be an issue when he was younger as he would stack things so high that they would fall on top of him, so we had to plan and keep the environment around him safe. Christmas is different for him, but we always knew it would be.
The amazing thing about Christmas for a parent is seeing the excitement and emotions on their child’s face. It seemed a little disheartening as we didn’t experience that with Drew. We hoped he would be excited, but he was scared of the presents, of the unknown, and cried. So we worked out a way of staggering the opening of the presents over a few days, and it’s been a big improvement.
We also had to try and find toys that were not noisy, which could be a challenge. The older he has got, the easier it has become. It helps that he gets fewer but larger gifts.
Life is just about making adjustments and allowances to suit him. It’s always been about Drew’s needs, and Christmas is just a part of that.”
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