AUTISM AT CHRISTMAS PART 4
This is part 4 of 5 of our series of articles brought to you in the words of autistic people and their familes. Sandra has a 25 year old autistic son called Nathan.
OVERLOAD CAUSED BY TOO MUCH VARIETY
“My son lives in a supported-living care facility, but he comes home for 3 days every Christmas. One year in particular, I made a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, pig in blankets, brussel sprouts, parsnips, bread sauce, carrots, brocolli… put it all on a plate and gave it to him. He picked up his plate, walked across the room, and scraped it all in the bin!
I read an article about dealing with Christmas for an autistic person, one comment was that a large variety of food on the plate could cause sensory overload. So the following christmas when i cooked all of the same food, except this time i put it all out on seperate serving dishes. I gave Nathan an empty plate, then he could choose what he wanted to eat and he was happy.
Something as simple as this made a massive difference to Natan’s Christmas experience, and over the years i have learnt different ways to accomodate his foibles”.
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