Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas help for families affected by autism

As advent calendar doors begin to open The National Autistic Society (NAS) has put together a guide to the festive season for families affected by autism.

Individuals with autism can become confused or distressed by the change in routine, unusual foods, noisy shops, flashing lights and increased social activity. The online guide and information pack offers advice to ensure that families can find ways to enjoy this year's festivities.

The NAS has put together ideas on creating specially designed schedules, Christmas free zones and how to prepare for a trip to Father Christmas’ grotto. The guide also gives information to parents on how to ease their children into returning to a normal routine once Christmas is over. The NAS provides support for families throughout the year, but this also allows parents to hear hints, tips and experience from other families.

Pamela Frisby is approaching her fifth Christmas with her son, Sam, who is diagnosed with autism. Pamela and her family use lots of clever ways to help Sam join in the celebrations, and she will be sharing her experience through a number of video blogs on the NAS website, throughout December.

Pamela said ”We fit Christmas around Sam rather than trying to fit him into Christmas. We make special plans like having a Christmas tree outside and cooking Sam a specially designed Christmas dinner to coincide with his gluten and dairy-free diet”.

NAS Helpline Manager, Emma Delaney, said “Over half a million people in the UK have autism and we aim to provide the right support to make a difference in people’s lives all year round. Christmas can be a stressful time for anyone, and particularly for people with autism, so we are putting together this package of information and advice to ensure families affected by autism have the right help to see them through the festive season.”

All information regarding coping with Christmas is available at The NAS Autism Helpline is usually open 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday on 0845 070 4004. However, please check the website for opening hours over the Christmas period. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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