‘Tis the season to be accepting


Since when did we have to do something on everyone else’s terms?

At Christmas, routines often turn upside down and the days aren’t so predictable.

This can be a real challenge for children with autism.

And it’s something parents and carers need not feel stressed about.

But I know from speaking to so many parents and carers of autistic children, that it’s much easier said than done and most do feel stressed.

Whether it’s because people have turned up at your house out of the blue.

Or because plans have been cancelled.

Or there’s too much going on, and your house is a sensory overload.

Or because the wrong presents have been bought.

Or the noise level is too loud.

There are heaps of situations that can trigger an autistic child at Christmas time and totally unsettle them.

So one thing I will say to parents and carers who are feeling stressed about this is…

Do what you gotta do.

Do what works for your child and screw what anyone says or thinks.

If your child needs to sit in another room alone for a while on Christmas Day – let them.

If they need to be under the table while everyone’s playing games – let them.

If they need to eat something different to everyone else – let them.

You are doing what’s best for your child, and everyone else needs to accept that.

Make no excuses and feel no ways about it this year.

‘Tis the season to be accepting!

While you’re here…

At the beginning of 2018 I’m going to be launching a brand new program for parents and carers who want my 1 on 1 support to help their autistic child thrive in every area of their development.

If you want to be one of the first to hear about it, click the link below and put yourself on the priority notification list.

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Speak with you soon, until then

Live every moment, Love beyond words and make a difference today…

Emma Ottaway

The Ambitious Autism Ambassador

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