Me and my girl and boy, raising awareness and acceptance of autism

#taachat Christmas

There’s been some brilliant suggestions and tips for Christmas with autistic children on twitter today. Instigated by @talkaboutautism, just type in #taachst to view.

Up until last Christmas D didn’t understand the concept at all and was always more interested in the lovely wrapping paper and the boxes than the presents. She’s always delighted when we have a big parcel delivery, the box is made into either a house for her or Bunny, dependent upon its size.

Last year, D became fixated by an advert for “La La Loopsy crazy hair dolls”, it was lovely to see every time the advert played, she’d get so excited. I spent quite a while tracking down the two dolls she specifically wanted – part of me secretly pleased that my daughter finally wanted a doll to play with. The day came and well, poor lalaloopsy, she told me a while afterwards that the dolls weren’t soft enough, too big and that she didn’t know what to do with them 😔.

Lesson learnt, except this year the couple of things I want to buy for them both are unavailable. Apple have done their usual – release something brilliant and then stock is unavailable/restricted and the other thing – a ladybird cuddluppet – should be available in this country, but doesn’t seem to be. Flair toys say “Argos stock them”, Argos don’t reply.

So, it looks like T and D will have to wait. I’m not (basically) wasting money on presents that they won’t play with, if it means that we go into Apple a week after Christmas, so be it.

We try to keep Christmas just like any other day really – except for there’s more chocolate around! – neither of them would each a Christmas lunch, so the grown-ups have that and T and D have their usual meals. Relative visits are spread out over a few days so that it’s not too over-whelming and anxieties don’t (hopefully) set in.

We count down to Christmas with advent calendars, an advent candle and a Christmas chalkboard which marks off the “sleeps” until Christmas.

D’s little tree will be carried around no doubt everywhere between now and December 25th:

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(That is the reinforced sticky-backed plastic version after yesterday’s events).

The main thing is we’ll be together and remembering the real meaning of Christmas

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Thanks for reading Jx 😘

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Comments on: "#taachat Christmas" (4)

  1. […] Twitter today around tips for autistic children at Christmas, it promoted me to write an additional post. So pleased that D is getting excited about Christmas – even though her teacher says […]

  2. downssideup said:

    I am passing this on to a friends who has 2 boys with autism and ADHD. Thank you.

  3. […] lunch for us was a traditional meal, for T and D – as indicated in my #taa Christmas post wasn’t going to be a roast (neither of them would eat it, sensory issues etc) so this […]

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