FORMERLY DONNA KLEIN & ASSOCIATES
Understand that Change is Stressful
Individuals on the spectrum utilize routines and structure in familiar environments to feel more secure and comfortable. Visiting with friends and family can disrupt a person's routine and cause stress. This stress may cause a person on the spectrum to act more rigid, cause tantrums, or odd behaviors.
Prepare a Safe Place
Sometimes the most supportive thing a family can do is take the pressure off and find a safe quiet place for an individual with Autism to decompress. The space should have soft lighting, comfortable seating, and favorite pillow/blanket.
Prepare Some Familiar Foods
If you want you child with Autism to try new foods, try them at home in a familiar comfortable environment...not holiday time. Bring a dish you know you know your child will like, and let him/her eat beforehand. Nothing worse than being hungry but too over stimulated to eat.
NYS Department of Health: Early Intervention Program presents a webpage with information on
> Comfort is Key: Scratchy tags and tight pants come very quickly create sensory overload.
> Decrease sound: Noise canceling headphones or ear plugs to block out sounds that can be overwhelming.
> Maintain Routines: Keep meal times and bed times at the normal time. If traveling with medication, make sure the prescription is full and taking at normal times.
> Use tweezers/tongs to sort cheerios into an ice tray container.
> Practicing Zipping Zip Lock bags with tips of fingers.
> Pop bubble wrap! Save some packaging from the holidays
> Push cotton balls a water bottle with a small hole on top.
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