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Autism and Preparing for the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyful time of the year, but it also can be stressful for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. We hope that by following these few helpful tips, families may lessen the stress and anxiety created by the holiday season and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  

ASM Wishing you Happy Holidays! 

Tips and Strategies

Autism and Preparing for the Holidays     by Autism Society of America

Twelve Tips for Helping Individuals with Autism Have a Happy Holiday Season   by Autism Society of America

Ten Tips to Prevent Autism-Related Shopping Meltdowns   by Different Roads to Learning

Making the Most of the Holidays for Your Family and Your Son/Daughter on the Autism Spectrum   by Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Parenting Special Needs Magazine   Holiday Issue

Autism and the Holidays: Sensory Overload   by the Bradley Hospital

Enjoying the Holidays While Caring for a Child With Autism   by My Autism Team

4 Mindful Tips to De-Stress This Holiday Season   by John Hopkins Medicine

Celebrating Thanksgiving with your Child with ASD  by Center for Autism Research and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia   

Celebrating Hanukah with your Child with ASD    by Center for Autism Research and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Celebrating Christmas with your Child with ASD   by Center for Autism Research and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Giving Back for the Holidays 

Give the gift of opportunity this year. $25 will help ASM provide advocacy, education, information & referrals, supports, and community for individuals and families affected by autism. Make your Donation                

Social Stories 

Visiting Family During Christmas   by Positively Autism

Visiting Family During Christmas - A Social Skills Article   by Positively Autism

Crafts / Activities / Events

Holiday Page   by Autism Society of Maine (Winter Edition Newsletter)

ASM Calendar of Events  See what's happening!

ASM Facebook Page  


Guide for Gifts for an Autistic Child   by Autism Parenting Magazine           

AmazonSmile   Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Autism Society of Maine whenever you shop on AmazonSmile


FREE Holiday Favorite Apps
Parenting Special Needs Magazine with BridgingApps Reviews 

Sago Mini Holiday Trucks and Diggers  by Sago Mini  (iOS/Android $3.99)

Holiday Charades   by FatChicken Studios  (iOS - FREE)

Shave Santa  by Bluebear Technologies, Ltd  (iOS/Android - FREE)

Christmas Tale  by TapTale Ltd  (iOS - FREE)

Elf Yourself  Office Depot  (iOS/Android - FREE)

PNP-Portable North Pole  by UGroupMedia Inc.  (iOS/Android - FREE)