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Happy Holidays!

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As we look forward to the New Year may you and your family enjoy this holiday season.  There are lots of reasons to be very grateful for the coming new year and we wish you all the most Happy Holidays from our family at the Autism Society of Maine to yours.

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.  

This Page Includes:

The Holidays May Look Different this Year   (Back to Top)

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings  CDC COVID-19

Holiday Travel Safety and Five Things We Know  New York Times

5 Ways to Prepare Your Child with Autism for the 2020 Holiday Season  Autism Learning Partners

Autism-Friendly Holiday Traditions for 2020   Behavior Options

Holidays in 2020 Social Story, an ASERT Autism Resource Guide


Tips and Strategies    (Back to Top)

Autism and Preparing for the Holidays   Autism Society of America

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

Autism and the Holidays  TACA 

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

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

Parenting Special Needs Magazine   Holiday Issue

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

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

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

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

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

Challenging Holiday Situations  (Prepare kids) Sandbox learning

Routines and Routine Changes  Sandbox Learning


Five Ways to Prepare for your First Holiday Alone  AARP

Loneliness and the Holidays


Giving Back for the Holidays    (Back to Top)

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    (Back to Top)

Christmas Social Story Teachers  Pay Teachers  PreK to 6th grade

Visiting Family During Christmas  Positively Autism

Visiting Family During Christmas - A Social Skills Article  Positively Autism

 Christmas Social Story  Little Puddins 

Social Story / Say Thank You  Teachers Pay Teachers


Activities / Crafts / Events    (Back to Top)

Christmas Kids Crafts  Happiness is Homemade

25 Easy Christmas Crafts  Crazy Little Projects

Holidays Winter Edition  ASM Newsletter 

Sensory Bins  And Next Comes L

Holiday Page  Autism Society of Maine (Winter Edition Newsletter)

ASM Calendar of Events  See what's happening!

ASM Facebook Page  


Gifts Ideas    (Back to Top)

Holiday Gift Selections  Parenting Special Needs Magazine

16 Best Sensory Toys for Kids  FIRST magazine

Best Gifts for Autism  Linda Hodgdon

Guide for Gifts for an Autistic Child   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   (Back to Top)
Parenting Special Needs Magazine with BridgingApps Reviews 

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

Holiday Charades  FatChicken Studios  (iOS - FREE)

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

Christmas Tale  TapTale Ltd  (iOS - FREE)

Elf Yourself  Office Depot  (iOS/Android - FREE)

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