Plan for Holiday Stress

“Tips for the holiday season/family time”? This is definitely a tough time of year! Between the stress and socializing, we do have a few bright spots of cheer though. Nevertheless, for family time in the holidays, I would hope first and foremost that everyone in your family knows that you’re on the spectrum. If they do, then perhaps gently remind all of them what that means in terms of your personal socializing capacity and your sensory needs. Tell them this before a meltdown, ideally before the get-together. Also, map out a clear escape plan. What time will you leave? Where will you go (bathroom, bedroom, car, etc.) in case of overload and for how long? Preemption is your best friend!

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