Holidays can be a stressful time in general, but particularly for children with sensory processing disorder. All of the hyped up energy and excitement is multiplied by ten for them, and it can be really difficult to handle.
I have seen how the holidays can overwhelm Mr. C without any sort of sensory challenges or autism, but for a child with sensory processing disorder the sights, sounds, smells, and large crowds can send them into a stage four meltdown before you can say “Merry Christmas”.
But we want to make sure that our children are enjoying their holidays, despite their challenges. It would be easy to hide away at home, avoid the holiday chaos, and come back to real life after New Years, but that really isn’t fair to you, your neurotypical children, or your children with special needs. We need to celebrate our holidays, but we can do them in our own way!
3 Simple Tips for Actually Enjoying the Holidays with SPD Kids