Very soon, lights will be turned on around our towns and cities. Christmas party invitations will be sent out and children will begin to write their Santa letters. Meanwhile, the autism community will be preparing for one of the scariest times of the year.
Whilst Christmas is an exciting, social and stimulating time for many people – it can be a stressful time for many autistic people who are reliant on calm environments, predictability and time out. This year we want to make Ireland’s Christmas celebrations as inclusive as possible
We have supplied a number of resources to help you have the best Christmas possible. These resources include social narratives and visual guides to help you prepare autistic friends and family members prepare for key festive experiences such as visiting Santa
Autism Friendly Christmas Events
If you are looking for festive activities which are sensory friendly. We have complied a list of Christmas events across the country which are adapted to autistic support needs. Some of these events include special days or times where the sensory environment is adjusted to include autistic visitors. Other events are designed with sensory processing differences in mind.