Using Social Stories to Prepare Your Kiddo for the Holidays

Hey readers, happy 10th day of blogmas! I can’t believe we are almost done with the entire 12 days. With Christmas just around the corner and Hanukkah beginning last night, I thought I would share a great strategy to prepare your kiddo for the holidays. The holidays can be stressful for everyone, including children. Routines change, the house may be full of family or friends, there are scents emanating from the kitchen, chatting and laughter may be loud, there may be new toys to unwrap, and you may be in an unfamiliar environment or a long car ride. This can be a sensory overload for kiddos (and adults)! Anyone can benefit from social stories, but I am making this one specifically with a child with autism spectrum disorder in mind. Kids with ASD often like structure and routine and may have sensory sensitivities or preferences. Here is an example social story that you can use or adapt to work for you. This will be an example of Christmas day because that is what I am familiar with, but it can be adapted for any holiday, event, or family!

Thanks for reading! You can make something like this for your kiddo by hand or on the computer, either way works! If you make this a couple days ahead of time, you can prepare your kiddo for the holiday or event by reading this story to them every day leading up to the event. You can also take this with you to the event and let your kiddo check off each task as they do it. I hope this is helpful! Be sure to check out the previous blogmas posts, as well.

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