Guest post

Twelve Days of Christmas

I am super excited to tell you that Mrs M. has written a special Festive blog for us, full of her usual great practical advice and top tips. I love Mrs M’s writing because I can really relate to it (I get a wiggly tummy sometimes too!) and it always makes me smile, but most of all, she has a great knack of emphasising the positives – perfect for the holiday season! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Hi folks, it’s lovely to be back doing another guest blog for Kathy after what has been a hectic few months in our household I can tell you.

I ended up having to take a few months off from writing. So, for those of you waiting for my series of blogs to continue in which I have been looking at supporting children with autism in the classroom, don’t worry I’ll be back in the swing of things by January with my next instalment as promised. In it I will be looking at managing anxiety in the classroom, and how unmet sensory needs can lead ‘challenging behaviour.’ Keep an eye out for that one in the new year, and apologies for my absence these last few months…what can I say?  Sometimes life just has a habit of getting in the way at times doesn’t it!

Anyway, back to the here and now and I can’t believe as I am sat here writing this how quickly we’re hurtling towards Christmas. And I don’t know about you, but for me, this is the time when panic usually starts to set in as I realise how much I still have left to do in the coming few weeks.

The shopping, wrapping, unexpected guests, decorations, school concerts, parties… I mean the list goes on and on. If I allow myself to dwell on it all too much little wave of nausea washes over me as I stress about the Christmas cards write yet and how on earth I am going to manage to be in three places at once next Wednesday as my kids school commitments ramp up by the day.

So, let’s take a deep breath and pause from the Christmas chaos for just a minute. 

A moment of calm if you like, and let us step out of our glitzy (and pretty darn uncomfortable) party shoes for a while and into the slightly more comfortable shoes of the child with autism, a child like my son, to see what small steps we can take to help them survive the chaos.

Let us consider how all this sparkle and stress that leaves us on our knees by the last day of term can affect the children we support each day. Children who can really struggle with change, children who can’t always express how they are feeling, children who often have massive anxiety problems, or sensory issues who can often be left feeling overwhelmed and confused by the whole process of Christmas.

So, continuing in the spirit of all things sparkly and festive, why not grab yourself a cheeky mince-pie, pop the kettle on and spend a few minutes reading top tips for helping children survive the festivities at school in my ‘Ode to 12 days Of Christmas.’

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  • Mrs M Jan 22,2017 at 12:16 pm

    Many thanks for your comment, I am glad you found the tips useful and you’re right the strategies would benefit all children not just those who already have a diagnosis

  • Shabnam Amin Dec 19,2016 at 9:02 pm

    Your tips are very useful some children starting in a setting may not have any diagnosis but the child is on the autistic spectrum and need all the suggested interventions parents need some support as well and I can show them how they can use the same ideas at home thank you

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