Autism isn't just for Christmas

13 December 2017

Dear Friends,

Every year the Queen gives a speech on Christmas day and this year I thought why not join her? So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa or something a little stronger and spend the next 2 minutes giving some thought to my message.

Autism at Christmas...

Using the naughty list as a bargaining tool to make your child behave?
Spare a thought for the child who is facing extreme anxiety 
because they feel that they haven't been good enough.

Listening to your child say their lines for the school play over and over again?
Spare a thought for the parents who listen to their child recite whole sections of their favourite programs repeatedly..

Looking up in delight at your beautiful tree?
Spare a thought for the family who can't put one up because the lights send their son into a panic.

Complaining on Christmas Eve that your kids will not go to sleep? 
Spare a thought for the exhausted parents whose child never sleeps.

Excitedly opening gifts, surrounded by wrapping paper.
Spare a thought for children who don't like the feel or sound of wrapping paper 
so don't have anything wrapped.

Listening to your child wishing you happy Christmas?
Spare a thought for the mum who hasn't heard her 9 year old child speak.

Watching the Christmas day family film together?
Spare a thought for the family who are watching Thomas on DVD for the millionth time 
with their 14 year old son.

Doing up the buttons on your sons new shirt or zipping up that pretty dress especially for Christmas day?
Spare a thought for the child who will only wear jogging pants and T-shirts because she doesn't like the feel of anything else against her skin. 

Tucking into your Christmas dinner with all the trimmings?
Spare a thought for the mother who gives her daughter pizza every day because that's all she will eat.

Cuddling with your kids on the sofa?
Spare a thought for the dad who has never felt his son's arms around him.

Moaning about your child's spoiled behaviour?
Spare a thought for the dad who has dealt with 3 melt downs before 10 o'clock.

Enjoying a party with family or friends?
Spare a thought for the mum who can't relax because she is constantly checking that her son is OK.

Complaining about the holiday being too short and you can't believe it's time to go back to work? 
Spare a thought for the boy who can't wait to get back to school because he needs routine and structure to feel safe.

Spare a thought for children and families living with autism
not just this Christmas but the whole year through.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Disclaimer: This is the reality of Autism 'for some people'. Autism is a broad spectrum disorder so no autistic person or family will have the same experiences. 

This is a revised post: It was first published in December 2015. Help raise awareness and acceptance of difference, please share this post.

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