Helping Anxious Children with COVID-19 and the Holiday Season
By Dr. Janis D. Gioia, MAEd & Elise C. Gioia
Children with anxiety, autism and other special needs struggle with holidays in the best of times. For many, this year has been one of the worst of times. Covid-19 will impact this holiday season. It’s a challenging time in many ways. But, while we may struggle with more social isolation, remember that many children with anxiety and special needs do better with less-busy, non-traditional holiday gatherings. Children with autism and anxiety who struggle with lights, sounds, smells and socializing may be comforted by quieter holiday celebrations. 5 suggestions for a more soothing season.
Free Resources and Materials from National Autism Resources
The holidays are a fun time that include traditions and visits from family. While this time can be lots of fun it can also bring extra stress. We have put together a few resources to help you have a happy and safe holiday season. Click the link for a few free items we hope will be helpful!