Christmas is such a magical time of the year for many families, but it is important to remember that for others, it can be extremely difficult.
Christine McGuiness has shed a light on what Christmas is like for children with autism.
This year, the mum celebrated a very touching milestone as she managed to put up her Christmas tree.
She explained that her children are happy to have the tree up for the first time in years.
Christine wrote, “I am the proudest mummy, I can’t believe my babies are happy around our Christmas tree. Christmas is always a very difficult time of year for us, our children can get overwhelmed, upset with all the changes everywhere, the lack of school routine, they get overstimulated and anxious meaning daily meltdowns are a given.
“This year I am preparing more than ever, visiting Christmas displays as much as possible (even if we only last 5 minutes) .. choosing decorations for our tree together, using visual calendars, reading stories about Christmas, even watching Peppa Pig’s Christmas on repeat,” the mum shared.
“So far they are coping amazing and we have managed to put a tree up at home without any upset for the first time in years! Now, somehow I just need to keep this whole calm, prep, structured Christmas feel around for the next 2 weeks!” she added.
It’s wonderful to see Christine and her family getting into the Christmas spirit. We love how open the mum is about her family life.