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Autism and the Holidays

Happy Holidays from Autism Speaks!

The holidays can be a hectic, stressful time for all families. This time of year can be especially overwhelming for families of individuals with autism. Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. We have put together some tips and resources to help you ease your stress during the holidays, and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

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Holiday Tips to Reduce Stress and Have Fun!

Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a member of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic to provide tips every parent and caregiver can use during the holiday season.

Click here to read the tips for both before the holiday and during the day of!

Twelve Tips for Helping People with Autism and Their Families Have a Happy Holiday
Autism Services Foundation

Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism
Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST)

Looking for a Great Toy Gift?

Earlier this month, Toys “R” Us revealed its list of ten toys that are great for children with autism for the 2013 holiday season. This toy guide offers parents, relatives and friends of individuals with autism an easy-to-use resource for finding toys that provide the best opportunities for fun and learning.

As a company that loves all kids, Toys"R"Us, Inc. has a long history of supporting the special needs community. For over 20 years, they have published the annual Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.

Click here for a list of Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) list of Top Toys for Young Children with Autism.

Tips for Traveling

Holidays are the busiest time of year to travel by plane. Preparing a child, teenager or adult with autism spectrum disorder for plane travel, and new security techniques used at airport security checkpoints, can make a huge difference in making plane travel a more enjoyable experience for all involved.

Click here to read Travel Tips for individuals with autism.

Tips for Decorating

Decorating your home for the holidays can be very stressful. Check out Holiday Decorating: The Balance Between Safety and Fun, a blog post from RN Remedies ® blogger, Rachel Blackburn.

Tips for Family Photos

Get the best family photos during this holiday season! Jess Block, well-respected photographer and photojournalist, and mother of a son with autism, has provided us with ten tips to help you capture the best memories of your family during the holidays.

Positively Autism: Christmas and Winter Holiday Activities

Social stories and activities for individuals with autism and their families! Click here to check out these great resources!

Tell Us About Your Experience!

We would like to hear from you! Describe your favorite holiday moments and experiences. E-mail us at