Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holly, Jolly Christmas Stressful for Some

Holiday lights can be
hard on autistic

LOVELAND, Colo. -- Sparkly lights and tinsel, lively music, crowds of visitors -- the very things that "help to make the season bright" for many at Christmas -- can bring stress to people with autism.
So "getting ready for Christmas" takes on a whole new meaning for parents of autistic children.
"A lot of kids with autism are very routine-based and routine-oriented," said Rhonda Ayres, an autism interventionist with the Thompson School District. "As we know during the holidays, all routines are out the window."

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