Making the festivities fun for pupils with ASC

SENCology

Whilst Christmas can be a time of great excitement, it is important to remember that this time of year adds additional challenges to young people and families with SEND.  Gareth D Morewood explains what schools can do to be inclusive at Christmas.

The last week of term

Boy tree decorations christmas winder magnifying glassYoung people on the autistic spectrum can find the last few days of the Christmas term very challenging – changes in routines, sensory overloads, not to mention the exhaustion felt by all!

This time of year can be full of plays, pantomimes, performances, parties, films, trips, etc. and it’s difficult to keep pupils focused. As no one wants to be Scrooge, this time of year needs careful planning to make it enjoyable for everyone.

Advance warning

Make sure parents/carers and young people know about the differences – possibly using a visual support like you might use for times of transition – to ensure…

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