Christmas on the Spectrum

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Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?  Yes, it truly is, but for those families living on the spectrum, it’s not necessarily an easy one.  That may be the case for many of us depending on our life situations, whether it’s grieving over loved ones lost over the previous year or changed relationships, struggling financially or emotionally over job changes or other life changes such as children in college or any number of events which alter life as we know it.

Spectrum families often need to ease into the holidays to help their loved one deal with all the changes: different decorations in the house, twinkling lights can be physically painful for those with a visual aversion, for some, they can even tip off seizure activity; different songs, coupled with raucous laughter can be overwhelming for the one who is effected by sound; even different smells from…

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