Thursday, December 15, 2011

Adjusting to christmastime for autists

I expected that the break of routine caused by decorating for christmas wouldn't be such a huge problem for older autists compareed to when they were kids.


I grew aware of this in the past and I never get everything up and running.
Slowly the decorations of christmas are taken down from the attick, almost one by one. They're rested for a day in the room and then they get their places.
It's a habit I would love to break.
Wouldn't it be great to have everything done in an afternoon?

I thought that my son could cope with it now he's 19.
Well, the fact that I'm writing about it says it all, doesn't it?

We placed a rather small tree on the desk in the room and hung loads of snowflakes on a line the past days.

I guess it was too much.
He was irritated today, trying to get into control, telling others what to do and being awful. I felt really bothered by it. But I guess he felt worse.

I want a huge tree with lots of glitter and silver and red ornaments. Each year we have to adjust. It´s not a real problem as it calls for creativity and we like to create things, but on the other hand...
It´s time he gets a life on his own, so he and we can decide what we want.


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