Brain and Body Expert Helps you Decorate for the Holidays-- and for Autism!
Unwrap some spectrum fun!
SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine a Christmas Holiday where nothing looks commercial. Where keeping up with the Jones' is a silly thought and joy comes from banging on table tops or stringing up holiday hats! Imagine looking around your chaotic home and confidently knowing that you did it. You made special friends out of Christmas and autism!
International autism expert Lynette Louise aka The Brain Broad of Brain and Body, shows families around the world how autism can be accepted as a gift any time of year, by encouraging families to reconsider priorities and inviting them to experience love differently. And, Lynette suggests, never is the timing as ripe for unwrapping the potential in thinking different than at Christmas or Chanukah!
Consider this: What's more important? Tree ornaments that mesmerize, break and risk splintering little feet, Chanukah candles that burn and melt, or ornaments that delight with ownership, pride and a feeling of family? Well, if your family includes autism, so should your joy and your decorating style!
With creativity, decorating can become an opportunity to discover and share in each other's interests! If you really want the glow of festive colors but the lights on the tree bother your kiddo, change some overhead light bulbs to colored ones! Then grow that decor with ceiling globes for space interested Aspies and Auties! Hyperlexics may prefer colored numbers and letters hanging from the tree while the kids with a love for shaking and dragging string would be delighted to have you string your house! String your couch and string your hair! Don't forget the balls for ball lovers, different sizes and types. Ping pong balls are light, safe and fun -- perfect to decorate and hang. And kids who love coloring can go to town on poster board taped to walls. Maybe even tape the poster board to the wall first and giggle as you break the 'no coloring on walls' rule! Puzzlers can enjoy holiday themed puzzles. Hang them -- instead of pre-made Santa pictures -- destroy them and rebuild them! Anything goes! Think of it as a child's day and consider the child! Train fans can make miniature train ornaments, dinosaurs can be lined up around the dinner table, maybe struggling in the homemade snow banks!
Your tree and house can become a place of inclusion. Admittedly the routine changes and new neighborhood look, along with the inevitably intense energy shifts around the holidays, will challenge families of autism. However, taking advantage of Lynette's tips and mixing in your own unique familial styling will help your family see opportunity in each and every struggle!
Like Lynette says, "When it doesn't need to look like the Jones', it can look like you!" Love never looked so good!
PS - Be careful with the turkey, lots of ASD kiddos already have too much serotonin! Happy Holidays!
SOURCE Brain and Body
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