How to Navigate the Holidays with Kids with Autism

The holidays can be a chaotic time for anyone. For kids with autism and sensory issues, the bright lights, loud music, and overall hustle and bustle can be even more overwhelming.

Minnesota mom Kate Swenson knows what it’s like to navigate the season with a child with autism. Her 7-year-old son, Cooper, is on what she calls the “severe” side of the autism spectrum and is nonverbal.

Swenson, who writes about her life as a parent on a blog called Finding Cooper’s Voice, told HuffPost that her “number one piece of advice” for moms and dads cruising through the holidays with a child with autism is to speak up and be honest.

“If you can’t go, you can’t go,” she said. “Don’t worry about hurting people’s feelings. When my son was first diagnosed, we would attend holiday gatherings outside of our home and they would all end in disaster. They were just too much for my son but I was scared to speak up in fear of hurting other people’s feelings.”

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