For many families during the Christmas season, routines change. Increased chores and fun activities increase, and excitement builds with the extra shopping, wrapping, decorating, cookie-making, holiday card exchanges, etc. For folks with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs, these changes in routine can be overwhelming.
Finding ways to allow children to be part of the preparations can help them understand better what is happening and what may come next. Helping with holiday cards is one example illustrated in this activity. Children add address labels. The simple cut-out template enables them to do the task independently. First, they choose an envelope from the tray on their left, place the envelope into the template making sure the flap is turned to the back, peel a label from the sheet to their right, and place the label into the opening in the template. Then they place the labeled card into a finish box. If doing the entire task, there would be templates for the recipients’ addresses, the return address and the stamps.
Next children can take these to the mailbox or post office for mailing and then watch for cards to come in the mail. Helping children understand the connections between the envelope chore, mailing to friends and relatives, and receiving cards from them makes the activity even more meaningful.
***FYI alert!*** For the first time in 16 years we will be taking a break for the holidays. We will be closing for the month of December and will reopen January 6th. Please check these dates regarding any orders you may wish to make.
May ALL your tasks be MERRY!