How to Manage Autism Calmly over Christmas
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How to Manage Autism Calmly over Christmas

Discover how to reduce your child's anxieties that can lead to challenging behaviour and meltdowns over Christmas
4.6 (7 ratings)
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Created by Yvonne Newbold
Last updated 12/2016
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  • 6 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how to help your child reduce the frequency and the severity of meltdowns over Christmas, because you will have a much greater understanding of what causes them and why they happen. You will also have a virtual toolbox of strategies to de-escalate meltdowns if they do occur, as well as a deeper understanding of what autism is, and how it affects our children. You will also gain the skills to develop your own ability to cope much better with the demands that autism can bring to parenting, as well as the essential self-care skills and knowledge of how important it is to find time to look after yourself.
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  • Whatever your level of autism knowledge, experience and understanding, this course will help you learn more, and also to gain skills and know-how about making life easier and happier for everyone at home over Christmas

If you are concerned about the impact of Christmas on your child’s autism, this course is for you. It's packed with lots of practical and hands-on strategies that you can use with your child to help them significantly reduce their meltdowns and anxieties at this time of the year. Children with autism often face real difficulties with all the changes in routine that Christmas brings, as well as the way that everything about Christmas looks, feels, sounds and smells different. This course gives you a step-by-step guide where we look at anxieties, sensory processing, rigid routines and the difficulties around change that our children can struggle with, why they happen and what you can do to help and support your child to prevent many of these issues. There are also sections about how to give your other children a great Christmas too, what you can do when relatives and friends don’t understand autism as well as you’d like them too, and a great session especially for you too, looking at your stress and overwhelm and how to reduce it. There’s a wonderful but manageably short mindful relaxation session, breathing exercises and lots else to make you feel better and stronger about everything too. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Any parent who is secretly dreading Christmas because of its impact on Autism and Meltdowns. This course is for you, to give you a whole toolbox of ideas, strategies, tips and suggestions that will help your child cope better with all the inevitable autism triggers that Christmas can bring
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
We'll look at what Autism is & why Christmas can be tough for ASD children
5 Lectures 20:52

Overview of Autism incl The Triad of Impairments & Sensory Processing Disorder

Common Christmas issues - anxiety, SPD, routines, family, your own health

Activity Worksheet One - How are things now?

Your family & Christmas - a quick look at potential difficulties in your family
Autism and Anxiety
7 Lectures 24:37
Anxiety, the most likely cause of autism meltdowns

Activity Worksheet Two - Anxiety and you Child

How Communication Impairments can cause Anxiety and what you can do to help

Meltdowns and why they happen

How Christmas can impact on Autism anxiety and meltdowns

Some Meltdown De-escalation strategies that may help over Christmas
Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
4 Lectures 12:19

Activity Worksheet Three - Sensory Processing Disorder and Your Child

How Christmas can impact on your child's Sensory Processing Disorder

Some simple Sensory Processing Strategies to help your child over Christmas
Autism and Rigid Routines, Change and Transitions
4 Lectures 11:34

Activity Workshop 4 Routines, Change and Your Child

Simple strategies to help your child adapt to the Christmas changes in routine

How to help your child understand and prepare for the changes over Christmas
Autism and your Family
4 Lectures 22:26
An Overview of the challenges that autism brings to the rest of your family

Activity Worksheet Five - Families

14 ideas on how to ensure your other children have a very Happy Christmas

Why your extended family may not always "get" autism & how to help them help you
Autism and You
6 Lectures 32:07
Why our health matters, and which areas of your well-being need attention

Activity Worksheet Six - You

8 Quick-Fix Positive Changes that will boost your well-being

Looking at lifestyle changes you'd like to make before next Christmas

3.5 minutes of blissful relaxation with Malcolm Cooper & mindful meditation

Looking at what we've learnt and how to take it forward into the New Year
Bonus Lecture
2 Lectures 10:34
What next?

Activity Worksheet Seven - Your Action Plan

This quiz will test your knowledge on what we've talked about so far in this course

How to Manage Autism Calmly over Christmas
6 questions
About the Instructor
Yvonne Newbold
4.6 Average rating
7 Reviews
48 Students
1 Course
Author/Speaker/Trainer Learning Disability, Autism, Health

World Health Innovation Summit Ambassador for Learning Disabilities, Autism & Families

LTD Learning Disability Champion 2015

HSJ Top 50 Inspirational Women in Heathcare 2014

Yvonne Newbold is a writer, speaker and trainer who is also the mother to three children, including Toby who is multiply disabled with profound learning disabilities. She is passionate about doing whatever it takes to make things better for children and adults who have a learning disability or autism, as well as for their families. In 2013 she was diagnosed with incurable cancer, but it came as no surprise. She knew that the stress she had been under for nearly 20 years of battling to get her son the equipment, support and care that they needed had been crushing. Her body was simply worn out. On the same day she was told about her poor prognosis, she determined to spend whatever time she had left doing whatever she could to improve the lives of the next generation of families like her own.

Since then, she has written The Special Parent’s Handbook, covering every aspect of Special Needs Parenting and sharing all that she learnt about making life easier. The book is an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and she has since won two awards; HSJ Top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare 2014 and Learning Disability Today Parent/Carer Advocate Champion Award 2015.

Yvonne continues to write extensively on issues relating to special needs parenting, learning disability, autism and other related topics. She is also very active on social media, supporting over 6,000 parents on her Facebook Page, also called The Special Parent's Handbook. On Twitter and LinkedinYvonne engages with healthcare professionals and others who work with families like her own, gently challenging them to think differently about their own work practices. She also speaks at conferences about how it's the little things that make all the difference in healthcare - things like kindness, patience and acceptance of everyone. 

Yvonne has developed a series of workshops for parents of special needs children on many of the issues that parents struggle with such as advocating effectively for their child in Multidisciplinary Meetings, ensuring that the siblings aren’t left out and looking after yourself too. 

Yvonne has also developed a series of ground-breaking Workshops for Healthcare Professionals covering areas of her own experience such as the difference that kindness and compassion can make within a therapeutic relationship, how to adapt working practice to meet the needs of patients with a learning disability or autism, and how to manage successful co-production projects. 

When people hear Yvonne speak or attend one of her workshops they generally leave feeling more positive, empowered and with a will to become even better at what they do. Yvonne’s passion is contagious, and if her key message could be distilled into one simple phrase is would be that “Kindness works wonders”.

Yvonne also writes about cancer on her blog Coke Floats & Chemo and she also has a second Facebook page which offers support to people affected by the disease, and shares the same name.  Meanwhile she continues to receive on-going active oncology treatment which for the moment seems to be slowing down the progression of her cancer. She has already surpassed her 26-month prognosis, and she is determined to keep going and making a difference for as long as possible.