Autism and the Holidays

The holiday season is here and that means parties, gatherings with family, food, sparkly lights, packages and holiday music in all the stores.  For some of us this is a welcome time, full of sounds, smells, and sights that conjure happy memories for us.  For those individuals with autism spectrum disorder, the holidays can mean a time of sensory overload mixed with confusing social experiences. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the senses, communication and behavior.  Because autism is a spectrum disorder it affects each individual differently.  People with autism may experience their senses differently than
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