The holidays can be a difficult time for those of us with autism. The loud noises, socializing, family, it all can get overwhelming. I experience this every year. What I really do not like is when I am forced to socialize when I am simply not ready yet, or have been socializing for too long and need to take a break. That part is extremely frustrating. I can be a social person when I am given the chance to be social and allowed to do it on my own terms and when I am ready. If I am forced, it turns me off and makes it very difficult to do it and can force me into an autistic meltdown or shutdown.
The holidays can be a great time, but people just should understand that we cannot always socialize 100% of the time and sometimes need to simply be left alone for a bit to cool down, and then we can come back to socializing and be better off. The loud noises and people talking and laughing can also be very overwhelming for us. It’s extremely difficult to focus and process things when people are being very very loud. It can send us into autistic meltdown at times.
By simply allowing an autistic person to be themselves and take the time that they need, the holidays can be a great time for everyone.