For many children part of the fun of Christmas is the change in routine at school and at home as exciting activities and events take place.
However, for some children with a disability changes to their usual timetable at this time of year can be extremely stressful. For others, Christmas can also mean missing out on all the festive fun as they find themselves excluded from school celebrations.
Parents have told Contact a Family about their disabled child not being allowed to attend Christmas outings or parties for example, or that their child has been barred from taking part in the school concert or play. Other parents report alterations to their usual timetable at this time of year means their disabled child is under more stress and finds it difficult to cope. In some cases this can lead to an increase in behavioural issues which can result in exclusion from school altogether.
Christmas can sometimes bring unexpected challenges if you have a disabled child and Contact a Family is the only UK charity that supports families with disabled children whatever their disability or medical condition. Our expert advisors can help you develop strategies to help you cope at Christmas, such as planning ahead and working with your child’s school so you know what changes to expect and can explain them to your child before they happen.
We want parents of disabled children to know they don’t have to cope alone at Christmas or at any other time of year. So please call our helpline on 0808 808 3555 to get the support, information and advice you need from our team of experts or visit cafamily.org.uk for more information.
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