Column: Christmas can be a time of sensory overload

Youngsters at Whitby charity WHISH
Youngsters at Whitby charity WHISH
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It’s Christmas time, some of our members have been totally over-excited weeks! But quite a lot of WHISH children dislike Christmas because to them it is a time of sensory overload, disrupted routines and too many strange faces.

So they retreat to their rooms, get grumpy and say they don’t see what the point of it all is ……….. I know a few adults like that too !

Many WHISH children are sociable little souls and love to go to a party … birthdays, bonfire, Christmas, but some children don’t get invited to their classmate’s celebrations. You may have seen examples of this recently on Facebook / in the media.

It may be because other children’s parents worry about dietary needs, will the excitement be too much for them?Will they join in? Will they just be a bit ‘strange’?

We always say – if in doubt, ask their Mum or Dad – if there are things the child can’t eat or activities that are difficult to take part in, parents will be very used to working around it and would love their child to be included.

At WHISH we have a monthly children’s party, so that all the children that want to can play party games, wear hats and eat fairy cakes.

It’s an important part of childhood that all children should experience.

If you would like to help with some entertainments at our parties like magic or face-painting, we would love to hear from you. We are also fundraising for 2017 in Sainsbury’s Whitby December 16 to 18 with a fabulous tombola and bag-packing for customers, come and say hello.