Contemplating Christmas: Autism and Giving to Others

Thirty Days of Autism

I participate in a number of facebook groups. This past week one of them posted a theme on sharing Christmas gift ideas for people with additional needs.

I’d like to take this on a slightly different angle (who’s surprised?!?) and look at some ideas that have supported my child in giving to others.

We have a huge hazelnut tree in our yard and for the past few years H has collected the nuts (a big job), dried them hanging in old nylons or laid out on newspaper for a few weeks, and then cracked them to give away as gifts in nicely decorated jars. He even has his own lable: “Nuts to You: Hazelnuts grown, picked, and hand-shelled by H.” (And by the way – the double entendre of his brand name is not lost on him. He thinks the double play of the…

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About Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity paradigm. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814
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