Autism Elf on the shelf
Last year was the first year I heard about ‘ELF ON THE SHELF’ it was the year that Jacob was diagnosed with Autism and to be honest I couldn’t care less about these bloody Elves! This year I saw the Elf so differently, (my oldest thinks its creepy haha) I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon, this is not me but I knew how much this concept could help our son Jacob.
Jacob can find it difficult to understand holidays like Christmas, so having Elf on the shelf can teach Jacob many things;
- Friendship – Elf can teach Jacob a simple way to make a new friend, he can share his breakfast, help take his vitamins in the morning. I have so many ideas so be sure to follow us on my Instagram. Elf will be showing Jacob that making a friend doesn’t have to be scary.
- Encouraging Imagination – Imagination doesn’t come naturally for Jacob due to his Autism, it has to be taught. Jacob doesn’t understand the concept of Christmas so the book (read in my way) and the Elf may connect the dots for Jacob.
- Self-Esteem – I am hoping the Elf will boost Jacob's self-esteem, one of my ideas will be mainly for this purpose, stay tuned.
- Kindness and Acceptance – Elf will encourage Jacob to do act’s of kindness while showing him that you accept everyone.
- Autism – Our Elf has Autism too just like Jacob, he will get to have a friend who is very similar to him.
- Smile And Laugh – Our Elf is here to make Special Needs Children smile.
If you would like to join in, here is what you need to do;
- Adopt an Elf, any Elf, there are loads of different versions (Poundland, Card factory) out there and don’t forget to pick a name.
- Throughout December make your Elf do fun or things that can help your children, eat breakfast, get dressed or cheeky things overnight while the children are in bed for them to wake up to in the morning. Please don’t take it serious, or let it stress you out this is not the point, its meant to be fun while helping our special needs children and each other.
- Tailor the Elf to your child and their level of understanding.
- Use the Elf to your benefit and help with your child’s communication and imagination.
- Take photos and post them and tag me using #autismelfieontheshelf
- Yay! Now lets see how many pictures we can share with each other and get ideas for our children this month.
Meet our elf!
Name – Elfie
Personality – Kind, accepting, and cheeky!
Elfie’s mission – To teach Jacob that making a friend isn’t scary, giving an understanding of Christmas, Increase Autism Awareness. Elfie likes to make children smile, learn and reduce anxiety and stress. He also likes to increase human kindness.
Please tag us #autismelfieontheshelf