Christmas Countdown for a Child with ADHD

The Christmas Countdown can be a challenging time especially for parents of children with ADHD. Best Practice Award winner, Leanne Brown, shares the massage story she has written with her daughter, Louisa, 10, who has ADHD. The massage story includes Louisa’s favourite Story Massage strokes!

Christmas Countdown

“So Christmas is coming…..we started elf on the shelf mid November and been counting down since 98 sleeps till Santa!” says Leanne, “Louisa has short term memory problems but can remember every day that Santa is coming. Whilst it is exhausting and drives me mad at times, I love the enthusiasm and the magic that Christmas still holds for her. So we wrote this massage story together to help her cope with the Christmas Countdown. We hope you enjoy it too.”

Waiting for Santa

I’m waiting here for Santa Claus (The Calm)

Excitement is in the air (The Wave)

I’m waiting here for Santa Claus (The Calm)

Trying to count the days (The Drum)

But my head gets all confused (The Circle)


The wait is long long long (The Calm)

I wiggle and I shout (The Wave)

I can’t keep still, I don’t know why (The Wave)

When will he appear (The Walk)


My advent isn’t helping (The Circle)

The days are passing slowly (The Calm)

I’m starting to get antsy (The Bounce)

I want him here right now (The Calm)


Mummy tells me be patient (The Calm)

But I can’t sit still and wait (The Drum)

I find it hard to count the days (The Walk)

I wish he would hurry up (The Squeeze)


Mummy says he can’t be rushed (The Circle)

He has lots to do (The Wave)

But I’m still waiting, waiting, waiting (The Circle)

And I hope he’ll come by soon (The Walk)

Cause then I’ll calm and rest (The Calm)

The wait will finally be over (The Calm)

Cause Santa has been to visit (The Circle)

More about the Story Massage Programme

Ten massage strokes form the basis of our Story Massage book, resources and training. These strokes have a simple name, such as The Calm or The Circle, and an easy to recognise symbol making them fully accessible for all ages and abilities. You can find out more about the Story Massage Programme for children with ADHD here: Story Massage and ADHD and also Leanne’s regular blog posts Me, You and ADHD. 

Online Training in the Story Massage Programme

If you would like to use the programme at home or work then you will love our flexible online course. All the information is here: Online Training Course.

You will learn how to share the ten Story Massage strokes, adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for well-being coaches, therapists, teachers, SEN staff, support staff, Early Years practitioners, those working with people with additional needs, everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with adults or children – or even pets!

Comments are closed.