Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

Leah Kelley:

Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming weekend… but the holiday season rapidly approaches regardless of where you live. Here are a few things to consider and plan for family gatherings…

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:

Navigating sensory issues, social stress and anxiety for children on the Autism spectrum can be a challenge at any time. However, I was recently asked by a parent for some tips or suggestions to help her Autistic child get through/handle a dinner event with extended family as this coming weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving (I know… not until November in the US).

Sitting down to the table at the large family dinner that often goes along with an event like Thanksgiving  or Christmas can present a number of challenges for an Autistic child. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are a few ideas that have worked for us. Most of them are centred around giving H a sense of control, a sense of ownership and belonging, and a vested interest in the event. Please feel free to comment and to add other suggestions as well:

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Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity. 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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One Response to Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

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