With a little pre-planning you can help your child have a memorable Santa experience!
Black Friday is here and that means the shopping season has begun. While most of the U.S. is looking for the latest gadget or the newest toy, families of children with special needs maybe looking for something very different. Many of the common toys available hold no interest or are not suitable for children with Autism and other special needs.
1) You are not alone.
There may not be anyone else with the same constellation of symptoms as your child but there are people with similar challenges. Find those people. I have never met anyone with all of these same challenges as my kid but I have a strong network within each separate diagnosis. We have made wonderful friends and have found—and I hope provided—a great deal of support within each of these. I just have to pop onto one of my Facebook groups and I’m immediately reminded, I’m not alone.
2) You too deserve to be cared for.
Finding the perfect gift for a child with special needs is rarely as easy as popping down to the toy store, picking an age-appropriate gift, and wrapping it up. Different needs, abilities, and interests may require an extra measure of creativity and research. To speed up your search, here are five quick places to check for gifts to suit your unique little one -- shop there yourself, and pass the links on to relatives and friends who often give inappropriately.
Thanksgiving is all about traditions and family togetherness, but if your child has problems with eating, socializing, speaking up or sitting still, it may seem hard to fit him or her into that warm and cozy picture.
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