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Saturday, March 5, 2022

4 Tips To Help You Survive the Holiday Season with a Special Needs Child

 

1. Remember to breathe. Just stop for a moment and take a breath. Another. Do that five times in a row, and you'll find yourself immediately starting to feel better about the situation—and more capable of handling it.

2. Check your expectations at the door. If you're expecting your child to behave exactly as they do at home, or as they do during other holidays, you're going to be disappointed—and overwhelmed. Accept that this year is going to be different, and plan accordingly.

3. Find ways to keep your child's routine the same as it is at home—or even better than usual! If there's an activity they love doing with you at home, try making sure that gets worked in somewhere over the holiday season (even if it means rearranging some plans). If there's something they usually hate but it might help calm them down on this trip (like painting or a favorite book), have it ready to go in the car when you need it most!

4. Be smart about packing and planning activities with your special needs child in mind. Don't overpack; don't pack things that are impractical; don't pack things you're going to forget about until it's too late.

4 Tips To Help You Survive the Holiday Season with a Special Needs Child

 

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