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

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…

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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About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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1 Response to Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

  1. Pingback: 30 Days of Autism – Thirty Days of Autism | My Autism Site | All About Autism

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