Contemplating Christmas: Autism and Giving to Others

Thirty Days of Autism

I participate in a number of facebook groups. This past week one of them posted a theme on sharing Christmas gift ideas for people with additional needs.

I’d like to take this on a slightly different angle (who’s surprised?!?) and look at some ideas that have supported my child in giving to others.

We have a huge hazelnut tree in our yard and for the past few years H has collected the nuts (a big job), dried them hanging in old nylons or laid out on newspaper for a few weeks, and then cracked them to give away as gifts in nicely decorated jars. He even has his own lable: “Nuts to You: Hazelnuts grown, picked, and hand-shelled by H.” (And by the way – the double entendre of his brand name is not lost on him. He thinks the double play of the…

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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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