It’s the holidays! And for autism families this can be a very stressful time of year. This episode kicks off our Autism Holidays Survival Series as we discuss how to handle family gatherings. Extended family can be a source of stress for many, and for our kids on the autism spectrum family gatherings can be difficult. This episode will provide some tips on making it a success and things you may not have thought about.
In this episode you will discover:
- How to handle the comments and questions from your family that you dread most.
- What you can do to prepare your child for family gatherings.
- Why forcing your kid to kiss grandma is a bad idea.
- What to do about dietary issues when eating at someone else’s home.
How To Deal With Family Gatherings:
- Use a social story before the event.
- Don’t force your child to give hugs or kisses.
- Encourage others to respect your child’s dietary needs or restrictions.
- Don’t use family gatherings as a time to show off your child’s new skills.
- Take turns with your spouse or significant other, so you can both have time to enjoy the gathering.
- Don’t allow others to talk about your child in front of them, as if they aren’t there.
- Keep your expectations realistic and remember your child is doing the best they can…always.
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