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23 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday Meals

Holiday gatherings, large and small, are filled with challenges for individuals with autism. For example, meals can cause problems. What issues create conflict or confusion? And what can we do to make gathering around the dinner table an enjoyable experience for all? Listen Now:

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18 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Happy Holidays

We are continuing our discussion about aspects of holidays that can be cause stress for our friends with autism. The first step in helping smooth over some of these situations is awareness of the strain they cause for people with autism. It isn’t necessary to ban all celebrations, but rather to realize the effect of […]

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17 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Humbug Holidays

Although some people really thrive on all the excitement of the holidays, others are not so filled with holiday cheer. The ups and downs of the season can be challenging for everyone, but particularly for individuals with autism. Listen Now:

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27 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday Shopping

Some families have a tradition of holiday shopping on this day after Thanksgiving. The event can be great fun, or it can involve long lines, crowded stores, and congested parking lots. The hustle and bustle of the scramble to meet deadlines for gifts and bargains is daunting for everyone, but particularly unnerving for individuals with […]

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04 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Avoiding Holidays 2

Understandably, it is tempting for families and individuals with autism to just skip family holiday gatherings. Holidays are great fun, but they can also create some agitation and stress for individuals with autism. Changes in daily routine paired with the swirl of new sights, sounds, foods, and people can be disconcerting for individuals with autism. […]

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03 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Avoiding Holidays 1

Holiday visits can raise the stress level for all families, and the issues related to autism can add to the pressure. Some families worry about their youngster’s behavior in a new setting with lots of people around. Others are sensitive to the reaction by grandparents, aunt and uncles, and other family members to their child’s […]

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23 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday Toilet Training

This may seem like an indelicate topic just days before Christmas, but the time has come for you to give yourself the ultimate holiday gift – freedom from dirty diapers. Just take a deep breath, strengthen your resolve, and tackle this issue of toilet training. Many individuals with autism can take care of their personal […]

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18 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

No Holiday Cheer

Although some people really thrive on all the excitement of the holidays, others are not so filled with holiday cheer. The ups and downs of the season can be challenging for everyone, but particularly for individuals with autism. The holidays tend to be times of either feast or famine – either long periods of boredom […]

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28 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday Shopping

The annual holiday shopping season typically begins the day after Thanksgiving. The hustle and bustle of the scramble to meet deadlines for gifts and bargains is daunting for everyone, but particularly unnerving for individuals with autism. Listen Now:

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25 November 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Holiday Blues

Most of us enjoy the leisure pace of holidays. We look forward to visiting with our extended families and celebrating holiday traditions. But, for a variety of reasons, many of our friends with autism are not looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. Why are they being grinches? Listen Now:

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06 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Holidays Coming Soon

The excitement of the holidays, large family gatherings, new foods and activities, and interruptions in familiar routines can cause stress levels to rise even as autumn leaves start falling. Several parents have already asked about strategies for helping smooth out family visits. This podcast features some of the tips we discussed at this time last […]

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20 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Home for the Holidays

Holiday gatherings strengthen family bonds and build memories and traditions that last for a lifetime. Visits with extended family can also be stressful, especially for parents of youngsters with autism. Some parents say they resent advice about raising their youngsters with autism. Others say they tend to find themselves being very sensitive to even minimally […]

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16 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday House Guests

“We are having houseguests for the holidays, and we want to make the experience relaxed and enjoyable for the grandparents as well as for our kids,” commented the parents of two children, including a four-year-old daughter who functions on the spectrum of autism. “What are some things we need to consider in making plans for […]

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13 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Better Holiday Visits

Parents of a third grader diagnosed with autism commented they couldn’t tell if their son enjoyed family visits during the holidays. “He just sits on his grandmama’s couch and flips through magazines all afternoon. He won’t eat any of the special thanksgiving meal she prepares for our large family because he just likes macaroni and […]

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12 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Holiday Visits

“Just the thought of visiting our family at Thanksgiving raises my blood pressure,” commented a parent of a fifth grader diagnosed with autism. “Although none of the aunts and uncles and grandparents have said anything critical, my husband and I both feel pressure to make everything perfect so our daughter doesn’t act strange or have […]

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10 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Waiting Patiently

As a mom and I were talking in the grocery store, her 10-year-old son diagnosed with autism started rocking, putting cans of soup in and out of the grocery basket, and making repetitive sounds. His mom said, “Oh, this is so frustrating. I wish he could just learn to wait patiently.” Red flags were flying […]

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12 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Adult Blankies

As their youngsters with autism graduate from high school, parents look for ways to help them transition into the world of adulthood. Among other things, they look for appropriate security objects. One of my friends calls these items “adult blankies” in reference to the tattered baby blanket her son carried around until it literally shredded […]

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29 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Old Fashioned Fun

Sometimes holiday breaks can try the patience of parents and kids. The unstructured free time can be particularly agitating for youngsters with autism who thrive on predictable routines and unchanging schedules. Even when you have a limited budget and limited time, you can introduce some old-fashioned, tried and true activities to fill the time until […]

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28 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

The Bright Side

Some individuals with autism are easy to love. They are easy-going, compliant, and self-reliant. But others present significant behavior problems or need help with self-care or otherwise drain our time and energy. It certainly doesn’t seem appropriate to complain about an individual with special needs, but sometimes, in reality, we reach the end of our […]

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24 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Gift for You

Take some time – even five minutes – during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to give yourself a gift. This gift does not cost any money, but it is worth more than anything in the world. You cannot put this gift in a box for wrapping and tying up with a bow. […]

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