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Nine Tips To Enjoy Holiday Activities with Your Special Needs Child

Daily life with a special needs child is challenging and intense. Days are filled with anxiety and worry for most parents—children who have elopement issues, pica, medical issues, social issues, and more. Family doesn’t always understand the struggle. Being subjected to unsolicited advice is commonplace. With the holidays coming and traveling, you may find yourself around family and friends you don’t see often and who have no idea that your child/ren has a disability or even understand what it means to have a disability. 

To all my parents, first and foremost, please don’t let anyone pressure you into a situation you know it’s not beneficial for your children. Understand your children’s limits and plan around them. If you have to miss an event because it’s in the best interest of your children or even your mental health, then stay home and enjoy the holidays at home.

 

Here are a few tips to hopefully help your holiday go smoothly:

  1. Have a conversation with all parties that will be at the gathering, maybe through a group text or phone call. Let them know what to expect and how to interact with your little ones.
  2. Explain to your children if they are able to understand what will happen. Use social stories to get prepared. Start early because some children with SN thrive with schedules and when the schedule changes, it causes trauma and meltdowns in our children. Prepare them early for what to expect.
  3. If they have a comfort blanket or teddy bear, do not wash it before traveling.  
  4. Order Portable highchairs/Seating with straps so your littles can be comfortable and restrained while they eat.
  5. Order floor padding to put under wherever they will sit and eat to ensure no stains to the hosts’ carpet or floors.
  6. Most children have an aversion to certain textures of food, so purchasing a portable blender will be beneficial. You can blend their food quickly and in small portions.
  7. Be sure to have your own way there and back so that you can get your babies home safe if there are any meltdowns or tantrums.
  8. Bring extra wipes, pampers/pull-ups, blankets, toilet seat covers, and sanitizing wipes.
  9. Tablets, books, and snacks they enjoy are key to having a calm and enjoyable holiday. 

 

Article Written by: Khadijah Phillips | Khadijah Phillips is a highly driven woman who was born to break barriers. She proves that when powered by purpose, women are unstoppable. She’s built her storied life and career brick by brick, fighting fears, failures, and setbacks to have the success she’s always known was hers to claim. Today, she personifies what it means to ascend above adversity while inspiring countless others to do the same through her media company and strategic partnerships. You can follow her on instagram @bestiesmedia and check out her website www.bestiesmedia.com.

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