I love holidays and special events. Anything that gives me a reason to decorate, have friends and family over, or get out of the house is great. That does not mean everyone else in my family is excited.
My youngest son, who is on the autism spectrum, does not share my joy for the holidays. This is something that I must remember when it comes to planning our family gatherings or outings.
Easter is just around the corner. We have been receiving flyers about all the Easter egg hunts that will be taking place. My daughter would like to go to every single one. But I know that is not realistic.
We sit down and decide on a couple that we think will be the best choices for our family. When looking at the different events, we look at how long it will be, and during what time of day. Is there going to be music, clowns, bouncy houses, and where is it going to be held?
We try to find the ones that will be in a large area, maybe a park. Being outside helps with the noise level and we can generally find a quiet area if my son gets overwhelmed. If my son does get to the point he does not want to be there then my husband or I will leave with him and the other will stay with my daughter.
We want all our children to experience the joy of the different holidays and special events. Sometimes it takes a little creativity or thinking outside of the box to find a way to work around the obstacles. But it can be done.
At times we ask friends and family for help and we use Google a lot! One of my favorite parts of being a mom is making memories with my children. Have a Hoppy Easter!
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