How to Celebrate a Sensory-Friendly Holiday for Kids with Autism
Twinkling lights, giant singing displays, evergreen scents permeating the house, and candy canes hanging from a tree that is suddenly sprouting from your living room. It’s natural for sensory overload to come into play.
5 Tips to Make Thanksgiving More Comfortable for Children with Autism
For many people, Thanksgiving is a time when family members gather together and give thanks. While it’s often filled with gobbles of food, American football, storytelling and more, this can also be a stressful time for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. The good news is that there are ways to help your child cope with all of the excitement and activity.
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Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. As any parent of a food allergy child will tell you, it can be stressful and frustrating — not to mention, extremely worrisome. With Halloween around the corner, consuming one piece of the wrong candy can have dangerous effects. After all, some of the most common allergens, like nuts, seeds and dairy, are found inside many popular candy bars.
Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic, to provide tips every parent and caregiver can use during the Halloween season.
You adore your sensitive, active or “spirited” child, but his sensory needs pose unique challenges. Here are some tips from an occupational therapist for creating a supportive environment at home for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.