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Letter: Holidays and special needs children

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The following tips were summarized from Pediatric Therapies and Very Well Families. More information can be found by searching the internet.

Maintain routines as much as possible. This may be easier said than done. Many children struggle with changes to their routines. Try to prepare children for these inevitable occurrences, and anticipate some acting-out behaviors in response to these changes.

Introduce sensory input slowly. Sensory input is at a maximum right now, with music playing, lights twinkling, and decorations everywhere. Again, try to prepare your child for what they are going to see and hear. Consider taking a car drive to see some of the best local light displays. Our area offers some very nice light displays. You can enjoy the wonders of the beautiful lights without the cold, noise, or crowds.

Avoid crowds if possible. Crowds are tough on adults, let alone for kids with special needs. Children can be overwhelmed, have a “melt down,” o...

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