Holidays are a time for family togetherness, joy, and friendship. But children who struggle socially because of learning disabilities can feel lonely and excluded. How to Help Your Child Have a Happy Holiday by Dale S. Brown suggests a dozen ways to help your child join in the fun while it educates all parents to be more mindful of children with learning disabilities.
– Help your child prepare for holiday parties by sharing important details – such as the schedule and the names of the guests.
– Role play scenarios with your child.
– Teach your child the names of guests ahead of time if possible.
– Prepare relatives and friends for your child’s behavior that might be misinterpreted. Offer suggestions for how they might respond.
– Consciously include your child with a learning disability in conversation and other activities.
– Make a plan to handle overstimulation that may lead to a meltdown.
– Tactfully accommodate your child’s difficulties.
– Give your child a role or task he is able to do, such as setting the table, that helps him to shine.
– Read a holiday book to your child.
– Ask your child to do good deeds and contribute to the community.
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