Monday, December 10, 2012

The Holiday Complexity

Most parents understand (sometimes dread) the big holiday gathering. Not because we have lost the holiday spirit or are completely anti-social, but because when you take a child out of their norm...anything can happen (insert dramatic music).

Parents with special needs children feel this x3468975432.6 usually. With Boog having SPD (Sensory Perception Disorder) he could be fine with all of the chatter, and then someone turns on a faucet to wash their hands and it's too much. He covers his ears and I immediately try and find him a "quiet spot".

Regardless of a child's difference, we have to realize they want to have fun too. They love presents and lights and food. Most importantly they just LOVE. Boog and some of his friends are some of the sweetest and most loving kids I know!

That being said, here's a wonderful article called "Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum" by Mari Nosal. I think if very family member of a special needs child would read this, it would make EVERYONE have a much happier holiday!

Merry Christmas, Y'all!