The problem: Noise and chaos make many kids anxious, but it can be especially hard for kids with sensory processing issues. Physical contact can be another stressor. Hugs, kisses and even a light hand on the back as someone passes by can set them off.
How you can help: Take your child out of the fray. Find an out-of-the-way spot from which he can watch, smile and wave. If noise is a problem, ask the host if there’s another room your child can hang out in.