The holiday traditions you grew up with may not all work for your child with learning and thinking differences.
Tweaking family traditions can help make them fun and meaningful for your child.
Family traditions work best when they include everyone and give your child something she can do well and enjoy.
Family traditions can add a lot of joy and meaning to the holidays. But some of the activities you’ve always looked forward to may not work for your child with learning and thinking differences.
If she has
, for instance, picture taking with Santa might be stressful. If she has
, sitting through the holiday pageant could be hard.
The idea that your long-standing traditions aren’t a good fit for your child can be disappointing. But you may not have to give up the traditions entirely. See if you can reinvent them so they work well for the entire family.
How can you make the experience something your child looks forward to year after year? Here are some questions to ask: