Thanksgiving

Six Tips to Ease Your Child into Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a frenetic time of year that may overshadow the “Hallmark” moment we all try to make of it  In fact, for a child with various isms, Thanksgiving can be torture.  To...
Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving and Isms? 5 Last Minute Tips

Happy Thanksgiving! Or is it? As usual, the holiday season is coming upon us very fast.  With the holiday rush comes extra stress in the household. Moms and dads are busy with the regular routine...
finger play

Sensory Thanksgiving Finger Play Song for Sensory Seekers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it, comes time for fun and feasting -- and, of course, opportunities to see old things in a new sensory-friendly way. As parents, we are always looking...

Thanksgiving at Home? Prepare in Advance

Thanksgiving, in most homes, is usually an extended family event. This means there will be a lot of people, some new faces, and tons of noise. There will be new people shouting at each...

Prevent Holiday Meltdowns for You and Your Child

Holiday gatherings have led to some of the most humungous meltdowns we’ve experienced with my youngest son Jake, who is diagnosed on the severe end of the autism spectrum.  I can’t say I haven’t...
Holiday Stress

Holidays Without Stress: How to Make the Holidays Work for Your Family

We’re not that different from Pavlov’s dogs, who famously drooled at the sound of a bell that had been associated with food. Triggers in our environment cue us to engage in certain behaviours. This...
Thanksgiving Dinner

Prepare Kids with Isms for Holiday Dining

Imagine being a school-age child with sensory sensitivities and food allergies. It’s probably pretty difficult to navigate an ordinary day full of classroom and hallway noise, the smells of the cafeteria, the shouts and...

Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebrations

Imagine Have you ever sat in your backyard, on a park bench, on a mountaintop, or at the beach enjoying peace and quiet? Do you remember the sounds? Have you tried doing this recently? Have you...