Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Many people love thanksgiving for all of the fun activities with family and eating lots of great food, such as turkey and gravy. As for me, I always enjoyed being with my family and cousins. Although, this holiday can be challenging for individuals on the autism spectrum. Here are some ideas to make Thanksgiving an easier holiday for everyone:
- Wear comfortable clothing and bring extra pair of clothes if pictures are being taken from family. Do not force people with autism to wear clothing that feels scratchy.
- Have a bag full of favorite sensory toys and gadgets. For example, fidget spinners and headphones are some common toys and gadgets for individuals with autism. Always be prepared with a bag to get through the holiday.
- Prepare and incorporate foods everyone can enjoy into a Thanksgiving meal.
- Use social stories to prepare a person with autism for Thanksgiving. Social stories allow people with autism to learn about the holiday in general and learn expectations to follow.
What your favorite about Thanksgiving? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Have a great Thanksgiving!