I Have A Little Dreidel (SPD Hanukkah) It’s my kids’ favorite holiday, and we’re getting ourselves ready for eight nights full of celebration. This year, Hanukkah starts at sundown on December 20th, so we’re quickly changing gears from eating Than..
Halloween Trick or Treat Social Story Halloween can be a fun holiday but also a little scary with all the different costumes and masks. It can also be a loud holiday with everyone so excited. But I will have fun on Halloween with my Mom or Dad because the..
It’s the Fourth of July and families everywhere… wait in anticipation for late afternoon picnics on the beach with a large group of friends and family, and excitement builds for the annual fireworks display that always follows. For some children (and ..
Sensory friendly visit to Santa provides holiday cheer to children with special needs. With a serious look, Jason Montefusco walked toward Santa, keeping a cautious eye on the man with the white beard. Slowly, the five-year-old climbed up into the seat, s..
Halloween is a fun and exciting time for many children. However, Halloween can cause fear and anxiety for many children with special needs – they may face challenges with sensory overload, feeling comfortable, happy, or safe. As a parent of a child with..
Dr. Grace Gengoux is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with expertise in the clinical evaluation and ..
A Parent’s Guide To Thriving During The Holidays! The holiday season can be difficult for parents of children with special needs. But it doesn’t have to be. Between dressing up for Halloween, changing clocks back for Daylight Savings Time, partying ov..
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of sons/daughters on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few help..
MANAGING FALL FRENZY Autumn can be difficult for parents of children with special needs. But it doesn’t have to be. Between dressing up for Halloween, changing clocks back for Daylight Savings Time and partying over turkey on Thanksgiving, there’s no ..
Ideas for a healthy Halloween! Halloween is a holiday filled with creative costumes, spooky decorations and lots of candy. And while kids may want to dive in on their sugar-filled bounty, it can be hard for parents to say no and encourage a healthier opti..