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Join us Saturday April 4th , 2020 to celebrate Autism Soccer Awareness Week in the
State of Florida and National Autism Awareness Month.
We invite everyone to come as we take this excellent opportunity to promote sports
inclusion and autism awareness.

Thank you ALL for your support and we will see you there, and remember to PLAY
FOR MORE
!

DATE

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

SCHEDULE

8:30 AM Registration – Check-in Open
10:00 AM Walk opening ceremonies and Stage program
10:30 Walk begins (1.5 mile loop, begins and ends)

LOCATION
AMELIA EARHART PARK

401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013

CONTACT

Oscar Amuz
+ 1-305-469-0895
Info@AutismSoccer.org

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Is to teach children in the autism spectrum disorder and other abilities soccer
skills in a supportive environment, develop a life-long love for exercise, while
having FUN! Through Autism Soccer (AS), children learn that with training, confidence and love anything is possible.

We have been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for the past 6 years. Amused by the results on the behavior and development of the kids on the spectrum who practice the sport of soccer we decided to take a step further and create not only a weekly class program also a foundation who’s mission is create and promote inclusion on sports for the kids on the spectrum.

Letter from the Founder

Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness is not just a month a year, it’s such an important cause it should be a constant reminder every day of the year, but on April 4, 2020 in Miami, Fl we will heard!

We need reforms and changes in our society to help include these kids as part of our everyday lives and give them an oportunity to be part of the sports as well; Help our children to be heard and came to walk with us!

Autism Soccer is constantly working on the kids inclusion specially on sports programs, through different projects and pilot iniciatives, it’s something that needs to be done and can not be ignore anymore.

Inclusion for autistic kids in sports has to be a human right as citizens of the world. Sports organizations and clubs have to start to give them a place an adapt to a society with Autism.

All is needed it is love, patience and compassion to create room for those whose abilities might be a little diferent than ours.

Join our campaign, on April 6, 2019 Miami Fl. Let’s walk for our future of sports inclusion! Walk with Autism Soccer for inclusion on sports for autistic kids. Your contribution will make a difference, feel free to volunteer with us, contact us!

Thank you very much

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Oscar Amuz
Founder
Autism Soccer
www.AutismSoccer.org
Amuz@autismsoccer.org
+1-305-469-0895

Voices of Autism Soccer Walk

Mr. Carlos Valderrama “El Pibe” & Mss. Elvira Redondo

About the Autism Soccer Walk

The success of Autism Soccer Walk depends on the dedication and support of its volunteers.

Volunteers can assist in many different ways, please contact us for more information: Info@autismsoccer.org, 305-469-0895

Some of the tasks are: Handing water to participants, Security aids, registration, event organization , and much more.

Feel free to create volunteer teams at work or with your family and friends we will assign a task that fits your group and try our best to keep you together. Please register online.

Volunteer as Individual! There are many ways can you are helpful to our walk the list of task will be assign the day of the event but your contribution will make a great impact on our success.

If you decide to become a volunteer the day of the walk go to our registration table and someone will guide you and take you with the person in charge.

The autism soccer committee is crucial for the success of our walk. These are individuals who volunteer before our walk and work on the  success of our event program.

The most important roles of the committee are not limited to media outreach, corporate sponsorship, community outreach and much more.

If you interested in participating or will like to become and be part of our committee please contact us at info@autismsoccer.org

What is SCORE A GOAL program?

The SCORE A GOAL recognizes fundraisers for Autism Soccer Walk who raises at least $500 or more prior to or at Walk day.

Members receive special benefits that may include:

  • Names listed on Autism Soccer Walk website
  • Special recognition at Autism Soccer Walk and Awards Reception
  • And many more benefits!
  • Add your name to the list!

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Children With Autism: Habits for a Good Sleep

Children within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more vulnerable to sleep disturbances. According to research, 44 to 83% of people with autism have sleep-related problems. These disorders adversely affect the behavior and emotional well-being of the child and the family by increasing the frequency of temper tantrums, irritability, and stress.

That is why it is important to help children learn and maintain good sleep habits. Here we offer you some advice on how to accomplish this.

 

Problematic sleep habits

 

Regular sleep cycles are influenced by daily routines, and children with ASD sometimes have trouble understanding and following them. Sometimes, they might get attached to unusual sleep habits and have trouble fitting into the regular family routine.

So the first thing you need to do is working on your child’s understanding of routines in general.

 

Bedtime routines for children within the autism spectrum disorder

 

  • Use a schedule and visual aids showing the bedtime routine, so your child can understand every step.
  • Praise your child for understanding and completing each step.
  • Put a sticker on the schedule every time your child completes a step correctly. This can help children see the situation as a game and will motivate them to follow the routine.

 

Appropriate bedtimes for children with ASD

 

Having an appropriate bedtime is essential for establishing a good routine. But, as we all know, children may have some trouble adapting to it, and it can be even harder for those within the spectrum. Here are a couple of things you can do to help them adopt good sleep habits:

  • It is convenient to create a short and simple bedtime routine. Structured activities help children with autism calm down, anticipate what is going to happen next, and think about what they need to do. So, we should create a simple routine consisting of 4 or 5 steps that need to be carried out before going to bed. Something like this, for example:

1-. Brush your teeth.

2-. Drink water.

3-. Read a story in bed.

4-. Turn off the light.

5-. Go to sleep.

  • Avoid highly stimulating activities at least two hours before bedtime. Limit things like watching TV or playing videogames, and try to propose relaxing activities, such as reading, listening to classical music, and taking a hot bath.
  • Adapt the stimulating conditions to the child’s needs. Some children with autism are extremely sensitive to things like light, sound, and touch. This hypersensitivity can interfere with their sleep, so we must regulate the light entering their room and avoid making loud noises.

It is all about finding the right information and tools to learn what to do. Remember, you must be patient and understanding throughout this whole process, adopting new habits can be a difficult task for your child.

Source: https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/health-daily-care/sleep/sleep-for-children-with-asd

A good sleep and rest can do wonderful things for a child with autism.

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Teens With Autism: The Transition to Adulthood

Becoming an adult is a big step for teens with autism or special needs, so their transition to adulthood needs careful planning.

If your children present additional needs, helping them through their development is essential. Early planning will give you plenty of time to work on the skills they need to reach their goals for adulthood. It will also give you time to figure out how to support them when they need it.

Design a plan for their transition to adulthood

Teenagers have to be ready for their transition to adult life. To help them, you must take into account several factors, such as:

  • Their short, medium, and long-term goals for the future.
  • Their strengths, interests, and weaknesses.
  • Their current skills and abilities. Knowing them can help you decide what other skills to teach them and which ones should be improved with practice.
  • Your needs and how to balance them with theirs.

Talking with teachers, support staff, therapists, siblings, relatives, and friends is ideal to complement this plan.

Every teen’s transition plan should be different and tailored to their needs, but you should also consider these areas:

  • Education.
  • Work.
  • Developing an autonomous life.
  • Social interaction and community participation.

How to prepare them for transition periods

  • Let teens play an active role in their health care. It is important to explain their condition to them at a young age.
  • Make sure they can explain their condition to others. As they grow, teach them specific self-care routines, such as pain management, proper rest, and nutrition. Help them develop a relationship with their physician and encourage them to ask questions and participate in the appointments.
  • Consider their interests when seeking training and vocational programs.
  • Be a good role model. Remember that you, and other family members, are your child’s most important teachers.

Each one of our tips should be applied according to the condition of every teen. At this stage, we also recommend seeking the help of professionals, who will be able to tell you what to do and how, and will be by your side throughout the process.

Let’s remember that we must be patient, try to understand them, and inform ourselves about the way they see the world. Going into adulthood may not be easy for them, but with our help and support, it can be more bearable.

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Volunteering for Teens With Special Needs

Volunteering can help people with autism and other conditions learn new things, interact socially, and develop skills in the workplace. But to motivate your children to be volunteers, first, you need to know their particular interests and skills.

We recommend you ask family members, friends, schools, sports clubs, or visit various websites to discover the places where they can participate.

Benefits of volunteering for teens with autism and other conditions

First of all, you need to create a Curriculum Vitae with the profile of the adolescent with ASD. It is very important to ask the employer to provide a certificate validating the volunteer work. This will allow teens to show the experience they acquired on their resume.

Volunteering can help them:

  • Prepare for the future and develop skills and abilities in certain areas.
  • Lower their vulnerability and gain knowledge to fend for themselves during adulthood.
  • Develop social skills and strengthen relationships with others. It also improves the ability to communicate for people with ASD.
  • Participate in new activities and learn what is done in different workplaces.
  • Find work that interests them.
  • Learn teamwork, respect schedules, follow rules, and build trust.
  • Improve their abilities to interact with coworkers and meet contacts that could help them find a job one day.
  • Learn the importance of tolerance and support to have a good job performance.

Volunteering also allows organizations to get acquainted with young people, know their interests, abilities, and skills so they can offer them a paid position in the future.

Appropriate volunteer work for your child with special needs

Help your children find a volunteer job based on their skills, interests, and needs. Outdoor activities, computer tasks, helping people, cooking, sharing with animals, sports, and performing numerical calculations usually attract the interest of young people.

Look for volunteering opportunities in areas such as:

  • Sports
  • The food industry
  • Programming
  • Gardening
  • Animal shelters
  • Customer Support

But make sure the place meets these basic requirements:

  • Having a good reputation and a better record of supporting volunteers with ASD and other conditions.
  • Treating everyone with respect and being accessible.

Here are some ways to find some volunteer work:

  • Ask family and friends.
  • Look out for volunteering opportunities at the local council.
  • Research on specialized websites, such as GoVolunteer, SEEK Volunteer, Conservation Volunteers, or the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
  • Ask in your child’s school if they can help you find volunteering experiences.

Take advantage of your children’s productive potential and skills to prepare them for adulthood!

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See how these teens devolep new habilities with the volunteering.

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Children and Teens With Autism: Why Social Events and Parties Are Hard for Them

Socializing and going to parties help children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social and communication skills. However, most social events can be tough to handle for them. The best way to help your children progressively develop their social skills is by planning everything with time.

Reasons why holiday events can be difficult for children with ASD

  • Children with autism have problems with communication and social interaction
  • They find it difficult to wait, organize, or solve unexpected situations
  • They are easily overwhelmed by their surroundings
  • They are disturbed by noise, screams, and loud music

That said, if we apply the right strategy, parties and meetings can be a great opportunity for them to develop their communication and social skills.

Planning social events with your child within the spectrum

Taking your child with ASD to a social event is not mandatory. Do what you consider convenient and what you can both handle. Plan every detail to help your kid feel comfortable and confident.

Strategies to prepare children for the event

  • Tell them a story about a party. Focus the story on a specific theme, for example, respect for turns, or how to behave when someone wins a game
  • Exchange roles with your child. For example, represent a scene about how to greet others, how to get to the place, etc
  • Show them videos of parties. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing common behaviors at social events. This is called video modeling
  • Plan the supervision of your child with your partner or ask a trusted family member to help you
  • Make an emergency plan if the child starts feeling overwhelmed. You can take him/her for a walk or accompany him to a quiet place
  • Take a “support kit” that contains all his/her favorite toys, books, and food in case of a crisis.

Development of skills to help your child with autism manage social events

Over time, children with ASD can learn many skills, such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting others’ turn
  • Sharing
  • Being patient and calm
  • Accepting losing a game

These will help them enjoy the holidays and learn how to interact in all kinds of social events and even at school.

How can you help them develop these skills?

There are many ways to help children with autism improve their social skills:

  • Tell them stories about social events. This strategy will show them how to behave and what to expect at parties
  • Practice losing in different games. This way, you can teach them there is nothing wrong with losing sometimes
  • Teach them to say “good job, you win” and “congratulations”

Tips for organizing a party for children with ASD

  • Plan the event with a clear and precise structure
  • Use a decoration with something your child likes or based on his/her special interests
  • Try to avoid unstructured games
  • Avoid anything that could distress your child. For example, don’t play loud music at the party if it bothers him/her
  • Ask other family members for help if he/she gets angry or has a crisis
  • Make sure adults attending the event know what to do to help your child in case of an uncomfortable situation

Having children with ASD doesn’t necessarily mean that your social life and theirs is over. On the contrary, if you prepare the parties or reunions with enough time, these events can be very useful to improve their social skills and teach them how to appropriately relate to others.

 

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Help your child or teen with autism to face the social events and parties of the holidays.

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How to Prepare a Holiday Family Gathering for Your Teen with Autism?

Christmas Eve is a perfect occasion for the whole family to gather at a relative’s house and celebrate the holidays. Parents of a teenager within the autistic spectrum and other family members may go through difficult situations, insecurities, and concerns about his or her adaptation to these kinds of events.

But the parents of a child with autism should always be prepared to face new challenges. Christmas meetings can be tough, especially if a family member who has problems accepting your child’s condition is present.

In this post, we show all the aspects you should keep in mind, so your family reunion is pleasant for everyone.

First of all, adapt your ideas for the festivity to the characteristics, behaviors, and individual needs of your child. This way, you’ll be able to make the best decision and minimize the anxiety and preoccupation of everyone involved.

Prepare for the reunion

The important thing is to prepare in advance for that family gathering, but how to do so? Here’s a couple of tips:

Use family stories

Teens within the spectrum aren’t fans of changes or surprises, they are routine lovers. Tell them a family story and explain in detail how Christmas gatherings usually go. Show them photos from previous years where they can see all the family members.

Strengthen their coping skills

Teach your children to be patient and wait for their turn to speak and participate, respect others, and anything that can be useful for learning self-management.

Help them avoid a sensory overload

Generally, everyone dresses formally for a family reunion, and this can cause discomfort in teenagers with autism. It is better to dress in casual and comfortable clothes that don’t cause too much visual impact on them.

Loud music can also trigger a desire to leave the place. Take some earphones with you and let them listen to their favorite music. The same can apply to food if they don’t like the dishes. In this case, try to cook or gently ask the host if he can make their favorites.

Teach them how to behave during dinner

Evaluate your children’s behavior and try to determine if they are truly ready to share dinner with other people. If not, accompany them and eat in a separate place of the house while the rest of the family is in the dining room.

Prepare the whole family

Expose to your family your child’s growth, progress, and achievements, in addition to those issues that may need to put some attention on. Promote communication between them through phone calls, emails, and social media.

Locate a space inside the house where your child can take a break and have a quiet moment under your supervision. Talk to the host about available spaces. If there is none, you can go for a walk to try and calm your child down.

There are also people within your family who can provide support. Contact them before the family reunion, tell them how to help you in case your teen has a crisis.

But sometimes things don’t go es expected. If the situation gets out of control, it is better to engineer an elegant exit plan.

 

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Holidays are the perfect time to gather as a family, but the crowd and the noises can be a lot for your teen with autism.

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Regalos de Navidad para niños con autismo

Seguramente para estas fechas ya tengas planeado ir a comprar el regalo de Navidad para tu niño con autismo, pero puede que al momento de adquirirlo se te presenten algunas dudas sobre cuál pueda ser el obsequio ideal para él.

Recuerda que sólo tú conoces al pequeño y sabes lo que le gusta y lo que no. Analiza todos estos elementos y procede a elegir el mejor regalo de acuerdo a sus preferencias. Examina cómo se comporta tu niño y cuáles son sus sensibilidades, de esta forma podrás elegir el presente más idóneo para la Navidad.

Peluches y juegos propioceptivos

Si tu niño es de los que les encanta las guerras de almohadas, dormir y saltar entre grandes cojines o le gusta cargar objetos pesados de un lugar a otro, sería conveniente estimular su sentido propioceptivo. ¿De qué se trata esto? De estimular todo aquello relacionado con la sensibilidad y el sistema nervioso, es decir, la información que proviene de los músculos, articulaciones y la masa ósea.

Una manta para dormir o un peluche felposo son agradables obsequios para quienes juegan todo el año a las escondidas debajo de las sábanas y las almohadas. Los juegos para armar y construir al estilo de Lego son ideales para niños que les encantan los objetos pesados. También puedes utilizar  tacos de madera de diferentes colores.

A los niños les encanta construir torres enormes con varios peldaños para luego derribarlas y observar de cerca el efecto dominó. Después de la Navidad estos juguetes pueden ser utilizados como recursos pedagógicos y lúdicos para la enseñanza de los colores y los números. Este tipo de estrategia está dirigida especialmente a niños de un año.

Juegos para desarrollar las habilidades sociales

Los niños con autismo tienen dificultades para entender el lenguaje corporal de las demás personas. Incluso las expresiones faciales son a veces difíciles de interpretar. Por eso es recomendable enseñarles que fruncir el ceño significa que estamos enfadados, dudosos o sorprendidos.

Si tu niño presenta esta debilidad especial, hay juegos que sirven para abordar esta temática, como los Emotiblocks, por ejemplo, que ayudan con las habilidades sociales y las emociones. En cada bloque hay una carita que reproduce y expresa un tipo de  sentimiento o emoción.

También se pueden utilizar como una eficaz estrategia de aprendizaje los dibujos del juego “Pupitre magnético de las emociones”. Por medio de este se pueden conocer los tipos de emociones y sentimientos de las personas.

 Juegos para autorregularse

Los comportamientos de autorregulación como morder, correr, tocar objetos, masticar, balancearse y girar, entre otros, son fundamentales para niños y niñas. Para contribuir a este equilibrio puedes regalarle un accesorio para morder.

Si al niño le gusta el balanceo corporal puedes seleccionar juguetes que estimulen el sentido vestibular, como las hamacas o peonzas. Balancearse surte un efecto relajante en el niño y calma sus niveles de hiperactividad y agitación. Si el pequeño sufre hipersensibilidad auditiva podrías sorprenderlo con un casco antiruido para prevenir incomodidades al encontrarse en un ambiente ruidoso.

 

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Los chicos con autismo son muy sensibles y algunos obsequios pueden causarles molestias. Te enseñamos cuáles son los mejores regalos para ellos.

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Teens with Autism: Self-Esteem and Self-Identity

Adolescence is a decisive stage full of turbulent moments due to the physical and psychological changes young people experience. For this reason, the development of self-esteem and self-identity is extremely important for achieving greater confidence and feeling comfortable in this modern society.

Being different is what makes us special

Explain to your children in a casual conversation that all people are different, and that is what makes each of us unique and unrepeatable. Every human being is valuable and interesting for their peculiarities.

Help them see themselves as a valued and active part of society. You can also help them understand that people around can see, talk, think, and act in many ways.

Tell them that people are free to think and act differently, and we must accept it.

Kids within the autism spectrum may feel different from others at school because, in many cases, their classmates make them feel that way. Tell your child that no one in the world is completely equal to another and that he or she should not pay attention to others’ mean comments.

Getting to know others

Allow your children to join activities that they like, such as a sports club, a painting group, or a band. This will allow them to realize each of their strengths, discover what they like to do, and find a place where they feel safe.

This way, they will develop social skills by sharing with others who aren’t within the spectrum. In turn, it will be a great practice to start interacting with all kinds of people.

But promote activities in which they can share with other children with autism as well. Getting involved with people within the spectrum can help them understand more about their condition and the different ways in which it can affect people.

Sharing experiences with an audience that understands their situation is also helpful. The State Autism Association and the local council may recommend some local groups. These agencies are responsible for providing information on the places where children can meet others of the same age and condition.

Thinking about me

Encourage your children to explore their interests and discover what they love and what they don’t. Talk about the positive aspects of their personalities, for example, their good manners, generosity, solidarity, tolerance, among others. Also, ask them how they would describe themselves.

An effective strategy for kids to express what they think about themselves is teaching them how to write a journal. You could call it “All about me” and include photos of all the activities your children like and entries about their achievements.

Teens within the autism spectrum remember past events better through images, photos, and other documents. For example, school reports can help them remember their triumphs at school.

Knowing about the family

To help your children develop their self-identity, you should show them photographs of family members, build a family tree, and explain to them where their last names come. Tell them how the experience of watching them grow up to become teenagers has been for you.

If your children don’t have the support of their friends or classmates, let them know that their family will always be there for them, no matter the circumstances.

 

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Boys with Autism: Take Care of Your Body!

Puberty brings many physical and psychological changes that are difficult to handle, especially for teens with autism. Our responsibility as parents is to teach our children how to take care of their bodies during this stage. Here we show you the best way to educate your child with autism in all aspects related to the care and hygiene of the body.

The first thing you have to explain to an adolescent within the spectrum is why he needs to take care of his body. It is important to use a simple language according to his age and level of autism, so he can understand the changes he will experience as he grows and develops.

Let him know that as we age, our bodies change until we become adults. This transition from boy to man is what we call puberty. When it arrives, it will bring changes like:

  • Oily skin and hair.
  • Facial hair growth (beard).
  • Sweat will have a stronger and more penetrating smell, especially in the area under the arms.
  • The voice becomes deeper.
  • Frequent erections, ejaculation, and wet dreams.

This process is biological and natural. It happens to all men when they grow up. The changes are presented progressively, so you must help your child change his routines to stay clean and healthy.

A routine to stay clean

Talk to your child with autism about the daily routine he needs to follow to stay clean. Teach him that he should:

  • Wear clean underwear.
  • Wash his hands daily with soap and water, especially before and after eating or after using the bathroom.
  • Use a clean, dry towel after taking a bath.
  • Take a bath twice a day.
  • Make a greater effort to clean his genitals and armpits as they are the most sweaty areas and can produce a bad smell.
  • Brush his teeth twice a day and floss to prevent tooth decay and bad breath.

What about shaving?

In adolescence, facial hair begins to show.  For children with autism, it can be uncomfortable and they may try to remove it from their faces. Your son should not shave on his own. Guide him through the whole process and tell him that he should always ask an adult for help, at least until he learns how to do it safely.

Underwear, why wear it?

We recommend that you explain to your boy why it is convenient to wear underwear. This intimate garment should be comfortable, easy for him to put on and remove, and make him feel safe when walking, running or jumping.

Mention that there are different types of underwear and he can choose the one he likes best and suits his needs.

How can he remember this much information?

At first, changing his daily routine can be hard work, but over time, your child will end up getting used to it. He will eventually understand that these new habits will help him prevent diseases, the appearance of infections, and keep him clean and fresh.

Remind him how the routine should go every day. For this, you can use these strategies:

  • Make a schedule about the times he is supposed to wash his face, shave, or take a bath.
  • Use images to remind him of the steps he needs to take every morning.
  • Put numbers on daily items, such as shampoo and deodorant, to let him know which one he should apply first.
  • Prepare special kits with the supplies he needs. For example, the first kit should have soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, and a hairbrush.
  • Choose the supplies he likes to use for their smell, texture, or pleasant sensations they produce. In stores, there are many different brands and smells. Encourage him to choose the one likes the most.
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How to Enjoy Thanksgiving with Your Child with Autism

Thanksgiving Day lets us know the Christmas season is near and along with it, many new experiences for your child. Each special date may bring us joy and some moments of concern for our family.

But there’s no need to worry. The key is choosing carefully the activities in which they will participate. Here are some tips on how to make Thanksgiving a pleasant, enjoyable, and bonding experience for all, especially for your child within the spectrum.

Attend the event early

In case you’re not the host, arriving early to the event will allow your child to adapt faster and easier to the environment. During that time, you can explore the place so you can get familiarized with it. This will make you feel both more calm and confident.

The idea is that your son or daughter feels comfortable in this new space. It is also important that you visualize a quiet place where your child can stay in if he or she starts feeling overwhelmed.

Bring your food if necessary

If your child has problems with certain foods or doesn’t like some textures, carry an additional meal according to his or her taste. You could also tell the host what your child prefers to eat in advance.

Eating what he or she likes will help them cope with any stressful situation they might go through.

Create your own traditions

List all your child’s needs and try to adjust your family traditions according to the things that make him or her feel comfortable. On Thanksgiving, for example, everyone may sit at the table in casual clothes or pajamas so everyone can feel more relaxed.

Remind your child about the good experiences of previous years using photos or videos of the activities you did together. These special memories will help them feel better during this celebration.

Talk to your family about the occasion

Let your family know about your kid’s taste and preferences, so they have them in mind during both the initial activities and the celebration.

For example, if your child likes to play Minecraft, someone that likes it too can play with him or her. From there, they may discover other things they have in common. These details are important for developing social skills.

Teach and encourage positive behaviors

Explain to your child how to behave during Thanksgiving and the rules your family follows on this special day. Walk him or her through the whole process: everyone sits at the table, greet each other with a smile or a hug, and then start to eat.

Try to rehearse the event if possible. This way, your child will know how to act, and you can identify which situations could be particularly stressful. Also, you need to reinforce their good behavior.

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