Christmas,  Health, Wellness, & Self Care,  Special Needs Parenting,  Thanksgiving

Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide for Special Needs Families (120+ Links!)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… But you know that’s not always the case. For kiddos that thrive on routines, face behavioral challenges, get overwhelmed quickly, need special diets, and more, facing the holiday season can fill a special needs parent with dread.

(Secret: You are not alone!)

That’s why it’s so great that the internet is here to provide you with practical advice, help, humor, and hope for your upcoming holiday season.

Shop Autism-Themed Ornaments Here!

If you are a special needs blogger who has posts that you feel would be a good addition to this guide, PLEASE send an email to aprille.beautifulinhistime@gmail.com and I will make sure that your content gets put on the blog and makes it into next year’s email.

All of these posts that have Pinterest-friendly graphics will also be pinned to my Special Needs Holiday Survival Guide Pinterest Board.

I truly wish you a happy, healthy, and SANE holiday season – at least as sane as it CAN be, right?

Much love,

Aprille

Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide for Special Needs Families (120+ Links!)

Autism

I Don’t Like to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner, Adapted Book for Special Needs

Let’s Enjoy a Holiday Meal Social Story

CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING WITH YOUR CHILD WITH ASD

8 Thanksgiving Hacks for Kids on the Spectrum

Surviving Thanksgiving: Tips for Parents with Aspergers Children

Printable Thanksgiving Social Story for Children with Autism

Autism and Thanksgiving: How to cope with the feasting and hubbub

Autism Thanksgiving and Christmas

19 Hilarious Food Requests Autism Parents Hear on Thanksgiving

26 HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS FOR AUTISM FAMILIES

Autism and the Holidays

Coping with the Holidays: Help for Aspergers Children

Let’s Talk About Gift Giving Social Story

Holiday Mayhem And Meltdowns Of Children On The Autism Spectrum

Holidays and Autism Parenting Tips: Structure, Predictability, and Schedules

AUTISM NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS — A Poem By Cindy Waeltermann

How To Help Your Autistic Child Cope With The Holidays

Don’t let ADHD (or autism) ruin your Christmas.

Navigating the Holidays with Autism

The Year That I Made Santa Claus Cry

How To Help Your Autistic Child with Santa

Christmas with the Non-Verbal, Autistic, Sensory-Sensitive Child

Prepare your special needs child for Christmas with this social story!
‘All About: What Happens at Christmas Time’ book, is a detailed social story about the different aspects of Christmas. It was designed primarily for children on the Autism Spectrum and those with anxiety or short term memory challenges, to act as a guide to what to expect at Christmas time. The book aims to inform children about the changes in their lives at Christmas, etiquette and behaviour expectations, and to prepare them for things they might experience or come across at Christmas. Get it here!

ADHD

Common Thanksgiving Challenges for Kids With Attention Issues

How We Survived Thanksgiving…So You Can Survive Christmas!

11 Tips to Help Kids With ADHD Manage the Holidays

Happy Holidays with ADHD Kids!

Managing Sensory Issues in Children with ADHD During the Holidays

Avoid Holiday Havoc: Help for Children with ADHD

ADHD Holiday Help: House Rules for Children

Merry ADHD Christmas!

Don’t let ADHD (or autism) ruin your Christmas.

 

Other Behavioral Challenges

A Message of Hope for Parents of Defiant Children

How To Prevent Power Struggles and Temper Tantrums During the Holidays

9 Ways to Get Though The Holidays with a Defiant Child

This fidget blanket will help you easy and fun to develop your child’s imagination and ability to think strategically, motor skills and tactile sensations. Mom will have free time to relax, read your favorite book or just spend time on yourself. During the trips this travel toy is simply necessary. Since the child will be busy and you can concentrate on the road. Also this memory blanket helps patients after a stroke and other brain damage. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, special needs.

Sensory Integration Issues

Thanksgiving Day Game Plan to Combat Sensory Overload

A SENSORY-FRIENDLY TURKEY DAY

30 Multi-Sensory Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids with Sensory Impairments

5 Tips to Reduce Sensory Meltdowns During the Holidays

Dealing with Sensory Overload During the Holidays

How can I help my family understand my child’s behavior and sensory disorder

30 CHRISTMAS SENSORY STOCKING STUFFERS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS

Holiday Survival Guide For Kids with Sensory Impairments

4 Steps for Low(er)-Stress Holidays with a Child with Sensory Issues

A Very Merry Occupational Therapy Christmas

Reducing and Surviving Sensory Overload During the Holidays

Why I Told My Family to Stay Away this Christmas

Too Many Lights, Too Many Trees: A Christmas Sensory Story

Sensory-Friendly Santa 2016

Christmas Scented Sensory Play Dough with Essential Oils – get it here!

Speech Challenges

THANKSGIVING APPS FOR SPEECH THERAPY

Sharing the Christmas story with People who are Nonverbal

 

The pure joy every year as you unwrap each ornament, remember that specific year and the memories that flood back.
This special line of ornaments are close to my heart. What a special surprise for your daughter who is differently abled to have a picture that matches her on her own special ornament!
We offer 5 different little girls who are princesses in their fantastic pink and purple wheel chair! Featuring your daughters name and year!

Chronic Illness

How to Enjoy the Holiday Traditions When Chronically Ill

Chronic Illness Christmas

How to Manage Chronic Illness During the Holidays

TIPS ON MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESS AT CHRISTMAS

MAKING IT THROUGH CHRISTMAS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS AND PAIN

HOW TO SURVIVE & ENJOY CHRISTMAS DESPITE CHRONIC PAIN & ILLNESS

Christmas with Chronic Illness: 10 Coping Strategies

Christmas & The Holidays: Reasons to be Cheerful Despite Chronic Illness

Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness and Christmas ….

HOW TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

Six Tips for Treasuring the Holidays with Chronic Illness

‘Chronic’ Tips: How to Wrap Christmas Gifts Easily

Living with chronic illness during the holiday season

 

Self Care and Mental Health (Anxiety and Depression)

7 tips to help you manage depression, anxiety, and stress during the holidays

How an Introvert Does Thanksgiving

Navigating Trauma and PTSD over the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays With a Child With Anxiety

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Self-Care for the Special Needs Parent

The Holiday Self-Care Guide is full of self-care tips AND worksheets to help you have a happy and organized holiday season. It’s so important to take care of yourself all year round but if you’re sensitive, anxious, and prone to depression, the holidays can bring up a lot of stuff. These pages will help you focus and have an awesome holiday.

Gift Guides

Gifts for Special Education Teachers and Therapists (75+ UNIQUE IDEAS!)

The Ultimate Guide for Sensory Processing Gift Ideas

Autism And Sensory Holiday Gift Guide

BEST TOYS SENSORY SEEKERS

Fed Up With Fatigue’s 2015 Fibromyalgia Gift Guide

Autism And Sensory Holiday Gift Guide

35 Stocking Stuffer and Gifts Ideas-Sensory and Special Needs Children.

65+ GIFT IDEAS FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD

5 Tips for Buying Gifts for Children with Special Needs

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Children with Special Needs

25+ BEST GIFTS TO EXPAND YOUR CHILD’S SPEECH DEVELOPMENT {BIRTH TO FIVE}

Toy & Gift Guide for Autistic Kids and Teens

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Great Toys For Kids With Special Needs

8 Mom-Approved Gifts for Kids With Autism

Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids on the Spectrum!

50+ Gift Ideas For The High Spirited Child

Gift Ideas for Children With Language Delays

Holiday Gifts for the Whole ADHD Family

2015 ADDitude Holiday Gift Guide for Kids with ADHD

Gift Ideas For a Special Needs Mom

Autism Awareness Christmas Ornament is made of wood and can be personalized if desired.

Other Holiday Posts

TOP 10 THANKSGIVING music therapy SONGS for children

To the special needs mom on Thanksgiving Day

TIPS FOR CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING WITH YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD

supporting your child {with special needs} through the holiday season

Surviving the Holidays with Special Needs

4 Ways to Hunker Down for a Special Needs Holiday, Part 1

4 Ways to Hunker Down for a Special Needs Holiday, Part 2

7 STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOLIDAYS

When The Ache is All You Feel This Christmas

Tips for Making Holidays Special for Kids with Special Needs

10 Tips for a More Peaceful Christmas With a Special Needs Child (or Any Child)

7 Holiday Survival Tips for Special Needs Families

Tackling the Holidays With a Special Needs Child

Don’t just survive, THRIVE this holiday season…special needs style!

FREE CHRISTMAS VISUAL SCHEDULE FOR KIDS

Have A Stress-Free Holiday With Special Needs Kids

Managing Your Special Needs and Non-Religious Family at the Holidays

Special Needs Parenting: 10 Tips for Holiday Stress Reduction

Easing the stress of airline travel for children with special needs

Holiday Survival Guide for Families with Special Needs

Curbing Holiday Stress for Special Needs Kids

Five Things to Remember During the Holidays {When Your Child Has Special Needs}

 

Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide for Special Needs Families (120+ Links!)

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