Raising a child with a special need certainly has its ups and downs. An impending birthday party, either for your child or a peer, can be a roller coaster ride of emotions for both you and your child. Will anybody show up? Will my child be able to participate? Will my child have a meltdown? These concerns are all natural, but with creative planning and realistic expectations, your child can be a part of the fun.
My definition of a playdate is a desperate attempt by the stay-at-home caretaker to connect with persons speaking full sentences. Most likely, this will be unsuccessful due to constant interruptions by tattling, potty accidents and eerie silence. For stay-at-home moms or dads, the playdate is essential to our sanity.
Long lines, crowds and traffic can put a damper on family travel plans. The stress of traveling can overshadow the intent of having fun while strengthening family bonds and creating lasting memories. Without a plan, traveling with children can be distressing, particularly if they have special needs. If you plan to travel with a child who has special needs, it is worth taking a few extra steps to reduce everyone’s anxiety.
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