It’s the holidays; you've got Christmas shopping to
do. The hustle and bustle is more than enough to make an adults head spin.
Imagine the sensory overload that your child must be experiencing: Christmas
music blasting, glimpses of Santa, visions of Sugarplum dancing in their heads.
If you can, the best thing you can do, is leave your child
at home while you do your holiday shopping. Going from store to store, store to car, etc., can
lead to transitional meltdowns. If your child must accompany you on holiday
errands, try to keep your to do list small. Limit it to no more than 3 stops per outing.
Don’t squeeze in shopping with a trip to the mall to
get your child’s picture taken with Santa. Few children want to spend three
hours shopping in their holiday clothes. Making it a special event will be more
meaningful for everyone.
Sticking to your child’s routine, maintaining good nutrition,
and balancing plenty of rest and activities, will help your family have a safe
and healthy holiday, while keeping everyone off Santa’s “naughty” list.
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