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Weekly Whirl - Happy 4th of July!

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Summertime brings warm weather, get-togethers, and vacation! It also brings one of our favorite holidays, Independence Day! Here are some tips to help you through the holiday!


  • Plan ahead whenever possible. Compile a list of activities that can help your child fill his or her time wherever you go.
  • Use rehearsal and role play to give children practice ahead of time in dealing with new social situations, or work together to write a "social story" that incorporates all the elements of an upcoming event or visit to better prepare them for that situation.
  • If you are going to visit family or friends, make sure there is a quiet, calm place for retreat.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of anxiety or distress, including an increase in behaviors such as humming or rocking - they may indicate it's time for a break.
  • Try to relax and have a good time. If you are tense your child may sense that something isn't right.
  • Don't shield your child from the extended family. Family members need to understand the challenges you face.


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