- Thanksgiving brings families together. Since many families live in different parts of the country and the world, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year.
- Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
- Many families will ask everyone in the family to contribute in preparing the meal and/or bring a food item prepared and brought to the site of the feast.
- The President of the United States will “pardon” the National Thanksgiving Turkey and allow it to live out its life on a farm. There is typically a White House ceremony to honor this tradition.
- Many communities turn to helping others who are less fortunate and in need of a good meal. Families will volunteer in shelters and help distribute food items or work in local churches to prepare and serve meals to the homeless in our communities.
- Thanksgiving Day parades and football games are usually running on televisions throughout the day in most households across the country.
These traditions, and perhaps others, that families across the country will follow during the Thanksgiving Holiday, can be taxing and difficult for those individuals on the spectrum. The following tips may be helpful for your family.
- Preparation and planning in advance can be very helpful. Consider using social stories (http://carolgraysocialstories.com/social-stories/) to help your family member understand what will be happening (e.g., family visiting, foods that will be offered, change in schedules, etc.) during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
- In the social story, explain to your family member where they can go to have some quiet time if needed. Also, instruct them who they should contact (i.e., mom, dad, brother, sister) if they need assistance.
- If you and your family are traveling, be sure to pack your child’s favorite items for the ride, including favorite snacks and drinks.
- Help monitor the noise level for your child and avoid crowded situations if at all possible.
Enjoy Your Holiday!