Over-stimulation during the holidays?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Over-stimulation during the holidays?
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 2:18pm

How do you handle issues that come up over the holidays with their SPD?  Does all the excitement, lights, noise, etc.  around the holidays cause an issue for your child?

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Sun, 11-25-2012 - 6:12pm

Just say no to some things, like trying to see the Thanksgiving Parade live.  For other events, make sure  you have an extra adult along in case your sensory child needs to step out for a breather.  Common sense in terms of what venues you take your child to when goes a long way. 


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Registered: 07-08-2011
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 12:41pm
It can, but we try to limit it as much as possible. We keep to normal routines, and avoid large crowds and noisy places. My husband and I will probably split up a lot, one of us will stay home while the other will take the sibling to do some holiday things.
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Registered: 02-17-2004
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 9:15am

We also limit things.  We focus on the non-commercial aspects of the holidays.  We don't take DS out to stores during this timeperiod and we are careful about where we go for the holidays.  We have some family which gets DS's issues and some who don't.  We don't go around the ones who don't.  We used to and the holidays were miserable for DS.  Since we stopped all that, he has started to really have fun with it all.  Instead of one big gathering with everyone, we try to do several smaller gatherings on different days which helps tremendously with the chaos.  Our biggest advantage is that DS is an only, so we do what works for him.