Holidays... I get it. As a special needs sibling, I used to watch my mom put cotton in my brother's ears when the noise was too much. His little ears (that's a trait of Down syndrome) just couldn't handle the noise. I literally can remember her pulling cotton out of a clean diaper in her bag one day because she forgot the cotton balls. She was so resourceful in making sure that my brother's ears didn't hurt when the noises were too much.
So I say to you... as a special needs sibling and a mom of a child has severe allergies (which means I walk around with bags of our own food, even on holidays). I love you. To the Special Needs Family who is home this holiday, not going to BBQ's, not going to festivals, not going to fireworks because it's more work than fun...you are not forgotten.
Be you this holiday. Be proud. Put your blinders on and don't worry about how others are celebrating. Find your own way to celebrate and find the joy in the little moments that matter most.
If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!