Autism parents’ guide to a stress-free Thanksgiving

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun and I know many of the parents I work with are wishing they could hold off just a while longer. Not because they need more time to prepare the festive menu, but because when living with a child on the spectrum days that veer from routine can be trying.

Kids with autism do best when they know what’s coming. Holidays lack comforting routine and present potential surprises. They’re a challenge. Combined with the extra pressure to have a happy day, holidays like Thanksgiving can lead to stress and anxiety for both child and parent.