I know you’re out there. You have a child with autism or some other special need, and you’re wishing you could skip Valentine’s Day. For whatever reason–watching your child get left out, the hyperactivity, the extra work, not hearing “I love you” from a nonverbal child.
I send you a virtual hug and chocolate.
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My six year-old Aspie LOVES Valentine’s Day. He loves making the cards and giving gifts. He’d probably do it all day if I let him.
I confess. I hate the mess and the OCD behavior that comes with today. I’m really not a fan of the crashing and running as an expression of excitement.
But, I know that my son loves the day. So, I’m going to do my best to buck up and give him a fun day. Even if I have to drink three cups of hot chocolate and empty a can of whipped cream to get through it.
And it really is sweet to watch him give of his heart to show his love for his family and friends.
Before we go, here are a few things I love:
Annie Eskeldson’s book Ashi’s Birthday and Other Dreaded Days–helps folks understand what holidays throughout the year are like for kids with autism.
Bobbi Sheahan’s book What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism–fantastic read for those who are new to autism. You’re not alone!
Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies–yes, even though you have a food allergy, you can still enjoy a fabulous cookie free of the top eight allergens!
Future Horizons–yes, I review for them, but I LOVE their materials! Their books are informative and practical. They publish for Temple Grandin, what more could you want? You can use my referral code HATS and get 15% off any order no matter what size, and free shipping if you’re in the continental US. That discount applies to conferences, too! (Does not include Temple Grandin conferences as they are already discounted.) You can find Bobbi’s book over there, too.
I also love Wit & Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids: Mostly True Stories of Life on the Spectrum. Yes, I have a story in there, but that’s not the only reason I love it. It’s like a support group in your book bag!
And just in case you want something else to celebrate, today is the day the Ferris Wheel was invented. Happy Ferris Wheel Day!
Now it’s your turn? What are you doing to help your child enjoy the day, whether it’s give him a quiet day or make her favorite cake?