The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



mouse's picture mouse

Now that we live near my in-laws and they get to see Scooter at least once a week, they understand a lot more about his reactions to stimuli. And so they're as likely to make his grilled cheese sandwich as I am. When we visit other places, we always make sure there's a quiet place for him to go rest. We've been lucky in that when we stay with family and friends, we've always had some semblance of a bedroom for our family and we can set it up as his haven for that time.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're lucky--I wish we lived as close to relatives as you do. It's hard when you only see grandparents once a month or so, and the visits are so packed in!

Yes, quiet places to retreat to are a must!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Great suggestions. We struggle at school at this time of year too. It's tough to keep some sort of routine. I've always been able to empathize with people who have sensory issues, I get overwhelmed myself, so can't blame anyone else who does too!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think the big difference is that we can figure out ways to cope with being overwhelmed; whereas kids with sensory issues and/or autism really need our help this time of the year.