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Monday, November 21, 2011

Overcoming Holiday Meltdowns - giving information

Useful tips from Linda Hodgdon (check out her website and newsletter, CLICK HERE)

Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, football and lots of people are just the right recipe for a
major meltdown for lots of [individuals with special needs].  Why?  The schedule changes, people are busy and there are lots of unexpected surprises. 

Remember that GIVING INFORMATION in a visual way helps those [folks] navigate through
potentially difficult days.  Write it down, draw pictures, use your calendar.  Prepare them by
giving information about what is going to be happening.  Remind them what activities they
can choose to do if the environment gets too over-stimulating.  Give them lots of choices. 

Putting information in a visual form helps students achieve success during those high activity days.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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