Tag - Holidays


Ask the Horizons Team: With the holidays coming I need gift ideas for my 6-year-old son with autism.

Question: I’m sure you get asked this question all the time, so I hope you have some good ideas for me. With the holidays coming I need gift ideas for my 6-year-old son with autism and my 9-year-old niece with Asperger’s. I’d like to get them gifts that they will enjoy but will also help …


Summer’s Here! 5 Helpful Tips for Parents

Many parents both love and hate the thought of summer vacation.  On the one hand, you’re ready to be done with the homework, backpacks full of papers, seemingly endless fundraisers, and getting the kids up and out the door to catch the bus every morning.  Summer holds the possibility of a slower pace, fun times …


The Holidays are Here: How to Thrive During this Busy Time of Year!

The snow is falling here in Michigan, and the winter season has begun to set in.  Neighborhoods are buzzing with children sledding down snow covered hills, and families are busily decorating their homes.  It really is “beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!” Before we know it, school winter breaks will be here and our …


Help for the Holiday Hmm’s

If your life is anything like mine near the holidays, it’ll probably sound a little like this: “Mom, can I get that for Christmas?” “I’ll put it on your wish list honey.” As the next commercial comes on, “Mom can I get that for Christmas?” “That does look like fun. I’ll put it on your …


Holiday Parties—Helpful Hints for Educators

The leaves are beginning to turn colors and fall from the trees; and whether we want to admit it or not, fall has arrived here in West Michigan!  It is hard to believe that in less than two weeks, children will be knocking at my door trick-or-treating.  With the arrival of fall, it is important …


Holiday Tips (and a few great excuses) for Families

By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. The holidays can be both a joyful and stressful time for all families. This can especially be the case for families of individuals with autism or other neuro-developmental disabilities. If you’re racking your brain to come up with some excuses you can use to avoid a holiday event you dread, here …


The Year is Coming to an End

It’s already the middle of December, which means that 2007 will soon be history. Where does the time go? While the weeks before Christmas are usually a blur to me, I always look forward to the slower pace of the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Our office is closed that week and is …


Holiday Episodic Memories

We started getting into the holiday spirit at our house this weekend by decorating and putting up our Christmas tree. My kids love going through the totes of decorations and reminding themselves about all the stuff they haven’t seen for the past year. Decorating the tree is a great time because each of the kids …


Being Grateful

This was the theme of my page a day calendar on Sunday. It stated “Being grateful and thankful is contagious. Today, how about letting three people know that you are grateful they are in your life?” I know that Thanksgiving was last week, but I think that the whole month of November has the theme …


Autism Remediation-Friendly Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of year when we’re thinking about gifts..what to give and what we want to get. In the spirit of a remediation friendly holiday, here aremy Top 5 sites for giving and getting great gifts: 1) FatBrainToys – This site is filled with awesome toys, games, projects, and books that actually require brain …

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