Festive attire, old recipes, family gatherings, thoughtful gifts, sparkly decorations.
Noreen’s son with Elsa.
The traditions that help make the holidays such a special time of year can create angst for families of kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
This year, two moms of patients at our Marcus Autism Center set out to help make the holidays more enjoyable for fellow ASD parents, especially those of the newly diagnosed.
Mandy Finch has an 8-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter; both were diagnosed with ASD around 18 months of age.
Mandy’s kids with Santa.
Noreen Reading’s 7-year old son was diagnosed a few months before his fifth birthday.
Here are 10 things Mandy and Noreen wish they’d known during their first holiday season as the parent of a child with ASD.