Valentine’s Day and Autism: Six Ways to Help Your Child Prepare for and Enjoy the Holiday

Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate the people in our lives that are most important to us, is just around the corner. Many people spend time with loved ones, and kids will exchange cards and treats with their teachers and classmates, but children with autism may experience the day a bit differently. While they may want to participate and enjoy the day like any other child, to them it may mean things like:

  • A break from routine
  • Different social norms and signals
  • Unfamiliar words and phrases
  • Unusual decorations and displays  
  • Group activities with a lot of commotion

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