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HVP November 2017

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Page 26 of 43 n Hudson Valley Parent 27 really understand child development. I typically share our favorite brands with relatives to ensure my son will receive something he'll enjoy. Opening gifts can over-stimulate him, especially after a hectic day. We usually let him open a few gifts and then take the rest home to open throughout the week. I don't want anyone to miss out, so I always take video and send it to the gift giver to share the joyful moment. A special togetherness The hustle and bustle sometimes makes the entire season disappear in the blink of an eye. Last year we split our family visits over two weekends. Although we missed some family and friends, for those we did get to see, my son was comfortable and engaged. Celebrating with a few smaller moments have created some of our most cherished memories. Reevaluate what's most important during the holidays. Instead of trying to conform into the traditions we grew up with, we've created new ones that best work for our family. Christmas morning at my house is celebrated the day before. We have a whole day to ourselves without any traveling or expectations. My son can take his time opening presents and playing with each one without any rush. Pass the stuffing Celebrations often include family gatherings around the dinner table. But for many, this can cause a lot of anxiety. Children with special needs may have food allergies, special nutritional requirements, oral-motor disorders or sensory processing disorders which require extra planning and accommodations. It's a good idea to explain your child's needs to the family chef ahead of time. My mom loves to cook, and she's happy to prepare a plate of chicken nuggets as part of the holiday feast so that everyone can sit together. Plates of food being passed around, loud conversations, new and different smells and silverware clanging on (Continued on Page 28) Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-214-0008 We'll make your child's dental visit playful, fun, & stress-free! • Specialize in infants through adolescents and children with special needs • General anesthesia available in our fully-equipped suites • State-of-the-art facility offering the latest technology Ahoy, Matey! Come Sail the Seven Seas with a Smile! 2016 Helping people with challenges live the fullest life possible. If you're looking for supports for children and families... If you're caring for a medically fragile child at home... If you're working to recover... If you're working to be healthy... If you're in crisis or know someone who is... ...We are here to help 1-888-750-2266

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