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The Simple Things I'm Doing to Teach My Son About Thanksgiving

How I'm Teaching My Son With Autism About Thanksgiving

Holidays are tough concepts for most young kids to truly understand – especially for kids with autism, like my son, Norrin.

Norrin knows when to say “thank you,” but I don’t know if he understands what it means to be thankful and why Thanksgiving is a holiday to reflect and count our blessings.

This year I’m hosting my family, and I’m especially thankful to do so. It’s been a while since I cooked Thanksgiving for my parents and siblings. My parents do so much for us, and cooking for them is a small token of my gratitude.

And I wanted to start teaching Norrin about Thanksgiving in the easiest way so that he can understand.

Norrin usually goes grocery shopping with me, but it’s often rushed and I don’t think about anything other than my list. However, I wanted to use this shopping trip to the market as a teachable moment and as a stepping stone to other little lessons about the holiday. By using familiar things that he loves, I hope to teach Norrin about Thanksgiving.

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