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

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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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