Making Spirits Bright

It’s that time of year, and it can vacillate between being magical or frantic. For families with an autistic child, there are more sensory challenges and more stress, especially as we prepare for the inevitable family get-togethers AND the added complexity of Omicron hovering over us. 

For my autistic daughter this can be a bewildering time. But there are a couple of wonderful organizations in my area that help bring joy to my family, and I want to give them a shout out.

FriendshipCircle CT provides much needed support and delight to kids with special needs. They also do a fantastic holiday party. My daughter loves to go, and because of COVID there wasn’t one last year, so this year’s party was extra special for her. 

It was held at Stepping Stones Museum here in Connecticut. The museum provides exceptional, playful learning opportunities for children. My daughter just loves the water exhibits; she has even climbed into them – and so she comes home wet, but happy. It’s a judgement-free zone, and the building is filled with laughter and glee; the kids have a blast. It is the perfect opening to the holiday season and I’d like to send my sincere thanks to these two organizations, who make this event happen. 

A journey with a child with special needs is rewarding. It can also be challenging – having community support makes it both richer and easier, and reminds me that the holiday spirit is with us all year ‘round. 

I’d like to wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season.


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