Friday, November 28, 2014

The Holiday Challenge begins: Extended Family Gatherings

Want to know what the BIGGEST holiday challenge is for caregivers and parents of adult children with brain disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism?
Extended family gatherings.
You’re getting together with people who you don't see a lot and who may not understand your family member's unique challenges, behaviors and needs.
One thing you can do is better prepare these folks to be unconditionally accepting of any unusual ideas, behaviors or statements that your loved one might make. Coach your family. Let them know it would mean the world to your child to have a one-on-one meaningful conversation & that he wants nothing more than to be accepted by his family. It may not be your normal holiday conversation, but he's just trying to connect. And that's a good thing.
Here are a few links that might help you smooth the way:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-autism-advocate/201011/why-the-holidays-are-so-difficult-families-autism-and-what-can-help
http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2012/12/helping-mental-illness-through-holidays/
http://natashatracy.com/bipolar-disorder/worst-things-say-person-mental-illness
http://www.firstparentcenter.org/have-a-happy-holiday-season/
http://www.jconline.com/story/life/wellness/2014/11/25/holiday-sensory-overload/70056112/



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