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Adjusting the Sails

Oct 2, 2023

For families of children with special health care needs and other disabilities, the upcoming holidays present their own challenges and stressors that are as unique as the needs of their children themselves. The most wonderful time of the year is also overstimulating, overwhelming, and sometimes, overrated for the families and children with different sensory needs, dietary needs, and mobility needs. We've consulted with three professionals to discuss prevention strategies, holiday navigation tips, and recovery techniques for after a stressful holiday season.

Join us in discussion with Dr. Amy Burt, Occupational Therapist, Heather Merritt with Positive Behavior Support, and Peggy Hovatter from the Autism Training Center. And for our parents, don't forget that there is no such "hallmark holiday" and that if you're spending time with your family, no matter what that looks like for you, you're doing it right! 

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Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs Program and the West Virginia Family 2 Family Health Information Center and Produced by the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities. 


Episode transcript available here.