As we approach the end of another year, it’s always constructive to take a look at the highlights of the past 12 months. In our family, we do this at Thanksgiving—it just seems appropriate to be thankful for what we have and where we are.

Something we like to do is find one area where each of us has improved. It may be a skill learned. A behavior adjusted. You name it. And we highlight the progress. Maybe anxiety kept your child from participating in social activities earlier in the year, but now she attends an anime club. That’s beautiful progress! Maybe lack of self-confidence kept your child from speaking up for himself. But now he orders for himself in a restaurant. Huge step forward! Perhaps mom completed her first marathon. Awesome! Tolerance with change may have replaced inflexibility. Such growth!

So get out the photos, day planners and whatever else you use to guide you through your days, and gather as a family to reminisce.

[Please don’t limit this exercise to your kids with ASDs. It’s fun for everyone—mom and dad, too!]


Now is a great time to gather as a family and reflect on the past year. Celebrate growth on everyone’s part!

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