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Special events and holidays are often overwhelming for children with special needs, and Valentine's Day has its own unique set of challenges. It starts from the fine-motor skills it takes to cut out a shape or card, write a note/signature, close and seal an envelope, all the way to the pragmatic/social skills needed for participating in the giving/receiving process or attending a party.
Here are a couple of great tips to ensure a successful Valentine's Day experience:
Using photos of familiar faces (classmates, teachers, family) helps children, especially those along the autism spectrum, develop their social participation skills. The card itself becomes a treasured keepsake. Check out more info at HopeLights
Here are some easy crafts projects that are perfect for kids with limited fine-motor/writing skills. Use paper plates or thicker construction paper and cut into desired shapes with loop scissors then finish with glitter pens.
Finally, for the budget minded, here are some sites for downloading free printable Valentine's Day cards. For a small fee some can also be customized which takes the stress out of handwriting and signing each card.
What are your favorite tips to use for Valentine's Day?