Table Setting for Special Needs

Table Setting for Special Needs

A couple of weeks ago we wrote a post about making Thanksgiving special for your tube fed child – it offered some alternative activities to a holiday that primarily revolves around food. Over the last several days I contemplated how to involve other special needs children and individuals in the Thanksgiving prep work. Then, a light bulb! One of the first chores many children are given is to set the table for meals. What a great time to introduce children who are developmentally older than the age of five to this new chore! Whether your Thanksgiving dinner is formal or casual, instructions for table settings can be easy to follow. I tell you what, we will even make it easy for you click here and you will find the Google results for table setting templates. Use your judgement here, Dylan probably shouldn’t have her hands on grandma’s fine china any time soon, or her very typical brothers for that matter. Maybe we can start with the kid’s table? Okay, That brings me to some tips… 1. Use unbreakable plates for starters. (Yup, kids table…) 2. Skip the knives or have a parent or older sibling add them later. 3. Put everything the child will need out on the counter ahead of time (older children can get some of the heavier, and sharp, items themselves.) I love the templates found on the internet, consider printing and laminating your families to make them last. An easy way to have a child remember a place setting goes without having a template is to tell a story. The sharp pointy fork stands alone...
A Very Tubie Thanksgiving

A Very Tubie Thanksgiving

Mmmmm Thankgiving… It’s coming! And it brings one thing to mind. FOOD! Lots and lots of food! My mom makes the BEST oyster stuffing! I know, sounds yucky right? WRONG. Totally wrong. It’s so good. And turkey, and cranberry sauce, and potatoes with lumps in them. YUM. Does food come first to mind for you too? YUM again! (I can’t help myself!) To a tubie, Thanksgiving looks entirely different. No food allowed? Well this certainly presents a challenge to tubie families. How to make a holiday that revolves primarily around food special to someone who can’t have it? This is the post for you! Here are some family Thanksgiving traditions we liked, and none have to do with food! Watch the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV – It is so fun to watch the balloon handlers walk those giant balloons along the streets of New York! My kids love naming each balloon and singing along with the floats that have music. It’s a fun family tradition and there is something int he parade for all ages. Your Own Turkey Bowl – Good old family football. Bundle up, grab some friends and family and meet at a park for some football. You won’t be alone, it’s kind of fun to drive by parks on Thanksgiving and see so many people outside playing together. I hear some people also watch football on TV as a tradition but this is far less appealing to me personally! Turkey Crafts – Last Sunday my three year old came running in the house after church with papers in his hands. “Mom! See my turkeys! They...