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Making The New Year Count

Making The New Year Count

 

Making The New Year Count

As we say goodbye to 2016 and move into another new year it is a great practice to step back and reflect how last year went. What was successful, what was not? Why did certain things not work out and what can be done to improve in the New Year.

It is easy to overlook the basic things that we should be grateful for, a roof over our head, food on the table, our general health. Gratitude is important and the acknowledgement of what we or our children have accomplished. Reflecting on your actions is perhaps the most vital part of any learning process. Remember to not measure one’s progress against anyone else. We are all at a different stages with different abilities. Focus instead on establishing the best practices for future growth and improve upon our current ones.

Being Mindful of Your New Goals

We can’t get to where we want to go without a map. “Map” out your goals for the New Year. Not just broad strokes but a plan on how you are going to get to that next step. Experts agree that writing down each significant step in the new process and checking it off as time passes will help to stay on track.

Wishing you the Best in the New Year

We at Focus Formulations wish to make 2017 the best year for your family. We are committed to helping your family with products that support focus, concentration and healthy sleep patterns.
So as you consider your goals for the New Year, take time to reflect about what you would like to accomplish and how do you plan to get there. Track your progress along the way and make adjustments as needed. There will surely be detours along the way but do not forget to enjoy the journey; the changes in the road may surprise you.

Handling the Holiday Stress

Handling the Holiday Stress

The holidays can be stressful for anyone but can be especially challenging for families of children with autism. Early preparation for the holidays can help relieve some of the stress for you as well as your child.

Shopping • The crush of holiday shopping is difficult on anyone. The noise and crowds can easily overwhelm a child that is sensitive to environmental stimuli. Take advantage of online shopping if possible or try and shop at off hours if your schedule and your child’s routine allows for it.

Decorating • Nothing says the Holidays more than decorating the house. Try to decorate in stages, rather than making a major change in one day. Allow your child to help to the best of his/her ability and talk about the memories associated with particular decorations that you have collected over the years. If your child is particularly sensitive to lights or sounds, avoid decorations with flashing lights or music.

Gifts • Have a discussion about who the gifts are for and when they will be opened. If possible, wait until just before the holiday to put gifts out. If you are having a large gathering try opening gifts in order, this will alleviate some of the chaos if everyone is opening things at once.

Sharing • Prepare your child that others may want to play with their new gifts. If there is something that your child is particularly attached to you may want to put it away during this time or provide him/her a quiet place to play with their own gifts.

Enjoy • This is a special time where memories and traditions are made with family and friends. Continue to enforce positive behavior and above all enjoy!