Bring Activities

Bring along some of your child’s favorite things – a book, a game – to provide him/her with a sense of familiarity and allow him/her to retreat if things become overly stimulating.  

Bring supplies

  • Fill a backpack with things your child finds reliably comforting or fun to play with — toy cars, a stuffed animal, a tape and tape player, a few books.
  • Having them available, even if he or she doesn’t actually play with them much, may give your child a sense of familiarity that will be relaxing.  If he or she gets overstimulated, find a quiet corner or a back room in which to spend a little time with the toys.
  • If nothing else, toting the toy bag around and making it available when necessary gives you something to do that does not involve long conversations with unpleasant relatives.