Set Limits

If you’re planning to be at a party or gathering or restaurant, set a reasonable time limit and stick to it.

Make an escape plan. It is better to leave before things go bad than stick it out and regret it.

Give the child a warning before the end of an activity, which gives her a chance to readjust at his/her own pace.

Pick your battles and try to set realistic expectations for what your child can handle

 Don’t add to the stress level by expecting your child to look perfect or to behave perfectly (e.g. sit still). For example: If your child has sensitivities to certain types of clothes. You want to start your child out with as low a stress level as possible. Fussing over clothes, or putting him or her in clothes that you know will cause anxiety, is a bad way to start.

Monitor your child

If your child is part of a group of children, watch their interaction so that you can intervene if necessary or if things are getting out of hand.

Be the one who watches the kids. Keeping a close eye out yourself has a number of benefits.

  • You can intervene in inter-child squabbles.
  • You can assess your child’s level of overstimulation and act accordingly.
  • You can play with your child if no one else will, or lead the other children in a game your child can participate in.
  • Keep an eye out for trouble brewing. Take breaks when needed, just to have a quiet minute in a room away from the noise and decorations. A minute of prevention interspersed throughout the day can do wonders when it comes to preventing problems. Frequent contact like this can also help your children to feel more secure.
  • If you observe that your child is overwhelmed and excited and doesn’t know what to do.  Give him a job.