Planning Help for the Holidays (2017)

Just in time for Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Just in time for St. Lucia Day.
Just in time for Hanukkah (Chanukah).
Just in time for Christmas.
Just in time for Kwanzaa.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a great holiday planner to help you organize your grocery list, your budget, your gift list, your events and much more.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Our Stars Inc is wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving, Autism, and Family Gatherings Tips

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s a time of the year when family gathers together to enjoy food and give thanks for the current year’s happenings. If your child is on the autism spectrum celebrating holidays with large amounts of people can possibly become an uncomfortable situation.

A few years ago, Our Stars Inc. posted some helpful tips for getting through any situation that may arise, 10 Survival Kit Items For Family Gatherings:

– Electronic Games
– Portable DVD Player and Favorite DVDs
– Favorite Tableware
– Sensory Goodies
– Favorite Toys/Activities
– Favorite Foods & Drinks
– Baby Wipes
– Change of Clothes
– Weighted Blanket
– Noise Reduction Headphones

Make sure you check out the link for more details. If you’re traveling this holiday the above items will help you be prepared for your trip.

Below are 4 tips, in addition the above items, that will get you prepared for Thanksgiving at your home:

1. Prepare. Before making a trip to celebrate with family, or having family at your house, take time to prepare your child for the upcoming journey or family gathering. Using short, descriptive sentences. Pictures from prior years can be a big help. Metro Kids

2. Dress comfortably. This probably isn’t the best time for your son/or child to wear something new or different… Autism Speaks

3. Don’t force your child to eat food they don’t want to eat. Sometimes kids on the spectrum are picky eaters. Rather than trying to force turkey down your child’s throat (and risking a meltdown in the process!), allow them to eat foods they like. This may mean cooking something separate for them. It may mean bringing the preferred food to a relative’s house. If the latter is the case, be sure to give the host or hostess a forewarning. Again, assure them it’s nothing personal. The Autism Site

4. Praise good behavior. If you see your child behaving well with manners, politeness, etc. let them know they are doing well and that you are proud of them.

We sure hope all of the tips included will help families be prepared for the holiday.

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7 Free Thanksgiving Activities & Crafts Kids Will Enjoy

Thanksgiving is a great time of year for gathering with family and close friends and sharing a special time together over a hot meal.

There are a plethora of crafts and activities that can be done in preparation for Thanksgiving. We decided to narrow that list down to 7 crafts/activities that are quick, easy and great for all families. These crafts and activities are also a great way to distract your kids while you put the finishing touches on dinner.

1. Download FREE COLORING PAGE — Turkey
2. Download FREE WORD SEARCH — Dinner
3. FREE Instructions FOR CRAFT — Pinecone Turkey
4. Download FREE  PRINTABLE — Cornucopia
5. Download FREE THANKFUL PLACE MATS — Give Thanks
6. Download FREE PHOTO BOOTH PRINTABLES — Props
7. FREE RECIPES You Can Make With Your Kids — 8 Great Ideas

If you get the chance to try any of these crafts and activities, Our Stars Inc would love to see your beautiful creations.

If you’re interested in reading this informative article please do, Do Native Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving and Should They?

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Halloween Safety Guide for your Child with Autism

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Halloween is one of those seasons that creates an immense amount of joy for many children. Dressing in costumes, playing fun games, and going out to get candy are just some of the activities involved in the spooky holiday. In celebrating and having a great time we have to take into account, safety, especially when it comes to children with different abilities like autism.

There are so many great sites with tips on how to keep your child with autism safe for Halloween activities. Below the OurStarsInc Team has compiled a list of some of the best tips around.

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