Hosting A Birthday Party With An Autistic Child

Host the perfect birthday party for an Autistic child using these go-to tips.

Did you know that 1 in 88 children are affected by autism? Though awareness of the disease has grown greatly in recent years, the number of children being diagnosed with autism continues to grow exponentially every year. In fact, AutismSpeaks.org notes that more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer - COMBINED.

A cure for autism has yet to be discovered, but growing awareness for the disease and continued research has helped, and will help, many parents manage their children's disease.

Two of the most common issues autism presents is impaired social behaviors and food allergies. Whether your own child has autism or one of his friends does, the condition presents added challenges when planning a kids party. Just like the disease though, these challenges can and should be managed.

Celebrating the birthday of a child with autism has it's own set of instructions you need to follow. Making this a special day is important, but it's also just as important to be considerate of special needs your child might have. We've gathered recipe ideas and ways to celebrate a birthday that will keep autistic children safe and comfortable, but also allow them to celebrate just like their peers.

We encourage you to do your own research and make your own choices before serving these recipes to children with autism. AutismSpeaks.org is one such resource for credible information and facts surrounding the disease.

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