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OT Corner: Why Opening Presents Can Cause Tantrums for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues


Getting presents is usually a highlight of the holiday season. But for some kids with learning and attention issues, gift exchanges can lead to meltdowns or tantrums. Why?

The excitement, chaos and lack of routine of the holidays set the stage. If your family has had to travel, your child might feel out of place in unfamiliar surroundings and around people he may not know well. Plus, he’s got the pressure of always having to “be good.”

But even if you’re celebrating quietly at home, the hype and anticipation may make it hard for your child to keep his emotions in check. When expectations run high, disappointments can be especially hard to handle.

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