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November 17th, 2007, 10:28 PM
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Gus has never had a birthday party that he was very involved in. He is not quite 4 after all, and with his social delays not only would having people outside the family not have interested him, it may have been overwhelming. This year, I think he is ready He turns 4 in February but I'm thinking ahead Does anyone have any advice for me? I am planning to invite other children from his preschool class - there are 2 boys both with autism, and one other child I am not certain of their gender or why they are in special needs preschool. Has anyone done a party for their child with schoolmates? I am wondering if I should have it very structured, with activities, or just play it by ear. Also not sure how long I should make it. I have decided that we will not have family over at the same time as his schoolmates are there, they can come over the next day. Any tips appreciated, also I would just love to hear about your birthday parties!
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November 26th, 2007, 05:49 AM
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Hunter will be 10 on the 1st!

I didn't have a realy party until Hunter was about that age, and I only invited two children over that his trained teacher recommended. Some kids Hunter didn't tolerate because they were loud or got too close. But these two boys did well. We had it at our house, did a couple games, can't remember what, did a simple craft, presents/cake, kids went home. It was no more than two hours.

As he got older, less sensory issues and his school days got longer, we had parties at McDonald's, bowling alleys a couple times, and Chuck E. Cheese once. These were places he wanted to have his party at, and I've never invited more than five kids, not just for the craziness of it, but the price! Holy cow!

This year money is tight, so I asked Hunter if it was OK that he invite the two boys he likes best and we can play games, eat pizza and watch a movie on our big screen, and he is OK with that. I feel bad about it, but with higher prices every where and Christmas, I can't pay out $50+ dollars on other people's kids.
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