On Thanksgiving, the holiday on which we express our gratitude, we are reminded to include those persons with special needs. By showing empathy and acceptance, we can help parents and special needs children to participate fully in the celebration. While a child’s food choices may not include turkey or mashed potatoes and his or her behavior may be unexpected or unusual, it is a time to be grateful for what we have. If there are behavioral issues, try to be understanding and patient. Discussing medical visits or progress reports are not on the menu. Here are some tips to keep everyone in the holiday spirit.