So on my caseload for next year, I have a kid whose family are Jehovah's Witnesses. They don't celebrate birthdays or holidays and don't want their child to participate in any form of holiday celebration. I am totally cool with modifying some things - the other kids make christmas ornaments, he makes a craft. The other kids read a book about Thanksgiving, he reads a book about fall. No big deal. I do have quite a lot of teaching that centers around holidays though - especially Winter Holidays and birthdays. To me, those are normal parts of family social experiences and important for kids with ASD to be as prepared for as possible to help them participate and have fun. I don't teach any religious significance and cover a wide variety of holidays (christmas, hannukah, diwali, kwanzaa, etc). On birthdays - the birthday kid gets to bake a cake with me in the microwave and then we practice birthday party etiquette as we serve it, sing, make a card for the kid, blow out candles, etc. On Thanksgiving we cook a meal. In December, we have a holiday program for which we make all the decorations, food, and invitations for parents. We do the pledge of allegiance on the SMARTboard each morning. We put birthdays up on our calendar. On Valentine's Day we have a friendship party. I do want to respect the family's religious preference, but at the same time, all of those things I feel like are important for the other kids to experience, and I don't want to throw them out completely. Staffing is going to be really tight next year and I don't know that I will have a spare person or space to take this child out. What have you done in similar situations?