Holiday Tips for the Sensory Sensitive Child


It’s the holiday season!!
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4th of July can be a provoking holiday, especially for our sensory sensitive kids. While we can’t control when or where other people light of fireworks, we can implement some strategies to hopefully mitigate the sensory overload.
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🇺🇸 Tip Number 1: Bring a calming kit and make sure your child has access to it. Whether they prefer chewies, drawing, headphones, fidgeting… set them up for success by having their tools handy!
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🇺🇸Tip Number 2: Try to avoid crowds! If you’re going to a parade, try to have a chair for your child to have space or be in the background of the group. Let your child know that they can ask to leave at anytime, and try it avoid the crowds all together if you know they are not ready.
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🇺🇸Tip Number 3: Give a warning for when loud events happen. Rehearse what fireworks are, provide comfort that their body is safe and give strategies to reduce the noise. Try to avoid anything unexpected!
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🇺🇸 Tip Number 4: Show a visual schedule and a timer so they know when something is happening and ending. Are you stopping by grandmas for a family picnic? Will there be other little kids in your home? Are you traveling? Visual schedules can reduce the anxiety of being in unexpected places with unexpected sensory input. Remind your child that you’re always there and give them options to remove themselves to go to a quiet space if needed. And a tip: use these strategies BEFORE you think they are needed. Not only will they then be more comfortable with it, but you will be helping regulate the nervous system throughout the day.
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What strategies help your child? Anything else we could add?
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Happy 4th of July weekend everyone 🇺🇸♥️